Now, don’t get us wrong. We LOVE Christmas. Why? It’s an excuse to eat chocolate for breakfast, every day. For a whole month. Thanks for the advent calendar, mum. Then, there’s draping too much tinsel over the Xmas tree, and eating more roast potatoes and turkey than the rest of the year combined. And don’t forget the opening notes to that classic Mariah track (you know the one) that always fill us with festive joy. But, here’s an idea. You can have all that, minus the teeth-chattering temps, on a festive hol…
Why get away?
You don’t have to be a Grinch to go on a getaway at Christmas. A yuletide break doesn’t have to be about escaping Christmas – although let’s face it, not having to make small talk with your mum’s sister-in-law’s niece’s cousin is a nice bonus – you choose your fave family members to take with you. So, we’ve picked out some places where you can upgrade your white Christmas (wishful thinking), to a sun-soaked, white-sand Christmas instead.
Swap mistletoe for Mexico
Mexico combines temperatures that hover around the 20°C mark, and stockings full of Xmas traditions. Santa-red poinsettia flowers deck the halls of hotels and homes alike, and you’ll be able to watch Posada parades, where children act out Mary and Joseph’s journey to the famous stable. Turkey’s on the menu at a Mexican Christmas dinner, too, which is normally eaten at midnight on Christmas Eve. A classic Christmas day here is really chilled out – everyone’s recovering from the festivities of the night before – so why not make like a native, and pick the beach as your R&R venue. If you opt for a festive stay at the Riviera Maya, you’ll have 30 kilometres of coastline to choose from, too.
Swap robins for Canaries
The Canary Islands are famous for their year-round toasty temps. For guaranteed balmy weather, why not hang up your Tenewreath (get it?). Tenerife boasts an average temperature of 23°C in December, so you can wave goodbye to Jack Frost and his nose-nipping ways as you board the plane. Plus, the whole island gets on board with the festive fun, so you’ll see loads of twinkly lights festooning the towns. Puerto de la Cruz really gets its novelty Santa hat on, and puts on a full Christmas entertainment programme complete with live bands and carol singers. While you’re there, you can sample some traditional festive Turrón. This almond and honey-flavoured cake will make you forget all about Christmas puds.
Swap Xmas puds for Phu Quoc
A very merry time is on the Christmas cards in Vietnam’s Phu Quoc island. Here, you’ll find miles and miles of snow-white beaches, ice-blue sea, and a sizzling average temperature of 30°C. But what does Christmas look like here? Lots of the locals take trips to the An Thoi archipelago for seafood BBQ picnics. Why not upcycle your Xmas dinner spot from your Nan’s dining room to one of these tiny private islets? And, while we can’t guarantee you a completely silent flight to Phu Quoc, our fancy 787 Dreamliners turn the volume right down, making 60% less noise on takeoff and landing. Plus, the swanky mood lighting system helps to keep jet lag at bay, so those post-Christmas blues won’t be any worse than normal.