Christmas Break Deals on the Internet

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Christmas. Few seasons conjure up as many images and memories. Family gatherings, parties at work, decorated shop windows, shopping for the perfect gift or even getting away for a last-minute holiday!

That's right, although many travellers opt to stay home over the Christmas break, the winter season can actually offer fantastic value on flights and hotel deals to lure in the more intrepid. And because fewer people travel during winter, the crowds are much smaller and sites are far more enjoyable than during the height of summer, when intense heat combined with large numbers of people can make your holiday seem like work.

The key to finding deals is to know where to look for deals. Last minute hotel and flight reservations abound, and a good way to find them is by combing the Internet. The first step is to determine where you'd like to spend your Christmas break.

Unless you have no pleasant memories of Christmas, December holidays offer a unique opportunity to take part in a European tradition that's centuries old: the Christmas market. These festive markets are located in many European cities, and offer a great way to incorporate local culture into your traditional celebration. Geneva has a particularly quaint Christmas market, with roasted chestnuts, fragrant gingerbread, local crafts and hot drinks. Businesses in Geneva take pride in their colourful displays of decorations and lights, and because the city is surrounded by the Alps, Geneva is a great jumping-off point for skiers of all levels.

Families can embrace the magic of Christmas with a visit to Lapland, where reindeer romp and the northern lights swath the countryside in soft pastels. Explore Lapland's scenic wilderness from the seat of a snowmobile, and visit a remote village where Santa lives with his magical reindeer. Lapland is a country that loves the winter and all it has to offer. Children and adults alike will enjoy the festive spirit that infects local residents during the Christmas and New Year season. And who could deny the romance of a winter's night, huddled under a warm blanket and gazing at the Aurora Borealis? Although a popular destination for trekkers looking to enjoy all of the beauty of a snow-covered landscape, winter in Lapland also offers remarkable opportunities to book a last minute hotel deal, offering significant savings that can keep you off Santa's "naughty" list for another year.

Many people wonder, after spending money on Christmas gifts, food and festivities, how can you afford to go on a winter holiday?

Considering that most locales are offering off-season rates during December, you'll be pleasantly surprised by how affordable a Christmas break can be. Just remember: when it comes to planning holidays, the Internet is your friend.

Surfing around the web to find deals on flights and accommodations is a great way to create a fun yet affordable holiday. For instance, try searching for last minute hotels and see which greatly reduced rates are on offer, leaving you with plenty of cash to buy an extra hot toddy or two in the evening.

Eoin has written for many publications in his native south Wales and further afield. He currently lives in London's trendy Docklands with his partner. Both are regular faces in West End theatre audiences.