Sweden’s winter brings soft snow to the country’s vast landscapes. Take an icey safari and hike through the forests, while the Northern Lights flicker sporadically in the sky above.
Temperature: min. -3°C, max. 1°C
Snow is likely, and days are short, with just 6 hours of daylight.
Just before peak season.
All ages, families that don’t mind the freezing temperatures.
Swedish Lapland, where you can spot moose, wolves and brown bears; dog sledding in the mountains and Sarek National Park; snowshoeing, ice fishing, and snowmobiling. The cities of Malmö, Gothenburg and Stockholm offer a more lively atmosphere with museums and restaurants.
Christmas celebrations, where bustling markets add a festive charm to Sweden’s cities. Outdoor ice skating rinks open, and the Lane of Light attraction opens in Gothenburg.
Flight time from UK: 2h 15m from London to Stockholm
The iconic Rockefeller Christmas Tree is let daily from 5.30 am until 11.30 pm through the month of December. Skate on the ice rink underneath to festive music for a magical Christmas experience. If you’re travelling later in the month, join millions at the New Year’s Eve celebration in Times Square, watch the ball drop and experience live performances, celebrity appearances and an amazing atmosphere of celebration.
Lochs, mountains, castles, buzzing cities, beautiful islands, and even its own language – Scotland has got it all for families…
Temperature: min. 1°C, max. 7°C in Edinburgh.
Snowsports season varies each year, but generally runs from November to April.
Scotland’s ski centres provide some of the best value snowboarding and skiing in Europe so it’s great for enthusiasts.
Cairngorms National Park. – 25% of the UK’s rarest bird and wildlife live here. It’s the UK’s largest national park and covers and impressive 4,528km². Five of the six highest mountains in Scotland can be found here, and the landscape includes glaciers, granite tors, rivers and glens – only Canada has more Arctic features.
Winter may not seem like the obvious time to visit Scotland, but you can make the most of three of Scotland’s family ski resorts in the Cairngorms. Some of the UK’s best walking trails can be found here too, if you’re willing to wrap up and brave the cold. Collapse in a luxury log cabin at the end of the day – you’ll have earnt it by then!
Drive time: You can drive from the south of England to far north-east of Scotland in less than 8 hours, with fantastic road trips to take advantage of when you arrive.
Family holidays in Malta immerse you in historic island culture, invite kids on endless adventures and give you acres of beach and the Mediterranean too – enjoy the friendly country away from the hordes of summer travellers.
Temperature: min. 11°C, max. 17°C
On average there are 13 rainfall days in the month.
It’s one of the smallest countries in the world but has three World Heritage sites including the entire historic centre of the capital city, Valletta. November isn’t the best time to visit the beach as the weather is often cold and wet, but if you do get a sunny day there are a handful of beaches or the stunning Blue Lagoon to choose from.
Take advantage of the historical sites around and visit St John’s Co-Cathedral and the Mdina Old City where you can also see the Mdina Dungeons and the Natural History Museum. For older children and teens the Mdina Experience – an audio-visual show – is also worthy of note for those who want to learn about the history without being bored to tears.