Hello, I'm looking for ideas for somewhere to go in December. We want to take ds who will be 2 1/2 on a plane so there's nowhere in particular we want to go. We'd like to go somewhere 'wintery' rather than somewhere hot if that makes sense? We're really just looking for somewhere to spend some quality family time. DH is currently deployed so by December it'll be 4 month since we've seen him.
We had thought of new york but I think it would be a bit too much for DS.we'd struggle getting around with pushchair etc.
Don't have a budget as such but don't want to be spending a fortune. Just looking for a budget airline type of thing. Hotel wise - would be nice to have somewhere that caters for kids, has family rooms etc if anyone has any recommendations?
One of the Xmas markets? There are lovely ones in Germany - Munich, Cologne etc, Holland, - Maastricht and Valkenburg, and Belgium - Brussels and Bruges. They always make me feel christmassy.
Also we did NY with a 3,5 yo. If you stay mid-town there is lots within walking distance and we got cabs rather than use the subway most of the time. We did Top of the Rock, Central Park, the Zoo, Museum of Natural History and Battery Park and the Circle Line ferry. 3 days was not enough.
Copenhagen- head to Tivoli (enormous amusement park in the centre with christmas lights nd rides). Went when DS1 was 2 years old and he loved it. Recommend staying nearby (is right in the centre) and picking up tickets in the morning - you can then just go straight in later in the day and bypass the enormous queues. Copenhagen is great - really family friendly and pretty.
I've been to the markets in Brussels, Bruges, Lille and Leuven.
Bruges market is small, but the town itself is gorgeous. Brussels market is huge, and with an ice rink, roundabouts, big wheel etc. It does get busy but it is very festive, and they do a light show in the Grand Place.
Lille is a good town for shopping and they have a big wheel too. We visited Leuven for the first time last year. Lots of very nice food, and a couple of roundabouts.
You could stay in Brussels for a few days and do 2 or 3 of the Belgian ones. I can recommend the Citadines on Place Ste Catherine - mini apartements so great for families - and it is right next to the market. Hey - I'll even come and have a vin chaud with you