Flying off from Sydney for Christmas: 3 airports big on yuletide designs

It’s perhaps a little early to be thinking about Christmas – but we’re happily different.


We like to jingle all the way, dream of a white Christmas and roast chestnuts on an open fire 24/7/365 – and we believe that you can never be too prepared to celebrate the most magical holiday season of them all.

But Christmas in Sydney (or anywhere in Oz, for that matter) can be a different proposition.

While it’s nice to have a BBQ on the beach and bake your pasty skin in the summer sun, you’ve simply not lived until you’ve experienced Christmas in a climate that would make an Inuit think twice about heading outside.

So if you’re looking to get away from Sydney this Christmas, pack your family into the car, book Sydney Airport parking on and save those Christmas dollars – then jet off to festive frostier climes.

If you plan carefully enough, you can even pass through one of these three airports packed to the rafters with Christmas cheer.

1. Chicago O’Hare International Airport

Where better to spend Christmas than the city that’s home to the finest Christmas movie ever made? We are, of course referring to Chicago, the setting for the 1990 John Hughes adventure/comedy classic, Home Alone.

“But what about its airport?” we hear you cry. O’Hare International Airport decks its terminals out with thousands of lights, trees and stars, with Terminal 3 the jewel in its Christmas crown. In December, you can even watch local musicians perform Chrimbo classics as you make your way through the airport.

2. Helsinki Airport

Whether you’re travelling for Christmas or heading home, Helsinki Airport’s mission is to make sure it adds wonder and joy to your journey. The airport actually bills itself as ‘Santa’s official getaway’ during the festive season … so you know it’s gonna be good!

There’s mistletoe, decorations, lights, trees, mulled wine and Christmas music aplenty, which all adds up to a magical experience for you and your family—especially if your onward journey takes you into the Christmas wonderland of Helsinki itself.

3. Heathrow Airport

Despite being one of the world’s busiest airports, London Heathrow ups its game at Christmas by providing its hundreds of thousands of daily passengers with a festive display that leaves adults and kids alike goggle-eyed.

You’ve likely already seen Heathrow’s beautiful ribbon tree, but there’s so much more to this bustling travel hub. Aside from its beautiful decorations, you can even get up close and personal with a reindeer. Fair enough, it’s fake, but it looks extremely realistic … and your kids will love it!

What do you think? Do you prefer Christmas in a warm or cold climate? Do you like to travel for the Christmas holidays? Where’s your favourite place to visit? Please let us know in the comments section—we’d love to hear from you.



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