Top 3 places to go for this year’s Christmas holiday

If you’re planning to escape the UK at Christmas this year but still haven’t decided where to go, never fear – I’ve got a few suggestions for you that will hopefully give you some inspiration.

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Now, I’ve purposefully picked three destinations that are very different from one another to give you a good overview of the kinds of breaks you can go on – and maybe introduce you to an idea that you’ve not considered before.

Incidentally, if you’re interested in any of the following destinations, or anywhere else for that matter, check out the deals available through Cosmos this Christmas.

1. Lapland

Let’s start with the quintessential Christmas break destination – Lapland. This is the perfect place for families, because the Father Christmas association will enthral your kids and mean you have a truly magical break.

Don’t get me wrong, though, Lapland isn’t only for families – this region in Finland is actually a fantastic place for all kinds of winter sports, including skiing, snowboarding, tobogganing and even husky sleigh riding, so there’s loads for grown-ups to enjoy as well.

Back to what’s on offer for children, though, because that really is what makes Lapland a special place to be at this time of the year. You can organise a private meeting with Santa in his workshop for your little ones, feed reindeer and even go for a sleigh ride.

When you’re not busy visiting Father Christmas, you can just enjoy the unspoilt landscape that Lapland boasts – have a snowball fight, build a snowman or just enjoy curling up in a log cabin by a warm fire.

2. Algarve

If you’ve got something warmer in mind for your Christmas, but still want to have some of the festive cheer you’d find at home, the Algarve in Portugal is a great option. Now, the reason I’ve picked it out is that many of its towns put up wonderful Christmas lights and seasonal decorations, which will bring a festive touch to your holiday.

Of course, you won’t have to worry about grey clouds, rain or snow – the weather in the Algarve is sunny and warm all year round, allowing you to work on your tan over the Christmas period. The beautiful beaches here are one of the main attractions, with stunning stretches of golden sand accessible from all of the Algarve’s main resorts.

Another big draw for active travellers is the golf courses – what could be better than teeing off on a world-class fairway on Boxing Day? There are dozens of top golf clubs in the area – if there are any you’re particularly keen on playing at, make sure you book your tee time ahead of your break.

3. Rome

Finally, I’ve picked out Rome as the ideal city break destination this Christmas. Obviously, the religious side of the holiday is well and truly covered here, thanks to the Vatican and the plethora of beautiful churches that are dotted throughout the city.

It’s also got some pretty impressive festive decorations – most notably the huge tree that’s erected in Saint Peter’s Square every year and the various nativity displays that are set up in just about every church. Add to this a huge Christmas market in Piazza Navona, as well as an ice skating rink near Castel Sant’Angelo and you’ve got everything you need for a fun festive getaway.

Of course, Rome’s usual historical and cultural attractions are all still open at this time of the year, while you’ll also have access to top-quality restaurants and chic bars where you can enjoy city life and mingle with the locals – a great alternative to spending Christmas at home.


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