4 Great Ways to Bring Out Your Festive Spirit
There are so many different ways to get into the festive spirit. You can experience the beauty of nature or join in cultural traditions and see things that you may have never seen before. The most important part is that you have a great time. Here are 5 great ways to bring out your festive spirit.
Husky Sledding in The Alps
Husky sledding in the Alps is an exciting adventure as you get to travel through the mountainous ranges rather than the flat lands you find in most areas. You can choose to have your own sled or share the sled with someone else which gives you the chance to relax while someone else does all the work of controlling the dogs. The Champsaur and Valgaudemar Valleys in the Southern French Alps host a week of husky sledding races and events every year at the beginning of February.
Watch Christmas Lights in Kobe
Kobe in Japan is known for its festival of lights known as the Kobe Luminarie. The streets are filled with pedestrians and traffic is blocked so that the people can view the stunning display of thousands of tiny bulbs that light up the Kobe streets. The bulbs are arranged on frames to form tunnels of lights and are shaped in towers or cathedral like structures. Lots of vendors set up stalls to provide traditional refreshments to the passing public. Take a train to Sannomiya or Motomachi Stations and follow the large crowds to walk through this spectacular display of lights.
Visiting Valencia’s Christmas Markets
Valencia is the perfect spot to go for a weekend break to get you feeling Christmassy. When you’ve arrived in Valencia, go straight from the airport to Mercado de Navidad, this traditional Christmas market in Valencia takes place in the streets of the Central Market and will instantly get you in the Christmas spirit. There are special events for children like magic shows and sitting with Santa. If the weather turns, you can head inside to the Nuevo Centro. This famous shopping center celebrates Christmas in many ways, with musical performances and much more. Enjoy indulging on Gingerbread, Christmas cakes, and roasted chestnuts, and use this as an opportunity to stock up on Christmas presents.
Go Ice Skating in London
If you want a magical winter experience, London is a great place to visit. Head over to Somerset House which comes alive at night with music. Natural History Museum ice rink is a local museum that is transformed with winter lights and Christmas trees. Hampton Court Palace ice rink is located in front of the fabulous Tudor facade. Visit the ice skating near the Tower of London to watch hundreds of snowflake lights illuminate the castle. Head to Hyde Park for the Winter Wonderland and ice skating rink in Hyde Park where you can enjoy fairground rides, food stalls, and Christmas markets. If you are a night owl, head to the Canary Wharf ice rink which has a clear cover glass ceiling and is open later than most of the other ice rinks.