"Christmas is a joyous time of year for most and in many cases, little thought has to go into the plans."

They often revolve around family get-togethers, huddled around a fold-out dining table with mismatch chairs to ensure everyone has a seat, with a veritable feast of scrumptious offerings to delve into and stacks of presents to open before an afternoon and evening of festive films and games.

Does this sound like you? Of course, a family Christmas at home isn't the be all and end all of festive options, with an array of options available to ensure you and your family can enjoy a festive season like no other.

With plenty of ski deals available from Neilson, now would be a perfect time to organise a winter holiday. By combining it with Christmas itself, you could incorporate some awesome extras into your break away to ensure that your 2013 ski holiday is totally unbeatable.

Perhaps a visit to the big man himself is in order? While in the UK, a trip to the Santa’s Grotto at your local shopping centre may be the highlight of the season, a visit to Father Christmas in a winter wonderland high in the mountains is what children’s dreams are made of. While you may immediately think of Lapland for this pleasure, it’s certainly not the only option, with many ski resorts arranging special Santa-themed events to keep the youngsters grinning from ear to ear.

Combine the compulsory visit to Santa’s Grotto with a stint on the slopes and you have yourself a perfect recipe for a Christmas with a difference. Enroll in one of the awesome ski schools if you've never skied before, or are a little rusty, or opt for a ride on a horse drawn sleigh or a snow mobile if skiing isn't your forte.

Remember to pack your thermals and, if you’re travelling over the main day, a couple of presents to last until your return, and get ready for a holiday that will be remembered forever. /end

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