We all have our own traditions when it comes to Christmas. Sipping Buck’s Fizz at the crack of dawn, sitting down to watch a Christmas classic like Die Hard, going for a brisk walk around the neighbourhood on Christmas Day and even deciding whether or not you want sprouts on your dinner. It’s a wonderful time of year.
But how about trying something a little different? You could be spending this Christmas kicking back on a sun-kissed beach or exploring a new city – all at a price that could surprise you. We’ve got a few suggestions to get you in that festive holiday mood.
If you’re looking for guaranteed sunshine then the Canary Islands is a pretty safe bet. Lanzarote really embraces the Christmas period and with temperatures in the toasty mid-20s it is a really pleasant departure from wet and windy Britain. Spend the day by the beach and once the sun goes down celebrate Feliz Navidad with locals and fellow holidaymakers.
There is plenty to do around the big day with the resort of Puerto del Carmen hosting the annual Santa Parade while every town across the island is lit up with magical illuminations. Get into the Canarian spirit and enjoy a family feast and attend midnight mass on Christmas Eve while waking up the next morning to a beautiful view and the magical present opening.
Sunmaster hotel pick: Hesperia Lanzarote Hotel 4*
Treat yourself to a little luxury this Christmas in one of the real jewels of the Algarve. Vilamoura is the perfect destination for a relaxing, refined break but the festive season adds that touch of magic to it. The resort’s marina is transformed into a winter wonderland (don’t worry, the weather is still pretty warm) with decorations lining the shore.
Browse through the designer shops for that extra special Christmas present and then enjoy a delicious meal in one of the high class restaurants. Spend Christmas Day taking a leisurely stroll to the beach fronts of Praia da Falesia or Olhos d’Agua, a bit of a departure from slaving over a hot stove.
Sunmaster hotel pick: Pestana Vila Sol Spa and Golf Resort Hotel 4*
Malaga is one of the most intoxicating places to spend Christmas. It is the beautiful combination of a cosmopolitan city, warm weather and a love of Christmas. The birthplace of Pablo Picasso is a real favourite with holidaymakers over the festive period thanks to a huge amount of concerts, exhibitions and events happening throughout December.
The city switches on its Christmas lights at the end of November while markets selling a whole host of gifts perfect for that last-minute present. Immerse yourself in the culture of the region with a trip to the ballet in the awe-inspiring Teatro Cervantes; while you can also take in a free concert at the Plaza de la Constitucion. If you are looking for a Christmas city break, then this is the place to be.
Sunmaster hotel pick: Estepona Gran Hotel and Thalasso Spa 4*
Spend Christmas in the happiest place on earth with a holiday to Orlando. If you think Disney World is a magical place at the best of times, then just picture it at Christmas. As you can imagine, it’s a very big deal here with a series of events throughout November and December to make it a festive period that you will never forget.
Join Mickey Mouse for a Very Merry Christmas Party, a huge celebration through the Magic Kingdom with parades and huge fireworks displays throughout the season. Hop across to Universal’s Islands of Adventure for Grinchmas, a fantastical event which transforms the park into a world of Dr Seuss. To top it all off, the weather in Orlando is warm and sunny to enjoy this magical time of year.
Sunmaster hotel pick: Hyatt Regency Orlando Convention Center 4*
Imagine waking up on Christmas morning watching the sunrise over the ocean – that can become a reality in Gran Canaria. The island has a landscape just waiting to be explored so perhaps spend Christmas day hiking through the countryside in the shadow of volcanic mountains. Alternatively, you could enjoy a lazy day by the pool.
Whether you’re looking for adventure or relaxation, Gran Canaria can provide the Christmas experience right for you.
Sunmaster hotel pick: Gran Canaria – Radisson Blu Resort & Spa 5*
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