We asked our social media followers to tell us their favourite destinations for a Christmas holiday – here are the results.
There are some truly atmospheric corners of England to visit at this time of year and plenty of things to do, from country escapes in The New Forest to Christmas markets in Manchester. Thanks to @Burley_Manor and @travelred for their votes on Twitter.
2. New Zealand
On Twitter, @Kellie_Rooke chose New Zealand as her preferred Christmas destination. She recommends the country for “a BBQ near the beach, sun shining and Sauvignon Blanc in hand”. We think that sounds pretty perfect.
Road along Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown © Naruedom Yaempongsa/Shutterstock
On Twitter, @vickeblueyes was one of those voting for a sunny part of the world for this festive season. She recommends you kick back and relax on the beach with a glass of Mount Gay rum, getting that much-needed Vitamin D from the glorious sunshine.
For an ultra-Christmassy break, @marykingtweets recommends Berchtesgaden in Bavaria, Germany. Here you’ll find fantastic mountain scenery and a brilliant Christmas market.
There’s no better place to spend Christmas than in Brazil, according to @dianaguerra. “There’s nothing like a Santa wearing shorts and getting a tan”, she says. Spend the day sculpting sandmen (rather than snowmen) on Ipanema beach in Rio.
Christmas tree in Rio de Janeiro © T photography/Shutterstock
Whether you want to spend your holiday in an ashram in Kerala or gorging on curry in Rajasthan, both @Diana_Jarvis and @RosieThomas told us they’d spend Christmas in India.
Poland might be chilly, but it’s a great destination to visit at this time of year; @porsz_mfl recommends heading to Kraków for pick up last-minute Christmas gifts at the market and warming up with swig of traditional wódka.
“Escape the rain and head for Cuba” says @Trubikini. With average temperatures sitting around 22°C (71°F) in December, Havana makes an excellent getaway if you’d rather spend Christmas roasting yourself than a turkey in the oven.
9. Swedish Lapland
On Twitter, @bearandblair chose Lapland and said: “gotta go FULL festive in Swedish Lapland – dog sledding, northern lights and IceHotel IceBar cocktails”. We’re sold.
On Facebook, you recommended eschewing tradition and heading into the Moroccan desert. Take to a camel on Christmas Eve and trek into the Sahara to enjoy a bonfire and Berber traditions among the dunes.