Let someone else do the work
The Dickensian image of the family gathered around the Christmas tree as children happily tear the wrapping off their gifts is all too often these days only seen on Christmas cards. Holidays away from the cold and rain (a white Christmas is something that’s also usually only seen on Christmas cards), are becoming increasingly popular, and not just to European resorts the but also to more exotic destinations such as Africa, Asia, and the Caribbean.
And not just the winter sun is a big draw; no enormous family meals to cook, vast quantities of dishes to wash and the inevitable squabbles when families get together, makes the idea of a Christmas holiday as sparkling an idea as the fairy on the top of the tree. Anyone who finds the rampant commercialism of Christmas and the repeats of the Sound of Music just too much to face can avoid Christmas celebrations almost completely, and although some non-Christian counties have Christmas day as a holiday, it is rare for celebrations to be excessive.
A short break or a full fortnight
The day of the week on which the Christmas falls varies from year to year and as a result, prices for holidays at this time of year are difficult to compare on a year-to-year basis, although they tend to sell at full price and special offers and late deals are rare. New Year holidays are perhaps more popular than those over Christmas (possibly because of family commitments over the holiday period). This is compounded by the fact that some flights only operate on a limited number of days in the week. For example, if a flight falls on Christmas day it is likely to be less popular than a similar flight a couple of days before earlier. Under these circumstances, the holiday operator is likely to sell only two-week holidays, departing on the previous week.
The fact that New Year holidays are more popular may also complicate both availability and pricing. The greatest demand is for two-week holidays that cover both Christmas and New Year, although this again is dependant on the day that flights leave the UK.
Book now for Christmas
However long you go for, whether it’s a long weekend or a full fortnight, a holiday over the Christmas period is the ideal way to take a break from the cold and rain of the British winter. With the number of bank holidays included over the couple of weeks it makes the best use of you annual holiday entitlement, without taking away from that much needed summer break.