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With Christmas just around the corner, its time to start thinking about Christmas Breaks again, and when I revisted this post from last year, I remembered that when I started writing this post about Christmas Break Ideas, I had Christmas Markets in mind, but once I started researching I discovered a whole host of alternative and really exciting ideas for things to do around the world during December and the Christmas holidays.
I’ve updated the list to add some new and exciting ideas, but for a moment lets go back to Christmas Market Breaks, which are a lovely and fun way to complete your Christmas shopping while treating yourself to a little trip before the Christmas Holidays.
I’ll be spending December and the holidays in the Greek Island of Rhodes this year where there will be ample winter sunshine, and I am looking forward to experiencing the Christmas Festivals here in Salakos for the first time. I am told people come from far and wide to experience Salakos Festivals and I am looking forward to welcoming guests to my Mountain Village Studio which can be booked through Airbnb or directly with myself.
Last year I headed to Munich to enjoy a weekend visiting Munich’s many Weihnachts-Märktes with my good friends who live there, Denise and Jan!
Winter temperatures in Europe can really plummet but there is nothing lovelier than embracing the joyous Christmas Market ambience wrapped up in your winter woolies while you sip a warming cup of Feuerzangenbowle, a delicious variation of Glühwein, but with the addition of sugar caramelised by burning rum. Yum!
I know Denise and Jan will be heading to the Weihnachts-Märktes again this year and I’m pretty sure Denise will go for her favourite Christmas drink, the Eierlikör, or “egg liqueur” in English, a traditional German Christmas liqueur and very similar to eggnog while Jan will be checking out the many hot food stalls that offer all sorts of lovely German food.
The craft stalls are filled with all sorts of unique Christmas present choices and the music and entertainment just makes visiting the Christmas markets a really uplifting and fun experience.
I’ve only ever been to the Munich Christmas Markets, but they are now extremely popular all over the world so the great thing is you don’t have to just be in Europe to enjoy them. Following are a few exciting ideas from around the world that I have found on Viator.com to consider for your ideal Christmas Break and its not just all about visiting markets either!
I’ve not yet had the pleasure of exploring America in depth but there are a number of American destinations on my bucket list with Christmas shopping in New York being at the top. And I’m not alone!! Christmas shopping in New York is an extremely popular short break destination for many from both sides of the Atlantic! I’m sure there are lots of great ways to explore New York, but I found this little gem on Vaitor.com which sounds like fun.
Wow!! This one sounds awesome! If you are a bit of an adventurer or an adrenalin junkie this could be the one for you!
There are a number of tours to see the Butchart Gardens Christmas lights in Victoria, but I like the idea of this wine tour and Christmas lights combined package.
It is easy to get around Munich on your own, but if you want to take a guided tour this sounds like the ideal one.
The UK is so diverse for such a small group of islands that there is bound to be something for everyone!
Edinburgh is indeed enchanting at any time of the year but visiting the Castle, walking down the Royal Mile and shopping on Princes Street at Christmas time is especially enchanting. Here is a private walking tour which gives you the opportunity to experience the best of Edinburgh at Christmas through the eyes and knowledge of a local!
Where better to experience the true meaning of Christmas than by visiting where it all began.
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India is at the top of my bucket list and this rather lovely six day package sounds incredibly tempting!!
This sounds like a fabulous alternative winter tour!
I lived in Australia for nearly twenty years, in three of its main cities, Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide and in country Victoria in Mildura.
I loved my life in Australia but always found it a little strange to celebrate Christmas in the middle of summer. Tinsel sparkled brightly in the sunshine and it was usually far too hot to cook a turkey on Christmas Day which was usually spent outside cooking lobster or prawns on the BBQ! Nonetheless it was lovely and living in Sydney also gave me the opportunity to see Sydney Harbour spectacular New Years Eve fireworks display. Here are a couple of ideal ways to spend Christmas and New Year in Sydney.