10 destinations to visit in December

10 November 2016

In need of a spot of December sunshine? Prefer to wrap up warm and surround yourself with snow-capped mountains?

Whether you’re dreaming of escaping to warmer shores or love winter and can’t wait for European Christmas markets, snowfall, and crystal clear skies, there’s still time to squeeze another adventure out of 2016 this December!

Zagreb, Croatia

Zagreb, Croatia at Christmas

Jet off to Croatia’s capital city of Zagreb this winter and indulge in a host of seasonal treats. In December the city is overflowing with festive spirit and cheer. Explore illuminated market stalls, shop for glittering Christmas decorations and unusual gifts, enjoy live-action nativity scenes and a range of free concerts as you sip mulled wine and nibble on tasty gingerbread.

Goa, India

Palolem Beach in Goa

Goa is a beautiful and fun destination, and especially so in the month of December. Expect palm trees strung with tinsel and fairy lights and welcoming beach bars buzzing with the sound of music and dance.

Zermatt, Switzerland

Cable car in Zermatt, Switzerland

Step into a picture-perfect snowy mountain scene this December, in Zermatt. In the Swiss Alps, you’ll find horse-drawn sleighs, glühwein stalls, twinkling trees and a pretty village tucked away in a little valley below the Matterhorn. It’s a perfect destination for skiers - pull on your boots, grab your skis and enjoy over 200km of ski slopes at this top resort.


Dubai skyline

For a winter sun adventure, head to Dubai at this festive time of year for some bright lights and big surprises. The weather is a balmy 19 - 25 degrees and the sun shines almost all the time. Dubai is known for spectacular shows and entertainment and in December alone there’s the Rugby Sevens, a film festival, the pre-Christmas designer sales and record-breaking Christmas trees dazzling with twinkling lights and Swarovski crystals!

Cape Verde

Cape Verde

On the west coast of Africa, this volcanic archipelago offers glorious sunshine and beautiful beaches that are ideal for anyone who loves lazing under a parasol. Hikers can explore the stunning, rugged landscape and for travellers with a more adventurous streak, the trade winds mean that the waters around the islands are perfect for kite-surfing and windsurfing.  

Cape Town, South Africa

Camps Bay, Cape Town, South Africa

Cape Town is a melting pot of cultural attractions, beaches, wineries and spectacular landscapes. Temperatures rarely dip below 20 degrees Celsius during December and there’s the breathtaking Table Mountain, Camps Bay and a superb selection of pretty ocean-side towns to explore, not to mention the exquisite food and wine...

Orlando, USA

Orlando, Florida, USA

Haven’t visited Orlando during the festive season yet? You’re in for a real treat! Little ones and parents will love visiting in December as the theme parks create a winter wonderland with snow flurries and hundreds of ice sculptures! There’s a huge range of holiday events, including a Christmas parade, firework displays, live music, and twinkling lights as far as the eye can see!

Cancun, Mexico

Cancun, Mexico

Jet off to the Yucatan Peninsula to discover a paradise of white Caribbean beaches, sumptuous five-star hotels and a host of ancient Mayan sites dotted along the landscape. Laze by the pool at your luxury resort or head out to explore the stunning temples at Chichen Itza and Tulum.



The Caribbean’s third largest island, Jamaica is bursting with elegant resorts, sweeping bays and unforgettable sunsets. Dip your toes in Montego Bay, sip cocktails by the beach at Ocho Rios and chill out to the soft sounds of reggae music as the sun sets over the Caribbean Sea at the stunning Seven Mile Beach.

Colorado, USA

Ski slopes in Colorado, USA

The four resorts of Colorado’s Aspen Snowmass are all open by the second week of December and it’s a snowy paradise for skiers and snowboarders. Enjoy miles of powder-filled ski slopes then indulge in a little après ski pampering at Glenwood Springs, where you can relax in heated, geothermal pools. Enjoy the toasty temperatures, sit back, unwind and soak up the unforgettable sight of the steam rising against the snow-capped peaks.

Have we tempted you to head off on a December break? Get in touch with your Travel Counsellor for more December holiday ideas!

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