Christmas Message

So, today’s post is a quick update on what is to come for the new year, and a little thank you to you our customers. We also wanted to share some of our favourite Christmas countdowns as well.

We have a lot planned for next year and are excited to be sharing those things with you soon. As a lot of you have asked about our Android app, we are working on it and will have something out in the early weeks of January. So, do follow all our social channels to be told when we do update the app.

We have a few features we will be releasing for iPhone and expect to see a different type of content on our social media channels. 2017 is going to be a big year for video on social media so we want to be part of that. If you have any suggestions on what you would like us to be posting more about then let us know on social media and the comments section below.

Also, we love user suggestions for our features so do tell us what you would like to see on the app, we have had some great suggestions so far.

If you are enjoying the app so far then don’t forget to review us on the App Store, it helps us out a lot. When you do share your festive countdowns don’t forget to share them by using the #countdownplus on all social media channels. That is it for this year, have a lovely holiday and see you all in the New Year.

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Top 3 Best Places to go for Christmas

Christmas is just around the corner, and now could be the best time to book a last-minute deal. So we wanted to show off a few places you could go to for a Christmas getaway.

Berlin, a popular choice for many holidaymakers around the festive season, year on year. There are plenty of Christmas markets to keep you occupied, and that brings a real festive feel to the Christmas season. If you are looking for something fun to do whilst there, then check out the Winter World on Potsdamer Platz, it is a huge winter wonderland, where you can ride a toboggan down a hill, and view some great sites of the whole city. The markets are a great place to enjoy some traditional food, and find some great handmade gifts for your family at Christmas time. If you are after some culture, then there are a fair few museums to see with some great exhibitions on. You can travel to Berlin from London from around £200 that includes flight and hotel. Not bad at all for a last-minute deal. gendarmenmarkt-1674368_1920

new-york-743231_1280New York is a firm favourite for many around the holiday season. There is so much to do around the festive season so we will compile a very short list. Check out the massive Christmas Tree at Rockefeller Centre. Here you can either check out the ice-skating or just admire the big tree and see the light ceremony. There are a lot of places you can visit to go ice skating in New York, why not check out the Bryant Park Winter Village, and enjoy some tasty food, and the ice skating is free! If you are interested in checking out some great Christmas inspired show windows, then check out Saks Fifth Avenue shop front. They have themed this year’s shop front around the Land of 1000 Delights. Macy’s is a big favourite year on year, so why not check out their shop fronts. They have centred their shop displays around Believe, it is all about having faith in the magic of the festive season. Unfortunately, tickets to go to New York are pricey and even with hotel included. Expect to pay over £700 for a last-minute deal.

Lapland is a pretty place for this time of year, this place is a great place for any age. If you believe in the magic of Christmas, then this place is the best place to be for the Christmas season. You can enjoy the Santa Claus Village and the Santa Park. Why not take a magical Reindeer sleigh ride, or experience a husky sledging, Lapland is such a magical place for the festive season. You can stay in amazing log cabins, which is a great place to stay if you want to get away from the hustle and bustle of the Christmas period. You can, of course, meet the main man himself Santa Claus, the official Lapland website does let you choose between two price plans, and you get a lot of the things listed above in your price plan. They don’t come cheap, and prices start from around £700 so do check out the website for more info.

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Well, that’s it for this post, hope you got some ideas on what to do if you are already going to one of the three destinations. Let us know where you are heading off to this year with the #countdownplus on all social channels.

Christmas at Disneyland

Christmas is right around the corner and we have seen a few countdowns already of you all going to Disneyland! So just like the Universal Studios Orlando we wanted to share with you some ideas on what to do this Christmas time at the park.

First up is food, and there are plenty of delights to choose from, note there are lots of treats at the park that are Christmas themed. You can choose from over 40 Christmas themed foods at Christmas time, if you head to the restaurants note that they will have a seasonal menu so you can easily find all the items on the menu. Try the Yule Log which is a very light and moreish dessert available at the park, you can choose from a coffee or chocolate flavoured one. It comes in a huge slice, but maybe get a few so you’re not fighting over the yummy dessert. If you are looking to find festive food to warm you up then how about the Turkey pot pie bread bowl, found in the Pacific Wharf Café. Highly recommended by many Disney blogs, and it’s a great meal to dig into on a winters evening. It’s massive so could be great to share amongst two people. Funnel cake is a staple for most at Christmas cake why not try the pineapple upside down funnel cake, found at Hungry Bear Restaurant. It is highly recommended and new for 2016 so why not give it try this year. It’s a shareable dessert and has the right density of a funnel cake.

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Let’s talk about the rides and there is an awful lot to see so will just talk about the best rides and shows to see at this time of year. Most popular and a great show to see is the Christmas Fantasy Parade, top tip is to organise when you want to see it and on the day decide to see it night or during the day. It is recommended to go see this show at the first week of December which is next week. It will be busier the week of Christmas and New Years, so don’t forget to organise and add those dates into the app. It’s a great show to see with family, with plenty of classic Disney characters walking around, and Santa makes an appearance of course. A strange ride to go on for this time of year is the Jingle Cruise, normally titled Jungle Cruise, the water ride has been given some of that special Disney Christmas magic. It’s a quirky ride and there a lots of decorations to spot whilst on the ride. A classic Disneyland ride is the It’s A Small World, which gets some Disney Christmas magic. The attraction should be seen during the day and night. You will be able to see a illumination of lights on the building. Also the ride itself has been transformed so it’s a good ride to enjoy with the whole family.

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We advised you book in advance and plan ahead as Christmas time is a super busy time of year for Disneyland. Once you do book and have the dates then start inputting the dates of your trip to the app, and don’t forget to add info on rides you want to go to. Does not matter what parks you attend expect queues and a lot of people seeking to watch shows. There are plenty of festive photo opportunities as well, such as Christmas trees across the park and there is a chance to take a picture with Santa himself. Of course one thing you will notice is the magical kingdom will be all light up for Christmas. So take as many pictures as you can, because it will sure to be a magical moment.

That’s it for this Christmas post for Disneyland, we sure hope this helped you out. Don’t forget to use #countdownplus this holiday season.


Yule Log cake at Disneyland under a Creative Commons Attribution licence (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/2.0/)

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