Christmas Holidays 2014: ideas and packages

For some people, Christmas is the one time of the year when family members can take time out of their busy lives and reconnect. An abundance of food is prepared, numerous gifts are scattered under the tree and various family traditions take place. But why not change things around this year? Whether you want to avoid having to stress about cooking the perfect Christmas dinner, making sure your house is spick and span or you just want a change of scenery, here are a few Christmas holidays for the family to consider in 2014.

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What better place to escape the Christmas hecticness than by heading to snow covered woods. Forest Holidays offer a wide range of log cabins in 9 different locations around the UK including Cropton, Yorkshire, Sherwood Forest, Nottinghamshire and Strathyre in Scotland. Bundle up and explore the winter wonderland that is in your rented backyard or relax in a private outdoor hot tub.

In the evening, you can get the fireplace going, grab a hot cuppa and relax the night away with your loved ones. If you and yours cannot bare to be away from technology you have the option to purchase the entertainment package which includes Wi-Fi and the Sky sports and movie package. There is also in-cabin room service if cooking sounds like too much work this festive season.

Another option for the family that is close by is the Isle of Wight off the southern coast of Hampshire. Spending Christmas on this peaceful island could be just what the family needs. Experience a Victorian Christmas at Osborne House where there is a carousal, entertainers, toy making activities for the children and even an opportunity to visit Father Christmas. Breathe in some fresh air and walk along the coast or head into the woods for a little peace and quiet. If you really do not want to do any type of planning, look into various holiday packages that are available which all take the onus off of you and everything falls into place nicely.

If local is not doing it for you then why not go all out and head to New York this Christmas! Explore the streets of Manhattan that will be filled with the sounds, smells and sights of Christmas. Take the family ice-skating at the Rockefeller Center Skating Rink and get up close to the iconic and huge Christmas Tree. Make sure to walk around 5th Avenue and take in the beautiful window displays.

In the evening you can book tickets to Radio City Spectacular where you will be able to hear top musicians and see the Radio City Rockettes! There is a stunning light show to take in at the Grand Central Terminal on East 42nd and Park Avenue. Union Square also has a holiday market with over 100 booths to snoop through so make sure to pick up coupons at the information booth on your way in to save a few bucks.

If there are younger ones in your family, perhaps visiting Lapland might be a fun option. Located near the Arctic Circle in northern Finland, this truly Winter Wonderland is the perfect place for families to explore. Not only will you experience the Northern Lights, but there are also sleigh rides, snowmobiling, sledding, shopping and many other exciting activities to keep the whole family entertained all Christmas long!

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