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Christmas holidays 2021: where to go with children

Christmas is certainly a perfect time to get together with the family, it is that time awaited all year to savor that sweetness and that peace coveted for months. Nothing better than grabbing a trolley, quickly putting on some clothes (not many, so as to avoid the stress of "packing") and leaving with the whole family, even if only for a couple of days. Sea, mountain or city doesn't really matter: a little enthusiasm is enough and any place will become our perfect little holiday.



Index

  1. Christmas with children in the mountains
  2. Christmas with children by the sea
  3. Christmas with children in the city
  4. Other ideas and low cost destinations for Christmas
  5. User questions and comments

Christmas with children in the mountains

1 - Trento, Bolzano and Merano, Trentino Alto-Adige

It seems obvious, but the first holiday destination when you think about Christmas and the mountains is certainly Trentino: magnificent landscape, picturesque fairytale Christmas markets, excellent food and in large quantities: these are some of the characteristics for which a holiday in Trentino it has now become a classic for the whole family.
Trento is a magnificent town with the markets starting on November 18th to continue up to the Befana, with a thousand events and initiatives. Every year in Piazza Dante it is set up The Children's Village, with games and workshops, the ice rink and ponies. Don't miss the MUSE (Trento Science Museum) that enchants children of all ages.
Bolzano and Merano are famous throughout Europe for their Christmas markets... your children will be delighted, your pockets maybe a little less!


  • Climate and temperatures: minimum around -11 °, maximum in any case below zero
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 85,00 per room -
  • Flight + hotel package: Return flight + 5 days / 4 nights from € 284,00 per person -

2 - Stegersbach, Austria

Just beyond the Italian border, Austria takes us to a fabulous location, al Allegria Resort in Stegersbach, a real thermal park with 14 pools and 1.500 m of water surface: huge areas with indoor and outdoor activities, for adults and children, in complete safety, in the midst of healing springs, a real boon in the cold of winter. Karl J. Reiter, owner of the Resort, who has always defined himself as a "guest and farmer", wanted this magnificent structure to be "accessible to all", and with this in mind he conducts all the activities, managing to make it an award-winning place and a place where it is possible to stay with the highest quality and the utmost attention to price. Staying at the Allegria Resort is truly an unforgettable gift for the whole family.


  • Climate and temperatures: The Stegersbach area has, as in all of Austria, very cold winters with lots of snow. Temperatures generally remain below freezing
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 65,00 per room -
  • Flight + hotel package: Return flight + 5 days / 4 nights from € 270,00 per person -

3 - Rovaniemi, Finland

Choosing Lapland during the Christmas holidays means organizing the best holiday for the whole family, with particular attention to children, who will be able to see the dream of meeting Santa Claus come true: we are talking about the Rovaniemi Village, at the Arctic Circle, also known as the Santa's Village. Here the activities are among the most diverse and exciting: you can visit Santa's House and take a ride on a snowmobile among the reindeer, cross the Polar Circle on wooden skis, visit small reserves of domestic animals in the area to play with, look for the Northern Lights and much more. One of the most beautiful holidays of a lifetime. At a cost, however, not indifferentEtc.


  • Climate and temperatures: cold temperatures, which in winter range from -11 ° to -4 ° maximum
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 350,00 per room -
  • Flight + hotel package: Return flight + 5 days / 4 nights from € 650,00 per person -

4 - Heidiland in Maienfeld, Switzerland

In Switzerland, in Maienfeld, you will find a very special attraction: we are talking about Heidiland,Heidi's village, where everything is faithfully reconstructed to the story of the little girl who made the whole world fall in love with it. In this village you can see Heidi's house, built as described in the original, where you can see and experience how the little girl lived, and the exhibition dedicated to Johanna Spyri, the author who made both children and adults dream with this character. In this exhibition you will also see some props used in Heidi's film with Anuk Steffen and Bruno Ganz. Obviously, there is no shortage of experiences dedicated to children too, such as the farm with goats, open-air cinema or musical performances.

Heidi's house is open every day from March 15th to November 15th from 10am to 00pm. For winter visits and special occasions it is possible to organize a visit outside the opening days, by contacting the property directly via the official website: https://www.heididorf.ch/. Full admission costs CHF 17 (approx. € 00), reduced admission costs CHF 13,90 (approx. € 12,50). The Heidiland InfoPoint in Maienfeld, on the other hand, is open from Monday to Friday from 3,90:3,50 to 9:00 and from 12:00 to 13:15, on Saturdays from 17:15 to 9:00 and from 12:00 and 13:00, closed on Sundays.



  • Climate and temperatures: in December the climate is cold and not very rainy, with an average of 8 rainy days; the maximum temperatures average around 5 °, the minimum around -2 °
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 120,00 per room -
  • Flight + hotel package: Return flight + 5 days / 4 nights from € 326,00 per person -

5 - Govone, Piedmont

Another great destination in Italy to spend a few days with children is Govone, in Piedmont, in the Magical Christmas Village. This event, organized in the province of Cuneo, is one of the most anticipated events of Christmas! In the Christmas village you will find a beautiful Christmas market, the exhibition of cribs and the house of Santa Claus. In the latter, children will be able to meet Santa Claus and take a picture with him. Obviously, there is no shortage of themed shows and lots of cooking workshops, even for the little ones, where they can make and decorate Christmas cookies.

The Magical Christmas Village is on Saturdays and Sundays from mid-November until 23 December, from 10:00 to 19:00. Admission to the Christmas market is always free, while for the exhibition of the cribs, the house of Santa Claus and the cooking workshops it is necessary to buy tickets in advance, You can also do it online, especially for the house of Santa Claus and for workshops, in order to guarantee you a place: https://www.magicopaesedinatale.com/Info-Biglietti


  • Climate and temperatures: in December the climate is cold and dry, with an average of 3 days of rain; the maximum temperatures are around 6 ° on average, the minimum around 2 °
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 90,00 per room -
  • Flight + hotel package: Return flight + 5 days / 4 nights from € 272,00 per person -

Christmas with children by the sea

1 - Barbados, Caribbean

The "White Christmas" also belongs to the Caribbean: endless beaches of fine white sand, dazzling views and lush nature. Barbados certainly has a privileged location: perfect weather all year round, sheltered bays in the west where snorkeling, swimming, water sports in complete safety. It is very easy to admire the magnificent seabed, even without being diving experts: real submarines are available in a reduced version, the Atlantis Submarines, which with their glass structure on the coral reef will make adults and children open their mouths wide. Bathing with turtles is another unmissable activity, with snorkeling between turtles and wrecks. Moving inland, we find caves and nature reserves, rich in species of plants and animals. White and multicolored Christmas for all tastes and all ages.

Very particular and characteristic of Barbados is the pirate cruise on the Jolly Roger, a pirate-themed cruise where you can try your hand at walking on the plank and swing from the ropes, then diving among turtles and tropical fish!

  • Climate and temperatures: temperatures between 23 ° minimum and 29 ° maximum
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 140,00 per room -
  • Flight + hotel package: Return flight + 8 days / 7 nights from € 1.900,00 per person -

2 - Fuerteventura, Canary Islands

Fuerteventura is very suitable for children, because it shares its character: lively, peaceful, adventurous and in constant motion with its waves and winds. Mild temperatures all year round, endless beaches, crystal clear water, friendly people, entertainment but also simple life. You can't go through Fuerteventura without trying some surfing lessons, that more than an activity is a philosophy of life for those who live in the area. Each location on the island offers this type of peaceful and fun vacation at the same time: a trip to Lobos Island with dolphin watching, theAcua Water Park in Corralejo, or the Oasis Park, with over 3.000 animals, shows, a botanical garden and lots of entertainment and educational activities (online admission ticket from € 35,00).
Before returning home, a liberating dip on the endless dunes of Corralejo Natural Park it will be the right and liberating way to say goodbye to the beautiful Fuerteventura.

  • Climate and temperatures: on average there are minimums from 13/15 ° and maximums from 19/22 °
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 80,00 per room -
  • Flight + hotel package: Return flight + 5 days / 4 nights from € 390,00 per person -

3 - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Do you want to spend Christmas holidays with the children different from usual? Maybe in the heat? An excellent solution could be Rio de Janeiro, in Brazil, where temperatures fluctuate between 26 ° and 31 °. Moreover, Rio de Janeiro is perfect for visiting with children: there are huge beaches where they can play, always full of families; you can take the cogwheel train to the Statue of Christ the Redeemer or the cable car to get to the famous Sugar Loaf; there are large pedestrian areas where you can safely go around with strollers in case you have small children.

If you decide to undertake this trip overseas, then you cannot absolutely miss the aforementioned excursion to the Sugar Loaf and Cristo Redentor, the beaches of Ipanema, Leblon and Copacabana, the Botanical Garden and the Tijuca Park. All perfect activities to do even with children.

  • Climate and temperatures: in December the climate is nice and hot but very rainy, with an average of 18 rainy days; the maximum temperatures are on average around 29 °, the minimum around 23 °
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 50,00 per room -
  • Flight + hotel package: Return flight + 7 days / 6 nights from € 1.100,00 per person -

4 - Dubai and Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Do you want to spend a different Christmas? Maybe warm, with a few references to Christmas as we know it? Then a good alternative to the Christmas holidays in the cold and between the markets could be a trip to Dubai and Abu Dhabi, in the Arab Emirates.

Small premise: in December the weather in Dubai and Abu Dhabi is perfect: highs around 30 ° and on average only two days of rain a month. Moreover, December 2 is National Day, so if you are here on these dates you will find yourself in the midst of the celebrations for the birth of the nation. If you still want to experience some of the Christmas atmosphere, don't worry, Dubai offers you the Dubai Winter Festival, where you will find artificial snow, markets and even Santa Claus.
Le activities for you and your childrenthe? There is plenty of choice! From the inevitable ascent by lift to the 124th and 125th floors of Burj Khalifa, the tallest skyscraper in the world, al barbecue safari on the red dunes of the desert. But for the boys, you can't miss theDubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo!

And I recommend, both for Dubai and Abu Dhabi don't forget to pack your swimsuit and everything you need for the beach!

  • Climate and temperatures: in December the climate is hot and dry, with an average of 2 days of rain; the maximum temperatures are around 26 °, the minimum around 16 °
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 70,00 per room -
  • Flight + hotel package: Return flight + 7 days / 6 nights from € 750,00 per person -

Christmas with children in the city

1 - Budapest, Hungary

Budapest is a city so beautiful and fascinating in all seasons of the year that, during the Christmas period, it can only enchant adults and children for the thousand lights, the markets, the rides and the joy that pervades every street of the city. Really spoiled for choice: the best known Christmas market in the city is that of Vörösmarty Square with over 100 stalls of all kinds, themeeting with Santa Claus that runs in the market, the cruise on the Danube, the countless concerts in the various cathedrals and churches of the city and the magnificent ones Szécheny thermal baths, with a full day pass.

  • Climate and temperatures: average temperatures from zero / slightly below zero
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 45,00 per room -
  • Flight + hotel package: Return flight + 5 days / 4 nights from € 190,00 per person -

2 - Bruges, Belgium

Bruges at Christmas is the set of an enchanting film for the whole family: medieval streets and canals in which a thousand lights and Christmas decorations light up that transport us to another world, the ice rinks, the Belfry Tower overlooking the Market Square with one among the most beautiful Christmas markets, 55 chocolate shops and its best known museum, the Choco Story, where you can literally make your mouth water for the many information and uses on the most tasted sweetness in the world.

  • Climate and temperatures: on average, temperatures at Christmas range between 3 ° minimum and 7 ° maximum
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 70,00 per room -
  • Flight + hotel package: Return flight + 5 days / 4 nights from € 290,00 per person -

3 - Strasbourg, France

Strasbourg, seat of the European Parliament, it is also the host city the oldest Christmas market in France, dating back to 1570: for families and fans of traditional folklore, seeing a seasonal market like this is certainly a must. In the cold and snowy December of Starsburgo, mulled wine and sweet hot chocolates are also recommended, accompanied by the typical Christmas cookies, the Bredele Cookies, made of cinnamon and lemon, widespread throughout Alsace.
A tour of the city under the snow can give us unexpected scenic perspectives of the magnificent Notre-Dame Cathedral, the symbol of the city and its architecture which is Maison Kamerzell, magnificent natural areas such as the Parc de l'Orangerie.
If you intend to visit museums and attractions, consider purchasing the City Pass, which includes cruises, museums and more.

  • Climate and temperatures: average temperatures in December between 0 ° and 5 °. Snowfalls are frequent, but always quite light, so as not to make the city unlivable and uncomfortable
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 62,00 per room -
  • Flight + hotel package: Return flight + 5 days / 4 nights from € 330,00 per person -

4 - Montreux Christmas Village, Switzerland

In Switzerland, in Montreux, from the end of November until Christmas, the beautiful Christmas Village takes place every weekend, perfect for both adults and children! Located on Lake Geneva, it is the most beautiful Christmas market in all of French Switzerland! It is the ideal place to take the children as, in addition to the numerous stalls of Christmas sweets and handicrafts, on the upper floor of the indoor market there is an entire area dedicated entirely to them, where they can create and color your own candles and bake and decorate Christmas cookies. Furthermore, just outside the market, there is a beautiful Ferris wheel, which will allow you to enjoy a beautiful view over the whole of Lake Geneva. The cost of a wheel ride is around 5 CHF (around € 4,60)

It is open on Saturdays and Sundays from the end of November to December 24, from 10:00 to 17:00, last admission at 16:00. The exact dates change from year to year. The full ticket costs 15 CHF (about € 13,65), for children under 6 CHF 6 (about € 5,45), for students 13 CHF (about € 11,80), the family ticket (two adults and two children) 35 CHF (about € 31,85), the ticket for groups, with more than 20 people, costs 12 CHF (about € 10,90) per adult and 6 CHF (about € 5,45) per child .

  • Climate and temperatures: in December the climate is very cold and rainy, with an average of 16 rainy days; the maximum temperatures are around 6 °, the minimum around -1 °
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 110,00 per room -
  • Flight + hotel package: Return flight + 5 days / 4 nights from € 280,00 per person -

5 - Santaland of New York, USA

New York is New York, beautiful in every season and time of year. But in winter it becomes even more fascinating! The streets light up, the buildings show off bows and decorations, the shop windows compete for which one is more beautiful. And at Christmas, New York also becomes a paradise for children, thanks to Macy's Santaland in Herald Square!

Macy's Santaland is a huge Christmas village, full of Christmas trees, lights and decorations. Every year many events, exhibitions and workshops are organized for both children and adults. But the main attraction is the house of Santa Claus. Here children can meet him and the elves, sit on his lap and ask what gift they want to have for Christmas. There are also professional photographers who will take a photo in memory of this beautiful day.

Macy's Santaland is open from the end of November until December 24, the exact starting date changes from year to year. Admission is free, but to meet Santa Claus you must book in advance directly on the official website.

  • Climate and temperatures: in December the climate is cold and rainier than the previous month, with an average of 11 rainy days; the maximum temperatures are around 7 °, the minimum around 0 °
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 130,00 per room -
  • Flight + hotel package: Return flight + 7 days / 6 nights from € 1.014,00 per person -

6 - Montecatini Terme, Tuscany

If you want to stay in Italy for your holidays, an excellent solution could be Montecatini Terme, in Tuscany, between Lucca and Pistoia. Here every year, from mid-November, the City of Christmas is organized, completely transforming the city. Between Christmas markets, shows and amusement parks, there is no shortage of things to do! Keep an eye on the program, because every weekend there will be different attractions and events, such as the "Chocolate Factory", the "Country Christmas Dance" or the craft workshops. There is obviously no shortage of themed shows and numerous concerts. Children will be able to meet Santa and his elves, stroke Santa's ponies, take part in workshops dedicated to them, take a ride on the train and much more.

The Christmas Town of Montecatini Terme takes place from mid-November until 6 January. Admission is free, while shows, skating rink, funfair and specific activities have different costs. For the whole program, you can consult the official website always updated: https://cittadelnatale.it/

  • Climate and temperatures: in December the climate is cold and not very rainy, with an average of 7 days of rain; the maximum temperatures are on average around 11 °, the minimum around 3 °
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 60,00 per room -
  • Flight + hotel package: Return flight + 5 days / 4 nights from € 152,00 per person -

7 - Disneyland Paris, France

Dineyland Paris is a beautiful theme park located east of Paris. If you decide to visit the French capital during the Christmas period with children, you absolutely cannot skip a day at Disneyland Paris!

If Disneyland Paris is already a dream for children throughout the year, this magical and fairytale atmosphere will overwhelm adults too at Christmas. Everything is decorated with lights and Christmas trees and even your favorite Disney characters will be themed dresses, ready to celebrate the most beautiful time of the year. Between parades and shows, not even the Christmas market at Disney Village is missing.

Disneyland Park, in December, is open Monday to Friday from 10:00 to 19:00, Saturdays from 9:00 to 22:00 and Sundays from 9:00 to 21:00. As for the entrance ticket, there are different types and different packages, starting from € 70,00. We recommend buying the ticket online with the Fast Pass, as it is less expensive than buying at the park ticket office. In addition, the Fast Pass option allows you to book your shift in the various attractions and avoid the endless queues!

  • Climate and temperatures: in December the climate is cold and rainy, with an average of 18 rainy days; the maximum temperatures are around 8 °, the minimum around 2 °
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 70,00 per room -
  • Flight + hotel package: Return flight + 5 days / 4 nights from € 389,00 per person -

8 - Barcelona, ​​Spain

Thinking about Christmas, maybe you don't immediately think of the warm Spanish cities, instead taken by storm during the summer months, thanks to their perfect combination of sea, culture and nightlife. Instead they too have a lot to offer in the most beautiful time of the year, as in the case of Barcelona: ice rinks, Christmas markets and decorations everywhere.
To avoid getting lost among the Christmas activities and peculiarities in the city, interesting Christmas tours of the city are organized with a local.

In December, in Barcelona you will find some of the biggest Christmas markets in all of Spain! Of all, you absolutely cannot miss the Fira de Santa Llucia, in Plaça de la Seul, the oldest Christmas market in the city, with over 300 stalls! The first edition dates back to 1786. It is open from the last Friday of November until 23 December, from 11:00 to 20:30 during the week and from 10:00 to 21:30 on weekends.
For the boys, the unmissable visit to the Barcelona Aquarium. In this period, however, it is very crowded, the advice is to buy the ticket online with priority entrance to avoid the endless queues.

  • Climate and temperatures: in December the climate is cool and dry, with an average of 5 rainy days; the maximum temperatures are around 15 °, the minimum around 9 °
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 80,00 per room -
  • Flight + hotel package: Return flight + 5 days / 4 nights from € 186,00 per person -

9 - Gardaland Magic Winter, Veneto

If Disneyland Paris is too far, don't worry, we also have a beautiful amusement park in Italy: Gardaland, which in the Christmas period gives life to the Magic Winter. The water rides are obviously closed, but the streets are filled with fairy lights, characters like Prezzemolo wear Christmas clothes and it's filled with stalls selling hot drinks, sweets and marshmallows. An ice rink is also set up near the roller coaster and the front of the carousel of the Egyptians becomes an artificial snow field where children can play snowballs and create lots of puppets. And scattered here and there throughout the park you will find small open fires, where you can stop for a moment and warm up. In addition, themed shows are organized at every hour, to enchant both adults and children.

Gardaland Magic Winter is open from December until January 6th. As for the entrance ticket, there are different types and different packages, we advise you to buy the ticket online with priority entrance to avoid the endless queues at the entrance.

  • Climate and temperatures: in December the climate is cold and dry, with an average of 6 rainy days; the maximum temperatures are on average around 7 °, the minimum around -1 °
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 80,00 per room -
  • Flight + hotel package: Return flight + 5 days / 4 nights from € 240,00 per person -

10 - Winter Wonderland in London, UK

London is one of the cities that does not spare itself at Christmas and covers every single wall of the buildings with lights and decorations. Everything is transformed and it seems to be inside an enchanted world. Obviously, there is no shortage of ice skating rinks and Christmas markets. Among all the events, the Christmas villages and organized markets, one of the most beautiful is undoubtedly the Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park. It is a perfect place to visit even with children, as there are many attractions dedicated to them, such as the Magical Ice Kingdom, the rides and many shows. Plus, they will be able to meet Santa and the elves every day, until 18pm. There is also no shortage of stands and restaurants, including the Bavarian village and the Iced Bar.

Hyde Park's Winter Wonderland is open every day from the penultimate weekend in November to the first Sunday in January, from 10:00 to 22:00, closed on December 25th. Admission is free, but some activities like ice skating, Magical Ice Kingdom, or the Ferris wheel require a fee. It is advisable to book the attractions in advance, to avoid not finding a place. You can do this on the official website: https://hydeparkwinterwonderland.com/.

  • Climate and temperatures: in December the climate is cold and very rainy, with an average of 15 days of rain; the maximum temperatures are around 9 °, the minimum around 5 °
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 90,00 per room -
  • Flight + hotel package: Return flight + 5 days / 4 nights from € 230,00 per person -

11 - Valencia, Spain

Even Valencia, as in the case of Barcelona, ​​is not a city you immediately think of when you plan your Christmas holidays. But we want to advise you why it is a perfect destination for families and children and at Christmas many events are organized, especially for the little ones.

Starting from the City of Arts and Science, which during the most beautiful time of the year organizes various experiences for children, such as skating rinks, Christmas markets and various Christmas markets. In addition, the traditional funfair is organized near the Reloj Building, with lots of rides and a magnificent Ferris wheel. As you can see, Valencia is definitely a perfect destination to spend a few days with the children during the Christmas season, without having to suffer the cold temperatures of the northernmost countries. Must-haves for children and teenagers (but also for adults) are Oceanogràfic and Bioparco. The advice is to buy the cumulative ticket online to save on individual entries and have the option to skip the line.

  • Climate and temperatures: in December the climate is cool and dry, with an average of 5 rainy days; the maximum temperatures are around 17 °, the minimum around 6 °
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 60,00 per room -
  • Flight + hotel package: Return flight + 5 days / 4 nights from € 249,00 per person -

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