It’s that time of year again. Around the world, Christmas trees are finding loving homes for the winter, ponies and unicorns are added to wish lists, and Christmas pudding’s are flying off the shelves and into the hands of future weight watchers subscribers.
It’s most definitely the season to be jolly.
We’re sure that you’ll be spending an excellent Christmas wherever you are in the world, but if you haven’t made travel plans yet and wouldn’t mind discovering something new… these last minute options just may tickle your fancy.
Chosen for their unique Christmas spirit and the excellent hotel’s from our collection that can be found there, these destinations will have you wishing it was Christmas all year round.
If you’re brave enough to face its winter, you’ll be lucky to enjoy not one, but two white Christmases in Russia, and if you’re not brave enough, well there’s always the solace of Vodka and steaming plates of Schi and Borshch to keep you going. Because it’s well worth it.
Held on January the 7th, the Russian Orthodox Christmas is as grandiose as “regular” christmas with markets, carols, the magic of a white christmas and a much more charming alternative to Santa in the form of the Snow Maiden. It’s two Christmas’s for the price of one and we’ll let you decide which one is best.
Shelter from the Russian winter in these excellent five stars this end of year.
When your idea of an ideal Christmas is store displays, Coca Cola Santas and red nosed reindeers, avoid Rome at all costs.
Here christmas is a much more sobre, but charming affair and one taste of it might have you visiting every end of year.
A long standing tradition started by St.Francis of Assisi, elaborate nativity scenes (Presepi), are a common sight and the streets, are filled with the sound of carols pouring out of churches while giant sparkling Christmas trees stand guard next to monuments such as the Colosseum and St.Peter’s cathedral.
It feels the way Christmas is meant to feel and since tourists tend to visit in the summer months, it’s not as crowded as you would expect and the tone is kept very local.
Give yourself the chance to discover the magic of a Roman Christmas, from within these excellent hotels.
Anyone who’s watched Home Alone as a kid will remember how magical New York looks during Christmas time. Though a white Christmas is rare (it usually snows in January and February) the end of year is a wonderful time to visit the Big Apple regardless of the weather.
A far cry from the sombre and traditional Rome, New York bedazzles with elaborate window displays on Fifth Avenue (Bergdorf Goodman’s, our personal favorite), the giant ice rink at the Bank of America’s Winter Village (in Bryant Park) and the now iconic Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree…. it’s a Hollywood Christmas in real life.
Store all your shopping and rest up in these top New York hotels.
Christmas in London is like chicken soup for the soul. The weather just wants to make you blue, but the city, just wants to comfort and leave you spellbound, so much so that when the winter months are over, you’ll gladly brave, the sleet, rain and cold for a chance to do it all over again.
Cosy pubs serve mugs of mulled wine and hearty food soaked in steaming gravy, elaborate light displays make the likes of Oxford, Bond and Regent street sparkle with wonder, and of course, the Harrods Christmas display with have you dreamy eyed no matter how old you are.
It’s the season to be Jolly in London with our room upgrades at the Claridge’s, Savoy and more
A Christmas in Amsterdam is a great way to introduce the little ones, and yourself, to different Christmas traditions in Europe.
The star here is not Santa Claus, (at least until the 24th of December), but Sinterklaas who will be distributing presents for all the good children on the 5th of December, before letting Santa Claus do his thing and reward them at the usual date. Needless to say if you’ve been good all year, you better hope that you’re spending Christmas in Amsterdam.
But it’s not only the kids having fun. If you’re lucky enough to be in town during a cold spell, all of the city’s frozen canals are fair go for ice skating, turning Amsterdam into a veritable playground. It’s a rare event, but when it happens, the whole city comes out to play. Round it all off with a plethora of christmas markets and Amsterdam’s festival of light, and you might be set for one your best christmas experience yet.
Top Amsterdam hotels to keep you warm this Christmas.