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Hot vs cold Christmas

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A festive holiday is the perfect way to make magical memories.

Whether you dream of a white Christmas or prefer sunbathing on a white sandy beach, there’s a dream-worthy destination for you.

Wrap up as you browse Italian winter markets, whiz down Alaska’s snow-covered slopes, or walk New York’s bustling, iconic streets. Alternatively, leave the cold behind for sunshine on a winter sun escape to Dubai, the Caribbean or South Africa.

Can’t decide between a hot or cold Christmas? We’re here to help – take a look through our top picks for an enchanting Christmas holiday abroad.

HOT CHRISTMAS

Why should wine be the only thing that gets hotter at Christmas?

DUBAI DREAMIN’

How about spending the festive period in the City of Gold? Home to great weather and lavish hotels, Christmas in Dubai is a merry-and-bright beach retreat! There’s an array of activities to get involved in, too. Think glamorous shopping festivals, alfresco dining spots, dazzling stalls selling trinkets and one-of-a-kind gifts, not to mention the swanky celebratory parties Santa would undoubtedly approve of!

Madinat Jumeirah Festive Market is a popular seasonal thing to do, boasting a live band, traditional food stalls and other festive experiences. It’s perfect for families enjoying a Dubai Christmas holiday.

A CARIBBEAN CHRISTMAS

How about the Caribbean at Christmas? These sun-soaked, idyllic islands are gift-wrapped with exquisite beaches, highly-rated hotels, and divine diving spots. Swap snow for sizzling temperatures paired with dry, sunny days and - not forgetting - those tropical drinks. Hop on a Caribbean Christmas cruise and experience picturesque islands rich in their festive traditions. Caribbean Christmas holidays celebrate the spirit of sharing and overindulgence, all set in paradise. 

SPARKLING SOUTH AFRICA

A Christmas in South Africa may be a while away from Santa’s North Pole grotto, but it’s just as magical. Think balmy beach evenings, fairy-lit towns, eye-catching decorations, mouth-watering cuisine, and festive, sun-kissed days spent amongst South Africa’s wildlife.

At the beginning of December, spend some time browsing stalls and craft fairs for the perfect gifts; then, if you’re spending Christmas Day in South Africa, enjoy a three-course lunch in enchanting Cape Town. Don’t forget to experience the vibrant Big Five at Kruger National Park or soak up South Africa’s beaming sun rays by your hotel’s pristine pool.  

THAILAND? ’TIS THE SEA-SUN

Fancy dashing through atmospheric streets of brightly-coloured decorations? Want to swap the UK’s plummeting temperatures for tanning on tropical beaches? If yes, all you’ll want for Christmas is Thailand. A world away from turkey, sprouts, and pigs in blankets, you can expect crispy belly pork, spiced broth (Tom-Yam Soup), salt-crust fish stuffed with lemongrass, mango sticky rice, fresh coconut juice, and more. From great weather to the best company, Thailand at Christmas is Thailand at its best.

AN AUSTRALIA ADVENT-URE

What better way to mark Christmas than by heading to the other side of the world? Spend Christmas Day in the sunshine on Sydney’s iconic Coogee Beach or sip a mulled wine in Australia’s oldest wine-growing region. Then, celebrate a magical New Year’s Eve as you watch Sydney’s breathtaking fireworks light up the night sky. 

Located in the Southern Hemisphere, Christmas in Australia is blessed with towering temperatures in the mid-twenties. So there’s no need for the traditional hat, scarf, and gloves trio! As a result of this beautiful weather, Australia Christmas Day revolves around quality time outdoors - beach swims, seafood barbeques, and candle-lit carolling are all on the Christmas to-do list.

COLD CHRISTMAS

We all love the sun, but there’s something special about a crisp, snow-covered Christmas.

CANADA? A WINTER WONDERLAND.

Add Canada to your calendar, from Santa Claus parades to must-visit holiday markets; this country is filled with festive traditions. A snow-dusted winter wonderland, you’ll find ski slopes to fly down, charming cities, and heaps of pretty light festivals. But which part of the world’s second-largest country should you visit? Quebec, Montreal, Ottawa, Niagara Falls, and Toronto provide an unforgettable Christmas in Canada. 

GET CHRISTMASSY IN ITALY

Italy dedicates the entire month of December to gift-giving and magical Christmas markets. This joyful country has many romantic destinations which light up with festive cheer. Visit Venice or Rome at Christmas and enjoy crisp temperatures and treasure-filled stalls. See the Nutcracker in Florence, or how about a mild winter discovering Naples’ majestic Royal Palace? The possibilities for a December Italian adventure are seemingly endless. 

Despite the unrivalled Christmas magic Italy offers, it’s usually quieter during the festive season, meaning Italy’s iconic monuments and attractions are less crowded – a Christmas bonus!

DON’T BE HOME ALONE THIS XMAS

New York, New York – the Father Christmas of festive destinations! This city was the backdrop of countless iconic Christmas movies. With must-see landmarks, humongous Christmas trees covered in fluorescent lights, and an incredibly festive atmosphere waiting for you – the city that never sleeps is the perfect place to spend this time of year. How about heading to the legendary Rockefeller Center? Look out and see the Empire State Building and spot the iconic, world-famous NYC Rockefeller Christmas Tree, too. 

CHRISTMAS IN ALASKA? ALL FOR IT.

Alaska’s the perfect place if you’re longing for a cold and white Christmas. It’s all about scenic snow-covered views, detailed ice sculptures, and dramatic mountains and glaciers. You’ll feel like you’ve just stepped into the most idyllic Christmas card as you explore the beautiful little villages with stalls selling unique gifts. How about hopping aboard the holiday train on the Alaska Railroad? Alaska Christmas holidays are what winter dreams are made of.

HOT OR COLD, THE PERFECT CHRISTMAS AWAITS

Sleigh this year’s festive season and head on a hot or cold Christmas holiday to remember. Speak to our Travel Specialists or visit your nearest Travelbag shop today.  

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