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Holiday Magic at Airports: Where to Find Festive Fun During Your Travels

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Get in the Spirit at These Airports

The holiday season is upon us, and while traveling during this time can be challenging, there are some airports that go above and beyond to bring the holiday spirit to weary travelers. From ice skating rinks to Christmas markets, these airports offer festive activities and amenities that will make your time at the airport a little more jolly.

Munich International Airport (MUC)

From November 17 to December 31, 2023, Munich International Airport transforms into a winter wonderland. Visitors can enjoy ice skating and curling on the festively decorated ice skating rink. The airport also hosts a Christmas market where you can shop for handblown glass ornaments, artisan crafts, and sip on mulled wine. Live music, magic shows, face painting, and even a visit from Santa Claus himself add to the holiday cheer.

O'Hare International Airport (ORD)

Terminal 3 at O'Hare International Airport in Chicago is known for its iconic holiday decorations. The airport features 8-foot-long red bows, 7,500 white lights, and illuminated doves that have been delighting travelers for decades. The airport's #ChiOnTheFly entertainment brings Santa and Mrs. Claus, as well as live music, to the airport throughout the holiday season. Keep an eye out for Santa on the Chicago Transit Authority's Allstate CTA Holiday Train during your visit to the Windy City.

Helsinki Airport (HEL)

If you find yourself near Gate 40 at Helsinki Airport, make sure to visit the free Christmas Cabin. This cozy cabin features an elf door, a Finnish sauna, and all the sights and smells of the holiday season. The Christmas Cabin is open year-round, so even if you miss it during the holiday season, you can still experience the holiday magic when you visit Helsinki.

United Airlines Fantasy Flights

United Airlines offers a special holiday experience for children with life-threatening illnesses and their families. These fantasy flights take off, fly around, and land at the "North Pole," where Santa and his elves (in this case, United employees and volunteers) greet the children and host an incredible holiday luncheon. This heartwarming tradition has been going on for over 30 years and brings joy to families during the holiday season.

Singapore Changi Airport (SIN)

Singapore Changi Airport is known for its impressive amenities, and during the holiday season, it becomes even more magical. The Changi Festive Village features a Candy Wonderland theme, complete with a "snow show," candy-themed carnival games, a mega-bouncy house, go-karts, an ice house, and a sweet train ride. The airport also offers a "Candylicious Night at the Airport" sleepover with a chocolate workshop, airport tours, and a pop-up tent for a truly unforgettable experience.

Make the Most of Your Airport Experience

While we hope you encounter holiday magic and excitement at the airports you visit, we understand that travel can sometimes be stressful. Here are some tips to keep you moving and make your airport experience a little smoother:

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  • Arrive early: Give yourself plenty of time to navigate security and check-in lines.
  • Stay informed: Check for any flight updates or delays before you leave for the airport.
  • Be prepared: Have all necessary documents, like your ID and boarding pass, easily accessible.
  • Pack light: Avoid the hassle of lugging around heavy bags by packing only the essentials.
  • Stay connected: Keep your phone and other devices charged to stay connected during your journey.
  • Stay hydrated: Drink plenty of water to stay refreshed and avoid dehydration.
  • Take breaks: Find a quiet corner or a comfortable seat to relax and recharge during long layovers.

With these tips in mind, we hope you have a joyful and stress-free holiday travel experience!