WHERE TO GO ON A FAMILY HOLIDAY IN WINTER

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Travelling as a family this Christmas & New Year

Winter, especially around the Christmas period, can be one of the most exciting times of the year for young children. It’s also the perfect opportunitt to bring your family together for the festive celebrations. As atmospheric and adventurous a snowy winter day can be, we also love having the option to enter the new year in the tropics and soaking up some well-deserved sun. Whether your family wishes to meet Father Christmas and his trusty helpers in Finland or pull a cracker on the sun-drenched beaches of Costa Rica, we’ve curated the perfect trips for you.

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#1 Explore Finland’s winter wonderland via reindeer sleigh

Nothing says Christmas like meeting Santa Claus in his very own workshop. Snow-covered Finnish Lapland opens up a world of outdoor opportunities for young children to embark on during winter. From husky and reindeer sleigh rides to feeding Rudolph and his friends, a walk through winter wonderland is every kid’s dream. Sit back and let the elves create magic for the whole family at Santa Claus village, before retreating back to your hotel to watch the spectacular northern lights. At the Arctic Light Hotel, you can’t help but feel like your in the Arctic Circle with all the polar bear memorabilia scattered throughout, from giant cuddly toys to the room’s wallpaper. The little ones will love it.                     

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#2 Search for sleepy sloths in the jungle of Costa Rica

Winter doesn’t have to be cold. In fact, it’s a great time to soak up that vitamin D in the tropics of Costa Rica and boast about it to your friends back home. A destination known for family-fun, your little ones can spot turtles, zipline across jungles, try their luck at surfing and even brave white-water rafting. Back at your boutique jungle lodge, Arenal Nayara hotel, sit back and listen to the jungle wildlife rustle around, admire the volcanic views and bubble away in the jacuzzi. This jungle hideaway has something for everyone; from an outdoor rain shower and swinging hammock to a wrap-around balcony. This is Christmas with a tropical twist.  

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#3 Make friends with meerkats in the Kalahari

End your year in style and kick-start the new year with excitement as you come face-to-face with Great Whites along the Cape or the Big Five in the Kalahari. The great thing about a safari in South Africa is it can be as laid back or adventurous as you wish, whether you’re looking to take a leap of faith off Bloukrans Bridge (with a bungee cord of course), hike up Table Mountain, or meet the local meerkat colony. As the years have gone on and your children have flown the nest, family rooms may be a thing of the past, so we’ve handpicked the best hotels that bring you space when need it and family-time when you want it. Forest lodges, safari camps, and city suites; take your pick.  

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#4 Lose yourself in New Zealand’s magical landscapes

The Christmas period is a great time to visit New Zealand. The beautiful sunshine is perfect for hikes across the mountainous landscapes, kayaking through the serene sea and wine tasting in New Zealand’s world-class wine province. To top it off? You’ll be whisked up in a hot air balloon to enjoy a bird’s-eye view of the South Island’s incredible scenery – great for every member of the family. Not to mention the breathtaking hotels we’re checking you into, including a stunning lakeside lodge in Lord of the Rings territory; laced with creeping plants up its walls. We can’t wait to help you tick off those bucket-list moments.   

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