Whether you’ve been skiing since before you could walk, or you’re planning your first foray onto the slopes, our ultimate ski checklist will have you covered.

The ski season As far as Europe goes, the ski season doesn’t really kick off until December, but if you find yourself unable to wait that long, you can still hit the slopes in the early season during October and November.

But Aimee in particular didn’t mind, as long as it meant she didn’t have to worry about getting sea sick!

Generally, early season skiing is limited to glacier areas, and can be a bit hit-and-miss due to the unpredictability of the weather.

If you do manage to get lucky with an early snow fall, however, you’ll benefit from much quieter slopes.

You’ll find unique gifts for everyone at a Christmas market Bordeaux Christmas Market Where in France: Gironde, Nouvelle-Aquitaine Drive from Calais: 868km / 7h 40m If you happen to be further south in France, a trip to Bordeaux to visit their Christmas market is definitely in order.

Enjoy a warming cup of hot chocolate or mulled wine as you browse the selection of unique gifts from over 150 exhibitors and vendors, which will ensure everyone on your Christmas list gets something special!

If you’re already mentally packing your bags and loading up the car, don’t forget to book your tickets with us early to take advantage of the best offers on fares.

There’s a reason that there’s a song about Christmas being the most wonderful time of the year, and in Strasbourg it’s really not very hard to see why.You can shop for baubles and tree toppers, delicious festive treats and mulled wine, and unique Christmassy souvenirs.Reims Christmas Market Where in France: Marne, Grand Est Drive from Calais: 274km / 2h 20m The stunning cathedral in the centre of Reims is illuminated, adding to the festive glow and magic of the city at Christmas time.There are lights strung up all around Strasbourg’s catherdral Strasbourg Christmas Market Where in France: Bas-Rhin, Grand Est Drive from Calais: 621km / 5h 30m Once Aimee and Craig arrive in Strasbourg and checked into their hotel, it was time to start exploring the town and its festive Christmas market!They set themselves a number of challenges to make the most of their time there.If you’re feeling all festive and want to visit a Christmas market in France, but won’t be able to make it to Strasbourg, there are plenty of other beautiful markets you can visit to do some Christmas shopping.