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Christmas holiday for family of 5 (kids 8-12) - suggestions?

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BookishOwl Sat 16-Mar-19 10:40:21

Or are we too late to find anything at this stage?

For various reasons, we've had a tricky year or so and were keen to do something at Christmas as a family. But what? We've never gone away at this time of year before and being a family of 5 means it is a bit trickier to find suitable accommodation and deals.

Have you been away for Christmas and what kind of holiday works well for a family with kids between 8 and 12?

It has to fit into the 2 week school holiday (21st Dec-5th Jan). We can do long haul if it's reasonable in that timeframe.

We usually go to self-catering in Europe somewhere but over Christmas not sure I fancy self-catering and figuring out how to get to the shops and what is open when. But we're not usually AI/laze on a beach types. We've never been skiing either, though might be willing to try (costly though). The kids have been looking at Disney cruises in the Caribbean. DH mentioned he would quite fancy nice weather (not super hot, none of us can handle real heat but in the 20s would be nice) so probably not Lapland or skiiing. Looks like a lot of stuff is booked up anyway so this might not even be possible

Where have you been at Christma? What kind of thing works well at this time of year? Our kids still all (claim to) believe in Father Christmas so we would still want to do something on Christmas Day itself. For the right holiday, we'd be willing to bust our budget (usually spend somewhere around £6k in a year but realise that's not very much for getting 5 of us somewhere further away)

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Ricekrispie22 Sat 16-Mar-19 16:12:09

My DSis regularly takes her family to Llandia in Denmark for Christmas. It’s a giant indoor tropical swimming paradise with umpteen slides, a lazy river etc... There’s also an ice skating rink, rock climbing wall, restaurants, spa and even a fake ski slope. Apparently it’s quite magical at Christmas www.lalandia.dk/en/christmas-holiday There are lodges for six.
There are two Lalandia parks. She goes to the one in Billund. There are direct flights from London and it’s only 3km from the airport.

juneau Tue 19-Mar-19 16:49:46

Short haul with mild, warm weather at Christmas - Canaries. There are lots of different holidays you could do there (hotel, SC, AI, etc), and with two weeks you could even do two islands. If you fancy Lanzarote then the Princess Yaiza always seems to get the thumbs up with families. We've been to the Sandos Papagayo with our kids and loved it.

If you're prepared to go further afield then the Far East is popular at Christmas, as is the Caribbean. A Disney cruise or Florida holiday would also be mild and warm, but not hot. I'd probably go and have a chat with a travel agent, if I were you, to get an idea of what is out there.

SimplyLittle Fri 22-Mar-19 11:58:20

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Hersetta427 Fri 22-Mar-19 13:06:13

We have done Xmas away a few times. We have been to Egypt 3 times, the dominican republic twice and the maldives twice.

Love going away but it is eye-wateringly expensive compared to any other time of the year.

bitofabelly Sat 23-Mar-19 10:55:54

New York...magical!

BookishOwl Sat 23-Mar-19 11:46:54

Thanks everyone! Going to make a cup of tea and read through in detail and start pricing up options. Think it might be hard to find things available.

We love Lalandia, Ricekrispie! We've only been in summer but it's great. DH is hunting he'd like nicer weather though...

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