Let it snow... I'm off! Where to go in December
Written by larapiegeler
Since most of us have given up hoping for a white Christmas holidays at home, get your December fix of sparkling icicles and crunching, snowy footsteps in the forests of Northern Europe; the only thing that will make you feel more alive than the 'spa smell' of pristine, December cold pine woods is the fantastic Christmas food. December holidays are about snowmobiling in Sweden's Norrland, exploring the dense tangle of tiny Christmas lit streets on Stockholm's Gamla Stan and the Christmas market on Stortoget Square, or watching the Northern Lights from your hotel balcony in Lapland after a soothing sauna.
If it's a fairytale December of traditional Christmas holidays you're after, look no further than Rothenburg ob der Tauber: time appears to have stopped inside a Brothers Grimm story amongst these car-free, medieval streets, and the Christkindlmarkt is arguably Germany's most traditional December market. The Christmas markets in Berlin, Strasbourg, Cologne, Salzburg and Copenhagen are some of the most famous, but there are less obvious and equally rewarding examples in Graz, Krakow, Budapest, Riga and Helsinki. Closer to home but still bursting with December spirit, those in Edinburgh, Winchester, Birmingham and London are also fun.
The european ski season peaks in December, and the Alps and Pyrenees are bursting with lively, well-loved ski resorts in Christmas holidays pretty towns. Head to Chamonix in December for a real challenge, whether you're a skiier or snowboarder, or give cross-country skiing a go in Font Romeu, France.
Dreaming of a seriously sun-soaked Christmas and December? Head to Barbados (and if you deserve a Christmas gift from yourself, spend December at the Sandy Lane Resort and Spa). December is a great time weather-wise for a trip to Borneo to meet the Orang-Utans, to Easter Island for its famous moai, or spend your December holidays on the coastline around Broome to watch pearl-divers at work and spend Christmas day riding a camel along Cable Beach at the edge of the desert.
New Year's Eve is wonderfully exciting in Edinburgh; there's a Hogmanay street carnival, a torchlight procession and a display of fire sculptures – and the Times Square celebration in New York is a truely classic way to end your December holidays.
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