The thought of Christmas brings along with it a merry mood and fills the heart with warmth and cheerfulness. If you are longing to experience Christmas festivities at a home away from home, look no further. We have specially selected 12 holiday homes at spectacular locations for your winter break. Make sure you book your vacation soon; Christmas is coming!
Christmas in Singapore gives you an excuse to indulge in the two best things in the world – eating and shopping. The magnificent Christmas trees and decorations at malls on Orchard Road will leave you quite amazed. They might even add fake snow to make things real! Have a hip Christmas celebration at this unique colonial Black & White home which might just transport you back in time. ‘The Gardens’ is a beautiful luxury heritage villa with large grounds and charming gardens right in close proximity to Orchard Road. If you’re looking at bringing in the x’mas eve in style this year, we’d recommend you look no further.
Sleeps: 5; Average price per night: SGD 2,182
2. Hong Kong
Hong Kong is one of the most festive places you can visit in Asia for Christmas celebrations. For Yuletide, they have a two-day public holiday declared too! Hong Kong, which is already so glittery at night, dresses up even more for WinterFest. Let the kids be awed by their favorite Disney characters in jolly Christmassy attires at Hong Kong Disneyland Park. The Pulse 3D Light Show and the signature decorations in Central add glamour to the celebrations. We recommend you take a Victoria Harbor Cruise to soak in all the festivities while gazing at the city’s breathtaking skyline.
Book this homely three-bedroom apartment in the heart of Hong Kong to make the most of your trip. Apart from being well connected to all the activities and sights in Hong Kong, this apartment also gives you access to a wide variety of restaurants nearby: Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Indian, Thai and street food. A guide book to Hong Kong will be waiting for you in the room when you check-in.
Sleeps: 9; Average price per night: SGD 201
3. Bangkok, Thailand
We all know how much the Thais love to party. Even though Thailand is a Buddhist dominated country, the nation celebrates Christmas with all its heart. To get a taste of the glittery party scene, Bangkok is the place to be! From extraordinarily decorated malls to holiday discounts almost everywhere, you will love the festivities here. To add to the fun, most luxury hotels have fancy gala dinners on Christmas; so, dig in! We recommend you book this two-bedroom condo which is situated very close to the On Nut BTS station, thus making your travel within the city extremely convenient. A Tesco supermarket and various food stalls are also within walking distance.
Sleeps: 3; Average price per night: SGD 61
4. Krabi, Thailand
For those who prefer to have quiet, relaxed Christmas celebrations, Krabi is the place to be. Go there for serene beaches, majestic limestone karsts, colorful coral and a candle-light dinner on white sands with your loved one. Enjoy a luxurious stay at the Breda Beach Pool Villa Krabi, a two-storey villa with modern Thai design, a huge swimming pool and well-tended gardens. Jog or cycle on a scenic route close to the villa in a picturesque and friendly Thai village for local flavour. Also, if you are not in the mood to cook in the fully functional kitchen, there is always a chef on call!
Sleeps: 8; Average price per night: SGD 523
5. Bali, Indonesia
You can celebrate Christmas in diverse ways when in Bali. Indulge in a cheerful, decorative and merry celebration with shopping, feasts and parties in Kuta or have a quiet, relaxing and cosy little fête of your own while viewing the spectacular sunset at Tanah Lot. Be sure to grab a place at a rooftop restaurant to witness the beautiful fireworks. Book this gorgeous villa to make your trip extra special. This private, safe villa comes with a swimming pool, iPod doc, BBQ facilities and mini bar among other facilities. The hosts can also organize in-house meals, food delivery, boat ticket to Gili island or Lembong island, airport transportation, laundry or massage in the villa! So, once you book the villa, you have nothing else to worry about.
Sleeps: 2; Average price per night: SGD 139
6. Goa, India
Goa’s buzzing beaches, cheerful atmosphere and scrumptious fare are all crowd magnets throughout the year. In December though, the city’s celebrations are in full swing. Welcome Christmas here by attending a midnight mass in one of the many Portuguese-styled churches, dancing the night away at a party and waking up to mouth-watering brunch with the traditional turkey and fruit rum cake! We suggest you participate in the local carol singing to soak in the Goan Christmassy feeling. Book this beautiful three-bedroom villa just five minutes away from Calangute beach for your stay. Stays longer than three days will receive a breakfast pack consisting of eggs, bread, butter, soft drinks, milk, coffee, sugar, tea and maps of Goa. Now that’s welcoming!
Sleeps: 9; Average price per night: SGD 257
Illuminations, illuminations and more illuminations! Tokyo is covered in an ocean of LED lights for Christmas and New Year celebrations. Enter this magical land to be mesmerised by larger-than-life light shows, gorgeously lit skyline and lip-smacking food. Let your kids be a part of Mickey’s Christmas party at Tokyo Disneyland or be star struck gazing at the special Christmas parade at the theme park. To welcome the festival in style, book this modern two-bedroom holiday home with free portable WiFi. The Yoyogi station is just five minutes away. We suggest you carry your warm clothes as it can get windy – and rather chilly – during year-end.
Sleeps: 6; Average price per night: SGD 263
8. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Sparkly malls, wide-spread buffets and thrilling fireworks await you on Christmas in Kuala Lumpur. Avail unbelievable discounts at malls which show off huge Christmas trees and other decoration. This city surely knows how to celebrate in style. Add to your vacation’s luxe quotient by staying in this three-bedroom apartment on the 32nd floor with spectacular views of the Petronas Twin Towers. Facilities include an infinity pool, jacuzzi, squash court, a bistro/cafe, children’s playground, gymnasium, sauna, games room and laundry services. This apartment will surely be a big hit with the children. Getting around Kuala Lumpur from here couldn’t have been easier as monorail, LRT station and buses are all available within walking distance. A taxi stand is right at the doorstep.
Sleeps: 8; Average price per night: SGD 192
9. Hokkaido, Japan
If Christmas makes your heart long for snow, Hokkaido is the place to be. We assure you that you will have an unforgettable white Christmas at this Japanese city. We suggest you visit Sapporo and Otaru for their magnificent Christmas illuminations. Let the kids get a flavor of skiing, snowman building and glassware making while you visit the local breweries. Book this spacious holiday home when in Hokkaido for its convenient location. Moreover, you can cook quick meals for your kids in the fully functional kitchen here. The host offers to pick you up from the nearest station and is accessible throughout the day for any questions that you may have. The best part? You can crash on the massage chair after a long, tiring day of sightseeing!
Sleeps: 6; Average price per night: SGD 80
10. Makati, Philippines
Do you want to be a part of the longest Christmas celebrations? Head to Philippines. Christmas – the Filipino way – is pretty exciting. Beautiful parols, cheerful carols, devotional Simbang Gabi (nine consecutive nights of mass in churches) and the traditional Noche Buena feast are a few highlights of Christmas celebrations here. Don’t miss the Instagram-worthy dancing lights and sounds show at the Ayala Triangle Gardens. Book this two-bedroom apartment for a comfortable stay. The building has 24-hour security.
Sleeps: 8; Average price per night: SGD 96
11. Seoul, South Korea
The dipping mercury during the month of December makes Seoul one of the best places in Asia to enjoy some Christmas celebrations. If spending the Christmas in Seoul, it is highly recommended you visit the Lotte World’s Christmas Festival which includes a 20 m tall Christmas tree and a fascinating Christmas parade. Hopping on to the Christmas tram might be the best way to see everything on offer at Lotte World. Seoul Land, another popular amusement park also decks itself up rather charmingly for Christmas. If amusement parks aren’t your thing, there are a plenty of ski resorts around Seoul that you can take a day trip to. To make the most of your time in Seoul, we suggest staying at this luxury apartment with an amazing river view. A mere 5 mins walk from Cheongdam Station, the apartment is fully furnished with wifi, cable tv and all kitchen and bathroom amenities one might need on a relaxed holiday.
Sleeps: 8; Average price per night: SGD 470
12. Halong Bay, Vietnam
If you want to celebrate Christmas a bit differently this year, head to Halong Bay. Here, you can book a Christmas cruise, kayak around beautiful limestone karsts, enter the enchanting Sung Sot (Surprise) Cave or just have a blissful dip in the ocean. While you are exploring this UNESCO World Heritage Site, you might want to learn Tai Chi, an ancient martial art, from an experienced master on a boat deck! We suggest you stay aboard one of the several cruise boats for a unique experience and to see some unexplored beauties. Kayaking and snorkeling equipment are usually included in the package!
Average price per night: from SGD 110 per room per night
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