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15th Nov 2018

5 European cities that are even more incredible in Winter


Brought to you by AerClub, the loyalty programme of Aer Lingus.

Let it snow!

Yep, Christmas fever is taking over ladies and it means we’re dreaming of a cosy break away to coincide with our Yuletide festivities.

Whether it’s a charming little village, a magical Christmas market or a snowy city that tickles your winter fancy, here are some of the best options and all just a few short hours from home.

Oh, and in true Christmas spirit, we’ve a simple hack below, showing you how to collect Avios to put towards your next break abroad, thanks to AerClub. (Hurrah!)

1. Geneva, Switzerland

All the snow you could ever want — it’s the place to be if you’re dreaming of a white Christmas. Treat yourself to a spot of shopping at the Christmas markets, warm up the toes at a cosy café of your choosing (look for the adorable Cottage Café), and munch on SO MUCH yummy food. If you really want some Christmas fun in Geneva, get yourself to the La Capite slopes for some tobogganing. Nothing beats it!

2. Rome, Italy

Rome is perfect all year round, but at Christmas, you’ll see it like never before. The weather is mild (great for a winter warm up), there are several Christmas markets (our favourite being the one on Piazza Navonna — it has little merry-go-round) and well, we love a good hearty Italian meal too.

3. Amsterdam, Netherlands

Amsterdam is beautiful any time of year — this much we know. But it’s truly spectacular coming up to Christmas. They love it so much, Christmas celebrations and festivities start the month before hand in November. Get to the Amsterdam Light Festival, bring someone special to go ice-skating with and simply follow the canals to see lots of charming gabled facades. Try spot the narrowest house in the world while there too.

4. Berlin, Germany

German Christmas markets are world famous and for good reason. The oldest and most famous market in Berlin is the Rotes Rathaus market. Expect oodles of foods, sweet and savoury bakes, arts and crafts, and a giant ferris wheel lit up with Christmas lights. Ice-skating is super popular in Berlin, with several rinks around the city, so do give it a whirl.

5. Prague, Czech Republic

When the snow falls here, you might as well be in a Hans Christian Anderson fairy tale. It’s enchanting to say the least. The stunning city boasts medieval churches, Christmas markets and a real good cinnamon roll! Plus, it’s easy on the wallet too.

So, if our little list has you dreaming of a Christmas getaway make sure you sign up to AerClub — the loyalty programme of Aer Lingus — and start collecting Avios to put towards your next marvellous adventure. Best of all – signing up is completely free!

With a LONG list of partners, including SuperValu, Kildare Village, and more, AerClub lets you earn Avios everyday, in LOTS of ways. Whether its flights, shopping in-store or online (via the AerClub eStore, which is home to hundreds of brands), make sure you’re clocking up those Avios and treat yourself to another break (or a business class upgrade!) before you know it.

If you’re jetting off on a Christmas break with the girls and want to pull ALL the stops, Devine’s World Chauffeur Service caters to all event transportation, driving you from A to B in pure luxury. And remember, AerClub members can collect 3 Avios for every €1 spent.

Here’s a little look at Maria, who was lucky enough to be AerClub’s one millionth member! (The lucky duck.)

Brought to you by AerClub, the loyalty programme of Aer Lingus. 

AerClub is the first Irish airline loyalty programme to give its members the opportunity to collect Avios reward points ‘in the air’ every time they fly, ‘on the ground’ and ‘online’ with a wide range of brands including retail, hotels and car hire, across Ireland, Europe, and North America. For further information on AerClub and to sign up to the loyalty programme, visit the AerClub website