With Christmas just around the corner, ski tour holiday company Inghams shares its top picks for the most festive resorts this year; Avoriaz in France, Zell am See and Mayrhofen in Austria and Levi in Lapland. From roasting chestnuts on the open fire and exploring local Christmas markets to meeting Father Christmas and his elves, these four resorts are sure to make their guests festive ski holiday a magical and unforgettable experience.
This year, the week leading up to Christmas in the French ski resort of Avoriaz offers a magical festival of fire lanterns ascending into the night sky, fireworks erupting and an ice carving competition. Roasted chestnuts are served on the streets while carol singing can be heard throughout the town as well as spectacular festive performances take place at the mountain base stations. One of the highlights of the festive period is the arrival of Father Christmas who rides his sleigh into town in a colourful procession. The resort’s ski instructors also join in with the celebrations by ascending the mountain holding fire-lit torches above their heads!
For those wishing to experience the magic of Avoriaz this Christmas, Inghams is offering seven nights on a chalet board basis at the 3.5 diamond Chalet Fleurie from £599 per person, a saving of £360 per person. Price includes return flights from London Gatwick to Geneva with resort transfers and a Christmas turkey dinner on Christmas Day which includes mince pies, a pre-dinner glass of Champagne, Christmas pudding and a visit from Santa if there are children aged eight and below in the party, departing on 19th December 2015. For more information call 01483 791 114 or visit www.inghams.co.uk.
Zell am See, Austria
The Austrian resort of Zell am See is the perfect place for Christmas-lovers as the whole town comes to life with wonderful festive lighting from 29th November until Christmas Day. Lake Zell is spectacularly lit up with lights and the popular and thriving Magical Christmas Market in the town centre offers plenty of hand-made gifts and trinkets for visitors to take home as well as toys, mulled wine, freshly baked sweets and roasted nuts. Zell am See has made sure to keep its Christmas traditions alive and this year sees the return of the Krampus Procession and Christmas Tree Diving. The Krampus Procession involves an actor dressed as a spooky goblin who, according to folklore, punishes badly behaved children and only Father Christmas can save them. Another tradition, Christmas Tree Diving, entails an entire Christmas tree that is sunken 15 metres into Lake Zell and divers of the Water Rescue Association put on a big performance and display of diving to bring it back up again.
For visitors keen to experience the festivities of Zell am See, Inghams is offering seven nights on a half board basis at the four-star Hotel Zum Hirschen from £699 per person, a saving of £320. Price includes return flights from Manchester to Salzburg with resort transfers and a special Christmas Gala Dinner included on Christmas Day with live music, departing on 19th December 2015. For more information call 01483 791 114 or visit www.inghams.co.uk.
The Forest Festival Area of Mayrhofen in Austria is the perfect place for those looking for a serene, white Christmas. The area is tucked away in the woods and is just a few minutes walk from the main town. Visitors can follow a themed trail that will lead them through the romantic Scheulingwald Forest to the Forest Festival Area. Each Friday and every weekend from 4th December until Christmas Day, the forest transforms into a magical winter wonderland with carol singing, brass band music and a local choir. There’s also plenty of entertainment for the kids with a petting zoo and arts and crafts groups. One of the highlights of the Forest Festival Area is the Christkindl procession, Christkindl is a small angle-like child, a similar symbol to Father Christmas in the UK. On 19th December, the Christkindl procession will light up the night sky with glittering candles.
For a peaceful white Christmas in Mayrhofen this year, Inghams is offering seven nights on a chalet board basis at the 3.5 diamond Chalet St. Lukas from £399 per person, saving up to £599 per person. Price includes return flights from London Stanstead to Innsbruck with resort transfers and Christmas turkey dinner on Christmas Day which includes mince pies, a pre-dinner glass of Champagne, Christmas pudding and a visit from Santa if there are children aged eight and below in the party, departing on 19th December. For more information call 01483 791 114 or visit www.inghams.co.uk.
There’s nowhere in the world that’s more festive than Father Christmas’ home of Lapland. Levi is the largest ski resort in Finnish Lapland and has pristine ski slopes for guests to enjoy. During the run up to Christmas, visitors have the chance to meet Father Christmas’ elves, Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer and even Father Christmas himself. While visiting Lapland, Inghams recommend their guests to take some time out to encounter the breath-taking Northern Lights, the natural phenomenon that occurs in the far north regions where lights of many different hues and shades appear across the sky.
For the chance to meet Father Christmas, Inghams is offering seven nights, half board, at the four and a half star Levitunturi Spa Hotel from £1,099 per person, a saving of £170 per person. Price includes return flights from Manchester to Kittilä with resort transfers and a special Christmas Gala Dinner included on Christmas Day as well as a free visit from Santa, departing on 20th December. For more information call 01483 791 114 or visit www.inghams.co.uk
Countdown to Christmas with Inghams
Inghams is inviting its customers to countdown to Christmas with their advent campaign, offering daily deals and giveaways across their Winter and Summer programmes. Customers just need to visit the website (www.inghams.co.uk/advent) and click on the relevant window to see the daily prize. To be in with the chance of winning one of these prizes, visit the Inghams website or follow Inghams on Facebook.
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