Have you got anything planned for the holidays? There’s still time but don’t let the cold put you off. Winter is fun if you go to the right place and we’ve got your back with our favorite Winter Wonderlands. Pack your warmest clothes because you’re up for an exciting trip.
Nothing beats Christmas in London, especially if you’re spending it with your family. It’s that time of the year when the trees are lit, Christmas markets are open, there’s themed activities all over the city and chorals start spreading Christmas cheer all over the streets but if you want fantasy and magic, Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland does it best.
Explore Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland at night; that’s when the lights go on and the park stands at its full glory. Skate on London’s largest outdoor rink while mesmerizing over the christmas decorations and the ice sculptures or watch hypnotizing acrobatic performances that promise to leave you in awe. Stop by the Christmas market to grab a few souvenirs or warm up to a hot cocoa before going on the Giant Observation Wheel and when you’re high up in the sky, take in the view of festive London’s skyline. Make sure to snap a few pictures to show off to your friends.
Stay near Hyde Park to make the most out of Winter Wonderland and we recommend the Corinthia Hotel. Christmas at the Corinthia Hotel is a great experience and the staff knows how to make it fun for children too. Their offers and packages are definitely worth your time this season.
Put on your winter gear because It’s time to hit the slopes and there’s no better place than Kitzbühel, an international winter sports destination. In fact, many famous athletes, including the legendary ski racer turned film star Toni Sailer, come from this town. All the conditions are here for you to enjoy the pistes; winters are long and calm, it’s always snowing but still sunny at this time of the year and there’s many activities ranging from skiing to winter hiking.
In the afternoons, after enjoying the pistes, there’s more to do in Kitzbühel. Explore the charming old town that retains its medieval architecture. Stop by the St.Catherine’s church, it’s one of the city’s oldest landmarks with a rich history. If you prefer shopping, there’s plenty of shops in Kitzbühel which feature local hand-crafted items as well as top fashion brands. You’re sure to find great gifts and souvenirs to take home.
When you’re in Kitzbühel, you want easy access to the pistes as well as the old town. The cozy Tennerhof Gourmet & Spa de Charme Hotel is strategically located. The hotel is known for its baroque elegance and its cozy atmosphere and at Christmas time, it offers everything to get you in festive spirits.
When snow hits the rooftops, Switzerland’s largest city transforms into a Winter Wonderland with its Christmas lights, decorations and events but Zurich sure knows how to take it up a notch.
There’s many Christmas markets in Zurich but you want to check out the Christmas Market at Zurich Main Train Station, it’s Europe’s biggest indoor market. There’s 150 stalls offering the latest Christmas treats but there’s one thing that steals the show; it’s the Swarovski Christmas tree. The 15 metre tall Christmas tree is decorated with 10 000 Swarovski crystals that sparkle under the lights. It’s such a stunning sight.
Do you think that Zurich has outdone herself with this exceptional tree? Wait till you see the Singing Christmas Tree at the Werdmühleplatz. Standing on a vertical podium shaped like a Christmas tree, local choirs entertain the crowds as they belt out popular Christmas carols. The energy is so infectious that you’ll probably sing along.
Zurich during winter is a mesmerizing sight and if you want the best views of the city, stay at The Dolder Grand. Perched on the Adlisberg hill, you have the whole of Zurich at your feet. Nothing can rival with such views. The Dolder Grand goes to great lengths to offer the very best for Christmas. The Hotel’s restaurants are offering fabulous holiday brunches and dinners. There’s going to be some exciting events too. As from early December comedian Helmi Sigg will be reading Christmas stories during Advent brunches to get you in a cheerful spirit and the famous pianist Gabriel E. Arnold will be performing, to the delight of music aficionados.
Christmas is the right time to visit Prague. It’s neither too crowded and when it starts to snow, it’s like being transported back in time. The city bustles with activity, Christmas decorations add to the joy and at night, when the gas lamps and stunning Christmas trees are lit, it’s like flipping through the pages of Dicken’s Christmas Carol.
Forgot to get presents for your loved ones? Prague is home to the best christmas markets in Europe and you’re sure to find something for anyone on your list. As you explore the city, don’t miss out on the mulled wine and Christmas cookies, you’ll find stalls all around the city which sell them. It’s the perfect treat if you’re feeling cold.
Prague may be old but one thing for sure; she knows how to entertain. Whether you’re a lover of classical music or you want to discover the history, culture, myths and legends of Christmas, there’s everything from opera and orchestras to exhibits.
When your days are packed with activities, you need a quiet place to stay so that you can relax in the evenings and be ready to start a new day on the right foot. The Augustine hotel is an ideal place to stay. Located in Mala Strana, it’s away from the dynamic city center but a short walk takes you to the city’s best attractions.
Ashford Castle, Ireland
Exploring towns, shopping and crowds are not everyone’s cup of tea. How about a quiet winter retreat, away from the madding rush of the city?
That’s exactly what the Ashford Castle in Ireland offers. This Irish castle, located in Lough Corrib, has everything to make your stay an exciting one. Every inch of the countryside is covered in snow, the scenery is mesmerizing and the Ashford Castle knows how to make the most out of it.
If you love adventure, it’s time to learn how to fly a hawk with Ireland’s School of Falconry. During a one-hour private session on the castle’s grounds, you’ll learn the basics about flying a hawk, along with a bit of history about this art.
There’s also clay shooting, archery and horse riding activities; sports worthy of the royals.
However, you don’t feel like venturing in the cold, the hotel has its own luxury cinema room. It’s fun to indulge in popcorn while watching all time favorite movies.
How do you like your whiskey? The Ashford Castle offers whiskey tasting events and if you’re a whiskey connoisseur you’re in for a treat as the hotel has a large whiskey collection.
Celebrate Christmas the American way in New York. As the festive season arrives, the whole city is ready to welcome you with open arms. If you’re planning a family trip, New York has everything to please even your little ones.
There’s many tree lighting ceremonies throughout the city but the Rockefeller Centre’s ceremony stands out the most. It’s the event of the season and when the tree is lit, it leaves everyone in awe. The show is excellent as well and features the legendary Radio City Rockettes; a renowned Newyorkese dance troupe.
Your stay in New York is incomplete if you don’t try ice-skating. The city has several skating rinks but you should try the Rink at Rockefeller Center. It’s best to go in the evening as you can admire the exceptional views of New York’s cityscape and during christmas time, it’s the massive glimmering Christmas tree that captures your attention. It’s a magical sight that delights both adults and children.
New York is the city of entertainment and for christmas, there’s everything from musicals and theatrical plays to classical orchestras, acrobatic acts and of course the annual Jingle Ball Tour that features stars of the likes of Ed Sheeran.
To make the most out of your holidays in New York, you want to stay close to the Rockefeller Centre. The Plaza New York is a fantastic choice if you’re traveling with kids as the hotel knows how to turn any child’s stay into an exciting adventure. There’s plenty of events lined up for the festive season such as thanksgiving and christmas dinners and galas and children can meet Santa at the hotel and click a picture with him.
Just like New York, Chicago is another fantastic family getaway for the winter holidays. There’s many ice skating rinks, shows like the popular Nutcracker musical but if there’s one thing that sets the mark higher it’s the Lincoln Park Zoo.
When winter arrives in Chicago, it’s time for ZooLights, an annual event that makes the city a popular destination for Christmas and New Year. From the moment the lights are on, it’s like you just entered a fantasy world. Stroll through the park to take in the ice sculptures, browse through the stalls at the Christmas market or go on the 65 ft Century Ferris wheel for a panoramic view of the city for Christmas. If you’re feeling cold, warm up to a hot cocoa or a warm spiced wine before resuming your exploration.
During the day, there’s a lot to do as well in this vibrant city. There’s many Christmas markets and Chicago’s popular malls are packed with activities. You can’t miss the Museum of Science and Industry which is a great attraction for children. It’s known for its unique exhibits and for the festivities, there’s many activities, concerts and Christmas-themed exhibits. It’s not only fun but it’s also an enriching experience for children and adults.
If you’re visiting Chicago for the festivities, the Four Seasons Chicago is a great place to stay. The hotel knows exactly how to make your christmas holidays special. The hotel’s restaurants are going out of their way to offer exceptional afternoon teas and dinners while the spa has special treatments to help you relax.