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The Holiday Report: Top Christmas Getaways

The Christmas period is in full swing, the high street is bustling with shoppers, the weather has taken a chilly turn and we’re counting the days until we can gather round the Christmas turkey and indulge in a festive feast. Whether you celebrate Christmas or not there are some long weekends coming up, and December and January are a great time to travel. With lots of great deals around, it’s the perfect opportunity to experience Christmas around the world. We’ve put together our list of top destinations for  a Christmas never to forget.

A great time to see the city with less tourists to contend with, Rome at Christmas comes alive with the Buon Natale Christmas festivities. Stroll around the Piazza Navona which transforms into a big Christmas market where you can shop, drink Italian coffee and enjoy street performers. For an authentic Roman Catholic Christmas experience, visit the Pantheon for midnight mass and take a trip to the Vatican on Christmas day.

Grab your warmest down jacket and head to Lapland for the real Father Christmas experience. Great for families you can enjoy sleigh rides with real reindeer, visit the world famous Christmas village and if you are lucky, catch a glimpse of the Aurora Borealis northern lights.

The exchange rate might be low but the shopping experience in New York at Christmas time is second to none. Exhibiting some of the most extravagant decorations you’ll ever see, the Big Apple is nothing short of a magical Christmas experience. Head to the Rockefeller centre or Central Park for an all-American outdoor skating experience surrounded by one of the most iconic skylines in the world.

Famous for their iconic monuments and huge parties, Rio De Jeneiro is not short on Christmas cheer. Enjoy cocktails and beaches by day and firework celebrations and huge light displays by night, not forgetting the explosive New Year’s Eve celebrations to enjoy.

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