Tis, the season to be jolly, so why not make this Christmas one to remember? Beachside bliss awaits and snowy paradises are just a short flight away.
Drink hot chocolates by the fire and catch the Northern Lights with a cosy winter retreat, or heat things up with blue skies and sunshine on a once-in-a-lifetime tropical escape. We have just the Christmas destinations to fill you with holiday cheer!
Think again if you’re assuming Iceland is just another northern winter retreat. Although its rugged landscapes and legends of fairy folk make it a superbly mystical stay, colourful and contemporary Reykjavik makes for a city break that could well surprise you.
The nightlife alone promises lights brighter than the Aurora Borealis, while in the day you can spend hours absorbing the cafe culture or maybe a dip in the Blue Lagoon tickles your fancy. Christmas is undoubtedly the best time to experience Iceland’s frosty charm.
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Turn up the heat this festive season with a jolly jaunt to the Caribbean. A far cry from the fantastic yet frosty featured destinations so far, the Caribbean blazes with sunshine all year round.
Soft toe-sinking beaches and rum cocktails aplenty are the promise, but dig a little deeper and you’ll find plenty more. Trade turkey for spicy jerk chicken in Jamaica or visit the Dominican Republic for an infusion of cocktails made with Latin spirits.
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Escaping to the Far East is a superb Christmas plan, nothing quite screams rest and relaxation like island hopping Thailand’s breathtaking landscapes.
That said, even the mainland offers plenty of fun in the sun, whether it’s exploring Buddhist temples or the famous nightlife in Bangkok. The food promises to ooze excitement with multiple dishes full of spices and distinctive flavours – ditch yet another round of turkey and stuffing and get stuck in.
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Affordable fun in the sun after the summer holiday crowd has packed up and gone home makes Benidorm a keen Christmas holiday destination. It also opens the wider Costa Blanca region to you, letting you get stuck into a traditional Spanish Christmas if you wish, although you’re just as welcome to lay down your towel and see off Santa over a glass of sangria and a table full of tapas.
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More than just a winter wonderland, Lapland’s fairy tales and folklore magic make this destination all the more perfect for a Christmas escape.
This northern realm is steeped in plenty of its own colourful traditions too, from the legends upheld by its native people to the scenery promised by a one horse open sleigh ride. Catch Prancer, Dancer, Vixen and Rudolph roaming free, and if that wasn’t enough, take the little ones to meet the legend himself, Father Christmas!
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Swap that eggnog for some freshly squeezed orange juice when you head to Florida, where cities like vibrant Miami or irrepressible Orlando give you and your loved ones memories for the ages.
The theme parks here are always making every Christmas as fun and fantastical as they can, with Disney World leading the pack with their yearly festive parties. Photos of your kids with Goofy and Mickey, firework extravaganzas, and for Harry Potter fans hot Butterbeer as you stroll through Diagon Alley at Universal Orlando.
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