To celebrate the Christmas of a lifetime, L+T in collaboration with Viator have specially selected the world’s top eight most authentic Christmas experiences, from Reindeer sleigh rides to snow-white cosy countryside lunches, to get families and loved ones in the celebratory spirit.
LAPLAND: Reindeer Sleigh Ride to Santa Claus Village
This is fairytale experience including a snowmobile ride deep into the Finnish wilderness, with beautiful views over the blanketed landscape. to Santa Claus Village where Santa himself will be waiting! There will be a chance to snap up Christmas goodies and to send a postcard from Santa’s post office – ideal for families and young children eager to meet Santa in Lapland.
FRANKFURT: Christmas Market Visit
Visit the Rüdesheim Christmas Market of the Nations to experience the wonderfully decorated Nativity scene. Listen to traditional carolers and choirs, browse the stalls for unique gifts and regional delicacies and take a winter stroll down the neighbouring streets, trails or paths.
NEW YORK: Explore New York’s Back-Streets
Soak up the festive atmosphere of one of the world’s most iconic cities by exploring the local back-streets. Stop at the Rockefeller Center with all the beautiful Christmas lights and its iconic Christmas tree, the window displays of Saks Fifth Ave and Lord and Taylor – a full immersion into New York City’s Christmas spirit.
ENGLAND: Christmas lunch in the Cotswolds
For an enchanting English countryside Christmas, let’s venture to the charming Cotswolds from London. Do not miss a panoramic tour of London’s top landmarks, such as Big Ben and Westminster Abbey, followed by a visit to the beautiful buildings of Oxford, and Stratford-upon Avon, the birthplace of William Shakespeare.
MUNICH: Christmas Markets
Munich doesn’t skip on the Christmas cheer, with more than 20 holiday markets across the city including the renowned Christkindlmarkt in Marienplatz, where unique Bavarian gifts are on display and warming glühwein (mulled wine) and spiced cake are aplenty.
SALZBURG: Christmas Horse-Drawn Alpine Adventure & Silent Night Chapel
There’s no better way to get into the festive spirit than to snuggle up on a merry horse-drawn sleigh ride. Spend a day venturing along the Salzach River Valley and travels up to 3,281 feet to the Alpine mountain of Dachstein for incredible panoramic views of the wintery alpine scenery. Also, take a trip to the historic Silent Night Chapel, a monument to the Christmas carol ‘Silent Night.’
PARIS: Cooking Class
Take a culinary journey through France’s rich gastronomic heritage during a wintery Christmas cooking class in Paris. Learn the tricks of the trade from a professional chef, using seasonal ingredients from a nearby Parisian market to produce a traditional French meal.
NEW YORK: Christmas Lights in Dyker Heights Brooklyn
For those who’ve already seen the Rockefeller lights, some of the best spots in the Big Apple to submerge in the festive cheer are Dyker Heights and Bay Ridge in Brooklyn, where each year residents take Christmas decorations to a new level.