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first_img2. Berlin, GermanyBerlin has some of the best Christmas markets in Europe, so it’s an ideal place to go to soak up the season. The Berliner Weinachtszeit behind Alexanderplatz is one of the biggest, and it runs right through the Christmas season, starting on 27th November and ending on 29th December – in fact, it’s even open on Christmas Day. Set against the backdrop of Berlin’s 50-metre-high ferris wheel, the market boasts its own (free) ice rink – you can hire skates for €4. Santa Claus is also on site to chat with the kiddies, and there’s a petting zoo along with pony rides, so the little ones will love it. Head this way to discover more of the best Christmas markets in Europe.Find cheap flights to Berlin 9. Barbados, The CaribbeanTurtle Beach in Barbados has an excellent hangout for the little ones, so you can leave them to be entertained while the adults top up their tan – the Flying Fish Kids Club is for ages 3 to 12 and is open daily until 9pm. If you’re after something more exciting though, Atlantis Submarines Barbados offers dives down to a shipwreck, where the kids will love seeing brightly coloured fish weave in and out of the abundant coral (minimum height 3 feet, prices from $104 for adults and $52 for children). Check out this article for more of the best things to do in Barbados.Find cheap flights to Barbados 1. Paris, FranceParis has absolutely tons of things for kids to do, from ogling giant whale skeletons at the Museum of Natural History’s Palaeontology and Comparative Anatomy Gallery (2 Rue Buffon, open daily 10am to 6pm, entry €7) to exploring the wonderfully quirky Magic Museum (11 Rue Saint-Paul, open Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday from 2pm to 7pm, entry €10 for adults and €8 for children). But one place that goes all out for Christmas is Disneyland Paris (ticket prices start from around £32). Expect to see a daily Christmas parade with dancing sugar canes and gingerbread men, Frozen sing-alongs, two Christmas-themed live shows and a chance to snap a selfie with Santa, along with his best mates from the Disney cast. Take a look at this guide for more ideas on what to do in the City of Light.Find cheap flights to Paris 5. Orlando, Florida, USAGoing on a Christmas theme-park crawl certainly beats eating dry turkey at grandma’s house. Disney has four parks near Orlando, and the Magic Kingdom will be hosting Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, with festive stage shows parades and fireworks. Meanwhile, Universal’s Islands of Adventure – one of three Universal theme parks in Florida – saw a new attraction this year in the form of Skull Island: Reign of Kong. As they set out on their expedition to the mysterious island, visitors are surrounded with fearsome prehistoric creatures before the King of K himself turns up to do battle. But if theme parks aren’t your thing, here are our top seven things to do in Orlando that aren’t themed in any way.Find cheap flights to Orlando RelatedThe 10 best family city breaks in EuropeA city holiday with children can be a daunting prospect, but it doesn’t have to be a nightmare. Here are ten of the most family-friendly cities in Europe, from Paris to Copenhagen, along with ideal places to take the little ones when you get there.5 best Christmas market cities in EuropeGet on the Glühwein in these five Christmas market-mad cities in Europe all great for a pre-Christmas break.10 of the best European city breaks for Easter weekendIf you’re wondering where to go for that long Easter weekend, how about four days in Paris, Copenhagen, or Berlin? Here are the best destinations to fly away for this Bank Holiday weekend, from Good Friday (April 14th) to Easter Monday (April 17th). 3. Copenhagen, DenmarkAt Christmas, a swathe of stalls selling festive gifts and treats pops up along Nyhavn, making the colourful fairy-tale harbour even more alluring. Treat the kids to some sugar roasted almonds as you wander along the quay where the Little Mermaid writer Hans Christian Andersen spent most of his life. A visit to Tivoli Gardens, Copenhagen’s venerable 174-year-old amusement park, is something of a Christmas tradition for locals – the Christmas lights are simply stunning, and three separate light shows illuminate the skies every day during the festive season. And if the kids haven’t tired of looking at sparkly things in the sky, the park puts on a fireworks festival from 25 to 27 December and from 31 December to 3 January. If you’re worried about the cost of a Scandinavian trip, take a look at some of the best things to do in Copenhagen on a budget.Find cheap flights to Copenhagen 4. Tenerife, Canary IslandsDecember is the coolest month of the year on Tenerife – but it’s still a heck of a lot warmer than the UK, with highs of 20°C. If you’re tempted to try for a family Christmas on the beach, Playa de las Teresitas in Santa Cruz offers golden sands courtesy of the Sahara Desert: the entirety of this man-made beach was imported from the African mainland. And there are dozens of top-quality natural beaches along the coast, too: Playa Bollullo and Playa del Pozo are two of the more secluded ones. There’s a chance you might have a white Christmas, too: snow often falls on Mount Teide, Spain’s highest mountain at 2,718 metres, and locals can be seen heading to the slopes for sub-tropical sledging and snowman building.Peruse our guide for more things to do in Tenerife, including where to watch whales. Find cheap flights to Tenerife 8. Efteling, The Netherlands (nearest airport Amsterdam)Efteling is one of the oldest theme parks in the world – it opened in 1952, a good three years before Disneyland in California threw open its doors – and last year it had nearly 5 million visitors, making it the third most popular amusement park in Europe. Themed around legends and fantasy, the park started with the quaint Fairy Tale Forest, a wood full of animated figures inspired by the stories of the Brothers Grimm and others, but nowadays it also hosts state-of-the-art roller coasters like Baron 1898, a dive coaster that plunges terrified guests 37 metres down into a dark pit. ‘Winter Efteling’ will see the park bedecked in thousands of lights, and it will remain open throughout the festive period.Find cheap flights to Amsterdam 7. Tromso, NorwayTromso is a fantastic place to go hunting for the Northern Lights – a Christmas show that the kids will remember forever. A cruise is a great way to see the lights with no obstructions, and it also gives you a chance to see the beautiful fjords that slice through the Norwegian coastline – Tromso Safari offers a four-hour cruise for NOK 1,200 per adult and NOK 600 per child under 12. In the city itself, Polaria is a fantastic museum for children. A walkway takes visitors through films showcasing life in the Arctic, ending with an aquarium featuring bearded seals and various fish species found in northern waters. The building is an attraction in itself – its striking slanted design represents ice floes that have been pressed up against the land.Find cheap flights to Tromso 10. Obergurgl ski resort, Austria (nearest airport Innsbruck)If you’re looking to take the family skiing over Christmas, Obergurgl in Austria is a fantastic resort for beginners. The high altitude (the village is around 2,000 metres above sea level) means that it generally has plenty of snow, and there are lots of long blue slopes for kids to get started on. The ski resort offers 24 ski lifts and if you want to leave the kids in safe hands while you go skiing, Esprit Ski offers excellent childcare services. One-day lift passes are €52 for adults and €34 for children.Find cheap flights to Innsbruck Here are a few more ideas for family breaks this winter:Family fun: 10 things for kids to see and do in London this winterLooking for fun things to do with the kids in London? The capital may be a grown-up’s playground, but there’s plenty for the little ones to see and do, and it doesn’t have to cost a fortune. Discover our top picks for family fun this winter – they’re worth braving the cold for, promise!10 cheap winter sun destinationsThink you have to go far to find winter UV? Think again… Here are 10 places just a few hours from the UK that will let you top up your winter tan – and the off-season flight prices won’t set you back an arm and a leg.Top 10 alternative winter city breaksWondering where to go for a winter city break? Well we’ve got a few alternative suggestions for you, with cheap flights and plenty to keep you busy. Avoid your typical weekend away and see what you think of these city break ideas.*Published September 2017. Any prices are lowest estimated prices only at the time of publication and are subject to change and/or availability.Skyscanner is the world’s travel search engine, helping your money go further on flights, hotels and car hire. ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map 6. Lapland, FinlandEveryone knows that Santa lives in Lapland, so why not take the kiddies to pay him a visit? A plethora of tour companies offer trips to the frozen north, with a visit to the big man included, obviously. Other featured activities usually include dog-sledding and tobogganing, and there are various less-commercial operations outside the main Santa village in Rovaniemi that are worth seeking out. Bear in mind that Santa tours can be expensive though – and temperatures can sink as low as minus 25°C. But surely it’s worth it for a once in a lifetime chance to meet the man in red? It’s not all about Santa though – here are a few more reasons to visit Lapland.Find cheap flights to Laplandlast_img


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