Where to spend the festive season when it's just the two of you

Where to spend the festive season when it's just the two of you

Was Christmas a little quieter now the kids have moved on to making their own plans? Then use the chance to enjoy your next festive holiday with your other half.

Was Christmas a little quieter now the kids have moved on to making their own plans? Then use the chance to enjoy your next festive holiday with your other half.

Christmas is all about the kids, but once they’ve flown the nest and have other commitments – like spending the big day with their in-laws – you could embrace the change by going on a Christmas trip with your partner instead.

With cost, school holidays and everyone else’s needs no longer holding you back, you can focus on yourselves for a change and really make the most of your trips away.

Even if you don’t go for Christmas itself, you can do your gift shopping somewhere exotic, or just take time out to relax over the usually hectic lead-up.

So, whether you fancy a last-minute mini-break or want to treat yourself to a long-haul trip of a lifetime, here are our suggestions for the best places to visit at this time of year…

Browse the Christmas markets in Germany

For a fabulously festive feast of mulled wine, gingerbread and spicy sausages, take a leisurely weekend tour of Germany’s famous Christmas markets.

Wander around some of the 60 markets in Berlin; enjoy tasty traditional Streizel or stollen cake in Dresden’s Streizelmarkt; browse the stalls in Cologne before popping into the stunning cathedral; shop for handmade gifts in Nuremberg’s impressive Christkindlesmarkt (where mass-produced goods are banned); or buy beautiful handmade decorations in Stuttgart before enjoying the city’s outdoor ice skating rink.

Relax in the Canary Islands sunshine

With temperatures rarely dipping below 20°C at this time of year, and a range of options from all-inclusive five-star hotels to cheerful self-catering villas, the Canary Islands are the ideal place for a wintertime break.

Stroll along the beaches of Tenerife; explore the desert-like landscapes of Gran Canaria; enjoy a bit of culture in Lanzarote; or hike through the protected Parque Rural de Betancuria in Fuerteventura. Christmas never seemed so relaxing!

See beautiful Kerala in style

India’s most peaceful, cleanest state, Kerala combines calm, beautiful beaches with lush hill stations and tea plantations, all within easy reach of each other.

Whether you love exotic cuisine, taking in a bit of culture or watching wildlife – including elephants – at the Periyar National Park, there’s something for everyone. The weather is hot and sunny but not stifling during December, and if you’re worried about what the heat does to your hair, simply pack a bottle of Pantene-Pro-V 3-Minute Miracle and your hair will quickly get back to its frizz-free best.

Book your own stay at one of the area’s beautiful boutique hotels or, if you want to give yourselves a Christmas present to remember, let a luxury travel company curate a bespoke trip just for you.

Enjoy a snowy cruise round Norway

The perfect adults-only trip, Hurtigruten cruises travel around the stunning snowy coast of northern Norway, with trips ranging between six and 12 days.

The ships deliver mail as well as carry guests, stopping off at dozens of little villages and towns along the way, giving you the chance to visit an ice hotel, go for a husky sled ride and do a bit of Christmas shopping en-route.

The rest of the time you can just relax against a backdrop of stunning snow-covered scenery and the beautifully festive Northern Lights.

Take the trip of a lifetime to New Zealand

December and January are New Zealand’s summer, making it the perfect time to visit.

There’s so much to see and do, you’ll want to stay for a couple of weeks, spending Christmas Day on the beach; hiking through unspoilt, breathtaking scenery; visiting stunning rainforests; sailing around fjords and spotting everything from dolphins to penguins.

Visit Auckland, the country’s biggest city, where you’ll find world-class restaurants and maybe even see the famous All Blacks play rugby at the Eden Park stadium. Finally, finish your trip by going whale-watching in Kaikoura on the South Island.

Do you have a favourite getaway for two? We’d love to hear from you – share your comments with us below.

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