12 Creative Vacation Out-of-Office Messages for the Holiday Season

December 07, 2022
vacation out of office message templates

Spending time with your loved ones during the holiday season is important, and you shouldn’t have to worry about work getting in the way. But it’s also important to keep your team in the loop while you’re out of the office. 

In this blog, you can find vacation out-of-office messages for the upcoming holiday season as well as all-time purposes. Use these templates to set up a quick out-of-office message so you can relax and enjoy your vacation without any work distractions. 

Vacation Out-of-Office Message Templates for Holiday Season

Choose one of the templates below to keep everyone informed of your unavailability this holiday season.

Template 1

Hey,

Thanks for your message. I am currently unavailable till [date].

I’ll reply to your message as soon as I return but if you require immediate assistance, feel free to email my coworker [name] at [email/phone number].

I wish you and yours a joyous holiday season.

Regards,

[Your Name]

Template 2

Hello,

Thanks for your email. I am currently out of the office until [date] to celebrate the holiday with my close ones.

I’ll reply to your email as soon as I return. If you have any urgent queries, please send an email to [name] at [contact details]

Wishing you a happy holiday season.

Regards,

[Your Name]

Template 3

Hello,

I’m out of the office till [date] celebrating [holiday] with my friends and family. 

However, I will be checking my emails occasionally, due to which you may receive a slower response than usual.

In case the matter is time sensitive, please resend the message with the subject line “URGENT.”

Best,

[Your Name]

Template 4

Hey,

Thank you for your message. 

I won’t be able to respond right away as I am celebrating this festive season by binge-watching holiday series with my family (without constantly checking my phone).

If the email is time-sensitive, please contact [name] at [email address], who will assist you while I’m away.

I’ll be back by [date] and will get back to you then.

Wishing you a wonderful holiday season!

[Your Name]

Template 5

Hey,

It’s one of the most joyous times of the year when everyone is spending time with their close ones. For the same reason, I will not be able to respond to your message right now. I’ll be back by [date], and I look forward to responding to your message when I return. 

Thanks for your patience, and I hope you have a wonderful [holiday name].

Cheers!

[Your Name]

Template 6

Season’s greetings!

Sorry I missed your message. I am baking cookies and wrapping gifts with my kids at home, so I am unable to respond to your email. 

You can expect a reply from me after [date]. Thanks for understanding.

Wishing you and your loved ones a happy holiday.

Best,

[Your Name]

Template 7

Hola!

It’s [name of holiday] time, and I am enjoying it while on a trip with my family. I do not have internet access, so I will not be able to reply to your email.

You can expect a reply from me by [date]. If you need urgent assistance, please contact [name] at [email address] to get answers to your queries in my absence. 

Happy holidays!

Warm regards,

[Your Name]

Template 8

Holiday greetings!

It’s the best time of the year, and I am celebrating it by binge-watching my favorite shows with a mug of hot cocoa wrapped up in my fuzziest blanket.

I hope you do not want me to leave that and respond to your email right away. I’ll be back in the office by [date] and will surely get back to you then.

Sending the heartiest wishes!

Best,

[Your Name]

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Evergreen Vacation Out-of-Office Message Email Templates 

Template 9

Hi,

Sorry I missed your message. I am currently out of the office and won’t return until [date]. You can expect a reply from me after [date]. 

If the email contains time-sensitive information, contact my coworker [name] at [email address]. 

Have a great day!

Regards,

[Your Name]

Template 10

Greetings, 

Thank you for your message. I won’t be able to respond to your message right away as I am on vacation.

However, in case you require prompt assistance, please contact my colleague [name] at [email address], who will assist you in my absence. 

I’ll be back on [date] and will reply to your message as soon as I return.

Warm regards,

[Your Name]

Template 11

Hey,

Thanks for your message. Unfortunately, I am on vacation this week. I’ll try to respond to your message by [date]. However, if you do not receive a reply from me by then, please send a follow-up message, and I will get back to you as soon as I can.

Regards,

[Your Name]

Template 12

Hey!

I am currently in [name of city] on vacation and won’t be back until [date]. I appreciate your patience and will respond to your message as soon as I return.

If there is an urgent matter, please direct the message to my manager [name] at [email address]. 

Best,

[Your Name]

What to Write in Your Vacation Out-of-Office Message?

Vacation out-of-office messages can have a casual tone, but be sure to include the following information.

Dates you will be unavailable 

Mention the dates on which you will be out of the office. In case you can reply to emails before returning to the office, you can include that date as well.

Reason for your unavailability

It’s polite to let others know why you are absent. However, if the reason is too personal, you can avoid writing this in your message.

Who to contact in case of an urgent matter

If a coworker/manager can assist in your absence, you can mention their contact details with their permission.

What Not to Write in Your Vacation Out-of-Office Message?

A long email with too much personal information 

You can set up a funny or casual out-of-office message but avoid including details such as your exact location or a detailed plan for the day.

Grammatical Errors

It is not professional to have grammatical errors in your email, even if it is an automated reply.

Someone’s Contact Information Without Permission

Since it is the holiday season, most people wouldn’t want to be bugged by work emails. Therefore, do not share someone’s contact details unless you have clearly asked permission to redirect urgent messages to them.

Keep Everyone Informed with a Vacation Out-of-office Message

It’s hard to stay on top of your email when you’re trying to enjoy quality time on vacation. Nevertheless, it is a professional courtesy to let people know you’re out of the office. Automated out-of-office messages are a great way to keep everyone informed of your absence without your intervention.

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Author : Rushmi Behrani
Rushmi Behrani is a content marketer at ITILITE. She specializes in writing content for B2B SaaS, travel and finance. A baking enthusiast by heart, her most cherished memory is opening a cafe during her college days.