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My Top 5 Winter Family Holiday Destinations With Aer Lingus

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Missed out on a summer holiday abroad this year? Can’t wait to get back travelling? Check out my top picks to help you plan a well deserved winter family holiday.

I am delighted to team up with Aer Lingus to showcase the wide range of family holiday destinations available this winter. I can’t wait to enjoy a family holiday abroad again, and for those who feel the same – this post might help! Whether you are looking for some winter sun, a trip to Disneyland Paris, or want to bring the kids skiing for the first time, I have lots of winter family holiday ideas for you. 


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1. Sun and Fun in Lanzarote


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Lanzarote is a great choice for a winter family holiday. The year round sunshine, long sandy beaches, and low rise buildings have been attracting Irish visitors for many years. There are many resorts to choose from, I have stayed in Puerto del Carmen and Playa Blanca and loved both.


Puerto del Carmen is located less than 10 minutes from the airport – this is a Godsend if travelling with small children. Rancho Texas Park is also located here, and there is an open air cinema and inflatable water park at the beach. 

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Rancho Texas Park

Read: Top things to do in Puerto del Carmen with kids

I love watching the sunset in one of the many great restaurants in the old town. Depending on the age of your kids, there is a fabulous playground here so you can enjoy a pre or post dinner drink, while they play happily away in front of you.


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Playa Blanca is often described as the sophisticated choice, as there are many luxury hotels here, as well as a stylish marina. You can also catch the ferry to Fuerteventura from Playa Blanca. 

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2. Hit the Slopes in Austria 


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I have always loved skiing and was delighted to bring my kids skiing for the first time in 2019 – in fact it was the last trip we took overseas!

We travelled to Söll in Austria and got great value flying into Munich with Aer Lingus. I booked ski-school for the kids and they learned so much in just three days. We were able to use the chair lifts and ski down the mountain together on the last day – it was a great experience.


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Read: Top tips for family skiing

Aer Lingus has great value airfares to Munich. We booked a private transfer to Söll and the journey time was just 90 minutes. This is an economical way to enjoy a family ski holiday this winter.

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3. Visit Disneyland Paris at Christmas time

Disneyland Paris is a superb family holiday at any time of year, but there is something even more magical visiting during the festive season. We visited at Christmas time a few years ago and would highly recommend it. Christmas songs were playing throughout the parks, there were gorgeous Christmas decorations everywhere, Disney characters were decked out in their festive costumes, and the firework displays were spectacular.


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This year Disneyland Paris’ Enchanted Christmas runs from 13th November to 9th January 2022. The Parks will be transformed into a winter wonderland throughout this time, so you don’t travel over Christmas to experience the magic.

Read: Top tips for visiting Disneyland Paris

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4. Enjoy a city break in Lisbon

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When it comes to city breaks with kids, Lisbon is up there with the best of them. In fact our first family trip overseas since 2019 will be to Lisbon and the Algarve in October.  

I suggest exploring this gorgeous city using the hop-on hop-off trams, and make sure to stop at Castelo de Sao Jorge. Castles are usually a big hit with kids and Castelo de Sao Jorge is no exception. As well as stunning views over the city, children will enjoy exploring its walls and cannons.


I also recommend a visit to Sintra. It has numerous designated UNESCO World Heritage Sites, but Luke and Alex loved the lesser known Quinta de Regaleira. There are underground tunnels, waterfalls and a magical castle here – it was a feast for their imaginations.

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If the weather is good you can take a trip to the beach, but don’t panic if you have a rainy day –  Oceanário, one of the world’s largest Aquariums is in Lisbon.

Lisbon also offers some superb dining options for families – don’t miss Time Out Market, and you should find the cost of living very reasonable priced compared to prices at home.

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5. Luxury and relaxation in Gran Canaria

winter family holiday in Mogan

Gran Canaria is renowned for its year round sunshine, but it can be quite windy depending on which part of the island you are in. Did you know that the south-west coast of the island is the most sheltered?

The pretty town of Mogan is not only one of my favourite resorts in the Canary Islands, but it is also renowned for having the warmest temperatures in the winter time, due to its sheltered location.

If you are looking for a luxury family winter holiday, where you can relax and enjoy the sun, then this is the location for you. The 5-star Radisson Blu Resort & Spa Mogan is one of those rare finds  – a luxury hotel that caters well for families.

The hotel has three restaurants, two swimming pools, as well as a kids splash pool with water jets. There is also a luxury spa onsite, so you should come home well and truly relaxed.

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I hope this post on some of my favourite winter family holidays will inspire you to book a trip away soon.
This post on winter family holidays was sponsored by Aer Lingus, but all views, as always, are my own. Prices are correct at the time of issue but are subject to change. 

1 Comment

  • Great post!!!
    Hoping to head away with my two sisters for one of their 50th’s and our mum this January – this prize would make our year. ❤️I’m a front line worker and exhausted !!

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