An alternative Guide to Christmas Day

Posted on Wednesday, December 23rd, 2015 at 12:44 pm

Can't face mince pies and mulled wine this year? Get inspired by our round-up of alternative Christmas breaks. 

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Chestnuts roasting over an open fire aren't for everyone. While most of us overindulge in turkey, stuffing and sprouts come the 25th December, others will feel more at home ‘roasting' on a sandy beach. So get ready to take a trip with 7FAM, and have a very merry Christmas in these unexpected festive destinations.

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First Stop, Brazil. Brimming with a spectrum of colour and light, Christmas is considered as the mother of all festivals. With food (and lots of it) on the menu, the traditional festive feast is served up on Christmas Eve — think exotic fruits and spicy rice rather than pigs in blankets.

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If you're heading to Cape Town for Christmas, expect old Saint Nick to have swapped his Santa suit for sun cream. While it's definitely not a white Christmas, native South Africans still indulge in garlands, wreaths, and baubles at Christmas Wonderland in Sandringham, Stellenbosch – think Lapland in the sun!

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There's no place brighter or more beautiful than Mexico City to spend the festive season. With street parties, mariachi bands and star-shaped piñatas on offer, the humble Christmas tree is pale in comparison. And you can't go home without visiting the city's main square at night, where colourful mosaics are illuminated by thousands of bulbs — simply breathtaking!