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We all enjoy a White Christmas but there are plenty of other ways to celebrate the festive season. Imagine swapping out the Christmas tree for a palm tree and your living room for a sun-drenched beach as you unwrap your gifts from Santa. Make this the year that you follow the birds as they fly south for winter by booking one of our direct flights to a range of scorching destinations. We’ve even put together this handy guide to help you pick the perfect Christmas getaway:
Canary Islands: Something For Everyone
The Canary Islands are the ultimate destination for Brits seeking the sun, they are a relatively short flight away and are home to lots of English-speakers. They are also good for families as each island has a slightly different atmosphere so you can make sure everyone gets the Christmas they want. Take a flight to Tenerife, and join hosts of carollers as they sing both classic and modern Christmas anthems before the big day, or leave for Las Canteras Beach in Gran Canaria to discover huge hand-sculpted nativity scenes on the beach. If you’re planning to visit, it’s well worth staying until the 5th of January when the three wise men from the Bible arrive bringing presents, fireworks and more to the revellers.
Orlando: The Home Of Theme Parks
While Orlando is still a huge summer destination, the home of theme parks is just as popular at Christmas. The colossal parks each offer their own holiday experiences, including Disney World’s Mickey Mouse’s Christmas Party and Universal Studio’s Macy’s Holiday Parade, and because the temperature stays at a constant 70°F you’ll never find yourself shivering. Even if theme parks aren’t for you there’s lots of festive cheer to go around with the town of Celebration’s Now Snowing Festival, incredible lights at Jeterbend and a spectacular Polar Express running from Mount Dora.
Malta: A Silent Night
Malta offers a quieter and more traditional festive experience compared to other European nations. While you’re less likely to find many Christmas lights as you walk around the island, the country has a tradition of creating spectacular nativity scenes with lighting and moving parts called Presepji which sit outside of each house. Those staying for Christmas Day should take the rare opportunity to visit St.John’s Co-Cathedral in Valletta for a unique midnight mass featuring a tableau of paintings from the famous artists Caravaggio.
Dubai: A Larger than Life Christmas
Dubai has a reputation for its larger than life approach and that reputation is fully earned at Christmas time. While the weather may be balmy and the traditional turkey dinner is normally moved outdoors, you’ll find that the Christmas cheer is in full swing, with street parties often breaking out across the city. You can also enjoy a unique experience and order your Christmas dinner to be delivered to you by several of the city’s top restaurants. If you fancy a little taste of home you can also visit the Irish Village, which hosts a huge Christmas Market where you can get free mince pies.
There are plenty of destinations at London Stansted that offer some winter sun, so if you’re on the hunt for frost-free festivities look no further than our website.