Start planning early for a magical Christmas 2013 holiday

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Christmas 2013

If Christmas 2012 has left you underwhelmed, why not start planning now to make 2013’s festive period extra special? A Christmas treat could include a dream winter wonderland holiday to Lapland, EuroDisney or a snowy ski resort. Or do something special and different in the UK…

These holidays don’t come cheap but if you start planning now and spread the cost, you could find something you can afford.

Lapland

Visiting Santa in his snow-covered homeland is the ultimate Christmas experience, but when a day trip to Lapland costs around £300-£400 you may think such an experience will simply remain a dream. Not so! With the right deal and careful planning, you could make it a once in a lifetime treat. To begin with, read reviews and compare packages – you don’t want to risk being disappointed for the sake of saving a few extra pounds.

Thomson offers substantial savings if you book online early, and Thomas Cook often has good family deals going. Do check them out for Lapland offers. Even though Thomson Holidays have their own flight checker, be sure to check for cheapest prices at Lastminute.com and Monarch often has offers on two- or five-night trips and single parent packages are also available. Additionally they offer free transfers and inflight meals.

EuroDisney

EuroDisney might be a more affordable and appealing option than Lapland, especially if you don’t like snow! And unlike Santa’s homeland, it should be possible for a family of four to do a three-day trip for under £1,000.

Disneyland Paris has several offers to suit your travel needs with flexible ticket options.  Look for flight deals on Lastminute.com. And make sure you check our article on how to find cheap Disneyland tickets before you book.

Alternative options

If Lapland and Disney are beyond budget, a family ski holiday could be another Christmas treat. They’re generally far more affordable than they were a decade ago, and companies like easyJet and Lastminute.com offer competitive deals with up to 30% off regular prices.

Prices will be higher over Christmas though, so look at cheaper resorts in Bulgaria and France, rather than the Swiss Alps. If you’re taking young children, a week might be too strenuous and you could save by taking a three-night trip. Hire a chalet with relatives or friends to save money.

Christmas at home

Making your UK Christmas magical doesn’t have to set you back a fortune. Visit LaplandUK in Kent where tickets had cost between £44.50 and £62.50 in 2012.  If you register your email address with them now, you will get priority access tickets when they are available for 2013.  Children can meet Santa in an authentic-looking setting, complete with elves, huskies and reindeer. Early booking is recommended. 

Alternatively, combine a day or weekend trip with a visit to one of the UK’s Christmas markets – London, Bath, Manchester, Birmingham and Edinburgh are all very popular choices. A theatre trip to see a musical is also a great family treat.

As all parents know, Christmas is expensive and if you budget for these things at the last minute, they might be out of reach. But start saving early and Christmas 2013 could be your best yet.