Hot winter holiday destinations in Europe for the 2015-2016 season

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With December just around the corner, many are already considering their plans for the upcoming season.

If you are looking for some great winter holiday destinations in Europe, the following ideas may give you the inspirational push that you have been looking for…

See the Northern Lights in Finnish Lapland

No place in Europe gets winter quite like the far northern reaches of Scandinavia, which experiences near total darkness in December and January.

As gloomy as that sounds, the lack of daylight and human light pollution in sparsely populated region of Finnish Lapland makes it one of the best places on Earth to seek out the ethereal natural show known as Aurora Borealis, or the Northern Lights.

Hostels can be found in towns like Rovaniemi and from there, trips at night to watch the glowing that occurs when solar winds collide with our upper atmosphere can be booked.

During the day, rent some cross country skis and glide out into the wilderness on one of many trails – many of them have tracks already set into the snow pack to make the experience easier for you.

Go on a Krampusnacht pub crawl in Austria

In the Central European country of Austria, the Christmas season has a sinister side for kids, as a demon known as Krampus was said to spank bad children with a birch branches on St Nicholas Day even as Santa Claus is handing out presents to the good ones.

For young adults though, it is a good spot of fun to head out the night before December 6 dressed as this mythological demon, racing through the streets from pub to pub, drinking all the suds in sight and causing a ruckus in the process.

Some of the takes on Krampus are truly terrifying, but your fear will dissolve to merrymaking as you have one of the most memorable nights on the town that you’ve had in a long while.

Go skiing and partying in Val d’ Isere, France

If you want to mix some adrenaline with your partying in Europe, the best place to go is to the mountain town of Val d’ Isere in the French Alps.

Here, La Folie Douce is where it all gets started, as its location on the hill ensures that it is the starting point of many a skier’s journey into alcoholic degeneracy.

Open from 3 to 5 pm, the snow laden peaks provide the perfect backdrop to celebrate a great day of shredding with dozens of new found friends, and when you do find your way back into town, a bevy of bars and nightclubs will keep the party moving until you all end up at Dick’s Tea Bar at the very end of the night.

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