The Best Christmas Breaks for Lottery Winners

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This, of course, costs money, something that lottery winners have in abundance. They can choose to have a guaranteed white Christmas or spend it sunbathing on a beach.

For the rest of us, we’ll have to make do with daydreaming for the time being. And maybe one day, should we win the lottery, we can be sure that the six places below will be on our to-visit list.
Lapland, Finland

Julenisse, Santa Claus, Sinterklaas, Father Christmas – while there isn’t a general consensus on the name of the mythical man in a red suit, there is, at least, some agreement that he lives somewhere cold.

laplandOne such place could be Lapland in northern Finland. Situated in the Arctic Circle, this winter wonderland is home to more reindeer than it is people.

Snow-dusted forests and rolling hills dominate the landscape here, making it the ideal location to enjoy some festive cheer.

Adults can take part in a range of outdoor activities, from snowmobiling to skiing, while children won’t want to miss visiting Santa and his elves in their workshop.

When you’re not spending your time sleigh riding through the woods, there are a number of accommodation options for visitors to choose between; ranging from cosy log cabins all the way up to five-star resorts.

At night, you can feast on toasted marshmallows over an open logged fire as the sky comes alive with the sight of the Northern Lights.

New York, USA

If there’s one place that is suited to winter, it’s New York. The bright lights of the city seem to have an added sparkle when set against the backdrop of a blanket of snow.

new yorkThe huge, 70-foot Christmas tree at the Rockefeller Center in Midtown is a sight not to be missed, with five miles of lights stretched out amongst its branches.

Many of the city’s famous department stores, such as Saks, Bergdorf and Henri Bende, turn into tourist attractions themselves, with nativity scenes and decorations turning mundane shopping trips into experiences that you’ll never forget.

Central Park, Manhattan’s natural oasis from the hustle and bustle of the city, provides visitors with the chance to go ice-skating underneath the stars.

While you’re not out shopping and sightseeing, New York also offers some of the most spectacular five-star hotels in the world, with penthouse suites providing guests with panoramic views of the whole city.

Vienna, Austria

With its outdoor Christmas markets and frequent snowfall, Vienna makes for an ideal city break over the festive period.

viennaThe city itself is steeped in imperial history, which can be seen all around in the dramatic Baroque architecture and the stone cobbled streets. The greatest example of this is the Hofburg palace complex, where you will also be able to hear the Vienna Boys’ Choir sing Christmas carols during the holiday season.

If the cold starts to become too much, there are numerous coffee houses and cosy wood-panelled pubs where you can find a warming coffee or mulled wine.

Banff National Park, Canada

You will find spectacular scenery at Banff National Park in Canada whatever time of year you visit. During the winter, the park’s mixture of snow-capped mountains and frozen turquoise lakes make it one of the most beautiful spots on the planet.

canadaThe park is best suited to those that love the great outdoors, and there are plenty of activities or tours to keep visitors entertained. Skiing, snowboarding, ice skating and fishing are often best to enjoy during the colder months. While if you’re feeling brave enough, you can ice dive into Lake Minnewanka or Two Jack Lake.

One spot that can’t be missed is Moraine Lake, which the Canadians love so much that they decided to use it on their $20 bank note.

Despite being situated in the wilderness, there are a wide variety of accommodation options. Fairmont Chateau, which sits by the side of Lake Louise is the grandest of them all, and well within budget for a lottery winner.

Sydney, Australia

The Southern Hemisphere is the place to visit in December for those that like the warm weather, and Sydney, with its pristine beaches and laid-back atmosphere, is one great location you can’t afford to miss.

sydneyDuring the festivities, some of the city’s main landmarks, such as St Mary’s Cathedral and Sydney Town Hall, are illuminated in an array of festive colours.

Of course, the Opera House and the Harbour Bridge are the city’s main tourist attractions. Whilst the UNESCO-listed Blue Mountains that lie on the outskirts of the city showcase a completely different side of the region.

Sydney spoils visitors for choice when it comes to beaches. Palm Beach and Whale beach along the northern shoreline are some of the most beautiful attractions along the eastern coast, and are often far less crowded due to their distance from the city.

There are a number of accommodation options available, including Darling Harbour. This awesome harbour with its excellent range of eateries and waterfront views, is arguably the best place to stay in the city centre.

The Caribbean

Christmas in the Caribbean – it has a nice ring to it, doesn’t it? For lottery winners, the options are endless, but for most people that visit the region, a cruise is the best way to get about.

caribeanExplorers can visit the Mayan Ruins in Cozumel, snorkel in the turquoise waters of Grand Cayman and hike through the tropical rainforest of Curaçao’s Christoffel National Park.

The Caribbean’s beaches are renowned the world over. In Falmouth, Jamaica’s unique destination finds can be discovered, plus you’ll even get the chance to swim with dolphins and stingrays by the shoreline.

Most ships that visit the region are now equipped with a whole range of facilities to keep guests entertained, including West End style shows, massage parlours and world-class dining.

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