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Every parent struggles with the same problem at Christmas; how can they make the holiday season magical for the kids? It’s difficult. A few extra presents under the tree from Santa tends to cover it, but there’s nothing that gets kids more excited than an adventure. While a quick trip across to Europe is fun for adults, to a child a trip abroad can be as magical as a visit to Middle Earth or Narnia. This year treat the family to the winter trip of a lifetime and book one of our spectacular kid-friendly Christmas holidays flying direct from Manchester Airport:
Maybe the ultimate family destination, a trip to Orlando at Christmas is sure to leave the little ones with memories that will last a lifetime. If your kids are slightly younger, 10 and below, then a trip to Disney World is an absolute must as the parks transform into a winter wonderland, complete with a Frozen show at the magic kingdom and an incredible Christmas Day party with Mickey Mouse and friends. Slightly older children need to check out Universal Studios, where they can visit Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry at Christmas and watch the world-famous Holiday Parade featuring Macy’s. Add in plenty of shopping at American malls and you have a brilliant holiday for the whole family.
What festive adventure could be better than a journey to visit Father Christmas? Travel to Lapland in the most northerly tip of Finland and explore a winter wonderland complete with husky sledge rides, the chance to spot the northern lights and a visit to Santa’s workshop. Children will never forget their voyage to meet Santa, and you’ll always remember the look on their face. Plus, there’s plenty more to do in Finland thanks to its incredible Viking history and spectacular geography.
If you don’t fancy trekking too far for your winter adventure, Paris is one of the best places to take children during the holidays. Not only is the city stunning, with many of its great landmarks covered with incredible lights, there’s also a brilliant selection of Christmas markets, fairground rides and even seasonal exhibitions at many of its famous art galleries. With so much happening in the city, there’s plenty to keep the family occupied, but you can turn up the festive cheer with a quick visit to Disneyland Paris for incredible Christmas fun to match that of Orlando.
At first glance, it’s easy to dismiss Amsterdam as one of the least kid-friendly destinations in the world, but that’s before you hear about Efteling. Built years before Disney as an adventure park dedicated to local folk stories, Efteling is now one of the most visited theme parks in Europe and a truly incredible place to visit. With attractions themed on Grimm’s fairy tales and Arthurian legends, you’ll find lots to get the kids excited. To make Christmas special, the park hosts winter festivals, bonfires and feasts. If you're looking for a holiday experience that the kids will love, Efteling is perfect.
While Malaysia isn't the first Christmas destination you’d think of, Langkawi offers a particularly festive experience. Approaching Christmas with typical Malaysian flair, Langkawi transforms for the holidays converting beach huts, malls and restaurants into incredible winter wonderlands to rival anything found in America or Europe. It creates a very surreal feeling as the island’s climate is hot even in December and tropical wildlife is common. If you want to give the kids a unique Christmas, Langkawi is perfect.
We all worry about taking our kids on city holidays, however, even the most cautious parents would feel calm taking their children to Toronto. At Christmas, the city turns into a festive paradise complete with lights, markets and, most importantly, a focus on kid-friendly fun. You’ll be able to take the children to meet Santa, ride a bunch of holiday attractions and much more. If you’re looking for the perfect first city break with the kids, Toronto is ideal.
Fly directly from Manchester Airport to all these fantastic family-friendly destinations this year.