Where to go on Christmas?
It’s the most wonderful time of the year, again! Christmas events begin with carols, roasting chestnuts and marshmallows, decorating the tree to glitter, searching for just the right Christmas gifts… All the way up to New Year’s Eve this is a time spent with family and friends, happy get-together at Christmas dinner, and feasting festive delicacies either at home or at different Christmas destinations. Now that it’s holidays for everyone and there is ample free time; reflecting on the past, spending time alone is also a great pastime activity. As Charles Dickens once said; “Remembrance, like a candle, burns brightest at Christmas time.”
Of course, this time of the year is not only about the past; planning your festive time, holidays, and the upcoming year is also a great part of Christmas fun and there are a variety of options to please yourself and all your loved ones.
At these times of celebration, relaxation, and bonding, there are places to go on Christmas that will feel like home and envelop you and your family with tenderness and positive vibes only to be even more glamorous than home with all the festive sparkle! Imagine immersing yourself and your loved ones in the luxury of being taken care of; your whole Christmas plan is already made; the Christmas menu is ready!
Most people choose to stay at hotels during this period to ensure they spare every minute for their family and friends while their Christmas programs are meticulously made for them. One of these outstanding Christmas destinations is the vibrant and multi-cultured İstanbul with ancient traditions and up-to-date celebration practices of many cultures in place. One of the leading Christmas hotels in town is Raffles Istanbul Zorlu Center located in the heart of the city’s most popular and luxurious shopping district with a vibrant dining scene. Buzzing with action and excitement for the upcoming year, there is that sense of joy in every corner of the hotel; chefs working on the final touches of the Christmas food for the lavish six-course dinner at the ballroom crowned with the ultimate Christmas dessert; that “to die for” white chocolate cake served with red berries and vanilla ice cream while the world renown violinist Canan Anderson and the live orchestra rehearses for their New Year’s Eve performance. You may also opt for a buffet dinner at Rocca Restaurant and dance to the tunes of Six Pack group to welcome a brand-new year!
Butlers prepare each and every Christmas gift for their special guests, servers pour tea at Lavinia Lounge, and guests indulge in festive tastes such as yule log cakes, gingerbread cookies, there is that happy chatter and humming accompanied with the piano playing uplifting Christmas songs and there is that signature Christmas smell of cinnamon and clove in the air; everything is ready and in full swing to say farewell to 2022 and welcome the new year with fresh hopes, everything is just in place and in time for the most wonderful time of the year.