Wednesday, 28 November 2018

Top Five Favourite Christmas Vacations

Have you ever thought of going away for Christmas? I must admit, it is very tempting, to leave the hassle of Christmas preparations and whisk myself and my family off somewhere else, stress-free. So whether you want to go somewhere hot and get away from it all, or somewhere cold and have all the trimmings of Christmas but in a different country, here is my top five favourite Christmas vacations. 

1. A beach holiday somewhere hot 



There are a number of countries that have hot weather in the Winter and if you are tired of the cold and wet UK Winter why not jet off somewhere hot at this time of year?  The Canary Islands, Aruba, Mexico, South Africa and Australia all have great weather in December. 

Instead of having a Christmas dinner why not embrace the culture and have the local cuisine, how much fun would it be to have a barbecue in Austrailia or burritos in Mexico on Christmas Day? Not for everyone maybe but I would love some sun at Christmas for sure.

2 A festive break somewhere cold




A holiday away from the UK but somewhere festive and cold would be another option.  Nowhere does Christmas markets like Germany for example, so visit Hamburg, Frankfurt or Berlin and nosh down on sausages and mulled wine whilst shopping for Christmas decorations. Be wary if you stumble upon the 'adult'' Christmas market in Hamburg though as you could be in for a shock!

You could also visit Vienna or why not visit Prague with a fabulous Christmas market in the Old Town Square? There are lots of choices of where to visit in Europe in Europe for a festive Christmas.

3. A Christmas shopping trip



I can't imagine anything more exciting than combining a Christmas break with going shopping,  especially when it's somewhere you don't go every day. Paris is beautiful at Christmas and there are a number of Christmas markets selling Parisian gifts.

For the ultimate Christmas shopping trip though, New York must be the most popular. At the centre of the festivities is the Rockefeller Centre with its famous Christmas ice rink, and not far away is Central Park with its market with over 100 vendors. Of course shops such as Macy's are a must see too for their infamous Christmas displays. Tell me who wouldn't want to go to New York at Christmas?

4. A staycation in a luxury hotel 

If you don't want to fly anywhere or travel long distances at Christmas, you could just pack all the family up and go to a luxury hotel... why you could just leave the family at home and go to a luxury hotel on your own!

Seriously, although Christmas dinner can be expensive, you won't have to shop, prepare and cook Christmas dinner, and hotels in the UK are good at Christmas festivities. We went away to a hotel only a short distance away a few years ago and the combination of a stay in a luxury hotel with the use of the spa and pool and Christmas dinner all cooked for us, made for a relaxing break. 

5. A Christmas ski holiday 



Whether you are an expert skier or a novice, a Christmas ski holiday always looks a lot of fun. Perfect for families you can combine the fun of a snow-filled break with skiing, snowboarding and all sorts of snow-based activities. 

Mark Warner have some lovely sounding ski holidays in European destinations such as Austria and France with Christmas festivities thrown in. Enjoy mulled wine and mince pies for afternoon tea and Christmas dinner with all the trimmings.  You may even see Santa himself! With many resorts having festivities on and off the slopes it can be a fun way of celebrating Christmas.

Tell me have you ever thought of going away for Christmas? Where would you idea Christmas vacation be?

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  1. I'd definitely love a festive break somewhere cold - I'd love to visit the German Christmas markets one year :)

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    1. I want to go to more in Germany, the Christmas markets in Hamburg were fabulous.

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  2. Ooo so many fab ideas. I'd opt for the festive break somewhere cold for sure xx

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  3. I can highly recommend South Africa in December, I got married there moons ago, and you know I can really recommend Christmas markets in my favourite country!! :)

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    1. Interesting, I've never really considered South Africa.

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  4. I have done all but the Ski holiday, I hate snow, but as my wedding anniversary is on Christmas Day, I love it being just the two of us x

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    1. I love snowy places :) How do you celebrate if your anniversary is on Christmas Day?

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  5. I love a staycation! Christmas is always strange when it's not in the uk for me, but I love the idea of a luxury hotel and a ready made xmas dinner

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    1. We enjoyed staying in the Vale hotel near Cardiff for Christmas, it was great fun.

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  6. I love these ideas, a trip away somewhere cold during the Christmas season would be a great experience. I would love to experience Christmas somewhere in a European country! xx

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  7. I used to live in New Zealand and going to the Beach for a family BBQ on Christmas Day. That is something, I would highly recommend.

    Angela

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  8. I would love to go abroad for Christmas! For me, I’d want to go somewhere hot and experience a completely different Christmas to the one I’m used to at home x

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  9. I have never been away for Christmas - we love going away the week before. I would choose somewhere super Christmassy and cold! Kaz

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