Christmas is coming! Not yet here, but it’s coming. The season is also one of the busiest times of the year for airports. Naturally, the airport staff isn’t against spreading some Christmas cheer in their workplace. So here’s a list of airports that had gone all-in with Christmas decorations.
Heathrow Airport, UK
Being the biggest, most important airport in the UK, Heathrow has to put up quite the Christmas show, if only to avoid any comparisons to Dickens. Last year, they melted everyone’s hearts with the Heathrow Bears campaign that shows the famous bear returning from their retirement in Florida.
They also went all out and made a gingerbread replica of Heathrow. Well, a gingerbread scale model, anyways – a 1:1 model would be huge. The 50kg confection was made in cooperation with the Great British Bake Off winner Candice Brown. I wonder what they’re planning for this year!
Munich Airport, Germany
If there’s one thing to know about Germans, it’s that they love Christmas. When the season comes, the country is positively flooded with Christmas markets. Munich Airport takes it a step further and arranges one on the premises.
Christmas Markets have been turning up in the airport for 20 years now. Besides the usual Christmas shopping (probably not duty-free), the air travelers and onlookers had various events to participate in, such as listening to music from the local artists or going ice skating.
Vancouver International Airport, Canada
While a large Christmas tree and a city’s worth of Christmas lights are good for setting the mood, few things match the spirit of the season as giving. That’s why Vancouver International Airport will be organizing the Holiday Hamper Drive for the 9th year in a row.
The airport, in cooperation with Quest Food Exchange, encourages people to bring in bags with foodstuffs suitable for a Christmas table. The list is fairly strict and includes things like canned soup, instant mashed potatoes, chocolate, and cookies. Last year, they collected more than a thousand such hampers to deliver to families in need.
Vienna Airport, Austria
Vienna is a city that’s brimming with Christmas cheers – and Christmas markets! Vienna Airport followed suit. In 2017, they operated under the motto of “Winter Wonderland.”
This meant opening their own Christmas market at the airport, decorating walls with a winter design created by Austrian artists, as well as creating a free gift-wrapping station. But that’s not all! Vienna Airport also operated a mistletoe kiss station (not for kissing the mistletoe), a decorated photo wall and a Christmas tree covered in Swarovski creations.
Changi Airport, Singapore
Last year, Changi Airport in Singapore went hard for Hogwarts – they made a Christmas installation themed on Harry Potter. The whole thing was called “A Wizarding World Holiday” and made accessible to airport visitors.
And it was more than just accessible! T3 terminal featured interiors inspired by Diagon Alley and Hogsmeade village. They offered many games and photo opportunities – including a ball catching practice while astride a broom (non-flying) and dressed like a Hogwarts student.
Merch was available and included tasteful Harry Potter travel pillows – wizards don’t need them, but you do!
I should also note that Changi is always on the ball when it comes to holiday decorations – they even had a massive Hello Kitty installation the year before they embraced Harry Potter.
We hope you get to see at least one festive airport this December! However, if you get stuck at an airport hall decorated with Christmas cheer, don’t despair! Remember that you can claim up to €600 in compensation for delayed flights, flight cancellation, and overbooking – check how much you can claim with our flight delay compensation calculator. Claim your compensation with Skycop and use the free time to take a picture with the airport Christmas tree!