All I want for Christmas is a holiday: MM’s guide to the top destinations for a festive getaway

By Kim Richards

With the festive season already upon us, some of us want nothing more than to swap our turkey for a tan and MM has compiled this year’s most popular destinations to spend a less-than traditional Christmas.

Around 620,000 passengers are set to travel through Manchester airport this festive season – an increase of 4.5% on last year’s figures.

Last year’s record of 30,000 passengers departing on December 21, the traditional ‘getaway’ period coincides with school’s breaking for Christmas.

So if you’re looking for an escape, look no further than…


Whether you’re ten or a 100, Florida has something for everyone – white sandy beaches, theme parks and year-round sunshine. Tempted?

For the children – or for the big kids – Disney world is the place to be at Christmas time, think ‘Happiest Place on Earth’ with an added sugar rush.

Giant candy canes line the streets and festive themed parades run twice daily in the epitome of Joy that is the Magic Kingdom, the home of your favourite characters.

Flights run from Manchester Airport daily with a number of operators for a truly over-the-top Christmas experience.


For a truly middle-eastern getaway Dubai is the place to go, the locals don’t celebrate Christmas as we do, but home comforts such as Christmas markets and mistletoe have been introduced to accommodate tourists.

Dubai doesn’t do anything in small measures so for a truly unforgettable New Year’s Eve head to Under Dhs500 and see Snoop Dogg reign in the new-year in dramatic style.

Flights depart from Manchester Airport daily.

New York

For a Christmas holiday that’s straight out of a film head to the Rockefeller Centre and skate around the giant Christmas tree that has been a staple for years.

Head to FAO Schwarz to buy your Christmas gifts – play on the giant piano a la Tom Hanks in Big then take a walk around Central Park.

If a romantic getaway is on the cards treat your loved one to a trip to the first Tiffany’s jewellers, or Barney’s the department store.

Flights leave every few hours from Manchester Airport.


For a traditional Christmas with a different backdrop, Warsaw provides the wintery backdrop for a visit to the Christmas markets.

Eat traditional Christmas piernik, a gingerbread mixture made by the Polish families, and relive your childhood by meeting St. Nick under the Christmas tree.

Flights leave daily from Manchester Airport.


Take a trip to the birthplace of modern Santa Clause at the Munich Christkindlmarkt which dates back to 1643, and see where the Christmas markets originated from.

Enjoy Brathwurst in their birthplace with a heady mix of mulled wine and ciders and buy handmade Christmas decorations for when you return.

Flights leave from Manchester Airport daily.

Picture courtesy of Loco Steve, with thanks.

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