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Spend Christmas in the sun with TUI

If you’re seeking festive celebrations with a difference – and the enticing promise of winter sun – then a Christmas holiday in the Canary Islands is the perfect break for you. More and more people are making the most of their time off work during the festive period by seeking out laidback beaches and the chance to create new Christmas traditions overseas. A TUI holiday to Gran Canaria, Lanzarote or Tenerife is your ticket to sun-baked islands, relaxing family holidays or exciting nightlife with friends. Why not start planning now for a relaxing Christmas in 2019?

Glorious winter weather

The Canary Islands boast an idyllic climate with an average temperature of 20˚C during December and almost 200 hours of sunshine during the Advent season. The weather alone is just one reason why so many holidaymakers from Ireland choose to escape the cold and spend Christmas amidst a unique Spanish culture.

You won’t have to worry much about rain spoiling your outdoor fun, either; there are only two days of rain during the whole of December. At night time, temperatures are still very pleasant, rarely falling below 16˚C.

Canaries Christmas traditions

If you want to join in with the local communities and celebrate Christmas in the style of the Canary Islands, then you will find that many restaurants and village squares will be hosting Christmas meal celebrations a day early on 24 December. Many of the houses and churches will be decorated with religious statues and ornate nativity scenes. You’ll also hear singers performing traditional Spanish Christmas carols.

The night before Christmas is known as ‘La Noche Buena’, which translates as ‘The Good Night’. Like on mainland Spain, communities in the Canaries enjoy a large family feast and eat late into the evening, finishing their meal at midnight. You can savour ham, cheese and Spanish chorizo with fresh bread, seafood pasta dishes and delicious seasonal desserts like almond cakes. Expect colourful parades, cultural performances and a lot of Christmas cheer to brighten up your holidays.

Christmas Day events

Resorts are well prepared to cater for those looking for a traditional Christmas meal on Christmas day itself with the beach as an impressive backdrop. You may even spot Santa Claus making an appearance by the pool!

The all-inclusive packages available at many TUI resorts mean that you can indulge in an extravagant Christmas celebration that is already taken care of as part of your trip. Resorts with Kids Clubs will organise special Christmas events and entertainment on the big day for all the family. All you have to do is sit back and let the festivities come to you!

Fly to the Canaries

Tenerife, Lanzarote or Gran Canaria may be located in a tropical paradise off the northwest coast of Africa, but they are easily accessible by plane from Dublin. Flight time is only four and a half hours from Dublin, bringing you effortlessly from the Christmas shopping rush to serene Spanish resorts like Puerto Rico (Gran Canaria) and Costa Adeje (Tenerife). With all the warm weather appeal, fun traditions and refreshingly different cuisine, could you see yourself on a beach in the Canaries this Christmas? If so, check out the destinations on our website and make your booking for an extra special Christmas.

  • 19-Dec-19, Dublin to Gran Canaria, Apartments Koala the Home Collection, 3*, Maspalomas, 3*, SC, 7 nights from €559pps
  • 20-Dec-19, Dublin to Tenerife, Globales Tamaimo Tropical, Puerto de Santiago, 3*, SC, 7 nights from €649pps
  • 23-Dec-19, Dublin to Lanzarote, Cinco Plazas, Puerto Del Carmen, 3*, SC, 7 nights from €859pps
  • 09-Jan-20, Dublin to Gran Canaria, Monte Feliz, Bahia Feliz, 3*, SC, 7 nights from €389pps
  • 09-Jan-20, Dublin to Gran Canaria, Abora InterClub Atlantic, San Augustin, 4*, AI, 7 nights from €589pps
  • 13-Jan-20, Dublin to Lanzarote, Morromar, Matagorda, 3*, AI, 7 nights from €539pps
  • 17-Jan-20, Dublin to Tenerife, Globales Tamaimo Tropical, Puerto de Santiago, 3*, SC, 7 nights from €339pps
  • 17-Jan-20, Dublin to Tenerife, Catalonia Punta Del Rey, Las Caletillas, 3*, AI, 7 nights from €499pps

Easter: Family (2+1):

  • 02-Apr-19, Dublin to Gran Canaria, Mirador Maspalomas by Dunas, Maspalomas, 3*, AI, 7 nights from €2,499 (Family 2+1)

Family (2+1) and (2+2) Summer 2020:

  • 20-Jun-19, Dublin to Lake Garda, Bella Italia Apartments Peschiera, 4*, SC, 7 nights (Family 2+1) from €2,309, (Family 2+2) from €2,809 and Family (2+3) from €3,299
  • 10-Aug-19, Dublin to Turkey, Club Candan, Marmaris, 4*, SC, 7 nights (Family 2+1) from €1,439 and Family (2+2) from €2,009

Marella – All-Inclusive Cruise from €1,059pps:

  • 02-May-20, Shannon to Majorca, Marella Discovery – Highlights of the Mediterranean, inside cabin, 7 nights from €1,139pps
  • 05-May-20, Cork to Majorca, Marella Dream – Mediterranean Medley, inside cabin, AI, 7 nights from €1,059pps
  • 19-May-20, Dublin to Majorca, Marella Dream – Spanish delights, inside cabin, AI, 7 nights from €1,149pps


To Book: Visit Call 1850 929990 or visit a TUI Store / travel agent.