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One holiday down… a season to go! And if there’s one thing we made sure to give thanks for at our table yesterday, it’s the bevy of queer cheer Europe provides this time of year – two Pink Christmas festivals alone.
Kicking off December 1 with a World AIDS Day gala (TicNet.se), Stockholm brings the festive flavor all month long with parties, shows, and seductive Santas. Highlights include a mondo lesbian party December 11 at Södermalm clubs Momma and Roxy and an all-night affair celebrating Saint Lucia, the queen of light, on December 12. If last year’s festivities are any indication, different bars will take a non-traditional slant on the theme before Lucia “herself” drags it up, dressed in white with a crown of candles before dawn on the 13th. For more info on Pink Christmas and the whole Pink December festival, check out QX magazine (QX.se/gaymap) or Stockholm’s LGBT blog (StockholmTown.com/gay-lesbian), which will have all up-to-date info as it’s released.
The Luxury: Over the holidays the port cities of Northern Europe beckon visitors to a winter wonderland. This December, the Fred Olsen company offers a memorable voyage aboard its elegant Balmoral to ports of call graced by traditional holiday markets. Embarking from Dover, England, on December 12, the seven-night cruise stops in Copenhagen, which will glow with enchanting lights. The ship also stops in Hamburg, Germany, and Amsterdam, where passengers can browse for handcrafted decorations or homemade sweets.Travelers will spend evenings on land, and pass their days at sea, perhaps warming up in the British pub or leafi ng through a book in the library (topside turns a bit chilly).
The Value: Berth prices over the holidays are discounted as much as 55 percent; rates start at $630. The cost of a balcony stateroom starts at $1,147.
The Catch: This is a popular itinerary, so travelers need to book soon.
The Details: 44/1-473-746-175, or visit www.fredolsencruises.com.
From the Smart Luxury Awards issue of Sherman’s Travel magazine.
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