Christmas is fast approaching and the dreaded cold, dark mornings have already started to take their toll. The best remedy might just be a break away from your usual everyday. Some would argue that embarking on a Christmas holiday isn’t exactly the most traditional way of celebrating the season, but there are plenty of reasons why it might just be the best decision you’ve ever made. Whether it’s to immerse yourself in winter festivities, or to escape for some winter sun, we’re detailing some of the very best destinations for a Christmas holiday.
- Rovaniemi, Finland
Christmas is the season to be jolly, and where on earth better to do that than Lapland itself? Rovaniemi is arguably one of the most popular destinations for Christmas holidays, and that is of course due to the fact that it is the official home of Santa Claus. It’s an ideal choice if you’re travelling with young children, as it can truly bring the magic of Christmas to life.
There is so much to see and do in Rovaniemi, from visiting Santa Village and meeting the man himself, to crossing the Arctic Circle underground, to feeding reindeer and even seeing the Northern Lights on a snowmobile. In the evenings you can warm up by the log fire, with some hot cocoa or mulled wine in hand. Rovaniemi truly caters to all types of visitors.
- Queenstown, New Zealand
If the cold and the shorter days just aren’t your thing, travelling to the other side of the world to sunny temperatures might just sound like paradise. Experiencing the festive season in New Zealand is a world away from what it’s like back home. After all, it’s not everyday that you see Santa on a golden beach, or hear Christmas songs whilst the sun is shining. That said, there are plenty of ways you can immerse yourself in the spirit of Christmas in New Zealand, without having to tolerate miserable weather. From Christmas markets, to outdoor caroling concerts and so much more, Queenstown offers Christmas in the most unique way.
- Dubai, United Arab Emirates
If spending Christmas in the sun takes your fancy, then a yuletide trip to Dubai should be somewhere on your radar. Toasty temperatures combined with a dose of Christmas sparkle and festive cheer is the perfect recipe for anyone hoping to escape the bitter cold of back home. December in Dubai practically guarantees sunny days, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t feel like Christmas. Ski Dubai in the Mall of Emirates is home to an impressive indoor ski resort, with 22,500 square meters of snow and scenic winter settings. It’ll feel like your home away from home. Speaking of malls, Dubai’s shopping scene is unlike any other. You can spoil yourself and your loved ones, all whilst saving money on your tax-free purchases.
Written by Rebecca Martin, blog writer at UniBaggage.com.