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Whether you’re dreaming of a white Christmas, or pining for a New Year in the sun, give yourself the present of a last-minute luxury break. There’s still time to book for the festive season, before the trees are up and the lights are twinkling. 

Of course, deciding to go is the easy part. It’s deciding where to go that’s the tricky bit. To make your holiday planning easier, we’ve showcased our five favourite festive destinations with late availability below. Let us create your perfect fairy-tale in New York (or Brazil, if you’d prefer).

Top five destinations for a last-minute festive holiday

Florida, USA

Best time to go: Year-round

Reasons to visit… 

  • The festive holiday parades, such as in quirky Old Town Kissimmee where classic cars and holiday homes sparkle with decorations
  • The annual Christmas tree lighting; watching the 15-metre tree of Miami’s Flagler Promenade light up is a stand-out
  • The theme parks, where we can offer front-of-the-queue access  
  • To drive the Tamiami Trail from Tampa via the Everglades National Park to Miami  
  • The fabulous Florida Keys where the famous New Year Conch Drop and Red Shoe Drop delight revellers annually 
  • The beloved beaches of the Gulf Coast; visit upscale seaside communities such as Naples and enjoy high-spirited local festivals 



Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Best time to go: Year-round, but December to January for glorious weather and fantastic festivals 

Reasons to visit…

  • The festive fireworks and fiestas on Copacabana Beach
  • Reveillon – Brazil’s thrilling New Year celebrations
  • The views from Sugarloaf Mountain; we can arrange a helicopter fly-over and selfie with Christ the Redeemer
  • The buzzing bars and samba clubs (we know the hottest spots)
  • To watch the beautiful people on the beautiful beaches 
  • Winter sun

Exclusive: This year, we are offering two four-night packages: Luxury New Year in Rio and Five-star New Year in Rio. They include top accommodation and activities, from a jaw-dropping helicopter ride to a private boat navigation and access to the famous New Years’ Eve Party. Speak to a consultant for more information, and be sure to wear white on New Year’s Eve as it’s said to bring luck for the coming year. 


Cape Town, South Africa

Best time to go: Year-round, but November to March has the perfect weather 

Reasons to visit…

  • The Victoria & Alfred Waterfront will be buzzing with craft markets and street performers
  • The Grand Parade Christmas lights 
  • The festive cheer at the city’s wineries, where tasting opportunities abound
  • Table Mountain National Park, for a trek to walk off the festive food, or a thrilling cable-car ride to the top 
  • To spend Christmas on the beach
  • Winter sun 

Visit CaPe Town


New York, USA

Best time to go: Year-round, but December to January offers the quintessential winter wonderland 

Reasons to visit…

  • The famous ice rink at the Rockefeller Center
  • The views from the Empire State Building, and from the chic rooftop bar we’ll get you into
  • The festive thrills of Times Square, The Rockettes and Broadway (where we can take you backstage)
  • Eclectic cuisine in Chinatown and Little Italy
  • The biggest shopping bargains; we can even arrange a personal shopper for you
  • Incredible festive lights, from the city to the suburbs; we can show you where locals try to out-do their neighbours with over-the-top decorations


Sydney, Australia

Best time to go: November to April

Reasons to visit...

  • For the world-famous New Year celebrations – and we still have hotels available
  • To see the many penguins on Phillip Island – a great outing for families  
  • Blue Mountains National Park, where you can experience a slower pace of life
  • For Carols by the Sea on Bondi Beach 
  • Beautiful beaches
  • Winter sun



Festive sun 

Best time to go: November to February

When the nights are drawing in and there’s a distinct chill in the air, white sands and gentle rolling waves are a welcoming thought. Whether you're longing to relax on Caribbean beaches or yearning to swim in the tranquil waters of the Maldives, a sun-kissed beach holiday is always a good idea for Christmas.