It might be a little early to be hanging up the stockings and getting Classic FM on, but if you want a Christmas with a difference, now is the perfect time to be looking at a Christmas break with Not In The Guidebooks.
Whether it’s a break to the Christmas markets and incredible wineries around Strasbourg, or a getaway to snowy Lapland to see the Northern Lights (and Santa of course), here at Not In The Guidebooks we have just what you need to make this Christmas one to really remember.
We’ve put together a collection of some of our most inspiring Christmas experiences, so that you can get off the beaten track at the most magical time of year and discover something new.
When it comes to Christmas, it doesn’t get much more Christmassy than visiting the home of Santa himself. On this 4 night Lapland adventure, you can take the family to one of the last true wildernesses in Europe, and stay in a cosy, glass-roofed cabin that allows you to drink in the spectacle of the northern lights flickering above the pine trees, all from the comfort of your bed.
By day you can enjoy living in a genuine winter wonderland, heading out on reindeer rides through the snow-covered forest and treating the kids to a meeting with Santa. After a day of activities and satisfyingly wearied by a day in the great outdoors, sit by a roaring fire and enjoy top-quality meals made with local ingredients – the perfect way to unwind and get that cosy winter feeling.
As darkness falls, choose to lie in the calm stillness of your cabin and gaze at the Aurora Borealis, or head out on snowshoes into the dark wilderness, sitting by the campfire under the stars on an unforgettable adventure into the night. For a genuinely magical Christmas, there’s no better choice than a Christmas break in Lapland.
Nestled against the border with Germany, the Christmas markets in Strasbourg combine the very best of German and French Christmas traditions – sizzling Bratwurst and top-class cheeses and pastries, quaint wooden chalets and stunning Christmas illuminations, all of this comes together to make one of the very best Christmas markets in Europe.
On this Christmas market break with Not In The Guidebooks, you’ll find the very best spots and the hidden gems thanks to the expertise and local knowledge of your guide, but you’ll also go a little deeper during your time in Strasbourg to go beyond the markets themselves.
Visit old, family-run wineries along the famous Alsace wine route, stopping at various points to immerse yourself in some of the world’s best food and wine, all produced right on site. You will also get the opportunity to enjoy one of the most memorable meals of your life in the renowned Au Crocodile restaurant, as you sit at the chef’s table, virtually in the kitchen, and enjoy stunning French cuisine in the midst of the action.