Dreaming of a trip this Christmas? We’re here to help. From glittering cities to a few snowy escapes, here are top 10 destinations for a festive break. A few things they all have in common – cosy corners, twinkling lights and a determination to let the Christmas spirit shine, no matter how cold (or rainy) it might be.
The showcase capital of Russia, Moscow is a historic, cosmopolitan and cultured city. It’s a magical place at this time of year and a spin round (or tumble on to) the ice at the Red Square ice rink is a must.
Christmas was made for Bruges, which is a picturesque medieval treat at any time of the year. The usual markets and ice rinks are present and correct across the Belgian city but the place has a charm all of its own.
A white Christmas is guaranteed at Colorado’s famous mountain town and ski resort, Aspen. The place is jam-packed with alpine lodges and cosy spots to take refuge from the cold and share in some festive cheer.
If you’re even remotely taken by the Disney movie, Frozen, you will fall in love with Hallstatt. Authentic customs, living traditions and a touch of romance can be experienced there.
Celebrate an unforgettable Christmas with a breathtaking ride on the Jungfrau Railway to the highest train station in Europe, a spectacular ascent of the Schilthorn, a winter wonderland carriage ride from Grindelwald amongst the snowy Alpine peaks and a visit to charming Mürren.
Lake Misurina, Italy
The magic of Christmas in the Dolomites with its spectacular Grand Hotel Misurina
Choose Val d’Isere for a white Christmas and it’s about 100% sure you will get one. Val d’Isere will be all dressed up at Christmas to draw in skiers and snowboarders with Christmas lights, decorated Christmas trees, carol services, ice carvings, a firework display and of course, Father Christmas always makes an appearance on Christmas Eve.
Advent is the time for Christmas markets, and Cologne is no exception. From 23 November to 23 December 2019, the magic of Christmas will be felt throughout the festively decorated city. The aroma of baked apples, cinnamon biscuits and mulled wine will waft through the alleys, and many differently themed Christmas markets will invite people to stroll, shop and explore.
Maybe you have seen too much snow, and enjoyed your share of skiing, but if you do find yourself in during winter in France, then head over to Corsica for a milder climate. With fewer tourists around, you can enjoy hiking, mountain climbing, and hunting, as well as a sunny Christmas!
Granada sits at the foot of the Sierra Nevada mountain range, inland Spain’s tallest peaks and is home to Europe’s southernmost ski resort. Don’t expect the powder fields you might get in the Alps but the resort is outstanding and of a high standard. The pistes suit all levels of skill and it only takes 50 minutes to get to the resort by car from Granada city centre.