True, traditional family banquets are not-to-be-missed. But you may want to elope too this year. Give some distance between you and your old auntie and her knitted sweater, the shopping spree, endless planning and traditional after party indigestion. No, really, it's decided. This time, you want to go somewhere with your own little tribe. Here are five perfect locations for a Christmas holiday getaway. After all, you deserve it!
Dubai – Atlantis, partying among giants
At the Atlantis, everything is bigger and your children will definitely be in their element. Located on the famous artificial Palm island in Dubai, the hotel shows complete delusions of grandeur. If you leave for a full week, do not worry as your little ones will never be bored. There is no snow, but a huge water park, slides, sea animals (dolphins, sharks and sealions), as well as the gigantic aquarium built inside the hotel. As for your own pleasure, you may enjoy the beaches, the spa and many other sports installations and gourmet restaurants… One thing is for sure, only Dubai was up to it!
Atlantis The Palm Hotel & Resort
P.O. Box 211222, Dubaï
Haribo Museum at Uzès, near Avignon, South of France
How often can you shout Bring it on! in everyday life? Prepare your lungs, for at the Haribo Museum in Uzès, you won't ever want to stop! From Montpellier, it takes approximately one hour to reach the museum. Discover the history of the brand, what ingredients and secrets go into the making of candies with short films, interactive games and a trail game with a quiz.
For your children, the highlight of the day will assuredly be the visit of the shop. Make sure you bring large enough bags to avoid unnecessary drama.
Le Musée du Bonbon Haribo
Pont des Charrettes
30700 Uzès – France
Enchanting Christmas in New York City
Walking along New York streets during Christmas is an unforgettable and magical experience: there's no messing around with Xmas here! During your strolls, you will hear Christmas songs all over, and your family will be mesmerised in front of shop windows. Note that Macy's Christmas village is gorgeous. Two must-sees for you: the immense Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center, and the Central Park skating rink. Add a couple of snowflakes and your heart will melt. Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow…
Koh Chang – Elephant island
Enjoy an Indiana Jones atmosphere on this island, one the largest in Thailand. It takes one and a half hours from Bangkok to reach Koh Chang, after a brief flight and a ferry crossing. You set foot amid a tropical forest, so bring your adventurer kit with you, as the island is well known for its wild fauna and flora. This jungle may be discovered on elephant back. Keep it a surprise for your children and embody, for a brief while, their favourite hero.
Orlando's theme parks
Walt Disney World, Universal Studio, Legoland, Seaworld … If the evocation of these names makes you dream awake, you are more than ready to spend Christmas in Florida, and especially in Orlando. This paradise of theme park land is a guaranteed success with your children. However, you'll have to take your pick. The parks are huge, so stay true to the basics if it's your first time there. You'll always have time to get deeper during your next stay!