Christmas, South Pacific Style

The holiday season is almost upon us! What are your plans?  Are you staying in the cold and snow or thinking of a nice warm getaway with the family?  Down Under Endeavours, Travel Specialists can help you plan your holiday vacation with the best destinations!  While Christmas is rather traditional here in the states, each country has its own take on the holiday.  Below are some fun facts about Christmas in our favorite destinations.

Australia

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Picture walking into the warm waters of the Pacific Ocean and hearing shouts of “Happy Christmas!” The sun on your shoulders, beachside BBQs- that’s a Christmas down under! You might even see Santa Claus himself hangin’ ten!

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One of our favorite family getaways is an awesome Australian Adventure vacation, featuring unique cultural and wildlife experiences! From Ayers Rock and the Kakadu National Park to the Lone Pine Sanctuary in Brisbane where you can hold a koala, ending in Sydney with a fabulous bike tour, bring your family on a holiday like no other! Read more about this fabulous family holiday here.

New Zealand

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A Kiwi Christmas is unique and loads of fun! Like Australia, Christmas falls in the middle of summer- so get ready for fun in the sun. Many cities hold Christmas parades featuring marching bands, floats, and an appearance from ol’ Saint Nick himself.

Fiji

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A Fijian Christmas is a wonderful blend of European Christmas traditions and Fijian Christmas traditions. From midnight mass and Christmas carols to the traditional Meke dance and Christmas feast cooked in the lovo, including a special dish called Palusami- spiced mutton wrapped in Dalo leaves before cooking it in coconut cream. Sounds delish! To top it off, who wouldn’t want a view like this on Christmas day?

Cook Islands

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From netball and festivals to a Christmas market and picnic with Saint Nick, Christmas in the Cook Islands is a holiday like no other! The perfect holiday getaway to relax, unwind, and enjoy time with your loved ones. Don’t you think?  Check out one of our favorite Cook Islands getaways here.

South Africa

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Discover the magic of Christmas in the beauty of South Africa. Christmas in South Africa is much like Christmas around the world. Many families uphold European traditions, including Christmas decorations, trees, exchanging gifts, and Santa Clause comes to visit. Just picture enjoying Christmas dinner with your family cozy around that fire.

Whether it’s a snow white Christmas or a sunny sandy beach filled Christmas, it’s a holiday you don’t want to miss out on. Need a little more inspiration for your holiday travel?  Check out this great video of these surfing Santas!

Speak to our Travel Experts and start planning your 2016 family holiday today, give us a call at 312-951-8517.