With the stresses of Christmas always multiplied by hosting
the festivities at home, an increasing number of families
have been biting the bullet and deciding to spend their
winter holidays abroad. But just how to choose the perfect
destination for your Christmas getaway? To save you sifting
through the myriad of options, we've taken a look at some of
the very best locations for winter family holidays around
the globe. Just read on for the details and remember to wrap
Every year, the lure of a white Christmas proves too much
for many families to ignore and as a result, destinations
with the promise of sure snowfall are always highly popular.
For guaranteed snow this year, Austria's Tyrol region is
probably the safest bet in Europe. Innsbruck in particular
gets more than its fair share of the white stuff. If making
your way to the Tyrolean capital for the festive season, be
sure to visit 'Christkindlmarkt' - the famed Christmas
market in the Old Town, running from the 1st of December
right through to Christmas Eve. Here you'll find open-air
ice-skating, traditional Austrian cuisine and countless
opportunities to soak up the local culture.
For a Christmas holiday that offers round-the-clock reveling
and celebration, look no further than New York - a city that
seems never to sleep throughout the entire festive season.
Accommodation is available to suit every budget, from the
luxurious Waldorf Astoria to the comfortable Gem Soho, with
restaurants similarly varied in character and price. The
Rockefeller Christmas tree is a seasonal icon that is not to
be missed and open-air ice-skating is available at Bryant
park from the 6th of November - a real must for those after
a genuine New York Christmas.
For anyone after a Christmas getaway without the hassle of
international travel, don't fret. There are hundreds of
holiday cottages throughout the UK that can offer your
family and friends a truly unique Christmas experience. A
particular advantage with this type of holiday is that it
will most likely be within easy reach for all involved - so,
perfect for that extended family reunion that is always
finding itself pushed back or rearranged. To get the best
cottage in your preferred location it is usually wise to
book as early as possible, though there are always a number
of last minute deals to be snapped up by latecomers.
But wherever you find yourself this Christmas, it's more
than likely that you'll be up against some bitingly cold
mornings and equally arctic evenings. And whilst a few years
ago that might have meant plus-sized overcoats and
ill-fitting woolly jumpers, there has recently been a real
surge in the production of modern, stylish winter-wear.
Brands such as
Volcom clothing for example, have taken their
cue from the boarders and skiers of North America and design
gift-worthy apparel that is just as at home in everyday life
as it is out on the slopes.
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