Unwind and Explore: The Ultimate Guide to December and January Holidays

Welcome to the most wonderful time of the year!

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December and January bring sunny skies, balmy weather, and an extended school holiday, making it the perfect time for a well-deserved Christmas getaway. In this article, we'll take you on a journey through the best holiday options for South Africans, starting with enchanting local getaways, whisking you away to exotic island destinations, and concluding with the magic of Northern Hemisphere festive holidays. Get ready to embark on a memorable adventure. 

Discover South Africa's Hidden Gems 

For many of us, the December holidays are a great time to explore all the magic we have in our own backyard. South Africa is chock-full of adventures, romantic Christmas getaways for couples, family holidays, and relaxing retreats, we have no doubt you’ll find Christmas getaways in South Africa — you won’t even have to touch your passport. 

From the ATKV resorts in Magaliesberg, Hartenbos, and Limpopo, to the Wild Coast, Langebaan, and Durban, there’s no shortage of options, no matter where you are in South Africa. Not what you were looking for? Sun City is always a vibe in December, and Gold Reef City will keep the kids fully entertained. Christmas getaways in the Western Cape are always amazing, from Cape Town to the Garden Route, and well up the West Coast. There’s just so much to do! 

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Tropical Paradise Getaways 

Looking for something a little further afield, perhaps island-style? May we interest you in the magic of a beach holiday? Sure, we have some beautiful beaches in South Africa, but for those looking for something more tropical, we have a couple of suggestions. 

Try Mauritius for an island break, just a short flight away, or Sri Lanka, if you’re looking to head a bit further away. Make sure you do a tea tasting, as Sri Lanka is the home of Ceylon tea! Mozambique might not be an island, but it sure does have incredible beaches, food, and diving, and the Maldives or the Seychelles are definitely two of the ultimate destinations for beach lovers. 

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Magical Northern Hemisphere Holidays 

For some, there’s nothing that screams Christmas more than the snowy mountains and markets of the Northern Hemisphere. Picture yourself sipping glühwein at a Christmas market, stocking up on unique decorations and gifts — with one of our packages, that could be you! 

Experience the magic of Christmas in chilly Edinburgh, or head to London for a winter wonderland or New Year's Eve. Mainland Europe more your speed? Get lost in the Christmas markets of Munich or Vienna. Looking for a holiday that’ll thrill the kids as much as the adults? Explore the magic of Disneyland Paris! 

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Where is the best place to go on Christmas? 

When it comes to the best place to spend Christmas, Lapland in Finland is often hailed as the ultimate Christmas destination. With its enchanting winter landscapes, Santa Claus Village, and a chance to witness the Northern Lights, it's a dream come true for anyone seeking a truly magical Christmas experience. 

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Where is the Christmas capital of the world? 

Rovaniemi, also in, Lapland, Finland, proudly carries the title of the Christmas capital of the world. This charming city is Santa Claus's official hometown, and it embraces the holiday spirit year-round. Visitors can meet Santa, cross the Arctic Circle, and enjoy festive activities that make it an enchanting destination for all ages. 

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Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas 

As you plan your December and January holidays, the world is your oyster, offering an array of experiences, from local wonders to exotic paradises and festive Northern Hemisphere delights. No matter where you choose to go, this time of year promises unforgettable memories, relaxation, and adventure. So, pack your bags, embrace the sun, or chase winter's magic, and make the most of your South African summer holiday season. Chat to one of our Thompsons Holidays Travel Advisors, and let us make your Christmas dreams come true. 

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