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Fly into Christmas: The Best Festive Destinations Worldwide

For a lot of people Christmas breaks are a must. A chance to escape the chaos and stress of the high street and relax in some of the most picturesque locations. If you’re thinking about going on a holiday before or during the Christmas period, then look no further. We've put together a list of the best Christmas holiday destinations to jingle your bells.

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The Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort goes above and beyond expectations, offering some of the most incredible accommodation available inside the Arctic Circle. Log cabins and suites are available at the resort, each beautifully decorated to fit the winter environment. However, their glass igloos are the pinnacle. They allow you to sleep under the northern lights in the comfort of a warm and cosy bed. The igloos can accommodate 2-4 people, however, if you’re looking for something even more luxurious then check out the Kelo-glass igloo with enough space for 6. The Kelo-glass is a lodge and an igloo combined; with a private sauna, kitchenette and fireplace you’ll never feel more relaxed. It doesn’t stop there though as the range of facilities and activities are as amazing as the accommodation. The resort is home to the world’s largest smoke sauna, which comes in useful after your ice-water swim. Don’t worry about the lake being frozen over; staff will cut a hole for you to swim in.

Ready for the long list of activities which they host? Here goes:

  • Husky safaris
  • Reindeer safaris 
  • Horse riding 
  • Aurora hunting
  • Snow mobile safaris
  • Snow tank safaris
  • Ice fishing
  • Cross country skiing
  • Downhill skiing and snowboarding
  • Icebreaker Sampo cruise

Kakslauttanen Glass Igloo Photo ©Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort, Lapland, Finland

Kelo Igloo Photo ©Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort, Lapland, Finland

There’s no doubt that you’ll need some weather-protective gear to enjoy the cold climate. Check out our Men’s Jack Wolfskin Cook Parka and Women’s Supercino Down Jacket from The North Face. If you’re looking for snow boots then the waterproof Men’s Sorel 1964 Pac™ T Snow Boot and Women’s Sorel Explorer Joan Boot will be sure to keep you warm and dry.

Equally amazing is The Ice Hotel in Sweden which, you guessed it… is made from ice! It elegantly fuses art with accommodation as each of the ice rooms house ice sculptures and feature individual designs. With each room offering free snow suits and boots there’s no need to worry about being too cold. It is recommended that, whilst you'll enjoy a one night stay in an ice room, the cold temperatures may get to you after that. So the hotel also offers warm rooms for the rest of your stay. The activities offered seem endless, ranging from ice sculpting classes, to Northern Light safaris, to snow mobile rides.

Ice Hotel

Check out our Men’s Mountain Equipment Arete Hooded Down Jacket and Women’s Jack Wolfskin Serenia Down Jacket to keep you warm when partaking in icy activities. The Men’s Alpine Thermal Underwear Set and Women’s Trekmates Classic Dry Gloves will provide extra warmth where it counts.

Canada is home to some of the most outstanding national parks, Banff is popular all year round due to its picturesque atmosphere and proximity to some seriously amazing scenery. Situated right amongst it is the Fairmont Banff Springs hotel, otherwise known as ‘The Castle in the Rockies’. It's an amazing place to stay 365 days a year, but at Christmas time it gets even better with its huge Christmas tree and decorations turning the hotel into a festive wonderland. Christmas at the Castle is the perfect way to spend a family holiday. To keep the whole family cosy be sure to check out our winter essentials including our Men’s Technical Leather Waterproof Gloves, Women’s Sorel Emelie™ Fold-Over Boot and the Kids' Berghaus Fourstones Parka.

Banff National Park

New York is quite possibly the most magical city in the world but when 'tis the season it reaches a new level of vibrancy. The Lotte New York Palace was voted the best hotel in NYC, and its 100% clear why. Its famous 30ft Christmas tree is spectacular, not to mention the lobby which is festooned in seasonal decor. However, when you’re in New York you should be in your hotel as little as possible – you have a huge city to explore. The Rockefeller is one of the most festive places in New York. A 94ft tree sits next to an ice rink where you can skate glove-in-glove. If you’re wanting to see Christmas lights then check out Dyker Heights in Brooklyn where all of the residents deck their houses with elaborate Christmas decorations. Other festive NYC activities include:

  • Santaland at Macy’s
  • Horse carriage rides around central park
  • Christmas window displays on 5th avenue
  • Christmas markets
  • Radio City Christmas spectacular
  • Nutcracker at the Lincoln Centre

If you’re lucky enough it might even snow whilst you’re there. If it does then trust us, it get's seriously cold. Wrap up in our lifestyle range where you can find the Men’s The North Face McMurdo 2 Parka and the Women’s Joules Snowbury Padded Coat.

Lotte New York Palace Photo ©New York Palace, New York

German Christmas markets are some of the most famous in the world. The Nuremberg Christkindlesmarkt has a history dating back 400 years, making it an icon of yuletide cheer. The scent of mulled wine, gingerbread and bratwursts fill the air of the city, making exploration a full-sensory festive experience. This is the template that worldwide Christmas markets are based on.

Shop some of our more casual ranges to dress for your trip to the markets. The Men’s The North Face Exhale Insulated Jacket and Women’s Regatta Winika Insulated Jacket will be sure to keep you warm and looking great.

German Christmas Market

Finally, if you’re looking for a fairy tale Christmas then Moscow is the place for you. Most people would never think of visiting Russia, especially for a festive trip. But wait until you see what this magical city has to offer. The ‘Journey into Christmas’ festival runs from 14th December until January 13th with literally thousands of places and events all across the city helping celebrate the journey into Christmas. These including:

  • Skating rinks
  • Ski tracks
  • Ice slides  
  • Dog sledding 
  • Snow mobiles and much more.

Moscow St Basil's Cathedral

Why not walk along Tverskaya Street up to Tverskaya Square where you can admire glowing decorations, watch staged fairy tales and drink mulled wine. The Red Square and St Basil's Cathedral look incredible at the best of times but at Christmas they burst into life with snow falling, Christmas markets, street food and ice rinks. You don’t want to be dragging a suitcase through the snow with the wheels falling off so why not check out our The North Face Base Camp Duffel Bag. To get the local look, try the Women’s Alpine Fur Trapper Hat.

So, if you want a truly white Christmas, free from the rat-race, the crammed high streets and the drizzel; then hopefully this has given you some fuel for the imagination. Skip the present; buy a ticket.

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Georgia is our new grad. Fresh from university and full of a zest for life. She's originally from the Lake District, so naturally, enjoys nothing better than exploring the fells, and pubs, of her favourite park.

Traveling is a huge passion of Georgia's, as is photography follow along as she tries to visit as many countries as possible, all the while capturing the local wildlife and culture with her camera skills. In the past year she has managed to tick off China, Germany, Sweden and France from her long list of places to visit. Only a couple more to go Georgia...

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