After the year we have had, I’m sure most people are dreaming of a Christmas getaway. Unfortunately, with the UK well into its second lockdown, a getaway isn’t possible right now. But that doesn’t mean you can’t plan for the future!
With positive news regarding the coronavirus vaccines around the corner, we can all start dreaming about going on holiday again. Why not book a Christmas getaway for next year with the leftover holiday money you didn’t get to use this year.
A Christmas holiday can be a magical experience, whether you want to embrace the festive season or switch to a warmer climate. There are plenty of holiday options that can only be experienced this time of year and they’re not to be missed.
So, whether you’re a Christmas traditionalist with a love of Christmas jumpers and mulled wine, or a summer soul that can’t wait for the cold season to end, we’ve got you covered. These Christmas holiday destinations are the perfect medicine for anyone looking to escape the real world for a few days in 2021.
European Christmas Markets
While we won’t be part of the EU come Christmas 2021, that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy our neighbour’s festive traditions. There are some fantastic Christmas markets all around Europe that have a more traditional feel, putting the UK’s impersonations to shame.
Christmas trees as tall as buildings, ice skating rinks, wooden chalets, sweet treats and local delicacies, a European Christmas break is truly a magical experience. Here is our list of the best European Christmas markets for a dream Christmas holiday in 2021.
- Tallinn, Estonia
- Budapest, Hungary
- Strasbourg, France
- Vienna, Austria
- Erfurt Germany
Unfortunately, the UK isn’t blessed with regular snowfall around Christmas. Which is why a large portion of Brits go in search of it every year, and where better to find it than a European skiing destination. Large mountain scapes coated with freshly powdered snow, wooden chalets and the famous apres-ski celebrations are just a short flight away.
While skiing is expensive and is best enjoyed over a week or two, with the holiday money you have saved up from 2020 you could easily enjoy the Christmas skiing holiday of your dreams in 2021.
So if you’re in search of a white Christmas in 2021, have a look at our picks for the best Christmas skiing destinations:
- Val d’Isère, France
- Cervinia, Italy
- Hintertux, Austria
- Ischgl, Austria
- Obergurgl, Austria
Maybe you fancy a short city break, but don’t want to be bombarded by Christmas markets while you’re there. While it may be hard to escape the festivities completely there are a handful of destinations that can be enjoyed in their original glory during the holiday season.
These cities will also be bare of tourists because of the weather, which means you get to see the city in its natural glory. Take your leftover holiday allowance and enjoy the local culture as it was meant to be enjoyed before getting into the Christmas spirit back in the UK.
These cities can be found towards the south of Europe where the weather doesn’t quite fall low enough to justify a full-on Christmas makeover of the city. We suggest these cities for an unforgettable winter holiday.
- Lisbon, Portugal
- Barcelona, Spain
- Rome, Italy
- Madrid, Spain
If you’re one of those people that just can’t handle the cold and are at your happiest when soaking in the sun, we have some ideas for you too.
It may be hard to imagine, but it is very possible to find the summer-like sun in the middle of winter, you may just have to fly a bit further. Obviously, a lot of the world is still soaked in sun during winter, such as South America, Australia and much of Asia, but, you can find just as much sun in the outskirts of Europe.
Some of the places listed below can even reach up to 22°C in December. The hottest places in Europe are found in the Canary Islands during December. So if you are looking for a true summer experience over Christmas, Fuerteventura, Lanzarote, Tenerife and Gran Canaria should be at the top of your list.
- The Algarve, Portugal
- The Canary Islands, Spain
- Malaga, Spain
UK Christmas Holiday
Why go abroad when you can experience the best of Christmas right here in the UK?
It may be more rain than snow, but the UK has a lot to offer when it comes to a dream Christmas holiday. It also gives you a chance to round up your family while saving a pretty penny on flights.
If you are looking for a true Christmas experience, you could spend your time exploring London. With Christmas lights and markets around every corner, it’s hard not to get consumed by the Christmas spirit. It does tend to get quite busy with everyone doing their last-minute shopping, however.
If the city isn’t for you, the countryside is always an option. Perhaps rent a cabin in the woods or book a room at a Christmas conscious hotel. A lot of hotels offer deals during the Christmas period with many of them catering to kids with festive events.
Whatever type of Christmas holiday you are looking for, there is an idea for you here. 2020 hasn’t been the best year, but start dreaming of Christmas 2021 and the magical holiday you could be embarking on. If you want to fully embrace the Christmas spirit, experience the best the UK has to offer or see how our European neighbours do it. If the cold weather isn’t for you, escape the frost for a couple of days in southern Europe.