For families looking for a city break during the holidays, make your way to these capitals, bursting with charm and fun activities for the whole family.

Head Down Under, to Sydney more specifically, for some quality family time. It’s summer in December in the southern hemisphere, with ideal weather to try your hand at surfing. For more city-focused activities, bring your kids to Taronga Zoo, board a cruise around the Sydney Harbour, or simply take a leisurely family stroll around the city’s numerous little neighbourhoods.

Paris and London are magical come Christmas time, decked in twinkling lights and full of Christmas markets with steaming mulled wine for parents and hot thick chocolate for kids. In addition to markets, both capitals offer other winter-based activities that include ice-skating at the National History Museum followed by Harry Potter tour in London, and a day trip to Euro Disney and fun times at the Science Museum in Paris.

One of the only cities in the world that straddles two continents (Europe and Asia), Istanbul is a stunning riverside city bursting with sites to be discovered. Deck yourself in warm clothing as it can get quite chilly during winter.

Properties for Family City Christmas

Four Seasons George V, Paris

Paris, France

Located a stone’s throw from one of the most famous avenues in the world, the Champs Elysees, the Four Seasons George V is a true Parisian home away from home. As you enter one of Paris’…

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The Wellesley

England, United Kingdom

The Wellesley’s 36 lavishly designed rooms are filled with art deco furniture, sumptuous furnishings and rich fabrics. Each room features a king-size bed, state-of-the-art amenities, an ex…

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Number Sixteen

England, United Kingdom

Located in the heart of the upmarket neighbourhood of South Kensington, close to shops, museums and key attractions, Number Sixteen is a luxury boutique hotel offering warm hospitality, impe…

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Le Bristol Paris

Paris, France

Describing itself as ‘the embodiment of French luxury and refinement’, Le Bristol is one of just six hotels in Paris (Le Royal Monceau is another) to be awarded ‘palace’ status; mean…

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