Top 6 Festive Experiences to have in Europe this Winter


Travel back in time and experience a vintage Christmas on the Mid Hants Railway. On Boxing Day you’ll take a stream train ride on the Watercress Line as it would have been during the Second World War. Join civilian and military re-enactors during the day, as you hop on and off at four different stations to explore. You’ll be entertained along the way with live music that’ll transport you right back to the 1940s.


Spend Christmas Day in Rome’s Vatican City and join the crowds to hear the Urbi et Orbi message delivered by Pope Francis, from the balcony of St Peter’s Basilica - guaranteed to be a truly magical experience.


A truly memorable way to ring in the New Year is to spend the day on a snowy horse-drawn carriage ride in the wintery ski resort of Kitzbuhel. As night falls, watch the area’s best skiers in a torchlight celebratory parade with live music and spectacular fireworks.


Enjoy Christmas in style on a luxurious cruise through the winelands of France. You’ll spend four nights on the all-inclusive, 4-star MS Princesse D’Aquitaine, where you can upgrade to an Upper Deck with panoramic views. Spend Christmas Eve at a wine tasting in Medoc, a region famed for its delicious red wines.

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Spend New Year’s Eve with a local family in the idyllic mountain village of Sibel, where you’ll experience a traditional Romanian lunch. You’ll also explore the UNESCO-listed Citadel in Sighisoara where you’ll go brandy tasting in one of the town’s wine cellars.


Start your New Year’s celebrations on a thrilling cable car ride to the top of Schilthorn, famed as being the ‘007 Mountain’ in the James Bond films. You’ll ascend to its 2,970 summit and arrive at the Piz Gloria revolving restaurant, which was used as Blofeld’s headquarters in the 1969 Bond film, ‘On Her Majesty’s Secret Service’. The mountain views are stunning, so don’t forget your camera!

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