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 Nanguvilla in Inari, Lappi - 8 persons, 2 bedroom(s)

Property details interior: 305 km north of Rovaniemi, Lake Inarijärvi in Nanguvuono Island (Salmenniemensaari), the island's length of 850 m, distance from the mainland 180 m, boat trip 1 km from boat anchorage (cottage guardian takes you to the ...

Vacation home Villa juoksengi in Ylitornio, Lappi - 8 persons, 4 bedroom(s)

Property details interior: 96 km north of Tornio, in Swedish side, in village of Juoksengi, river Tornionjoki 500 m, not own shore.Wooden house with three floors, built in 1954, renovated afterwards. Middle floor: living room, kitchen, bedroom wi...

Vacation home Mukanmaja in Kittilä, Levi, Lappi - 6 persons, 2 bedroom(s)

Property details interior: 180 km north of Rovaniemi, river Ounasjoki 10 m (river width 80 m), flowing water, hard bottom, water level varies, suitable for experienced swimmers, own boat.Wooden cottage, built in 1975, expanded in 1990. Livingroom...

Vacation home Nousujohde c4 in Kuusamo, Pohjanmaa - 4 persons, 1 bedroom(s)

Property details interior: 27km north of Kuusamo, Ruka village (Western Ruka) 2.8 km. A holiday apartment upstairs in a two-storey, kelo-built row house, built in 1990, bedroom: double bed, loft: 3 matresses, combined kitchen/living room, electri...

Vacation home Kotkanpesä in Kittilä, Lappi - 6 persons, 2 bedroom(s)

Property details interior: 170 km north of Rovaniemi, in Levi holiday center, Koutamaa area. Silverlog cottage, built in 2008, kitchen-living room, bedroom with a double bed, another bedroom with 120 cm bed, sleeping loft with 3 x 120 cm wide bed...
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