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Christmas is that one time of winter many people look forward to, despite the short days and shivering temperatures. It’s the perfect time of year to explore some of Europe’s countless festive markets, enjoy a mug of warming mulled wine or even pay a visit to Father Christmas. Others prefer to use the Christmas holidays to escape from the cold and head for the warmer climes of southern Europe and beyond. However, Europe truly presents something for everyone:

1 ) Lapland, Finland

For families with children, there are few more magical places to visit than Lapland in northern Finland. Home of Father Christmas and guaranteed snow throughout the season, Lapland offers a truly festive experience that your children will treasure for the rest of their lives. The number-one destination in the region is the small city of Rovaniemi, where snow stays on the ground for almost six months of the year. Not only can you enjoy the whole Father Christmas experience, but you may even see the spectacular northern lights. Just make sure to bring plenty of warm clothes, since the mercury can plummet to 30 degrees below zero!

Featured Hotel: Arctic Light Hotel
 ⭐⭐⭐⭐Valtakatu 18, Rovaniemi, Finland, Finland
Arctic Light Hotel
Arctic Light Hotel
Arctic Light Hotel
Arctic Light Hotel

2 ) Leipzig, Germany

Germany is one of the birthplaces of the Christmas market, a tradition that has taken Central Europe and beyond by storm over recent decades. However, while many of the more famous Christmas markets are inundated with tourists, Leipzig remains relatively off the beaten track to foreigners. In fact, Leipzig’s Christmas market has been going for over 550 years! It starts on November 24, and it features both a medieval-style market and a more modern venue. Mulled wine flows in vast amounts, but there’s fun for all the family thanks to the Fairy Tale Forest and the Santa Claus stage on the Market Square.

Featured Hotel: Steigenberger Grandhotel Handelshof
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Salzgaesschen 6, Leipzig, Leipzig, Saxony 04109 , Germany
Steigenberger Grandhotel Handelshof
Steigenberger Grandhotel Handelshof
Steigenberger Grandhotel Handelshof
Steigenberger Grandhotel Handelshof

3 ) Strasbourg, France

Starting on November 27, Strasbourg’s Christmas market was first established in 1570, and it has continued the tradition ever since. The main event takes place near the truly spectacular 466-foot-high Notre-Dame de Strasbourg cathedral, a Gothic church that was the world’s tallest building during the Middle Ages. Several other markets are held throughout the city center, and you’ll find countless small wooden stalls selling local crafts, food and mulled wine. Other festivities include live music, sound and light shows, and street parades. If you’re still not convinced, Strasbourg’s Christmas market was voted Europe’s best in 2014 by Europe Best Vacation.

Featured Hotel: Sofitel Strasbourg Grande Ile
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 4 Place Saint Pierre le Jeume, Strasbourg, Alsace/Lorraine 67000, France
Sofitel Strasbourg Grande Ile
Sofitel Strasbourg Grande Ile
Sofitel Strasbourg Grande Ile
Sofitel Strasbourg Grande Ile

4) St. Petersburg, Russia

Russia’s ‘Window to the West’ is also one of the country’s grandest cities, exemplified by such wonders as the Peter and Paul Fortress and the Winter Palace. Celebrating Christmas in St. Petersburg presents a very different experience from most other destinations in Europe. For a start, in Russia, the main festive figurehead is Father Frost and Christmas Day is held on January 7! A proverbial winter wonderland, visitors can expect a white Christmas and many winter activities such as outdoor ice-skating at the festive markets. For some cozier indoor entertainment, the Mikhailovsky Theatre also presents an outstanding Christmas program.

Featured Hotel: Belmond Grand Hotel Europe
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 1/7 Mikhailovskaya Ulitsa, Saint Petersburg, Northwest 191186, Russia
Belmond Grand Hotel Europe
Belmond Grand Hotel Europe
Belmond Grand Hotel Europe
Belmond Grand Hotel Europe
Belmond Grand Hotel Europe
Belmond Grand Hotel Europe

5) Canary Islands, Spain

While guaranteed snow, mulled wine and festive markets usually pique people’s interest when it comes to Christmas, others would rather get away from the cold. The Canary Islands are one of the few European destinations that offer consistently mild weather even during the depths of winter. In fact, there’s nowhere else in Europe where you can spend Christmas Day reclining on a beach in preparation for a big dinner. All of the islands celebrate Christmas in their own way, and being a relatively religious country, traditions are still an important part of the routine. Hotels and resorts in the region also offer plenty of family-orientated Christmas activities.`

Whether you’re looking for Christmas festivities at their finest or a warm-weather getaway during the holiday season, you’re sure to find something in Europe, particularly with the extensive network of cheap flights to take advantage of. Those seeking to spend Christmas further afield will also find plenty of popular options, such as New York, Melbourne or even Sri Lanka.

Featured Hotel: Vincci Selección La Plantación del Sur
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Calle del Roque Nublo, 1, Costa Adeje, Tenerife 38670, Spain
Vincci Selección La Plantación del Sur
Vincci Selección La Plantación del Sur

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By Lisa-Anne Sanderson

Singapore is often regarded as a very modern city because of its huge, bright shopping-centres, high-rise buildings, and luxurious hotels.  However, it was once a British colony and the colonial area of Singapore is one of its most interesting.  Here the visitor can find many grand and imposing historical buildings, such as the Raffles and Fullerton Hotels, St. Andrew’s Cathedral, and the Supreme Court and City Hall.

It is easy to imagine being back in the days of long Edwardian summer days as one walks around the wide, tree-lined streets in this area.

RAFFLES

Raffles Hotel, founded in 1887 by the American Sarkies brothers, has a long and illustrious past. The Singapore sling was invented here. No visit to Singapore is complete without enjoying this relaxing cocktail in the cool garden courtyard at this famous hotel. Hollywood stars, including Ava Gardner and Charlie Chaplin, stayed in sumptuous suites at the elegant white building. The dark and stylish Writer’s Bar pays tribute to them and features photographs of some of the great authors, such as Joseph Conrad and Somerset Maugham.

Studying the history of the hotel at the Raffles Museum is well- worth it.  Here there are photos of the many famous guests, antiques, and travel items.  One can imagine the elegance and excitement of travel in bygone days in this museum.

Most people can’t afford to stay at Raffles but there is a wide choice of eating places which range from expensive restaurants to the rather cheaper Empire cafe. This has large American-style meals and delicious desserts.

The modern extension includes an exclusive shopping arcade with purveyors of luxury items, such as Louis Vuitton.

THE FULLERTON HOTEL

The Fullerton Hotel overlooking the Singapore river is another luxury hotel worth seeing.  This building with its wide columns used to be the site of Singapore’s General Post Office and exclusive Singapore Club and other government buildings.  Staying here is very expensive but having a drink at the tastefully furnished Post Bar won’t ‘break the bank’. The huge lobby with its atrium and extremely modern look is worth exploring and doesn’t clash with the colonial style of the building.

CAVENAGH BRIDGE 

The Victorian Cavenagh Bridge, the oldest bridge in Singapore, is near the Fullerton Hotel.  This iron and steel suspension bridge is worth walking over to see the spectacular views, especially at night.  An old-fashioned police sign at the end which forbids some vehicles and all cattle and horses ‘by order of the Chief Police Officer’ adds an air of nostalgia.

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ST. ANDREW’S CATHEDRAL

Consecrated in 1862, this Anglican cathedral was built by convict labour.  The large light-filled church built in the Neo-Gothic style with its romantic arches and a towering ceiling is a pleasure to visit.  Interesting memorials to eminent people in colonial Singapore line the naves.

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OLD SUPREME COURT BUILDING 

This impressive colonial building features wide Corinthian columns and a large dome. The Italian artist, Cavalieri Nolli, designed the murals inside.

CITY HALL

The long rectangular structure also has Roman columns but isn’t as attractive as the Supreme Court Building which looks more elegant. This is probably because of its classical dome.  This building was the site of the Japanese surrender to Lord Mountbatten in 1945.

The Old Supreme Court Building and the City Hall are soon to be converted into the National Art Gallery of Singapore.

OLD PARLIAMENT HOUSE 

Built in 1827, this was originally the residence of a Scottish merchant, John Argylle Maxwell.  Although Singapore now has another Parliament House, this Neo-Palladian building has been restored and now houses the Arts House in which exhibitions and concerts are held.

Colonial Building: The Old Parliament

Posted by Hang Siu on Wednesday, July 22, 2015

SINGAPORE CRICKET CLUB

Located in the Padang (the CBD) of Singapore, this is another historic building worth seeing.  Cricket was once the most popular game in countries of British origin and the grand style of the building reflects this.

After the bustle of the shopping and Chinatown districts of Singapore, it is a good idea to wander around the much more peaceful colonial area of the city and become immersed in the history and grandeur of its early days.

SCC Introduction Video

Welcome to the Singapore Cricket Club.

Posted by Singapore Cricket Club on Monday, June 18, 2018

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