The countdown to Christmas has begun! For some, the festive period involves all the preparation of hanging up your decorations, putting up the tree and busting out the Christmas albums. For others, it means getting away from it all, sunbathing on a sandy beach and experiencing the cultural traditions of another country. The Christmas holidays allow ample time to enjoy a quick getaway. So, pick a destination and book a hotel as you escape the usual Christmas routine. Choose from European delights or long-haul pleasures as you aim to spend your Christmas holidays abroad this year.
Up your chances of seeing Iceland’s famous Northern Lights and head to Reykjavik for your 2018 Christmas holidays. Not only that, but Iceland’s capital is fast becoming a popular choice when it comes to spending the festive period abroad. Enjoy the activities that the city hosts, from ice skating in Ingólfstorg Square to the Christmas Village in Hafnarfjörður. Open during the weekends from 12:00 – 17:00, you can experience true Christmas spirit at the village and the kids will surely love it too. You can also expect cold temperatures in Reykjavik, so if a traditional Christmas is what you’re after, this is the place you would want to spend it.
Do you crave the sun and hot weather during the winter? If you do, we totally understand! So, it only makes sense that you plan a getaway to a sunny destination for your Christmas holidays. Cancun should no doubt be on that list! Laze around in the sun and sink your toes in the sand as you experience Christmas time differently this year. Mexico’s Caribbean coastline provides sparkling seas and fine white sand beaches. Spending Christmas in Mexico is truly one of a kind. Celebrating for nearly a whole month, why not join in the festivities during your time there?
New York, USA
A New York Christmas break sounds perfect to us… It no doubt sounds great to you too! Providing a more traditional Christmas climate, head to the ‘Big Apple’ for a Christmas you’ll never forget. It’s a well-known fact that New York does everything bigger and better and that includes the festive period too. Head to the Rockefeller Center, boasting a tall Christmas tree decorated in glittering lights. Skate around the massive ice rink as you admire the beautiful decoration put in place for the Christmas period. There really is no better way to celebrate Christmas 2018 than in the big city under the bright lights.
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Christmas is a busy time in Cuba, thanks to a huge number of tourists flocking to the island in order to get away for the festive break. To be honest, we don’t blame them! With hot sunshine and plenty to do, there’s no reason you wouldn’t want to head to the Caribbean island. Whether you want to just lay on the beaches of Varadero during your stay, or head to popular cities like Havana and Trinidad, you’ll find that there is plenty to do in Cuba despite it being Christmas. The holiday isn’t hugely celebrated on the island, meaning whilst some attractions may close, there will still be many open. So, your Christmas holiday to Cuba can be packed full of beaches and cultural trips.
Finally, if you’re looking for a warm destination close to home, Malta is calling your name. Christmas is one of the most celebrated times of the year on the island, so if you’re looking to mix the beach with tradition, Malta is a great choice. You’ll come across nativity scenes and carol singing. Moreover, churches across the island will be nicely decorated and will have a range of events going on should you wish to attend. On the other hand, Valletta will experience highs of 17°C during December, meaning a walk along the beach on Christmas Day is perfect in the crisp fresh air.