WONDERFUL WINTER FESTIVALS
Vienna conjures up the magic of an old-world Christmas, with plenty of traditional food and drink to savour. Stroll around a Christmas market, mug of gluhwein in hand. There are plenty to choose from, but one of the most scenic has to be Belvedere – where stalls pop up right in front of the palace. Regular carol concerts take place at St. Stephen’s Cathedral, or you could get dressed up for a night at the State Opera House.
Stay at: Altstadt Vienna, a 19th century townhouse with an impressive modern art collection.
New York City features in countless Christmas films – and for many people, captures the festive mood like nowhere else. As well as December must-dos such as ice-skating at Rockefeller Center, there are plenty of more off-beat activities to enjoy. Catch a Rangers ice hockey game at Madison Square Garden. Watch a holiday music concert in the Guggenheim’s spiralling atrium. Or, if you’re celebrating Hanukkah, head to Latke Festival in Brooklyn to feast on gourmet interpretations of the humble potato pancake.
Stay at: HGU New York, an old-world gem with modern flair in New York City’s trend-setting NoMad district.