If you plan to celebrate the Christmas holidays by taking a trip to an international city, we know you have a lot of options. We’d like to suggest some of the following international Christmas destinations. All of these offer great value for American travelers.

Manchester, United Kingdom

manchester skyline at night, united kingdomWhen you think of Christmas in England, Manchester might not be the first city that comes to mind. But we think Manchester, a city a little over 200 miles to the north of London, is a great entry point to a very British Christmas. Whether you would like to fly into Manchester and use it as a base for exploring the quaint towns and countryside of north England, or if you’d like to hop on a train and make London your base, Manchester is a great value this year for cost conscious travelers.

Tokyo, Japan

christmas destination, tokyo, JapanIf you’ve long been mulling a Tokyo Christmas trip, this year might be a good time to make it happen. Japan does celebrate Christmas with some very specific traditions – though most Japanese are not Christian, the holiday is considered a secular celebration for lovers. Cities all over the country are lit with many tiny lights, and Tokyo is no exception!

Buenos Aires, Argentina

buenos aires colorful homesLive in the Chicago area and craving a respite from the cold? If so, Buenos Aires is a great “Christmas in Summer” destination. It’s a cosmopolitan city with a vibrant nightlife and culture.

Paris, France

arc du triomphe, paris, franceChristmas is a magical time to visit the City of Lights. And tickets to Paris are a great value from many cities in the United States, making it an excellent Christmas destination.

Papeete, Tahiti

mountains and crystal blue waters of beachThe beautiful island nation of Tahiti is a bucket list destination for a lot of people, but because of its remote location and high cost to get there, sometimes remains unattainable. However, you may not know that the trend for Tahiti over the past few years is that airfares are becoming more affordable into Papeete. Might this be your next offbeat Christmas destination?

Lagos, Nigeria

palm trees on beach One unexpected destination on our list is Lagos, Nigeria, which is a great value. Lagos offers family-friendly beaches to relax on and is filled with activities the bustling metropolis offers.

Melbourne, Australia

colorful shacks on melbourne beachMelbourne is the scrappy, funky cousin to highbrow Sydney. The city puts off an infectious youthful vibe that makes it an ideal destination for a young family or couple looking for a fun, activity-filled holiday. A popular gateway to Melbourne is Los Angeles.

Madrid, Spain

madrid night in spainSpain is a great value overall for Christmas this year, with Barcelona and other points of entry offering affordable airfare from various gateways in the United States. Madrid is a hub of Spanish culture and Christmas celebration.

Auckland, New Zealand

marina with boats in auckland, new zealand
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A flight to beautiful New Zealand is long and often very expensive for Americans, which puts it out of reach for many. This year for Christmas it is a lot less expensive for Americans flying from New York. You can expect to save in the ballpark of $250 on airline tickets during Christmas week if you’re flying from the New York metropolitan area.

To read more tips and information all about Christmas and New Years flights, please check out our Holiday Flights page.

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