Celebrating the festive season abroad can provide a refreshing alternative to traditional celebrations, without the need to dispense with all the iconic features that we have come to associate with Christmas, from twinkling lights to carols around a roaring log fire.
Here are just three places where you can enjoy a unique Christmas experience in 2012 and beyond.
The Black Forest plays host to a Christmas market in the town of Freiburg. The market is held in the beautiful old quarter from November 26th to December 23rd and offers visitors the chance to marvel at a wide range of traditional arts and crafts from the Black Forest region, including straw shoes and colourful wooden toys.
For those who want a fairytale white Christmas, heading to the mountain towns of Triberg and Titisee could offer you the best chance of seeing snow on Christmas day. For holidaymakers who are keen to hit the slopes, Feldberg Ski resort offers 50 km of pistes winding through the Black Forest Mountains.
Russia provides the perfect getaway at Christmas. Travellers can head to the ancient city of Pskov for a spot of cross-country skiing or ice-skating, before unwinding at a local Russian banya (sauna).
This year the Red Square, in Russia’s capital Moscow, will play host to the famed Strasbourg fair from December 24th to Orthodox Christmas, celebrated on January 7th.
The fair will offer “ornaments, Christmas trees and French pastries” according to a city trade and service department official.
For those who want to celebrate Christmas in a balmier climate, Morocco is ideal. The country is famed for sights including Marrakech’s medieval medina, the perfect place to stock up on Christmas goodies, and the ‘fortified city’ of Ait Benhaddou, a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Although the majority of Moroccans don’t celebrate Christmas, it can provide the perfect escape from the usual hustle and bustle during the festive season.
If you are heading abroad this Christmas, travel insurance could help to ensure that you are covered for a number of eventualities.Back to top