Christmas and New Year Tours & Trips
Ready to make this Christmas and New Year the best ones yet? Discover where to go during the Christmas holidays 2019 and the best places to ring in New Year's Eve 2019/2020. Enjoy the magic atmosphere of Europe (also with your family), the beaches in Egypt, and the impressive sights of the USA. Take a look at our vacation and holiday packages and choose an adventure worthy of the holiday season!See all Christmas & New Year tours
Popular Christmas & New Year tour destinations
Whether you're looking for a winter wonderland or sand and sun, there are destinations perfect for every kind of traveller. Enjoy Christmas tours and New Year trips around the world - explore Europe's famous Christmas markets, or visit Asia for a dose of culture and relaxation.
Have you ever thought about spending Christmas in India? While less than 5% of India's population identifies as Christian, travellers will find all of the traditional comforts of this beloved holiday during their visit, especially in more major cities. Don't expect snow and ice, though: December temperatures in the south of India, where Christmas is most widely celebrated, reach up to 32°C (86°F).
Christmas Eve is the main event in Vietnam, as few of the locals celebrate Christmas Day. However, you'll still find people celebrating by throwing confetti and marvelling at Christmas displays at international hotels and stores. However, New Year's Eve is a massive celebration: Vietnam celebrates the new year for three days!
Iceland is the perfect destination for travellers who love the holiday season! Christmas in Iceland lasts for 26 days and provides travellers with the quintessential holiday experience. Not only are travellers almost guaranteed a white Christmas, they can also participate in winter activities such as glacier hiking, snowmobiling, and visiting ice caves. The northern lights are also commonly spotted in Iceland in December, and the entire city of Reykjavik lights up with fireworks on New Year's Eve.
Sick of the usual snow and cold during the holiday season? New Zealand may be your best bet! Since New Zealand is located in the Southern Hemisphere, Christmas and the New Year arrive in the summer. One of the biggest Christmas traditions in New Zealand is laying out on the beach with family and friends - a far cry from the traditional fireplaces and snow angels!
Christmas has only been widely celebrated in Japan for the last few decades, seen as a fun way to spend time with family and friends. If you're thinking of going on a Christmas or New Year tour with your significant other, Japan may be a great option - Christmas Eve is seen as a romantic holiday, similar to Valentine's Day, during which couples exchange gifts. The New Year is celebrated over five days, from December 31st until January 4th. During this time, families spend time together, enjoy special meals, and send cards to one another.
Things tend to be bigger in the USA, and Christmas and the New Year is no exception! Since the USA is a combination of so many different cultures and traditions, the holiday season here varies widely from state to state, and even from city to city. You'll find nearly every holiday tradition from around the world somewhere in the USA, so there's truly something for everyone here. As for ringing in the New Year, is there anywhere more iconic than New York City's Times Square at midnight?
Christmas is big in Italy, as a majority-Catholic country! In Naples, houses take great care to assemble nativity scenes and set up cribs for a model of baby Jesus to spend the night in on Christmas Eve. Midnight Mass services are ornate, and families return home to enjoy a slice of panettone, a fruity sponge cake.
Kids may look forward to Christmas in Australia even more than they do in other countries - the holiday usually marks the beginning of their summer holidays! Houses set up a Christmas Bush, a native Australian tree with red flowers that usually bloom around the week of Christmas. New Year's Eve is celebrated by spending time outdoors, usually with a trip to the beach or a barbecue, and, of course, there are plenty of fireworks!
Popular Christmas & New Year vacation packages
Spend Christmas and New Year's your way
There's no right or wrong way to spend Christmas and New Year as long as your travelling in a way that suits your unique preferences and interests! Whether you're looking to relax somewhere warm and peaceful or embark on an adventure in a new city, you'll find a tour perfect for exactly how you want to spend your holiday season.
Zip-lining in Costa Rica for Christmas? It may sound too good to be true, but having a Christmas or New Year adventure in this tropical paradise is easier than you may think. Relax on the beach, enjoy fresher-than-fresh seafood, and explore the jungle - if that doesn't sound like the perfect way to ring in a new year, we don't know what is!
Tired of dealing with crowded cities during the holiday season? Escaping to nature may be the perfect way to round out your year. Travelling somewhere remote such as Iceland for an outdoor adventure or two means you'll have plenty of opportunities to explore during your Christmas tour - and you may even glimpse the northern lights!
Of course, sometimes the best thing to do during the holiday season is escape from it all and focus on relaxation! One of our favourite Christmas vacation spots is Bali - where else can you spend Christmas basking in the sun, soaking in some culture and history, eating amazing food, and relaxing on pristine beaches?
While Christmas is always an exciting time, one of the negatives of experiencing it in the northern hemisphere is the lack of daylight. If you find yourself with a case of the winter blues, why not travel to a place where the sun won't set at all for Christmas? A cruise to Antarctica is an amazing way to experience the holiday season, and you'll enjoy all the benefits of the midnight sun while you're there.
Christmas and New Year can be an amazing opportunity to experience a new culture! One of the best places to do this during the holiday season is Italy, where travellers will be able to celebrate the holiday in the traditional Italian way. Beyond Christmas, Italy is known around the world for its culture - you'll find countless museums, delicious food, and amazing architecture everywhere you look!
A safari for Christmas? December is a great time to travel to many prime safari destinations like Kenya, Tanzania, and Namibia. If all you want for Christmas is a sighting of the Big Five (lions, leopards, buffalo, elephants, and rhinos), book your safari today.
Popular regions for Christmas & New Year tours
What kind of Christmas are you wishing for?
There are countless ways to spend Christmas - the perfect one for you depends on what kind of Christmas you're dreaming of! Do you absolutely need a white Christmas? Or is it your dream to escape all that ice and snow for the New Year? Whatever you're looking for, you'll find it in a Christmas holiday package!
White & coldIt's that picture-perfect image so many people have of Christmas: snow falling outside, and a warm fire roaring inside! If that sounds like your dream, there are plenty of options that almost guarantee you a white Christmas. Europe's famous Christmas markets are a beautiful place to look for souvenirs and get into the holiday spirit, or visit Canada for some outdoor adventures!
Sunny & warmOn the other hand, a sunny vacation is a perfect antidote to the winter blues, and the perfect place to do that is the Southern Hemisphere - you can't catch the winter blues when it's summer! Visit New Zealand and Australia for a traditional beachside Christmas, or explore South Africa's history and wildlife.
New Year resolutions to try this year
Discover new cuisine
Is spicy food your thing? Do you have a sweet tooth? Venture out of your comfort zone in the new year and discover the cuisine of a new country!
Learn a new language
Want to know how to say more than just "where's the bathroom"? Travel is one of the best ways to learn a new language - don't be afraid to strike up a conversation!
Help those in need
If you want to start your new year off on the right foot, consider committing to a tour with an aspect of volunteering and helping to support those in your destination.
Travel to your dream destination
How about actually checking some things off that bucket list this year? Travelling in the new year is the perfect way to experience those things you've been dreaming of.
What's important to you? Decide to prioritize those things - spend more time with your family on a trip, or reconnect with yourself while travelling solo.
Collect memories, not things
Do you really need new stuff? This year, resolve to collect memories instead of things - you'll probably remember seeing the Big Five in the wild much longer than your new phone!
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- Don’t let the cold weather discourage you -- Winter is the perfect time to explore Europe! If your favourite childhood memories take place around the arrival of Santa Claus, then you owe it to yourself to visit the most spectacular Christmas markets spread across Europe.
- The celebration of the New Year is a tradition eagerly enjoyed by people from all over the world. Although many have their own traditions for New Year's, the theme of “new beginnings” rings true no matter where you find yourself celebrating.