4 places to catch the Winter magic
Carolling with Mickey
Christmas comes once a year. That may be, but at Disneyland Paris it lasts for two months (November 11 – January 7). Several times every day Disney characters invites everyone to participate in a cheery singalong of Christmas classics. The beloved cast of Frozen even have their own ‘Frozen Sing-Along’. In Disney Park’s Main Street, it also snows every day. Mickey, Minnie, and Santa gather here daily for a festive countdown to light up the 24-metre-tall Christmas tree. Get a toffee apple or candy floss and enjoy Disney’s Christmas Parade. But if singing makes you hungry, head to Disney Village and have a hearty meal in one of the 55 restaurants. Book your tickets online, and wait till you see the excitement on your children’s faces!
Sleep like an eskimo
Iglu-Dorf hotels, ski resorts around Europe
Have your own Alaska experience without crossing the ocean. Each year Iglu-Dorf villages are being built in seven different locations; five of them in Switzerland (Davos-Klosters, Engelberg, Gstaad, Stockhorn, Zermatt), one on the top of the highest mountain in Germany, Zugspitze; and one is run as a franchise in Grandvalira, Andorra. Each igloo is decorated with snow and ice art made by international artists. The suits vary from Standard Igloos for up to six people, to the exclusive Igloo Suite with a private Jacuzzi. Each offer includes a welcome drink, fondue for dinner, loads of tea and breakfast. Every village also features their own bar and a wellness area featuring a hot tub. Not a fan of the cold? Than aim to the Engelberg village where there’s also a Hot Igloo – a heated tent-igloo with a cosy double bed inside. However, the sleeping bags, offered in every suite and village, make sure you’re as snug as a bug, even when it’s -40 degrees outside.
Festive shopping without freezing
Christmas Market, Zurich
As soon as you hop off the train at Zurich’s main station, the magnificent aroma of cinnamon and roasted almonds embraces you. This is where Switzerland’s most famous Christmas market is held, offering a festive shopping spree without getting your nose red from the cold. With around 150 stalls, it’s one of the largest indoor Christmas markets in Europe, offering unique Christmas ornaments, jewellery, candles, textiles, and other gifts made by local artisans. Don’t miss the traditional delicacies such as Tirggel biscuits and Christstollen fruit loaf and some incredible cheese from the masters of Emmental. But, no doubt, it’s the 50 feet high Christmas tree, decorated with around 6000 Swarovski crystal ornaments, who steals the show. Zürcher Christkindlimarkt is open from November 23 to December 24.
Merry and bright in luxury
Conservatorium Hotel, Amsterdam
Ever since watching Home Alone 2, you been dreaming of spending Christmas at a gorgeous hotel? Then look no further than the Conservatorium Hotel in Amsterdam. During the festive season, the hotel becomes a world of its own, with amazingly decorated halls and a large Christmas tree at the centre that’s so perfect even the Grinch wouldn’t dare to steal it. Located on the site of Amsterdam’s former Sweelinck Conservatory of Music, the five-star hotel gracefully combines a striking Neo-Gothic exterior with an elegant interior created by award-winning interior designer Piero Lissoni. The hotel also features an Asian restaurant, a sassy cocktail bar, brasserie, lounge, shopping gallery not to mention the largest spa in the city. The Hotel is located in the museum district, with the Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum, and Stedelijk Museum literally at your doorstep.