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The Christmas season is celebrated to its fullest on the Maltese Islands with many nativity scenes, carol services and special events organised

:: Jet off to New York

SHOP 'til you drop, ice skate, experiment with a range of cuisines, or take in the amazing pre-Thanksgiving and Christmas atmosphere New York has to offer with Jet2CityBreaks. Five nights room-only at the five star Andaz Wall Street, Downtown New York, departing from Belfast International on November 15 costs £579 per person, based on two sharing and includes a 10kg baggage allowance. If you are looking to book your own accommodation, return flights to New York begin at £199 return. Jet2.com.

:: Wine and dine in Monaghan

ENJOY one night's bed and breakfast in one of The Hillgrove Hotel and Spa's stylish and comfortable rooms and work up an appetite with exclusive access to the spa and leisure centre before sitting down to a delicious four-course evening meal, complete with a bottle of wine. This offer is available on Friday nights and also over the festive season and the friendly staff at The Hillgrove Hotel and Spa will ensure you return home feeling refreshed and revitalised after your time away. Rates for the Wine and Dine package start at €75 per person sharing and is available to book until December 27. Hillgrovehotel.com.

:: Be merry in Malta this Christmas

This December why not do something a bit different and experience the festive season in the Mediterranean island of Malta? From December 1, the Valletta waterfront will be transformed into a Christmas Village with a mix of décor, music and food. The Malta International Christmas Choir Festival will have Christmas music aplenty from December 6 – 10. With Budget Travel, you can depart Dublin on December 1 and stay a week at the 4* Cavalieri Art Hotel, St Julians (B&B basis) for €209 pp. Or for a Christmas break, departing on December 22, staying at the 4* Gillieru Harbour, St Pauls Bay (room only) from €389 pp. Prices include flights, accommodation, taxes and transfer. Maltaireland.com.

:: Fall for Scotland this autumn

Travel to Scotland this autumn from just £79, including return ferry travel with car and a hotel in Scotland. Stena Line's autumn/winter hotel break sale continues until November 30, for travel up to March 31 2019 (excluding travel 20 December 2018 – January 6 2019 inclusive). Whether it's a remote winter break in the Scottish highlight to the buzz of Glasgow and Edinburgh, there are a huge range of hotel choices available. Price includes return Superferry travel with car and two persons from Belfast to Cairnryan and one night's three or four star hotel accommodation in a double/twin room. You can also extend your stay at time of booking. Stenaline.co.uk/hotelsale.

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