Many of us like to get away from it all at the festive season wishing to escape the hustle and bustle of a commercial Christmas. Here we take a look at some of the most picturesque places to spend the holiday including some of the more snowy climbs offering a seasonal getaway.
Napapiiri in Lapland
Travellers who want a snowy seasonal Christmas away from it all would do well to consider this beautiful region of Finland as it has all the elements required for a picturesque Christmas celebration. Naturally there is plenty of snow here along with reindeer that roam freely around the area.
This area also boasts two popular parks where Santa can be located! The Santa Claus Village where families can meet the big man in red and his eleves is a popular venue along with Santa Park that features elf school, Santa's workshop, a fairy train plus superb ice sculptures and a range of quirky shops.
Napapiiri is located in the very far north of Finland close to the Arctic Circle therefore offers scenery and surroundings that are simply breathtaking. This area is a great getaway for the Christmas holidays for adults and children alike. Visitors will find a range of accommodation to suit their needs from basic through to luxury.
Visitors to Aspen are assured of a white Christmas when visiting this beautiful area but that is not all Aspen has to offer. Aspen is a popular area for skiers, while the Christmas season sees this area go all out to please and entertain its visitors. There is plenty of accommodation on offer too in the form of comfortable lodges and hotels. Visit booking.com and key in Aspen to view a wide selection.
Visitors can enjoy snowy scenery while staying in great lodges with atmospheric open fires, while in the town area many popular musical events are held that take into account the Christmas season. There are plenty of shopping outlets available too for those who wish to buy gifts and the like, traditional horse drawn carriages to take a ride in, while the streets are decorated very traditionally offering the vibe of a very traditional Christmas.
Aspen is surrounded by The White River National Forest plus many amazing mountains including the Smuggler. The beauty of the area is simply amazing and is a great location in which to spend the festive season.
Iceland is a beautiful country with amazing scenery plus is a superb place to visit at Christmas time. Imagine experiencing the hot springs, cascading waterfalls, or even see the famous Northern Lights that attract so many visitors to the area year after year.
Accommodation here is plentiful with many hotels or for those who prefer quiet getaway areas where romance can blossom. Christmas in Iceland is really traditional as snowfall is plentiful, fairy lights are everywhere and of course they even have their own Santa.
From authentic countryside Christmas stays through to great New Year hotel celebrations Iceland has it all, while its capital Reykyavik is a must see with fabulous galleries, museums and sculptures along with restaurants that serve local delicacies.
Prague is an exceedingly beautiful city at any time of the year but at Christmas time it is simply fabulous as with a dusting of snow and superb Christmas decorations the city turns into a winter wonderland in a very traditional way. The architecture alone in this amazing city is to die for, while its cobbled streets steeped in history make for a wonderful Christmas stay.
Prague is also famous for its excellent Christmas Markets one of which is held in Wenceslas Square, remember the traditional Carol "Good King Wenceslas"? The town square is surrounded by amazing Christmas trees, the Christmas spirit is everywhere and of course the snow just completes the picture.
Prague welcomes visitors from all over the world at Christmas, while there are plenty of apartments and hotels here in which to stay for your festive break.
Edinburgh is the Scottish capital where Christmas is celebrated big style and visitors worldwide are welcomed by the people who live here. Christmas in Edinburgh can see snow, which makes the city look even more picturesque, but even without the snow Edinburgh is a beautiful location in which to spend the festive season.
Edinburgh Castle which dominates the high street looks magnificent at Christmas time. There are decorations and lights everywhere, street entertainers, rides, attractions, shows and fabulous traditional Scottish Christmas Markets to enjoy, while a great ice skating rink is set up beneath the castle every year.
Those who can, will probably wish to stay on for the traditional Scottish Hogmanay or New Years Eve celebrations that are second to none anywhere. Massive crowds gather on Princes Street under the view of the great castle, while the New Year is welcomed in stylishly with live entertainment and music. Find accommodation in Edinburgh at booking.com where there are over three hundred places to stay featured.
Salzburg is surrounded by magnificent snow capped mountains, while at Christmas time the city is transformed into a magical wonderland for visitors to enjoy. Christmas lights twinkle in the dark and horse drawn carriages make the city look like it has stepped back in time.
Salzburg hosts some of the best Christmas markets in Europe selling traditional fayre such as homemade biscuits and delicious mulled wine. During Advent visitors can experience the ancient Pagan traditions that have been incorporated into Christian traditions and are a local custom not to be missed.
Nativity exhibits can be seen here too in keeping with the season, while all the shops in th city are decorated beautifully with traditional Christmas items and lights. The popular Carol "Silent Night" was composed in a little town close to Salzburg and the story of how it came about can be read in the Salzburg Museum. Visitors can book their Christmas holiday stay in this amazing European location through expedia.co.uk who feature over ninety five great hotels.