GREAT FESTIVE ESCAPES
Christmas in a castle: A last-minute deal from Travel Associates includes a stay in an Italian castle over Christmas, gift hunting at the Salzburg Christmas markets and a torch-lit walk with mulled wine around Austria’s Lake Fuschl. Departing Munich on December 18; $3199 twin-share, including 10 nights’ accommodation (four in CastelBrando in the Italian Dolomites), daily breakfast, Christmas lunch with drinks, most dinners, excursions and tips. Airfares not included; travel-associates.com.au. Moroccan magic: Spend Christmas in Morocco with a stay at the luxurious Kasbah Tamadot resort at the foot of the Atlas Mountains. From 14,730 Moroccan dirhams ($1653) a person for a three-night, all-inclusive escape, twin-share. The offer is valid for stays between December 22 and January 2, and the cost covers accommodation, all meals (including special Christmas Eve dinner and Christmas Day lunch), drinks, a mule ride and a two-hour trek; virginlimitededition.com. It’s a wrap: A 10m Giving Tree has been erected in the forecourt of Sydney Airport’s international terminal as part of a Starlight Children’s Foundation Christmas appeal for sick children and their families. Purchase Starlight merchandise from airport retailers or get your presents sorted at a gift-wrap bar at the airport for a goldcoin donation. Money raised will help grant wishes to children in need, with each wish fulfilled marked with a star on the tree.