Are you looking for a great place to spend the Christmas holidays with the family? If you want to rekindle the spark of whimsy in you there’s a place where you can get into the Christmas spirit and make you feel like a child all over again. Where you ask? In Disney World of course! Christmas in Disney World is sure to give you and your family an experience that you will never ever forget.

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Disney World Attractions and Events

On ordinary days Disney World is still a great place for your whole family to enjoy themselves, but come Christmastime and you will discover the park takes on a whole new festive mood. There are certain events that are only held in this time of the year and it would be a shame if you miss them. Here are some of the Christmas Disney World events and attractions that you should definitely go to:

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party – Celebrate Christmas with the world’s favorite mouse as he and his friends share the spirit of the season with you and your family. Snow will fall on Main Street where there are complimentary cookies and hot cocoa, and to cap off the celebration there is a parade and fireworks show at midnight!
Epcot Christmas Around the World – Learn about how other cultures from all over the world celebrate their versions of Christmas as storytellers regale you with tales from different countries and learn about their versions of the holidays.
Epcot Candlelight Processional – This is an annual event and should be a part of everyone’s Christmas in Disney World experience. Here you will get to listen to a touching retelling of the Christmas story as told by celebrity storytellers accompanied by a 50-piece orchestra.

While You’re Here in Disney World

Besides the big events there are still plenty of things you can do in Christmas Disney World. You can enjoy a magical holiday sleigh ride, listen to carolers, you can even take the kids to visit Santa Claus. Even though there are lots of people inside the park during the holidays it will not make your Disney experience any less enjoyable, in fact all of the activity during this time will surely add in the fun.

Outside of the holidays you can be sure to enjoy rides, attractions after your favorite Disney movies, and plenty of fun and entertainment to last for several days. It is truly a place to take your children and your inner child too!

Where to Eat in Disney World

There are plenty of places you and your family can enjoy a sumptuous meal in the Magic Kingdom, but if you are looking for a little something that will add to your whole Christmas in Disney World experience there are several places you might want to check out.

The Liberty Tree Tavern (Magic Kingdom) – If you are looking for a slightly peaceful respite from all of the holiday activity out in the park you should give the Liberty Tree Tavern a try.
Biergarten (EPCOT) – If you want a livelier Christmas Day lunch or dinner what better place to eat than at the Biergarten? In here it is Oktoberfest all year long and the party never stops.
Trail’s End Restaurant (Fort Wilderness) – Though a bit trickier to go to, the Trail’s End will surely give you a Christmas dinner you will never forget. The Trail’s End gives off a rustic and cozy atmosphere that will only increase come Christmastime when all the decorations are up.

Where to Stay at Disney World

Walt Disney World is known for its nice selection of hotels, and although all of the hotels in the park get into the spirit of things in the holiday season, there are some hotels that give off more Christmas spirit than others.

The Grand Floridian – This Victorian-style hotel is probably the best among the deluxe Disney hotels in the park. When the Christmas season comes a huge gingerbread house will appear in the hotel lobby, and lights and decorations will come out everywhere. If you want to spend Christmas in Disney World in class the Floridian is where you should stay.
The Wilderness Lodge – This hotel is in one of the park’s most beautiful resort. The ambiance inside the Lodge during the Christmas season is just great and the giant Christmas tree in the main hall of the lodge is truly an amazing sight to see.
Though it is a bit hectic during this time of the year, Christmas in Disney World will still trump most of the Christmases you and your family have had in the past. So if you are looking for an enjoyable holidays for the whole family you simply cannot beat the allure of the Magic Kingdom.

Its that time of year again, when thoughts turn to choosing offerings for loved ones, but the annual round of festive retail can become a bit of a bore – so why not do something a little different?

If you have trawled the local malls, exhausted the internet and cashed in all your discount voucher codes for the UK stores, you may be considering combining the rest of your seasonal shopping with a little getaway, then Europe has some exciting destinations on offer.

The cities of Europe present some great opportunities for festive retail therapy – as well as the perfect place to relax and recharge in advance of the hectic festive season. If you want to take a Christmas shopping vacation in a European destination why not consider one of the following countries.

France

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France is perhaps the best place in Europe for Christmas shopping, a great destination for gift getting for yourself and others. There are a number of brilliant places to shop for gifts in France such as:

Chic boutiques and designer stores: City destinations such as Paris offer a great choice of upmarket retailers. As a country that is well known for its fashion sense, France is a good choice of destination if you are looking to buy for those who like the finer things in life.
Delicious delis and perfect patisserie: France is a nation of foodies so edible gifts abound here. Try small local retailers for a great selection of seasonal fayre.
Bargain brocantes and interesting antiques: If you are looking for an individual gift with personality then why not trawl the “Brocantes” or antiques fairs that are held across the country, alternatively, head for one of the country’s great “Marche aux Puces” (Flea markets) to bag a vintage-style bargain.

Spain

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If Spain is your getaway of choice, take the chance to stock up on some of the following gift ideas in advance of the holidays:

Leather Goods: Spain has some amazing tanneries and artisans who craft amazing piece from the leather manufactured here. Leather goods rom shoes to handbags to clothing are beautifully made and on offer an prices beating those here at home.
Ceramics: Again, this country offers a wonderful selection of artisanal pieces that will compliment any home. Head for Toledo and Seville for the best selections.

Italy

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Italy is a place where quality really counts and shoppers can secure some wonderful gift offerings from the retailers here. Ideas to consider include:

Wine and Spirits: Italy has some great vinos and aperitifs – so why not grab a bottle or two of grappa or a vat of Valpolicella to share with friends back home.
Art: The home of the renaissance remains a great place to find artistic talent. Head for the art stalls of cities such as Florence and Venice to bring back bespoke pieces.

Scotland

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If you’ve not considered Christmas shopping in Scotland not is the time. Items to head north of the border for include:

Whisky: The Scottish national spirit makes a great gift for connoisseurs with bottles on offer to suit all budgets.
Tweed: Hand woven Harris can only be made in the Western Isles and outlets in Scotland stock some of the best offerings.