Step aside sweltering heat, prawns on the BBQ and cocktails by the pool and replace them with mulled wine, hot chocolate by an open fire and snow! Many Australians dream of at least one white Christmas and here is our top 5 list.
5. Salzburg, Austria
The home of the Sound of Music, Salzburg is one of the most beautiful locations for seasonal markets. Enjoy local Christmas treats at the Adventmarkt and Schloss Fuschl Christmas Markets. Whilst snowfall is not guaranteed in Salzburg, plan a trip to one of the local ski resorts such as Soll, Kitzbuhel or Mayrhofen to experience the ski village lifestyle.
4. Quebec City, Canada
Experience Canada with a hint of France in this beautifully built town of stone buildings, cobblestone streets and Chateaux’s. Sample delicious cuisine in Quebec’s array of bistros lining the narrow city streets and enjoy a night out at the 10 day long Christmas Markets. Families can enjoy ski activities such as ice canoeing, skiing and snow tubing.
3. New York, United States of America
Whether it is ice skating in Central Park or heading to Radio City for it’s Christmas Spectacular, you will feel in the centre of Christmas in New York City. A great family destination with lights, trees, affordable food and if booked in advance, reasonable accommodation options. This can be experienced by couples, family or solo with everything a big city offers sprinkled with a little Christmas magic.
2. Berlin, Germany
Berlin can be experienced on any budget with an array of accommodation options from hostel through to five-star hotels. Germany is renowned for it’s Christmas Markets and you will get the full Christmas experience with gingerbread, mulled wine and local Christmas crafts. Stay in Berlin or catch the train to neighbouring Christmas market destinations such as the famous Nuremberg markets.
1. Lapland, Finland
Visiting Santa in his village is an experience to remember, but if this destination is on your dream list, be aware it comes with a price tag, so book early. Visit Santa in Rovaniemi in the Arctic Circle, stay in an igloo, ice hotel or treehouse to have a chance of viewing the Northern Lights whilst you’re there. Kids can meet Santa, visit the reindeers and ride a husky drawn sleigh. This ultimate Christmas family experience is best booked 12 months in advance.
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