3. MEET SANTA CLAUS Ham­mana

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Prom­i­nent French writer, poet and politi­cian Alphonse De La­mar­tine called Ham­mana Val­ley “one of the most beau­ti­ful prospects ever pre­sented to the hu­man eye to scan in the works of God.” Ever y year the Mu­nic­i­pal­ity of Ham­mana or­ga­nizes a small fes­ti­val to cel­e­brate Chr ist­mas. It’s a great place to pick up Chr ist­mas gif ts made by lo­cal ar ti­sans and soak up the fes­tive spir it. Kids can also meet Santa, as he makes his yearly visit to Ham­mana, of fer ing sweets and pos­ing with them for a photo (05 530109, 05 530049, Ham­mana Mu­nic­i­pal­ity.)

SLEEP Soha vil­lage (05 530109, 05 530049, so­hav­il­lage.com) is a new re­sor t con­tain­ing chalet rentals, a fullscale restau­rant, gaze­bos, eco-lodges and many other at­trac­tions. A stay here, on the Al Knaiseh Moun­tain, of fers a stun­ning view over­look­ing the ma­jes­tic La Mar­tine Val­ley.

EAT En­joy a Le­banese meal at Chaghour Ham­mana (03 379844, 71 544534), a charm­ing restau­rant by the wa­ter and old wa­ter mills.

Photo: Ham­mana Mu­nic­i­pal­ity

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