Since we heard the exciting news that bubble is being promoted on Easyjet kids’ boarding passes, we have been daydreaming of boarding a flight for a winter getaway. If you’re also thinking about treating the family to a long weekend of festive fun, read on for the places that have made it onto our wish list.
Christmas markets: Berlin & Edinburgh
Berlin offers some of the best Christmas markets in all of Europe, and it so should; it boasts over 50 of them! With the aroma of mulled wine and the ready availability of humungous sausages (with curry ketchup of course), plus a wide variety of handmade gifts to peruse, this is definitely top of our list.
If you prefer to stay closer to home, then Edinburgh is also beautiful in December, and has two Christmas markets to explore – a European one and a Scottish one – plus ice skating, a big wheel and a Christmas tree maze that is home to some very special elves.
Skiing: French Alps
Skiing breaks are still possible once you have kids; they just take a bit more organisation! You can enrol older children in ski school and there are plenty of companies in the French Alps that offer childcare facilities, with some, such as Ski Famille, even providing private nannies to ensure that the littlest members of the family have as much fun as the grown-ups.
Santa: Finnish Lapland
If a festive getaway for you is all about the big man, then head to his official home in Finnish Lapland, where you can visit Santa Claus village, take a look around Snowman world and hop on a husky or reindeer ride. About as close to a winter wonderland as you can get, it’s also one of the best places on earth to spot the Northern Lights.
Festive treat: Paris
If the kids have been really good this year, and you can bear it, then you might consider rewarding them with a trip to Disneyland Paris. Christmas has already started over in the Magic Kingdom, with festive light shows, a Santa’s grotto, Frozen sing-a-long (because we don’t get enough of that already) and a Christmas parade. And after all that Disney, the kids might stay quiet enough for you to have a nice little wander down the Champs-Elysees…
If you don’t fancy travelling this winter, then take some time to get into the festive spirit in London and enjoy being a tourist for a couple of days. Hit up Winter Wonderland, or its cooler cousin, Winterville, in East London. Take the kids ice skating at the National History Museum, visit the Lego Santa Express Train at Covent Garden, and brave the crowds at Hamley’s toy shop (PS: win £100 to spend at Hamley’s in our competition on Facebook!)