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Digital Subscriptions > Delicious Magazine > December 2018 > THE BEST CHRISTMASSY BREAKS

THE BEST CHRISTMASSY BREAKS

Want to get in that twinkly, all-warm-inside mood, ready for the festivities? Our helpful elves have gift-wrapped some glittering destinations, all with great food, of course – plus an idea for those who just want to escape the madness. And if you’re staying put this season, we’ve rounded up the best Christmas festivals countrywide

Husky sledding; ghostly northern lights; the Arctic Light Hotel’s Nordic hospitality

THE MEET-SANTA FAMILY TRIP

ROVANIEMI, Finnish Lapland BY LES DUNN

CHRISTMAS CREDS When you land at Rovaniemi Airport and see the winter wonderland display they’ve created in the middle of the luggage carousel, you’ll get the idea that around these parts, Christmas isn’t done by halves. Sleigh rides, husky sledding, snowmobiling along a frozen riverbed (the trip’s highlight for the adults at least) – oh, and the small matter of meeting Santa Claus. Plus, you come home with a certificate for crossing the Arctic Circle. You might get to see the northern lights, too (they’re generally visible a couple of nights a week from the town), although you’ll need a clear night and a bit of luck, so don’t rely on it.

THE FOOD Rovaniemi, the capital of Lapland, isn’t a cutesy sort of place (my wife called it “Reading with snow”), but all that snow covers up its Reading-ness beautifully. Plus, unlike the silent wilderness, it’s well equipped with bars and restaurants.

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Make Christmas and New Year your best ever with the December issue of delicious. magazine. Festive shopping’s a breeze with our last-minute gifts, one-stop drinks advice and best-buys taste test. You’ll also find Michel Roux’s brunch, Gill Meller’s goose with black pudding, Matt Tebbutt’s soy-braised pork and a beautiful pie from Calum Franklin. Fancy a lie in on the big day? Try our all-in-one-tray lunch or make-ahead turkey dinner. With Gaz Oakley’s vegan feast, Brontë Aurell’s Scandi classics, brilliant yuletide bakes and our panto recipe special, this is the only magazine you’ll need this year. And don’t miss our extra cocktail desserts collection, plus you could win a luxury cruise for 2019. Here’s to a delicious. Christmas!