There’s something irrefutably charming about Christmas. It’s a time full of enchantment, celebration, magical wonderment and for many of us, a little stress. Finding suitable presents for family and friends, facing the mass crowds, logistically organising Christmas day, sorting the menu, wrapping and delivering gifts, can at times be mentally and physically draining on the festive spirit.
However, with our top 5 romantic Christmas getaway destinations, you can get the shopping done and then rest, recuperate and escape with your loved one before the big day.
New York is among the most perfect places to spend a romantic getaway over the holiday period. Indulge in a mulled wine or two in the shadow of the colossal Christmas tree at the Rockefeller Centre, or perhaps take a stroll through the mesmerising winter wonderland that is Central Park.
From the dazzling lights of Oxford Street to the famous ice rink at the Somerset House, London embraces the spirit of Christmas like no other. Shop till you drop, eat at some of the world’s finest restaurants, take in continental Christmas markets, and of course, visit Hamleys to see their famous festive displays; you’ll never be short of entertainment or romance in the capital.
Considered one of the most romantic cities in the world, Paris is no different during winter. Restaurants create special Christmas menus, 150,000 Christmas lights adorn the Champs Elysées making the world’s most beautiful avenue even more endearing, intricate seasonal window displays in the Grand Magasins charm and enchant, and the array of shops easily rivals that of New York. Paris is undeniably the epitome of a romantic Christmas break.
Berlin is a historic and cosmopolitan city that has something for everyone. Ride on one of the longest toboggan runs in Europe, explore the romantic and intimate Nordic-Scandinavian themed Lucia Christmas Market, enjoy a horse-drawn carriage ride through the old centre, Berlin offers the perfect mix of culture, entrainment romance and Christmas spirit.
Dublin City has many attractions to keep its residents and visitors entertained over the festive season, from festive concerts to markets and fairs. Dublin also has many premier shops, restaurants, and night-time hot spots to enchant and restore the Christmas spirit.
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