Who doesn’t want to visit Santa in Lapland? It’s been on my bucket list for a long time now, even before kids. My daughter is three now so I might wait until she’s a bit older before putting on the full charm offensive to my husband!
But wow, what a place! You may remember recently we promoted a blog written by Katy Brown who loved every minute of it. Most tour companies will kit you out in all the winter essentials you will need, such as thermal suits, hats, gloves, boots and socks – but please check before booking. If you book a Santa’s Lapland break via Child Friendly Escapes we guarantee this is included.
Snow, snow and more snow! I’m thinking snow angels, snowmen, igloos and snowball fights! It may be freezing but there’s so much fun to be had. Not to mention all the activities you can experience on your tour. Here is an example of what is included in our Santa’s Lapland 4 day Spectacular family breaks:
- Flights and accommodation
- Airport transfers
- Private meeting with Santa
- Sleigh ride search for Santa
- Elves & Igloo Fantasia
- Reindeer Centre
- Reindeer sleigh-ride
- Husky sled-ride
- Thermal clothing
- Snow & ice fun activities
It’s the most - wonderful time – of the yeeaaarrrr!!!! (Come on sing along) Ha ha, in New York you do as the Americans would do. What a fantastic atmosphere, and when they do Christmas, they do it big! After their thanksgiving parades and black Friday sales (yes, yet again a tradition we seem to be copying) Christmas comes into its own right. I’ve been lucky enough to visit New York in December when it was all Christmassy. I didn’t experience their mega snowfalls but it was cccccold! It was also pre children, but it didn’t stop me feeling like a child again, looking in awe at all the window displays. They really go to town over there. Cartier had a light up ribbon with a bow around their store to make if look like a present, Macy’s window displays were out of this world, and kids went wild at FAO Schwartz toy store ( think Tom Hanks in BIG! where he played a tune on the floor keyboard)
There’s so much shopping to be done with all the Christmas winter villages such as Bryant Park. Here you will find a range of festive food and drink stalls, handcrafted holiday gifts, different seasonal events and activities happening every week and of course ice skating.
If ice skating is your thing, there are many options located around the city. When I went, I chose to skate (I use the term lightly) in Central Park. I actually can’t skate for toffee. But I would say the most popular by far is The Rink at Rockefeller Center. It’s a busy one though, so not for the faint hearted. The average number of people who visit the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree DAILY during the holidays is……750,000! Wow! That's a large number.
The best events at Christmas for kids in New York*:
- New York Botanical Garden Holiday Train Show
- Macy’s Santaland
- Radio City Christmas Spectacular
- Unsilent Night – a parade through the New York streets
- Holiday Family Day – at historic Bartow-Pell Mansion
- Origami Holiday Tree – at the American Museum of Natural History
- Holiday Express – W 77th Street
- Winter Family Fair – Morgan’s
- Holiday Break Workshop – at the Staten Island Museum
- Columbus Circle Holiday Market
For more information on a trip to New York at Christmastime – click here
*Source – Timeout
London – Hyde Park Winter Wonderland
London do Christmas quite spectacularly not to be outshone by our American counterparts. Harrods Chrismas Shop has been open since the Summer, Carnaby Street have gone for a carnival atmosphere this year, ice skating at Somerset House and Hamley’s Toy Store had their parade last weekend. But there’s no getting away from Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland.
The big attractions are always popular so book early to avoid disappointment. You will find ice skating available, Cinderella on Ice, Magical Ice Kingdom presents Deep Sea Adventure, Zippos Christmas Circus, Cirque Berserk, The Sooty Christmas Show and the Giant Observation Wheel.
Visit Santaland where you can meet the elves, see his workshop and take a ride on the Santa Express. Capture the magic of Christmas with your family with children’s rides and games.
For a festive shopping experience, the wonderful Christmas markets are sparkling with fairy lights with over 200 huts of unique gifts, Christmas decorations and gastronomic delights.
With over 100 rides to choose from, the kids and big kids will love the exhilarating choice including the world’s largest transportable roller coaster – The Munich Looping! There are gentler rides for younger ones.
If you have managed to fit it all in, then you will want to re energise yourselves with some food and drink. There is a huge selection to choose from, whether you want something quick on the go or a sit down meal, there’s certainly something for everyone.