Romantic Christmas breaks

Whisk away your other half during the holidays

Ronnie McCluskey

Ronnie McCluskey
HomeAway travel expert

rose-strewn bedThere’s something undeniably charming about winter. Even with the commercialism and consumer stampedes that inevitably make the high street during this time a, shall we say, bit of a chore. Because when all’s said and done, the run in to Christmas is a period when the festive spirit takes over and time spent with loved ones becomes central. So when the dreaded shopping is over and done with, what better way to celebrate the season than with a romantic getaway? 

Wherever you choose to go, HomeAway is here to cater to your every accommodation need, with a range of rental properties ranging from luxurious to cosy across the globe. To get you in the mood, take a look at our guide to the most romantic Christmas break destinations on offer.


Top destinations for a romantic Christmas break


Romantic Christmas breaks in Paris Romantic Christmas breaks in Paris

It goes without saying that Paris is the epitome of the traditional romantic break, and Christmastime is no exception. This is, after all, the City of Love. The trees along the Champs-Élysées are resplendent in thousands of twinkling lights, cascading towards the giant Ferris wheel at Place la Concorde. And for a magical couples activity, don’t miss the chance to strap on your skates at the specially erected rink on the first floor of the Eiffel Tower.

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Romantic Christmas breaks in London Romantic Christmas breaks in London

The English capital is hardly famed for its romantic qualities - a Richard Curtis film or two aside - but as winter descends, there’s an unmistakably Dickensian feel in the air on these famous old streets. From the dazzling lights of Oxford Street to the gigantic ice rink at the Natural History Museum, the entire city embraces the spirit of the season like no other. The best way to soak up the atmosphere is on foot, perhaps strolling hand-in-hand along the south bank of the Thames to sample the staggeringly diverse array of foods on offer at the Christmas markets. 

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Romantic Christmas breaks in New York City Romantic Christmas breaks in New York City

Yes, it’s loud. Yes, it can be brash. And yes, it will certainly be busy. That said, New York is still among the most perfect places to spend a romantic getaway over the holiday period. Indulge in a mulled wine or two in the shadow of the colossal Christmas tree at the Rockefeller Centre, or perhaps take a stroll through the transformed winter wonderland that is Central Park. For sheer grandiosity, scope out the mesmeric Santaland attraction at Macy’s. 

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Romantic Christmas breaks in Budapest Romantic Christmas breaks in Budapest

In a city famed for its architecture and as a cultural hub, one may not expect much in the way of earthy festive cheer; but this couldn’t be further from the truth. You and your partner can escape the bitter winter chill while still basking in your wondrous surroundings with a dip in the Széchenyi Bath; better still, take a ride on one of the fairy light-strung trams that weave through the city before stocking up at the Christmas fairs. 

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Romantic Christmas breaks in St Lucia Romantic Christmas breaks in St Lucia

If you’d rather trade the biting cold for a more exotic romantic getaway, there’s nowhere more suited than St Lucia. As a largely Christian community, the islanders embrace the holiday feverishly, with the much anticipated Festival of Lights among the most renowned celebrations. All of this with some of the most naturally breathtaking beaches and agreeable climates in the world make for a truly unique romantic break.

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Romantic breaks in Lapland

Vacation home in Kemijärvi, Finland - 9 persons, 3 bedroom(s)

Property details Short description Number of persons: 6 - 9. Beach/water: Grassy beach approx. 20 m. Lake (without crossing the street) approx. 20 m. Beach/water (from 12 OCT 2014): River approx. 70 km. Bedroom/s: 3. Boat: Rowing boat. Floor spa...

Vacation home in Kemijärvi/Salla, Finland - 7 persons, 3 bedroom(s)

Property details Short description Number of persons: 4 - 7. Beach/water: Beach approx. 20 m. Lake (without crossing the street) approx. 20 m. Beach/water (from 11 JAN 2015): Lake approx. 68 km. Bedroom/s: 3. Boat (from 11 JAN 2015): Rowing boat...

Vacation home Inarin poropirtit/kopara in Inari, Lappi - 4 persons, 1 bedroom(s)

Property details interior: 345 km north from Rovaniemi (13 km from Inari), Lake Solojärvi 20 m (length 6 km and width 1 km), shallow and hard sand bottom, own boat. Boat ramp near the cottage. Log cabin which is paneled inside, built in 1990, com...

Vacation home Villa törö in Kuusamo, Pohjanmaa - 6 persons, 2 bedroom(s)

Property details interior: 35 km north of Kuusamo, Ruka village 12 km, lake Ala-Kitka 30 m, by the shore sandy and low bottom, softer when deepens, pier, wooden boat. Log cottage built in 2006, in downstairs there are combined kitchen-livingroom,...

Vacation home Chalet lily in Kittilä, Lappi - 8 persons, 2 bedroom(s)

Property details interior: 170 km north of Rovaniemi, in Levi holiday center Levijärvi area. Semi-detached house, built in 2012. Kitchen-living room, bedroom with two beds, one bedroom with bunk beds, loft with two beds, loft has also a separate ...
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