Fancy ditching a chilly Crimbo for some festive fun in the sun? Check out these five fantastic holiday destinations and make this Christmas one to remember…

Cape Verde
If you want total relaxation this Christmas then head to Cape Verde. These beautiful islands are only around four hours flight from the UK but you will feel like you have landed in the Caribbean thanks to the stunning white, soft sandy beaches and glorious sunshine. It is no surprise that Cape Verde is fast becoming the place to be if you want winter sunshine, peace and tranquillity. Fancy spending your Christmas Day sipping cocktails on the beach and taking a dip in warm turquoise waters? Click here to check the weather forecast, then get booking those flights!

Costa del Sol, Spain
Christmas time is a great time of the year to visit the Costa del Sol. You may not be able to sprawl out on your sun lounger all day as you would in the summer but there are plenty of other activities to keep you busy in the wintertime. Hiking in the Mijas Mountains is spectacular on a crisp winter’s day or hit the golf course while they are a little quieter. Christmas celebrations in Spain are pretty spectacular with lots of festivals and partying. Take a trip to Malaga and look at the city illuminated with hundreds of Christmas lights. You should also stay around for New Year and ‘Kings Day’ on the 6th January when the Spanish traditionally exchange gifts. For a weather update in Costa del Sol, click here.

Agadir, Morocco
If you really want to shake up your normal Christmas experience then the stunning destination Agadir in Morocco could just be what you are looking for. As Christmas isn’t a festive season that is celebrated in Agadir you can avoid all the usual hype and cheesy Christmas songs on repeat on the radio. Here, you are free to sit back and enjoy the sandy beach and sparkling Atlantic Ocean. If you are looking for a break from the beach then the shops, cafes and restaurants at Agadir Marina will make any Christmas shopping spree a pleasure. For a truly memorable experience go on a camel trek into the Sahara Desert – you won’t forget those humps in a while…To top it all off, the weather in Agadir around Christmas is fabulous, check it out!

Playa Blanca, Lanzarote
Craving some sunshine on Christmas Day this year but can’t face a long haul flight? Then head to the Canary Islands for some guaranteed sun with temperatures sitting in the mid 20s. Playa Blanca on the beautiful island of Lanzarote offers everything you need for a perfect Christmas getaway. The three main beaches Playa Flamingo, Blanca and Dorada are sandy and family friendly whilst the abundant bars and restaurants along the promenade are the ideal place to wine and dine. Need to do a spot of Christmas shopping? The Limones shopping centre is ideal. Private villas in Playa Blanca are plentiful so you can still enjoy your favourite Christmas traditions in the comfort of a home but with a private pool and stonking weather thrown in too, what’s not to love?

Orlando, Florida
Celebrating Christmas in OrlandoFlorida would equate as a very special festive time for most people – young and old. Add a trip to the magical Disney World from the 8 November to the 20 December and you can expect to see the ultimate in holiday parades, spectacular fireworks and live entertainment from 7pm until midnight. Kids can meet their favourite characters and enjoy the spellbinding atmosphere; indeed, this time of year is truly enchanting and arguably showcases Disney World at its very best.

Florida, otherwise known as the ‘Sunshine State’, offers great weather throughout the year and during the Christmas holidays this is no exception. You can expect 7 hours of sunshine with temperatures reaching between 10°C to 22°C in December. So planning a pleasant trip out to the beach is a very real possibility with the Gulf Coast 90 minutes drive west from central Florida. If you don’t fancy cooking on Christmas Day you can be assured a great slap up festive feast if you head out, as portions are plentiful and suitably Christmassy. However, be sure to ring in advance and check with your chosen restaurant, as some require a reservation.

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