Christmas at home is great; you get to spend time with family and friends and snuggle indoors, eat too much, play charades and usually fall asleep in front of the TV. Of course that doesn’t mean that I’d turn my nose up at a change of scenery and the chance to spend Christmas on holiday. Many of our customers flock overseas during the festive season, with lots of hotels putting on Christmas galas and events. I decided to take a look at where you can spend an alternative Christmas, in case you’re thinking of exchanging the mince pies for some tapas!
Christmas in the Canaries
As we all know by now, the Canary Islands enjoy a warm climate all year round, so Christmas on the beach is certainly an option here. Tenerife, Lanzarote, Gran Canaria and Fuerteventura are all great places to visit for some Christmas fun in the sun. You’ll find temperatures stay at a comfortable 18-20°C throughout December, and many hotels will put on a Christmas meal for their guests. Unlike at home, things on Christmas day are still lively with many bars and restaurants putting on festive celebrations with live music and food.
Christmas in Sharm el Sheikh
For those who want guaranteed hot weather then Sharm is ideal. Sharm el Sheikh is a sure thing when it comes to sunshine, with temperatures averaging around 25°C. The majority of the hotels are 4-5 star, and offer all inclusive board, with most of the hotels putting on a special Christmas Gala dinner for guests. You’ll find Travel Republic has a huge availability in Sharm throughout the festive period, as most hotels recognise this time of year as a popular time to holiday in Egypt. I don’t know about you, but the idea of sunbathing on Christmas Day certainly appeals to me!
Christmas in Paris
What could be more magical than spending Christmas in the exciting city of Paris? As it’s not too far away you can stay for a few days and soak up this beautiful city in full blown Christmas mode. The shopping areas within Paris really go to town on the décor, and places such as Galeries Lafayette (where you’ll find a magnificent tree), Le Bon Marché and BHV, put on fantastic window displays. Speaking of shopping, the city of course has a range of lovely Christmas markets to visit, Village de Noël des Champs Elysées is the most popular. Go ice skating at the Patinoire de L’Hôtel de Ville and enjoy views of the city hall, particularly recommended at night. For foodies you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to Christmas dinner, forget the Yorkshire puddings, as there are plenty of fine dining restaurants you can visit. Don’t forget Disneyland Paris is also open over Christmas; you can’t beat Disney for a bit of Christmas magic, regardless of whether you have kids or not! You can buy your Disneyland Paris tickets on the Travel Republic site of course!
Christmas in Florida
Disneyland at Christmas, surely that’s every child’s dream? In fact you don’t even need to be a child to enjoy Disneyland at Christmas, which is why many people head to Florida at this time of year. Of course it’s not just Disney that puts on an impressive show, Universal Studios has a Macy’s Holiday Parade from 6 Dec-3 Jan, and they also include the ‘Grinchmas Wholiday Spectacular’ within the Island of Adventures. Both Disneyland and Universal tickets can be found on our Florida attractions page. Temperatures are a comfortable average of around 22°C in December, perfect weather for theme park exploring. Outside of the theme parks, you’ll also find lots of festive events such as the Annual Key West Holiday Fest, Santa’s Enchanted Forest in Tropical Park and ICE! At Gaylord Palms (a winter wonderland which includes over 20,000 square ft of ice sculptures).
Christmas in Malta
Malta takes its Christmas celebrations very seriously, and you’ll find that anywhere that you stay will be filled with festive cheer. The light displays are very impressive and you’ll see many Christmas carol concerts and processions throughout the island. You can still enjoy your traditional Christmas dinner in the hotels, but also worth a try is timpana, a traditional baked macaroni dish, filled with cheese and meat (yum!). Temperatures stay at a comfortable 17°C in December, perfect for walking around and exploring the island resorts.
So what do you think? Fancy an alternative Christmas abroad?