The season of festive cheer and Christmas shopping is always a special time for families. So why not take the opportunity to whisk the kids off for a winter break? Here are four great destinations for making festive memories that'll last a lifetime.
At the gates of France's Pyrenees National Park, the resort of Saint-Lary-Soulan is the perfect playground for the young and not-so young to enjoy some winter fun. You can slalom down the slopes together before climbing back into the cable car that drops you off just 50 metres from the Hotel Mercure Saint Lary Sensoria. Afterwards, why not set off with the kids to discover this authentic Pyrenean village? You can skate round the rink, bathe in the warm waters of the Sensoria Rio spa and pools, or brave the animated bears of the Maison de l’Ours museum!
Fancy experiencing the magic of Christmas as you've always imagined it? In December, Nuremberg – Bavaria's second city – hosts the most famous Christmas market in the whole of Germany. The Hotel Novotel Nürnberg Centre Ville is the ideal place to stay for a break with the kids. You can even hire pushchairs for your little ones. That way, there's nothing to stop you from enjoying all the wonders of the city's fabulous Christmas market. You'll admire the enchanting decorations as the children wander past the wooden cabins, tempted by the smell of traditional German gingerbread...
Why not get away this winter to the beautiful seaside city of San Sebastián? With its lights and superbly decorated Christmas shop windows, the Basque city is the ideal destination for enjoying some festive family fun. From the lovely seaside location of the Mercure San Sebastian Monte Igueldo, the old town district is just a leisurely stroll away. You'll soak up the Christmas traditions of the Basque Country as you stroll along the lively and gorgeously lit streets—an enchanting extravaganza for young and old alike.
For much of the holiday season, the Big Apple looks and feels just like a film set. After settling into your art deco room at the Hotel Sofitel New York in the heart of Manhattan, it's time to head out to discover the delights of 5th Avenue. Huge department stores compete for the most imaginative displays, as children peer excitedly into the windows of Saks Fifth Avenue, Bergdorf Goodman and Lord and Taylor... Finally, you'll arrive at the foot of the iconic Rockefeller Center Christmas tree. Festive fun for all the family!