Nine ways to make your Christmas abroad

Christmas market in Vienna

Christmas is almost here, but if you’re still on the road, here are some of the top places in the world to ignite the Christmassy feeling away from home…

Visit Lapland

Ruka Cottage

If there’s one place in the world that your children will find more festive and magical than anywhere else, it’s the snowy home of Father Christmas and his many reindeer. The whole family can enjoy husky rides in the forests, the nearby ski slopes and the enchanting Northern Lights.

Ski in the Alps

Skiing in the Alps is an undyingly popular holiday choice among Europeans. Travellers to the French mountains will enjoy cosy log cabins, delicious French cuisine and the pick of the slopes.

Go ice-skating in New York City

NY: Lighted!Madison Square Gardens in Manhattan, New York, is great for a touch of romantic ice-skating. Once you’ve impressed your date with your moves, grab a hot chocolate at a nearby café and enjoy the fantastic festive lights on the giant Christmas tree in the square.

Throw some shapes in Buenos Aires

Roast dinners may be in short supply in Argentina, but sunshine, asados (or traditional Argentinean barbecues , swimming pools and Christmas Eve club-nights are an enviable replacement.

Cruise through Europe

Danube cruise

If you’ve had enough of Christmas on dry land then perhaps a cruise is the way forward. There are ample tours on offer throughout Europe, including trips along the Rhine, Danube, Maine and Moselle rivers.

Experience Bruges

The medieval city of Bruges is the most popular tourist getaway in Belgium. It is completely picturesque, has great dining options and its quaint streets ooze with festive charm.

Rediscover Christmas in Vienna

DSC_2006_Dec_0101_editVienna knows how to do Christmas. This picture-perfect town is home to historical buildings, centuries old markets, dazzling seasonal displays and beautiful gingerbread houses, all laid out on cobbled streets.

Have a BBQ on Bondi Beach

Although it may seem rather surreal at first, having a barbecue on the beach in Sydney is actually a very popular local tradition. Swap mulled wine, roast turkey and trimmings for a cold tinnie and a barbecue in the boiling hot sunshine.

Indulge yourself in the romantic city of Paris

Coupole centenaire

Paris is undoubtedly at its most beautiful in winter. The weather gets frosty and chic Christmas decorations adorn each and every corner. This is a city as great for shopping as it is for cuddling up to your favourite person in a café while it snows outside.

Where and how are you celebrating Christmas this year? Share in the comments!

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