Best destinations for escaping a cold Christmas

birds view of a beach and waves

The Christmas season is typically a time of joy, happiness, Christmas movies, and delicious food. Although spending time at home with your family members never loses its appeal, some people like to celebrate Christmas away from the hustle and bustle of Christmas shopping, busy streets, family discussions, and snow. If you are considering going away to a destination in 2021, here’s your chance to get a chance to get a tan instead of a few pounds from excessive holiday eating. This short article describes the best destinations for escaping a cold Christmas. So, let’s dive in.

Dubai

December is a perfect month to visit this breath-taking city. The main reason for this is that the temperatures never go under 73 degrees, which is considered cold in this part of the world. Considering this is the lowest the thermometer can show, with daily temperatures maintaining the perfect beach-ready heat that oscillates around 86 degrees, you will be able to travel without your puffer jacket and winter shoes. 

But Dubai’s phenomenal climate is not the only reason to visit this fantastic place. This city is also a marvel of contemporary architecture. There is never a dull moment here since there are plenty of conventional and unconventional tours you can take if you happen to get bored with what the city has to offer (which is highly unlikely).

a woman walking on a Dubai beach
Dubai has terrific sand beaches alongside breath-taking marvels of contemporary architecture

Our suggestion is to head on down to the dunes for a day of dune bashing in Al Qudra, or a desert safari where you will be able to capture amazing photos of the desert landscape. Visiting Qudra lake is also a must, especially if you are a bird-watching enthusiast. After experiencing the natural wonders in and around Dubai, you can still do your Christmas shopping – the 26th of December marks the start of Dubai’s shopping festival where you might find luxury items at reduced prices – with up to 90% discount! 

Rio de Janeiro

Rio de Janeiro is one of the hottest locations in the world on Christmas day. The temperature bar reaches up to 93 degrees in December, making it the perfect place to work on your tan during the holidays. Apart from sunbathing until you start to sweat, there are many other things you can do in this lovely, sun-kissed city.

Also, since Brazilians are devoted Catholics, you might even have an opportunity to try the Brazilian version of Christmas dinner. Namely, they eat turkey or chester with rice, fruits, and farofa. Or head on down to Copacabana beach. On Christmas Day and Eve, Brazilians spend these days at family lunches. Copacabana beach is not so visited on these two days, so you can enjoy the beach the way you usually can’t. So, get festive and build a snowman out of beach sand to celebrate your sunny and sandy Christmas, or put on a Santa’s cap and go surfing.

Tampa, Florida

If you are looking for a great place to spend your winter holidays in the U.S., Tampa is the perfect city to escape the freezing temperatures – the temperature bar in Tampa is merciful in December, with daily temperatures typically ranging from 58 to 78 degrees. So, no snow in sight this Christmas. 

Although the typical Florida summer craze may not be as pronounced at this time of the year, the fun vibes are still there. Some people even decide to settle down in Tampa for good due to its outstanding historical architecture, the melting pot of cultures with Cuban and Spanish influences taking the lead, and its vibrant economy intertwined with tropical bars and cafes.

Essentially, there is never a dull moment in Tampa, regardless of the season or weather conditions, especially since one of the most beautiful beaches in the US is right here in Florida.

Gran Canaria

If you are searching for the perfect melange of tropical and European, the Canary Islands are the place to go. The temperatures are pleasantly above 68 degrees at this time of the year, making this archipelago a wonderful tropical getaway. In fact, all of the islands were formed through volcanic eruptions, making Gran Canaria a true natural wonder.

Of course, the volcanoes are dormant nowadays, leaving incredible volcanic lakes and breath-taking vistas safe for you to explore on Christmas. Of course, the Canary Islands are famous in Spain and beyond for their vibrant culture, with bars and restaurants remaining open and lively even on Christmas day. 

a beach on a Spanish island
Islands of the Gran Canary have the best beaches in Spain and beyond.

Cayman Islands

If you opt for the Cayman Islands in the Caribbean as your holiday destination, you can choose between three islands in the archipelago. There is a Christmas tradition in the islands in which locals collect white sand from beaches on a night when the moon is bright. Afterward, that sand is spread around backyards as a makeshift, Caribbean version of snow. This exciting custom is definitely something to experience while you are enjoying the exotic Cayman Islands. The temperatures in December vary from 78-84 degrees, so there is no need to worry about cold days this Christmas.

There are many more places you can escape the winter blues, but we have picked out the best destinations for escaping a cold Christmas. Most of these places are incredibly affordable, culturally diverse, historically relevant, and, perhaps most importantly, warm compared to most U.S. states. Whichever spot you choose, we wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

18 thoughts on “Best destinations for escaping a cold Christmas

  1. brittshedhappens December 23, 2020 / 9:08 am

    These are beautiful ideas! We’re in complete lockdown here again (Ontario, Canada) so there’s no travel happening this season, but we can definitely start dreaming about and planning for holidays in the future. Our family usually gets together here (my mother lives right in the snow belt lol) so it would be nice to change it up one year and spend the holidays somewhere warm and sunny lol

    • markstraveljournal December 23, 2020 / 9:13 am

      A warm holiday (for those of us in cold climates) is definitely different. 2021 may be the year to change it up. Thanks for the comments.

  2. aspoonfulofvanilla December 23, 2020 / 9:43 am

    I would love to spend Christmas in a warm place. For me, I think Rio or Florida would be perfect!

    • markstraveljournal December 23, 2020 / 10:29 am

      Future travel, here’s to 2021 and beyond! Thanks for the comments.

  3. thathappyreader December 23, 2020 / 10:27 am

    What a lovely though to be on a beach right now! Thanks for sharing these lovely suggestions!

  4. Lisa's Notebook December 23, 2020 / 11:38 am

    I would LOVE to be somewhere warm and sunny by the sea this Christmas, I hate all the rain and cold weather in the UK. Maybe next year, fingers crossed!

  5. nortoncharity December 23, 2020 / 2:46 pm

    Oh I would love to go somewhere warm for Christmas this year! That would be so much fun!

  6. Lomash Kumar December 25, 2020 / 3:21 am

    Great post! I would love to visit Dubai for a Christmas celebration.

  7. nianni December 26, 2020 / 9:53 am

    These are lovely destinations to escape the cold Christmas especially Dubai.

    • markstraveljournal December 26, 2020 / 10:23 am

      Yes indeed, food for thought for future travel. Thanks for the comments.

  8. lynnmumbingmejia December 26, 2020 / 3:27 pm

    I’ve always had a cold Christmas and most years it has snowed! I can’t wait for the day I get to go somewhere and celebrate a warmer Christmas 🙂 Great post! Florida and Brazil are on my bucketlist!

    • markstraveljournal December 26, 2020 / 3:51 pm

      A warm Christmas is a nice change for those of us in the cold. Happy Holidays!

  9. Clarissa December 28, 2020 / 12:12 am

    Good list! I’ve never been to any of these places, but I have lived in places with warm Christmas’ for the last 11 years or so. First in Arizona, now in Hawaii. This is the first time in all those years I missed having a white Christmas!

    • markstraveljournal December 28, 2020 / 8:12 am

      It’s really interesting. A warm or a white Christmas is a big choice. Like you, most people have their preference but it is interesting to try the “other side” at least once. Happy Holidays!

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