A lot of families and couples are tired of spending Christmas doing the same thing year after year – gorging on Turkey, ripping open presents and then spending the rest of the day travelling to and from relatives houses or having your family over for the day, increasing the stress levels as opposed to enjoying a magical time of the year.
So what many are doing is trading in their family holidays to the slopes of Switzerland or ditching the Caribbean cruise to spend their Christmas time away from the UK. Not only does this help you get away from the stress of the time, but it also allows you to spend Christmas in another culture – learning about how they celebrate this time.
Christmas abroad is a great way of avoiding the temptation of spending over the odds on gifts for all of your friends and family, instead informing the family of your intentions to go away and limiting the number of gifts they’re allowed this year because of the cost of the holiday.
There’s no hiding the issue that it still costs a lot of money, but if you’re lucky enough to be in the position where you have or know someone else who owns their own holiday home in, for example Portugal, then you only need to be paying for the flights and transfers which is no different really to paying for the fuel and to park for your Christmas shopping trips, by visiting.
But having decided to up-sticks this Christmas and go abroad, where should you go? Well, ideally you want a city break to be involved in the real Christmas spirit of the country, so here are three ideas for you to mull over – with your mulled wine maybe!
Lisbon. As touched upon already, Portugal is a beautiful country to visit and the capital city is full of culture and history, two factors that should form a significant part of any Christmas experience.
One of the most romantic cities in Europe, and therefore one of the most magical at Christmas time, is Vienna in Austria. With plenty of traditional areas and handmade gifts, you could combine it with your family holiday by going skiing. Two birds with one stone!
No Christmas is complete without the German experience, with many German market stall holders now appearing at British Christmas fairs. For that reason, visiting cities such as Frankfurt is a must. One main feature of Frankfurt in particular is in front of the town hall, where a huge Christmas tree stands tall.