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There’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
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
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
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
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
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
Lapland is the ideal place to combine a relaxing holiday with some exciting activities either Winter or Summer. The perfect blend of relaxation and adventure. Nestling in the fells of Central Lapland the unspoilt village of Luosto lies 90 minutes...
120 km north of Rovaniemi, near Luosto Keskir??kki area. Kitinen river at 150 meters, no own beach. Log cabin, built in 2004, bedroom with 2 single beds which are put togeher, sleeping loft: in own corner two single bed...
High-rise apartment on the third floor in Rovaniemi city center, (elevator available). Stone house, built in 1960. In the apartment: living room, kitchenette, bedroom with 2 single beds (the second bed's width 120 cm), ...
170 km north of Rovaniemi, in Levi holiday resort / Ounaskumpu area. Wooden chalet on two floors, built in 2008. The ground floor: kitchen-living room with double sofa bed, bedroom with 2 single beds, sauna (electric st...
170 km northwest of Rovaniemi, in Levi holiday center in Utsuvaara area. Semi-detached house made of logs, built in 2009. Kitchen-living room with sofa bed, 2 bedrooms with bunk beds (lower bed 120 cm wide), upstairs be...