No doubt most of you will be sipping something suitably festive by now, revelling in the thrill and anticipation of a big night out. Others will be enjoying New Year Breaks somewhere utterly fabulous, surrounded by a mystical winter wonderland. This year, if you have resigned yourself to singing Auld Lang Syne in front of the TV as Big Ben chimes 12, I recommend making it your New Year’s resolution to book one of the tempting Mighty Fine winter holidays.
Do you not find that New Year, just like Christmas, seems to pop up unexpectedly every single time, meaning those of us that usually leave everything to the last minute are left without any set plans, pondering “How did that happen”? This is why, when it comes to New Year getaways, forward planning is a must. I learned my lesson early after spending one particularly memorable New Year’s Eve in front of the TV, only to nod off and then wake up discovering I had missed the entire event by an hour. After that, I resolved to make the most of the festive season and, in spring, booked a trip for next New Year’s Eve to Norway to look for the Northern Lights.
Now whenever possible I book a festive holiday to somewhere new, or if I’ve discovered somewhere spectacular I may return, eager to celebrate with friends old and new. To date I have seen fireworks over the Rhine, witnessed the Aurora Borealis in Finland and
negotiated the snow-dipped landscapes of Norway in a husky dog sled. This year I am celebrating at the Snow Hotel in Kirkenes, with its ornate, icy interiors and enticing Snow Bar. As the clock chimes 12, I promise to raise a glass (made of ice) to you all and wish you a Happy New Year, whatever your plans may be. Maybe I'll see you here next year?
A fabulous range of exciting New Year Breaks can be found on the Mighty Fine website.