Where to go on holiday in December

December is a great time of year to explore somewhere new – people are getting into the Christmas spirit and there’s a new year on the horizon. Explore new streets, try some delicious new food and make new memories. Here are some of my top picks for a December getaway.

For winter sun

Beautiful beaches in Lanzarote

Lanzarote
Lanzarote is somewhere to consider if you’re looking for sunshine but don’t want a long-haul flight. Temperatures tend to sit around 21°C in December so it’s still shorts and t-shirt weather. Just a short 4-hour flight and you’ll be sunbathing on the beach, exploring volcanoes, sipping cocktails and enjoying the vibrant atmosphere… Perfect!

Spain, Canary Islands, La Gomera, Agulo, Teneriffa Island with Pico del Teide in the background

Tenerife
Tenerife is another one for the winter sun list. It might be its coolest month but temperatures still sit around 20°C. Throw down your towel on the golden sands of Playa de las Teresitas, and be sure to check out the black sand beach at Playa Jardín with Mount Teide towering in the background. La Laguna had its first Christmas market in 2016 – so you’ll find market stalls selling festive gifts against the backdrop of blue skies and sunshine!

For Christmas cheer

The Hungarian Parliament on the Danube River at Sunset in Budapest, Hungary

Budapest
There’s no better time to visit Hungary than December – the Christmas markets are world-renowned, and Budapest is especially festive. Wrap up warm and head straight to Vörösmarty Square to explore the city’s oldest Christmas market. The Opera House is the perfect place to see a performance like the Nutcracker, or just stroll through the streets with a mug of mulled wine to keep you cosy.

Ice skate in Central Park New York City

New York
For a very Merry Christmas, you couldn’t do better than heading to the Big Apple. New York is extra exciting at this time of year, with gigantic Christmas trees illuminating the city’s streets and decorations making the shop windows of Fifth Avenue look even more impressive. Go ice skating in Central Park and do some shopping in the huge department stores or just window shop in Barneys and Bloomingdales. Still have some energy? Go sledding at Prospect Park in Brooklyn.

For city breaks

Eiffel Tower in Paris, France

Paris
If it’s a romantic getaway to an iconic location you fancy, Paris is well and truly the best holiday destination in December. The city sparkles with thousands of fairy lights and artfully decorated trees lining the boulevards. Twirl your way around the ice rink at the Champs-Elysées and eat delicious French pastries.

The Duomo di Milano (Milan Cathedral) with the Piazza del Duomo

Milan
One of the fashion capitals of the world, Milan is a sophisticated city to visit any time of the year. Wander the streets and explore the stylish boutiques and designer shops. Of course you won’t want to miss a visit to Duomo Cathedral on the run-up to Christmas – the Gothic building is breathtakingly beautiful. You’ll have a ball eating your way around this magical city too, filling up on creamy panzerotti, crispy cotoletta alla Milanese and melt-in-the-mouth pizza. Make sure to leave some space for an Italian coffee or gelato to finish (it’s never too cold for ice cream!).

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