Promise a magical Christmas to kids and their imagination knows no bounds. Here are twelve places, near and far, which exceed even the wildest expectations.

1/12 Bruges, Belgium

Bruges smells like Christmas from the middle of November when chocolatiers’ windows begin to fill with fantastic creations. The competition is fierce, and if you don’t see at least one festive cityscape made entirely of chocolate, consider yourself short changed.

By December, a light dusting of snow, wintery canals, skinny fairy tale houses, bell ringers, traditional markets and living nativities, are all in place. So all you have to do is add your rosy cheeked, bundled-up-cosy kids into the scene, and the magic is complete.

How to get there

  • Direct flights from the UK to Brussels take one hour.
  • Bruges is an hour by train from Brussels.