Young penguin chicks with Christmas decorations

Antarctica Christmas Cruise

Spend Christmas in Antarctica and enjoy a guaranteed White Christmas
Starting at:
Per Person
$ 15,296


  • Revel in the certainty of a White Christmas as you celebrate the holiday surrounded by pristine, untouched snow
  • Experience unparalleled serenity and awe-inspiring panoramas of unspoiled mountainscapes, glacial expanses, and icebergs
  • Observe an unforgettable display of Antarctic wildlife, featuring heart-meltingly adorable penguin chicks and seal pups
  • Bid farewell to the commercialized chaos of the yuletide season by escaping to Earth’s last great wilderness
  • Enjoy an extraordinary Christmas experience with an abundance of sunlight, allowing for extended sightseeing, wildlife-watching, and outdoor recreation

Celebrate a guaranteed White Christmas in Antarctica, exploring the enchanting penguin-laden landscapes, a magical wintery wonderland of unparalleled adventure and heart-melting wildlife spectacles. Escape the commercialized holiday chaos of the yuletide season and find serenity in Earth’s last great wilderness, a polar paradise where waltzing icebergs and the gentle call of calving glaciers replace the dancing sugarplums and relentless Christmas muzak ringing in your head.

Celebrations on Antarctica Christmas cruises are typically adapted to the unique environment, emphasizing camaraderie and shared experiences in the extreme conditions of the White Continent. While the celebrations may not mirror traditional Christmas festivities in more populated areas elsewhere, the spirit of togetherness and magic of Christmas is abundant among those who are lucky enough to find themselves in this remote and extraordinary part of the world during the holiday season.

King Penguins with santa hats An incredible stripy iceberg in Antarctica

Antarctica Christmas Cruises

Embark on an extraordinary festive expedition to Antarctica, a wintery wonderland of Christmas card-worthy penguin-dotted landscapes and unparalleled adventure.

Up to 15% savings

Across the Antarctic Circle: Christmas Expedition

Length: 14 Day / 13 Night
Ships: Sylvia Earle
$ 15,296 - $ 31,446
Per Person

Best of Antarctica: White Christmas

Length: 11 Day / 10 Night
Ships: Ocean Endeavour
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FAQs about Antarctica Christmas Cruises

Does Antarctica celebrate Christmas?

Antarctica doesn’t have a native population and subsequently doesn’t celebrate Christmas as such, but scientists, researchers, tourists, and expedition crews do organize festive activities, decorations, and special meals for those spending the holiday season in the region.

When is Christmas in Antarctica?

Christmas in Antarctica falls on December 25th, the same as in any part of the world. However researchers and scientists also celebrate Midwinter’s Day on June 21st in a similar way with special meals, gift exchanges, and festive games to lift spirits in the midst of the harsh Antarctic winter.

How is Christmas celebrated in Antarctica?

Celebrations vary based on the type of Antarctic operation, nationalities and cultures of the individuals involved, and the specific conditions at the time. But in general the emphasis is on creating a sense of warmth, community, and shared joy in the midst of the extreme Antarctic environment.

Is Christmas a good time to visit Antarctica?

Christmas is a great time to visit Antarctica as the 24 hours of sunlight (Midsummer’s Day is December 21st) means warmer weather and more time for exploring. Wildlife numbers are increasing and whale sightings more commonplace. Hatching penguin chicks are also a highlight during the holidays!

Will I see reindeer in Antarctica at Christmas?

No, reindeer are native to the Arctic regions, such as Northern Europe, Siberia, and North America. While you won’t find reindeer, you will have the opportunity to see the unique Antarctic wildlife of this fascinating ecosystem, such as penguins, seals, whales, and a variety of seabirds.

Antarctica Christmas Cruise Vessels

Select from the following expedition ships sailing at Christmas in Antarctica and spend the holidays in the most magical, wintery realm imaginable.