Top Tips for Last Minute Christmas Holidays Where It’s Hot

>If you’re just as fed up with the dark, dreary weather the UK is throwing at us at the moment as we are, there’s only one cure: a last minute Christmas holiday. There are loads of places around the world that are sunny this time of year, so you could be sipping cocktails on the beach in no time. Sound good? Check out our top tips on getting a great deal on last minute holidays.

How to get a great last minute holiday deal

While you can often nab some of the best prices if you book early, there are plenty of last minute holiday deals for those spontaneous escapes too.

It pays to be flexible (literally)

Flexibility is key! Holiday prices can fluctuate depending on where you go, when you fly, and how far in advance you book. In fact, some of the best deals could have you jetting off next week, especially if you keep an open mind.

For example, you can normally snap up some great deals on package holidays if you book for a mid-week trip. And insomniacs will count their lucky stars, because early and late flights are often cheapest.

Book hotel and flights together

When you book your holiday with Travel Republic, we’ll automatically match your hotel and flights with the best rates – that’s why we’ve got a Lowest Price Guarantee! Some of our best deals are on package holidays, which are all ABTA and ATOL protected.

But this isn’t just going to save you money, it’ll save you time and stress too! No more scouring the internet, eating into your packing time. You can trust our travel experts 100% to have your best interests at heart.

Saving money while you’re away

Last minute holidays mean you have less time to save up spending money, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have a great time on a budget.

Go All Inclusive

When you book an All Inclusive Christmas holiday, almost everything you need is covered in the upfront cost of your holiday. Yes, that might mean you’re paying a bit extra for the package, but it often saves you money while you’re away. There’s no need to splash the cash on food and drinks – some resorts have on-site activities and Christmas celebrations to make the most of.

Find free activities

We’ve covered resort activities, but there are tonnes of free things to do wherever you are. There are hiking trails, mountains, and rainforests to explore. Or take a romantic walk through the park, taking in the sights. A lot of churches and museums have free entry if you want to soak up some culture too.

Where’s hot at Christmas near the UK?

You don’t have to go far for a sunny Christmas holiday – there are some great winter sun destinations surprisingly close to home!

Canary Islands

The Canary Islands are a favourite with beach lovers and outdoorsy types thanks to its volcanic landscapes, lush green forests, and beautifully sandy beaches. With 7 islands to choose from (Tenerife, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, Fuerteventura, La Palma, La Gomera, and El Hierro), there’s something to keep the whole family happy.

Flight time: 4.5 hours

Weather in December: 18°C
Christmas traditions: In the Canary Islands, there are nativity scenes across the islands that people love to visit, but gift-giving is reserved for the 6th of January.

Balearic Islands

You can expect sunny days and buzzing nightlife across the Balearic Islands. Home to the likes of Ibiza, Formentera, Majorca, and Menorca, your hiking boots will get a workout during the day before switching to your dancing shoes. But we won’t judge if you spend your waking hours on the beach or out at sea!

Flight time: 2.5 hours
Weather in December: 17°C
Christmas traditions: In the Balearic Islands, they head to Midnight Mass and burn the Yule Log on their fires at home.

Portugal

Whether you’re spending your time exploring the glorious city of Lisbon and fairytale-like Sintra or flopping on the beach of the Algarve with a cocktail in hand, Portugal is a great bet for a last minute Christmas getaway. Or opt for the Portuguese island of Maderia, aka the land of eternal spring for some hidden gems.

Flight time: 3 hours

Weather in December: 16°C
Christmas traditions: The Portuguese celebrate the classic Christmas, with Midnight Mass and decorating the Christmas tree.

Malta

Steeped in religious and cultural history, Malta is a must over Christmas. The incredible churches light up with candles and carols, but the ocean breeze still whispers your name. It’s an incredible city break destination but, with three different islands to explore, you’ll never run out of things to see and do.

Flight time: 3 hours

Weather in December: 17°C

Christmas traditions: The Maltese are very religious, so a Christmas Eve procession through the streets and Midnight Mass is their way of celebrating.

Cyprus

The golden beaches and vineyard tours are sure to make you forget all about the miserable British weather. Get in the festive spirit with mountains of Greek mythology, ancient treasures, and all-night partying. Or find your new favourite Christmas dinner – we hear their Christmas cake (Christopsomo) goes great with mulled wine.

Flight time: 4.5 hours
Weather in December: 19°C
Christmas traditions: Cypriots love door-to-door carolling and the ‘olive branch game’ where an olive branch is thrown into the fire (if it crackles, it means the person you love loves you back).

Morocco

Morocco offers the best of both worlds this winter with stunning beaches and exotic cities. See if you can haggle down the price of Christmas presents in the busy souqs of Marrakech or take to the waves at Taghazout. There’s no end to the possibilities when you spend Christmas in Morocco, even though it’s not officially celebrated here.

Flight time: 4 hours
Weather in December: 20°C

Christmas traditions: Moroccans don’t celebrate Christmas, but you might still spot a tree or two in some houses and be wished a Merry Christmas.

Exotic Christmas holidays

A last minute exotic holiday is just what you need for a very merry Christmas! While not all countries officially celebrate it, warm weather, gorgeously sandy beaches, and a lot of jealous friends are practically guaranteed!

The Caribbean

A Christmas holiday in the Caribbean will leave your friends green with envy. Swap the grey skies for a blissful blue and shed those layers because it’s hot, hot, hot! Treat yourself to an All Inclusive resort and you’ve got your dream holiday sorted – you could be sipping cocktails on the white sands by next week.

Flight time: 8.5+ hours

Weather in December: 28°C
Christmas traditions: Because there are still a lot of colonial aspects of Caribbean life, they celebrate Christmas like we do: with presents, decorations, and going to church.

Mexico

Mexico is great for a December holiday to remember. While we associate Mexico with sunny beach holidays, you might be lucky enough to catch a white Christmas! It can get quite cold in the far north, but you can enjoy a white-sand Christmas in the sun if you jet off to the south.

Flight time: 12 hours
Weather in December: 28°C

Christmas traditions: In Mexico, they celebrate Christmas with candlelit processions, fireworks, and nativity scenes.

Florida

There’s no better place to get in the Christmas spirit in the sun than in Florida. During the day you can lounge on the beach or try your hand at watersports, but come nightfall the top pass-time is driving through the neighbourhoods, marvelling at the Christmas displays that light up the streets.

Flight time: 9 hours

Weather in December: 24°C

Christmas traditions: While white sand takes the place of snow, they celebrate Christmas very similarly to us in the Florida. But, because it’s the USA, they go ALL OUT with their decorations – it’s almost a competition between neighbours.

Maldives

We’ve all accepted we’re not getting a white Christmas. So why not escape the dreary, unpredictable weather for the guaranteed sun, sand, and sea of the Maldives. While we’re huge Mariah fans, all we want for Christmas this year is colourful cocktails on the beach!

Flight time: 10.5 hours

Weather in December: 30°C

Christmas traditions: The Maldives is a Muslim country, so they don’t celebrate Christmas. However, because it’s such a big hit with tourists, many resorts will offer Christmas dinners and a few decorations.

Dubai

Has it been a long year? If you need to treat yourself to a last minute luxury holiday, Dubai is the place to be. 5-star resorts, white-sand beaches, Michelin-starred restaurants, and super relaxing spas are dotted all over the city, and the temperature is much more bearable than in summer.

Flight time: 7 hours
Weather in December: 26°C

Christmas traditions: You’ll find all the Christmas classics in Dubai: meeting Santa, gingerbread cookies, and Christmas markets are all on the menu.

Thailand

Whether you’re after a fly-and-flop holiday on the golden sands or a cultural break, jet on over to Thailand – it ticks all the holiday boxes. If it’s a huge party scene you’re looking for, join in the legendary Full Moon Party on the beach or the New Years Eve celebrations.

Flight time: 11.5 hours

Weather in December: 31°C
Christmas traditions: Even though Christmas isn’t recognised as a holiday in Thailand, elephants dressed as Santa will often deliver Christmas presents to kids. Decorations will fill the streets, but they’re mostly to celebrate the King’s birthday.

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