Is it too early to think Christmas? we think not! If you like to travel with family during the holiday season, and want to have the ultimate Christmas experience, take a look at the list and your feelings of wanderlust will make your feet itch to travel far and wide.
1. Dinner in the Great Hall, London
Have you ever imagined yourself wearing the Gryffindor scarf, feasting on Christmas dinner inside the splendid Great Hall at Hogwarts? well, it's time to make that dream a reality. Warner Bros. Studio Tour London, an 80-hectare studio complex where visitors can tour actual film sets and learn the special effects tricks used in films, opened the doors to Hogwarts for a select number of fans who paid $350 to have Christmas dinner in the Great Hall. The studio in Leavesden on the outer parts of London is home to sets from all the Harry Potter films, including the latest Harry Potter prequel - Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.
Guests attending the event will be greeted on arrival with welcome drinks and canapés before stepping through the doors of the wizarding school into the Great Hall, which will be completely transformed for Christmas. Decorated using the original props from the magical film series, the Great Hall will be lined with trees adorned with golden baubles shaped like moons and partridges, while a replica feast complete with flaming Christmas puddings will dress the long tables.
Image source: Warner Bros. Studio Tour London
2. Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort
Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort is located right at the edge of wilderness, along the road to the Arctic Sea, and right by the Urho Kekkonen National Park. The surrounding environment is the perfect spot for a snowy Christmas - the water is so pure that you can quench your thirst straight from a stream running down the fell, and the air so fresh that you can feel it deep down your lungs.
The most awesome part about the resort is its glass igloo rooms. Admire the northern lights and the twinkling of the bright starry sky through the glass ceilings - snuggled up with your loved ones and families.
If your traveling with your family, the Santa Claus Village amusement park is only 2 hours drive away! where you will find a world of beautiful cards, stamps and unique gifts. Sit by the fireplace and write to your friends all over the world. The cheerful Postal Elves will post your greetings for you and your friends and families will receive an actual mail from the Santa Claus!
Image source: Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort
3. Kobe Luminarie
What comes to mind when someone says Kobe, Japan? 99 out of 100 will say Wagyu beef! but there is another attraction that is worth visiting once in a lifetime (despite of the crowds) - the Kobe Luminarie. Kobe Luminarie is a light festival held in Kobe, Japan, annually in December. Lights are kept up for 2 weeks and turned on for a few hours every night. All the major streets in the vicinity are closed off during these hours to allow pedestrians/tourists to fill the streets and enjoy the lights and the Christmas spirits!
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4. Nuremberg Christmas Market
Christkindlesmarkt is a Christmas market that is held annually in Nuremberg, Germany. It takes place during Advent in the Hauptmarkt, the central square in Nuremberg's old town, and in adjoining squares and streets. It was first mentioned in the early 17th century and has been the foundation of Nuremberg's Christmas celebrations for nearly 400 years.
Entering the market is like stepping into a fairy tale: ancient Nuremberg architectures, traditional local handcrafts, and delicious German cuisines and regional specialties. And most importantly, remember to get a cup of Glühwein (hot wine) served with a Christmas sock cup!
Nuremberg for many people is still associated with its traditional gingerbread products, sausages, and handmade toys - that sound's like the perfect cozy city a family could enjoy!
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