‘Tis (almost) the season but if you need a break before the madness of silly season or are considering getting away over Christmas – you are in the right place. Here are our 5 Christmas holiday ideas from Ireland for 2016.
On many people’s bucket list, the aurora borealis or northern lights are a natural wonder not to be missed. The naturally occurring waves of light fill the night sky with hues of greens, pinks, purples and blues. The best news is you can often see them from one of 2016’s trendiest places to visit Iceland. The northern lights aren’t the only attraction; volcanic springs will keep you warm on your northern light holiday. If you want to combine both – Myvatn Nature Baths could be a great option!
Are your Children the right age to visit the real Santa in Lapland? If so, this magical trip can be done in a day or over a few days. Not only do you get to visit the big man himself but you get to go on a husky dog ride through the snow. We bet you will have as much fun as your children!
If rest and relaxation is crucial for your break away, but warmth isn’t, see some of the most stunning scenery the world has to offer on a Scandinavian cruise. See vast fjords surrounded by snowcapped mountains and evergreen forests from the comfort and warmth of a cruise ship.
In the month of December, cities all over Europe light up with traditional Christmas markets. For a few weeks central squares are overtaken with crafts people selling Christmas decorations, gifts and food. The air is filled with the smell of gluhwein and chestnuts roasting on an open fire. Many of the markets are worth a visit for the atmosphere alone but they are fabulous places to pick up a unique, handmade gift for a loved one. Some of the best Christmas markets to visit in Europe are in:
If you need some vitamin D this Christmas and sunshine is a must, there are some great off peak deals on Christmas sun holidays. The best destinations for some winter sun that are easy to get to from Ireland are:
Malta: beautiful scenery, delicious Mediterranean inspired food and mild weather what is there to lose on a Christmas holiday in the sun here? It’s checkered political past means there is lots and lots of historic forts, museums and churches to take in on a few days on this magnificent island. If you are a Game of Thrones fan, the first two series were filmed here, a tour is really worthwhile.
Crete: this gem of the Greek islands is much loved by Irish holiday makers during the summer. While it is a much quieter destination in the winter – it is a lovely place to catch some winter sun. Worth researching what will or won’t be open to keep you entertained while you are there though.
The Canary Islands: a lively location during the summer, the canary Islands are a much more relaxed place in the winter season. Temperatures are in the late teens, early twenties so considerably warmer than Ireland will be at that time of year. Going off peak may mean you can afford to stay somewhere that would be out of range the rest of the year.
Whether you choose a northern lights holiday or are planning Christmas in the sun, it is important to have comprehensive travel insurance in case something goes wrong while you are away.