Wherever your travels take you across the world, it’s that time of year where the lights are up and airports around the globe are looking that extra bit decorative for one month of the year. The aim is to help nudge passengers that little bit closer to the festive spirit, and we hope that you get to see some of these destinations first hand! However if your travels don’t take you through an airport this December, look no further than a round up of the best dressed sites around the world!
In no particular order:
1. Amsterdam Airport Schiphol
Our European neighbours have shown how it’s done with a great array of Christmas lights on show at the main terminal. Not only is the tree looking great but you may also find Father Christmas wondering through the baggage reclaim hall with last minute prezzies to hand out!
2. Orlando International Airport
Across the pond this time to Orlando International Airport who has a stand out Christmas theme that’s certainly attracted the attention of its passengers! Many travellers are keen to snap a pic in front of the wonderful tree sitting in the terminal. Not only that but the Christmas cheer was extended to families who lost a military loved one this year, who along with American Airlines & The Gary Sinise Foundation, whisked 1,700 people of those affected to take a trip to Disney Land for 4 days on the Snowball Express.
3. Changi Airport
Changi Airport is arguably the prettiest looking airport for Christmas lights in Asia. This may be down to the spectacular display of festive trees and life-size snowmen which have captured the imagination of passengers and staff alike. Not only that, but Terminal 3 features a winter Harry Potter display which lets you explore some the franchise’s highlights such as Quidditch at Quaffle Toss, Hogwarts Express, Diagon Alley, Hogsmeade Village and the famous Whomping Willow in an interactive setting.
4. Cape Town International Airport
Everyone is getting involved with the Christmas spirit at Cape Town International Airport, even the staff! Not only do the airport have the staples such as fantastically decorated trees, but they also fuse the festive lights with outlines of some of their indigenous animals for a cool looking bit of art. Take a look:
5. Vancouver International Airport
If you thought the previous ones were cool, just wait to see what Vancouver International Airport have put on for their passengers to help bring them into the festive spirit. Two words; Underwater Santa. In partnership with Vancouver Aquarium (@vanaqua) you can see Father Christmas himself swimming around the airport’s tank along with the fish, blowing Christmas kisses as well as oxygen bubbles.
6. Heathrow Airport
Representing APS’ local airport, Heathrow yet again have put on a great display for their travellers in the month of December. Not only is the tree A* grade, but the site have even put the man hours in to build a miniature gingerbread village for passengers to enjoy during their trip through the London facilities.
7. Charles de Gaulle Airport
Trees galore in Paris! A noticeable number of fantastic arrangements are dotted around the site, one of note being around the retail spaces, where they have combined green leaves with the brands and companies available at the terminal. Travel trinkets and other high-end accessories can be found hanging in replacement of some of the more traditional baubles. You can of course still find some of the more traditional trees at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport, too!
8. Hong Kong International Airport
Back to Asia, where in Hong Kong they really have pushed the boat out with an amazing tunnel of light which can been seen stretched across the terminal building. Not only do they also have a great tree, but life size Santas can be seen catching the attention of the younger passengers who are encapsulated by the Christmas feeling.
9. Zurich Airport
Over to Switzerland where Zurich Airport has really treated their passengers to a great array of Christmas themes. Much like Hong Kong, follow the bright lights draped across the terminal building to initially get you in the festive spirit… And it doesn’t end there; a huge tree and more lights lining the escalators will get you feeling even more merry (if you weren’t already). The site also has artistic looking presents dotted around & a white grand piano, keeping in theme with the snowy setting, which self-plays Christmas tunes.
10. Denver International Airport
Just because it’s in position number 10, do not underestimate the creative abilities of Denver International Airport; we’ve saved some of the best till last. The animal shaped trees have your back covered when it comes to pre-flight company! Although once you’re finished getting to know them, if you still have some extra time to kill, you might wanted to check out the fully operational ice rink that’s available to use on site! Think of it as the little holiday before your main trip away…
Wherever your travels take you over the near future and into 2019, we hope you get a chance to see some of these amazing Christmas decorations dotted around at some of the world’s most popular airports. We would love to know if you have seen any of these in person, and if you have, make sure to drop us a tweet letting us know @airportparkshop on Twitter – Merry Christmas!