Going abroad for the holidays is a convenient way to squeeze in an extra special vacation with the one you love or with the entire family. Why not be adventurous and get to know a new country? While getting to know another country is always fun, each country has its own holiday traditions and getting to witness them makes for an even more exciting trip.
If your child dreams of catching a glimpse of Santa, take him or her to Canterbury’s Winter Wonderland Lapland, another of Santa’s many homes. Not only will your child be able to discuss his or her secret Christmas wishes with the big guy himself, he or she can take a special sleigh ride driven by Santa’s reindeer and meet some of his elves. Don’t worry about the language barrier, because all of the Swedish employees are fluent in English. This resort nestled in the forests of Sweden also boasts plenty of outdoor fun including sled-riding, tobogganing and snowcat or skidoo-riding. There are a variety of special vacation packages offered, including several outdoor adventure packs for who can’t wait to get out in the snow.
In Germany, the main seasonal event is the Christmas market: there is generally one in every big city. The market usually surrounds a big Christmas tree and shoppers can purchase Christmas decorations and foods as well as gift items and handicrafts, listen to choirs or bands, and watch their children enjoy special rides. The biggest and most famous market is Christkindlesmarkt in Nürnberg. Other famous markets are located in Berlin, Hamburg, Munich, Cologne, Frankfurt and Stuttgart.
Christmas 2019 in Prague brings out the traditional Czech spirit. This is another spot that is known for its huge Christmas markets with plenty to see and buy. In the Old Town Square there is a mini zoo and a recreation of the manger scene. Other attractions include caroling, traditional foods and a huge Christmas tree draped in lights.
Rome is a more traditional place to spend Christmas, especially if you are Catholic. Steeped in tradition, Rome offers lots to see, do and eat throughout the holiday season. See the Pope give Midnight Mass on Christmas Eve in St. Peter’s Square, stop by the Piazza Navona Christmas Market, marvel at the exhibition of Nativity scenes, some of which date back to 1500, or visit any of the breathtaking places in Rome that are available year-round.