With Christmas on the horizon, CLC World Resorts & Hotels are looking forward to another fun-packed festive season.
Our resorts are dotted across the world and each country that our resorts are in has different Christmas traditions, some a little quirky, all of them worth experiencing!
Christmas Markets in Austria
Pull on your bobble hat and your warm boots and head to Austria for Christmas card scenic locations. Whether that’s strolling the Christmas markets with stalls bedecked with toys and decorations or sipping a warm Glühwein from gloved hands after a spectacular run down the piste, an Austrian Christmas is not to be missed.
The Christmas Markets (Christkindlmarkt) can be found in most Austrian towns from late November until the end of December. Salzburg is renowned for its market, while Zell am See Star Advent, which runs each year, is just a short sleigh ride from CLC Alpine Centre.
Harbour Lights in Cornwall
During the Christmas period, Cornwall’s harbour towns and stately homes take on a new look with colourful illuminations and festive decorations.
Padstow and Mousehole are the two Cornish harbour towns most famous for their festive frivolity. At Padstow, displays float in the harbour while Santa sets up his grotto nearby. The Christmas market entices buyers with traditional Cornish gifts and goodies.
Mousehole’s harbour is home to a wonderful light display, where the ‘Loch Ness Monster’ has been spotted in previous years nestling among the fishing boats!
The Eden Project, only 5 minutes’ drive from CLC Trenython Manor, has a host of Christmas festivities and is beautifully lit after dark with giant willow lanterns. Musicians, an ice rink, Christmas craft shops, a market and much more wait to entertain you.
Turkey on a Costa del Sol beach?
The nights may be chilly, but December is usually dry and with daily temperatures of around 18-20ºC, there’s no reason why you couldn’t have your roast turkey dinner on the beach!
In Spain, ‘Nochebuena’ (Christmas Eve) is when the festivities take place with family dining tables groaning under the weight of plates of fresh seafood, roast lamb or suckling pig and, should there be room, a mountain of desserts including the almond and honey fudge, turron. After midnight, people head for the streets to party the night away.
The Malaga Christmas Light Show in Calle Larios is impressive and one of the city’s most popular attractions. Each night there are three light shows to music, 6.30pm, 8pm and 9.30pm, this year running from 29th November to 5th January 2020.
The 5th January is the Fiesta de Los Tres Reyes Magos (Festival of the Magic Three Kings) and is when Spanish children traditionally receive their presents. Most towns and village shave their own processions as the Kings pass through on floats, throwing sweets to the children. It’s a fun event, but look out for low-flying toffees!
Christmas at Disney Orlando
For big kids and little ones alike, Christmas is a magical time in Orlando with a bonanza of events over the festive period.
Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party (Select Nights, Nov. 8 – Dec. 22), Epcot® International Festival of the Holidays (Nov. 29 – Dec. 30), Disney’s Hollywood Studios® (Nov. 8, 2019 – Jan. 5, 2020) and Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Theme Park (Nov. 8, 2019 – Jan. 5, 2020) all have glittering events to bedazzle visitors.
Marvel at Christmas in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ at the Universal Orlando Resort. Festivities include live performances and ´Harry Potter themed´ food and drinks.
If you’re staying at CLC Encantada or CLC Regal Oaks on December 14th, you could enjoy the Kissimmee Festival of Lights Parade that takes place at 7pm.
Traditional Christmas & Hogmanay in Scotland
Scotland in winter is crisp fresh air, the twinkling lights of Christmas markets, laughter rising from ice rinks, hotels and pubs welcoming you with roaring fires in cosy spaces and if you’re lucky, the perfect white Christmas.
Hogmanay is Scotland’s New Year celebration and is not for the faint-hearted! Hogmanay celebrations usually include ceilidh-dancing, fine food, the odd dram or three of whisky and fireworks at the stroke of midnight. If you’re staying at CLC Duchally Country Estate, you’ll be spoilt for choice with whisky, or gin lovers can ring in the New Year with a generous Gatehouse Gin!