Whether you are looking for an alternative to our traditional Christmas, or are just in need of a quick week away before the festivities begin, a December holiday can get you through the season and beyond, thanks to some great options available. If you can leave at the beginning of the month, you can pick up a cheap deal, with departures over the 25th and New Year’s Eve obviously being the most sought-after, and commanding high prices.
The Caribbean is an obvious choice this month, with Barbados, Tobago, Cuba, Dominican Republic and Mexico all offering a diverse tropical experience, with plenty of island charm. Goa, Kerala, Sri Lanka, Bali, Hawaii and Australia can offer a classic Christmas Day on the beach, with the Maldives seeing ideal conditions for a winter honeymoon in the Indian Ocean this month.
The Canary Islands remain a popular December choice, with the islands boasting a subtropical climate and great facilities. Dubai, Egypt, Madeira and Cyprus all see excellent weather in December, and feature the perfect opportunities for sunbathing and swimming, as well as some world-class sightseeing, all just a few hours away.
Pre-Christmas departures can present the only real chance for a bargain, with Tenerife and Gran Canaria seeing cheap package deals, and Tunisia also displaying excellent value for money at this time. Spain and the Balearics enjoy a mild climate in December, but can be an affordable option for a bit of warmth, and the atmosphere during the off-season is quiet and peaceful.
All the European ski resorts are open for business, with holidays available throughout Switzerland, Austria, Italy and Eastern Europe, with France remaining the most popular destination. Courchevel 1850, Meribel and Val d’Isere see plenty of visitors this month, and a cosy catered chalet here makes for a luxurious form of accommodation over Christmas.
December can be a great time to squeeze in an indulgent golfing weekend away in Dubai or Faro, a mountain biking trip across Malta or a quick hiking weekend in La Gomera, and for a longer holiday this month, you could try zip-lining in the rainforests of Costa Rica, embarking on a safari in Tanzania, or river-rafting in New Zealand.
Top up your tan before all the parties with a weekend trip to Marrakesh or Miami, or bundle up and jet off to New York for Christmas shopping, or the chance to see the famous Times Square ball drop on New Year’s Eve. Short trips to Iceland allow you to look at the Northern Lights, go dog sledding or whale watching, and popular excursions include taking the kids to see Santa in Lapland.