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Warm places where you can celebrate Christmas

It's totally OK to be tired of a traditional Christmas in Scandinavia. Here are our favorite places to skip the slush, snow and minus temperatures in winter.

Skip the snow and look forward to sand in Miami instead. Photo: Shutterstock

Miami, USA

A self-evident destination if you fancy warmth and sun over the Christmas period. It's also quite possible to find plenty of Christmas celebrations, even if there won’t be any sign of snow. In Miami, nobody stints on Christmas decorations. Pretty much every house, store and restaurant in the city will be adorned with a Father Christmas, reindeer and blinking lights.

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Palma de Mallorca, Spain

The beautiful Christmas illuminations on the winding streets and boulevards of Palma de Mallorca will give you a different Christmas cheer. There are several popular Christmas markets with a wonderful Christmas atmosphere. Take the opportunity to walk around this beautiful city, or go for a drive along the coast if you have a car.

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The sunsets at Santa Monica Pier are especially spectacular around Christmas. Photo: Shutterstock

Los Angeles, USA

Home of the movie stars and sunshine, Los Angeles always provides amazing experiences with that extra everything. This also applies at Christmas, obviously. You can expect to see over-the-top Christmas decorations on both private homes and along the shopping streets. If you want to demonstrate your skating skills, there are several ice rinks, including one in Pershing Square Park. And on 14 December, you can sit on a blanket in Burton Chace Park and watch the Marina Del Rey Christmas Boat Parade.

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Christmas inspired sandcastles in Las Palmas.

Las Palmas, Gran Canaria

Build sandcastles instead of snowmen. The guaranteed sunshine on Gran Canaria means you actually can celebrate Christmas on the beach if you wish. And if you want to stick to at least one Scandinavian tradition, they serve Christmas dinner on 24 December here too. However, if you're determined to escape celebrating Christmas, you can book a jeep safari or boat trip for example, instead.

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Christmas lights in the center of Faro.

Faro, Portugal

It's usually not warm enough for beachwear in December. But it's bound to be warmer than northern Europe around Christmas, with average daytime temperatures of around 16–18 degrees. If you wish to celebrate Christmas in a genuinely Portuguese way, dine late on bacalhau de consoada. Salt cod with cabbage, potatoes and hard boiled eggs. Then go to midnight mass.

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Málaga, Spain

A truly delightful Spanish pearl on the costa del sol with fantastic views. The Christmas decorations with light and sound shows along the city streets are world famous. We also recommend a walk up Mount Gibralfaro, a 130m local high hill, to view the 10th Century castle at the top. Another must is to visit the Picasso Museum in the artist's native city.

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