Want to experience one of the most iconic city breaks in the world, during the most wonderful time of the year? No expense is spared in New York, from the ice rink in Central Park, to the decorations adorning Fifth Avenue’s stores. Even the art galleries get in on the action – head to the Metropolitan Museum of Art to watch the lights being switched on the 20-foot Christmas tree, which is surrounded by the Nativity scene. Try A Slice of Brooklyn Christmas Lights tour to really get into the holiday spirit. And of course, Christmas isn’t the only thing the city centre excels at. People travel from around the world to experience New Year’s Eve celebrations in Times Square, where you can watch the famous ball drop and welcome in the New Year in style.
You’ll need to wrap up warm for a short break in Iceland. It’s definitely worth it, as you’ll get to see sights like the Northern Lights, snuggle up in a boutique hotel watching the snow fall outside your window, and take a dip in the famous Blue Lagoon. Try the evening tour to give your trip a romantic twist. And, if you book a trip to Iceland with TUI, you’ll get to see the roaring Gullfoss waterfall and active geyser, Strokkur, as part of the cost of your break. Plus, you can book excursions like our Into the Glacier tour, where you’ll climb inside an actual glacier. Now that’s what we call a winter city break.
If you’re taking the kids with you, Rovaniemi is the place to go for a wintery weekend. There are snowsports like cross-country skiing and tobogganing on offer, as well as traditional sleigh rides – you can even visit a reindeer farm. And the fun doesn’t stop there. Mum and Dad can enjoy a mulled wine while the kids head to Elf School and decorate gingerbread. Meeting Santa Claus is the icing on top of the biscuit – and, for even more kid-focused fun, try our Elf Adventure excursion. Mrs Claus is on hand to help your little ones make crafts and sing Christmas songs.
If you want to avoid the cool altogether bag yourself a break to sweltering Dubai. Average temperatures sit in the 20s throughout the winter months, meaning you’ll have a tan to flaunt when you get back. Skyscrapers rub shoulders with sprawling shopping malls, while in the old quarter, get bartering for gifts at the souks. And, make sure to head to the beaches or the desert to swap snow for sand.
If you’re looking for world-class Christmas markets, Berlin has them in droves. Try the Alexanderplatz Christmas Market by the TV Tower, or head to the market at Charlottenburg Palace for more of a romantic feel. Every market offers something different, so make sure to do your research before you go to some of mainland Europe’s most impressive Christmas offerings.
Broadway, Central Park, Fifth Avenue - they're all within striking distance of the larger-than-life Riu Plaza New York Times Square hotel.
The Fosshotel Reykjavik is the largest hotel in Iceland, and comes with stylish interiors, a near-the-city location and a beer garden.
At the Lapland Hotel Sirkantähti you can expect in-room saunas, crackling log fires, and Lappish cuisine to lure guests in from the snow.
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