Article by Jen Smith
Christmas is the time of year to take a step back and reflect with the family. Traditionally, Christmas is celebrated at home, but with more and more affordable flights and holidays emerging across the globe, it’s never been easier for families to escape the stresses of Christmas in favour of spending quality time together during the holiday of a lifetime…
Looking for an alternative way to spend Christmas? Exotic, explorative or extraordinary – holidays come in all shapes and sizes. Whether you’re on a budget or are looking to splurge, you’ll be sure to find the ideal location in which to enjoy some quality family time together over Christmas.
Christmas is all about magic, which is why Disneyland Paris is the ideal destination for families. There are a wide range of rides to suit all ages, whether you fancy a turn on the Alice in Wonderland teacups or dare to experience the adrenalin-fuelled Space Mountain: Mission 2. Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show is the ideal evening for families of all ages. Tuck into a cowboy feast as you cheer on your team of stunt riders, while watching the wagons fly past. One minute you’re nibbling on a chicken leg, the next – a herd of buffalo are before you. It’s definitely the destination for families who love a bit of magic at Christmas.
Gran Canaria is the perfect retreat for families who favour sun over snow. Often described as the ‘island of eternal spring,’ Gran Canaria is a year round retreat, which you can escape to in winter without disappointment. Of course, its winters will be cooler than its summers, but its Christmas temperatures certainly beat the freezing degrees of central and northern Europe. Gran Canaria’s warm winters make December to February considered as its ‘high season.’ When combined with affordable flights around mid December, Gran Canaria qualifies as one of the world’s most attractive cheap holidays come Christmas time.
France’s La Plagne ski resort is perfect for families who like to stay active on holiday. Not only can you ski the slopes of the Savoie French Alps in the Paradiski area but there are also fantastic, affordable hotels nearby to rest in after a busy day of skiing. The Vancouver Hotel is located within this winter wonderland, which offers 42 modern guestrooms. The Hotel offers cosy accommodation, a tasty restaurant, lively bar and pampering spa facilities. Chambery Airport is located only 70km from the Vancouver Hotel, making it an easy transition from plane to piste.
Christmas doesn’t have to be the same, year after year. Affordable flights and accommodation are the icing on the Christmas cake that makes it possible for families to enjoy time away together. Christmas is about families, so wherever you family is, Christmas will certainly follow – whether you’re exploring the Alps or shaking hands with Cinderella.
About the Author
Jen Smith works in the travel industry and writes articles based on the world’s top destinations and the latest holiday offers.