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Christmas is a festival of love. Families come together, spend time to each other and celebrate. But what if the stress of the festive season becomes too much for some?

A short break is what you need! A winter holiday seems to be the perfect answer. This is what more and more people from the UK are thinking and why they enjoy Christmas and New Year’s days on holidays – without stress.


Winter holiday at the turn of the year: UK Travellers celebrate in Lisbon

Where are the UK travellers flying to? Lisbon! The Portuguese city is the most booked city destination for Christmas holiday according to data collected from all eDreams ODIGEO flight bookings between 1st Jan to 5 November 2018 and 2017.* Imagine portuguese food and music – and wine for your Christmas celebration? A dream!

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The city is closely followed by Dublin and Tenerife.

For those who are seeking a Christmas celebration further away, New York City is the top choice.

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Can you guess the top destination for celebrating New Year? Hint: Guiness. Right! Dublin is the first choice for UK travellers to kick off the New Year. Tenerife and Malaga also feature in our ranking once again.

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Lisbon takes the top spot as the UK’s favourite city to celebrate Christmas in and Dublin’s Irish Charm lures UK travellers in search of NYE celebrations. And what would your favorite destination be?

Top 10 city destinations: Christmas Travel

Brits are travelling to those cities over the Christmas holiday

Ranking Destination
1 Lisbon
2 Dublin
3 Tenerife
4 Malaga
5 New York City


Top 10 city destinations: New Year Travel

Brits are travelling to kick off the New Year and 2019 to the following cities

Ranking Destination
1 Dublin
2 Tenerife
3 Malaga
4 Reykjavik
5 Paris


Data collected from all eDreams ODIGEO flight bookings departing from the UK made from 1st jan to 5 November 2018 and 2017. Travelling period 21/12/2017 – 07/012018 vs. 21/12/2018 – 07/01/2019 for Christmas time and 28/12/2017 – 02/01/2018 vs. 28/12/2018 – 02/01/2019 for New Year’s Eve.


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