We all know The 12 Days of Christmas but what about The 12 Destinations of Christmas, and most importantly, what they’re all good for? From London to Iceland and York to Munich, we’ve covered everything to supply you with all the festive inspiration you need this year…
Paris – One Designer Handbag
If you’re tired of visiting the same old shops every year and you want to purchase some gifts that you can be all smug about, then there’s only one place to go… As the fashion capital of the world, a short break to Paris is the one special ingredient that’ll guarantee the perfect Christmas! With the Eiffel Tower twinkling in the night sky, Paris literally turns into a Christmas fairy-tale…
Head down the Champs-Elysées for world-famous fashion boutiques or to the Galeries Lafayette department store, where you’re guaranteed to find something amazing (maybe even for yourself too!).
Vienna – Two Viennese Christmas Cookies
Visiting a Christmas Market has now become a staple part of the festive season, with people travelling far and wide to experience the exciting yuletide tradition… But as they continue to pop up across Europe, deciding on which one to go to can often be half the battle.
For the ultimate market experience this year, surely the only one to head to would be one of the first? Taking place since 1298, the Christmas Markets of Vienna were often called the ‘December Market’ and have gone onto becoming an example to others on how to put on the perfect Christmas Market…
London – Three Big Belly Laughs
As a firm favourite for most of us here at Super Break, London is a place with little competition which makes a festive break there nothing short of amazing. From incredible music events to exciting attractions, London has it all…
If there’s one thing that screams the word Christmas, it’s pantomime… so what better way to experience it than in the middle of London? Theatre is at the very heart of the capital and has been for so many years – so if seeing the pantomime is on your Christmas itinerary this year, make sure you head down to London to see Snow White at London’s Palladium!
Blenheim Palace – Four Instagram-worthy Light Displays
Over the years, it’s become a Christmas tradition for almost every city to deck their streets in twinkly lights – from London to Edinburgh and even across the pond in New York, there are some truly remarkable displays across the globe and each year, they get even bigger… Located at Blenheim Palace, is arguably one of the most beautiful Christmas light displays in the UK – the gardens and palace itself are lit up to make a Christmas spectacular; guaranteed to put you into the festive spirit. Make sure you head to Blenheim Palace between 23rd November 2018 & 6th January 2019 to see this year’s Christmas lights.
Krakow – Five Glasses of Mulled Wine
Mulled wine, who doesn’t love it? Filling the streets with festive spices and warming aromas, it’s the go-to drink at Christmas and where better to enjoy a glass than in the centre of Krakow?
Looking like a Christmas fairytale, this beautiful, historic city makes for the perfect winter escape – with a Christmas tree standing tall in the middle of the Main Market Square and horse drawn carriages circling the city, if you haven’t visited Krakow before, then Christmas is the perfect time to do so!
Find a table in one of the cafes or bars in the Main Market Square and take in the festive atmosphere, and if mulled wine isn’t your drink, enjoy a pint of their national beer, Zywiec. If you look in the right places, you should be able to get one for as cheap as a pound!
Iceland – Six (If Not More!) Incredible Stories To Tell
Most people enjoy just putting their feet up over the festive period, but if you’re the type of person who thrives off adventure and discovering somewhere new, then there’s only one thing for it this Christmas… a trip to Akureyri, Iceland. With majestic snowy landscapes and exciting bucket-list experiences, Iceland is the perfect winter wonderland. From the stunning Goðafoss waterfall and the boiling mud pools of Namafjal to the Aurora Borealis dancing in the night sky, a break in Iceland this Christmas is a must-do for all festive thrill seekers.
Munich – Seven Chocolate Covered Treats
If we could pick one thing that is sure to get you into the spirit of things, then it has to be the scents and flavours that come with Christmas – from rich mulled wine, to delicious curried bratwurst, there’s nothing quite like the sweet smell of Christmas…
One of the best places to take it all in is Munich, where you’re guaranteed to sample some of the most authentic Christmas foods from around the world.
Rome – Eight Sights To See
If a traditional Christmas break is more your thing, then it might be time for a trip to Rome… Pulling out all the stops at Christmas, they deck the streets and famous landmarks in their finest festive decorations! From the glistening Christmas Trees standing tall across the city to the beautiful nativity scenes which can be enjoyed the many; Rome is the perfect place to take in a new city and enjoy the yuletide cheer…
Iceland – Nine Traditions To Learn
With landscapes as truly magnificent as Iceland, we couldn’t help but mention it twice in this list… Of course, there’s the stunning Northern Lights, dramatic geysers and beautiful geothermal spas but how about Iceland for a little bit of festive folklore?
Similar to how we celebrate the festive season with Father Christmas and his reindeers, Iceland have their own way of celebrating – with Gryla and the Yule Lads. Children are told from an early age about Gryla who lives in the mountains and is the mother of 13 children, also known as the Yule Lads. Every year, Gryla and the Yule Lads make their way down from the mountains in search of naughty children, determined to cause some mischief.
It has now become a tradition that children leave a shoe in their bedroom window where each night, the Yule Lads visit them, leaving them sweets and treats (or rotting potatoes) depending on their behaviour!
Experience a genuine Icelandic Christmas for yourself and join us as we head there later this year.
Edinburgh – Ten Ooh’s and Aah’s
When it comes to planning your New Year’s Eve, if you’re looking for a big night outside the capital, then how about a break away in Edinburgh? New Year’s Eve in Scotland is a night like no other – known as Hogmanay by the Scots, this night is a celebration that is loved all over the world. With Edinburgh Castle as the backdrop, live music, entertainment and perhaps some of the best fireworks in the world, Hogmanay in Edinburgh will have your New Year off to a flying start…
York – Eleven Ice Sculptures
Supplying you with all the yuletide cheer you need this year, York makes for the perfect pre-Christmas getaway for you and your loved one – after all Christmas is about spending time with those who are closest to you!
With quaint cobbled streets and cute cubbyholes for pubs, there’s so much to explore when you’re in York, especially during the festive season! Guaranteed to make the most magical and romantic trip, don’t miss the annual Ice Trial, the Christmas Markets and the Nordic wonderland of Thor’s Tipi.
New York – Twelve Moments You Won’t Want To Miss!
From old York to New York!
A trip to the Big Apple at Christmas is the mother of all breaks… Stepping onto the streets when festivities are in full swing is literally like a Christmas fairytale – there’s a winter wonderland around every corner, twinkling lights deck the streets and the atmosphere is like nothing else!
Feeling festive and fancy booking your own Christmas getaway? Start planning your trip now, we’ve got all the ingredients for the best festive season yet.