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Continental Getaways

Here is a list of stunning European destinations for a perfect family festive getaway.

A CHRISTMAS SKI HOLIDAY IN COURCHEVEL, FRANCE

This uber-glitzy Alpine ski resort is brimming with Michelin-starred restaurants and fancy chalets. Come festive season, Courchevel’s main shopping street sees spectacular window displays by the world’s leading luxury brands. Mulled wine, skating rinks, après ski scenes at the local bars and festive menus by local chefs—a winter treat indeed!

MUSIC CONCERTS IN VIENNA, AUSTRIA

The Austrian capital is home to some of the world’s best classical concert halls. In November, downtown Vienna comes alive every evening with a thriving classical music scene. Stroll through this iconic city in the footsteps of the world’s greatest composers. From music centres like Wiener Konzerthaus to churches like St. Stephen’s Cathedral—take your pick.

TARTUFESTA IN AND AROUND BOLOGNA, ITALY

Get a taste of fine white truffle from the Bolognese hills in the northern Italian town of Bologna. Tartufesta, a traditional festival celebrating this stellar ingredient, is being held until November 7 2020 in the mountain towns around Bologna. With bustling markets showcasing local craft, food and tasting menus, and guided walks to the woods, the festival is a wonderful way to discover the Bolognese Apennines this winter.

DRAGON CARNIVAL IN LJUBLJANA, SLOVENIA

The charming Slovenian capital hosts several art, music and cultural festivals through the year. The Ljubljana Dragon Carnival is among the most fun festivals and is marked by a Shrovetide parade where the carnival mascot, a large green dragon, is the centre of attraction. Slated to be held in February 2022, this family-friendly event is marked by entertainment programmes, concerts and more.

SANTA CLAUS VILLAGE IN LAPLAND, FINLAND

Kids are sure to enjoy a trip to this winter wonderland. The snowy village of Rovaniemi boasts a string of attractions themed around Santa Claus— his office, house and even a marker for the Arctic Circle. If you’re lucky, you might even catch the Northern Lights, here.

HARRY POTTER CHRISTMAS IN LONDON, UK

Between 12 November 2021 and 16 January 2022, the Warner Brothers’ Studio in London welcomes Potterheads to the winter-themed sets of the iconic movie. Visitors can walk through the cobbled streets of Diagon Alley and marvel at the grand decorations in the Great Hall. A magical experience indeed!

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