One of the best places to get away from the depths of a British winter, Mexico has a delicious combo of top class beach hotels, a smattering of some of the best ancient sites anywhere in Latin America and an excellent climate in December.

Closer to home, and with a climate described as 'Eternal Spring', Madeira is one of the best short haul winter sun escapes (with The Canary Islands, Morocco and Egypt). Even if you find yourself in clouds, Madeira's weather is very localised so one valley down could be glorious. This is also the month to enjoy snowy Christmas markets across northern Europe, and the sophisticated festive funfair at Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen.

Finally, you could make like 'When Harry Met Sally' by celebrating New Year in New York. Time Square is the venue for the traditional countdown to midnight but being anywhere on Manhattan is memorable as the city celebrates in its own inimitable style.

Trunk Bay, Caribbean
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December is the time of festive cheer. And perishing cold. Why not celebrate Christmas with calypso, cricket and cocktails in the Caribbean?

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Our favourites for December

Thai Christmas

Christmas & New Year Holidays

Christmas & New Year Holidays
Northern Lights

Northern Lights

Swedish Lapland is one of the best places in the world to see the Northern Lights or Aurora Borealis, the extraordinary natural light show that occurs in the depths of winter.

Northern Lights
A Hammock On A Maldivian Beach

Maldives

Paradise islands don’t come much better than the Maldives.

Maldives
Chichen Itza, Mexico

Yucatan Peninsula

A holiday in its own right, Mexico's southern tip combines Mayan archaeological sites with Caribbean beaches.

Yucatan Peninsula
Idyllic island near Belize

Belize

Formerly British Honduras, Belize is a country defined by various cultures, languages, and ethnic groups including descendants of the Mayans, whose civilisation dominated this region for centuries.

Belize
View over Cairo

Egypt

Egypt is rightly famous for its extraordinary ancient world heritage: the pyramids and Sphinx at Giza and the temples of Luxor and Abu Simbel are among the world’s great cultural attractions.

Egypt
Nyhavn Waterfront, Copenhagen

Copenhagen

Denmark’s capital is home to renaissance castles such as Amalienborg Palace, Rosenborg and King Christian IV’s architectural peculiarity, the Round Tower.

Copenhagen
New York

New York

Does it need an introduction? Go shopping, go partying, stay in an uber cool urban hotel, and enjoy your bite out of the Big Apple.

New York
Madeira

Madeira

Great for walking and hiking and catching some late autumn or early spring sunshine within easy reach of the UK.

Madeira

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