Best Places to Visit in December: Where to Travel This Winter
December may be the last month of the calendar year, but it's certainly not last when it comes to great travel deals. December is the perfect time of year for a family holiday to Switzerland, or a sunny escape to Mallorca or beautiful Thailand. Here, you'll find cheap flights, hotels and holidays that allow for travel during the month of December.
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The top 5 December destinations
Whether you're looking for a break from the cold weather with a trip to the beach or leaning in to it to hit the ski slopes, our top 4 picks for December destinations have something for you. Relax with a drink in hand on the beaches of Thailand, or browse for gifts at the christmas markets of Berlin. Explore Montevideo or head over to Livigno, Italy for a chance to bust out your snowboard or skis.
Berlin may have notoriously harsh winters, but the Christmas cheer and cozy indoor spots make it a great place to spend time in December. Bundle up and venture out to one of the many neighborhood Christmas markets for a steaming mug of mulled wine and a plate of Kaisershmarrn, a type of German shredded pancake smothered in compote and sugar. After a brisk walk by the old graffitied border walls of the East Side Gallery, shed your coat (and the rest of your layers) and pop into one of the many saunas to warm up like a local.
Take advantage of the reversed seasons in South America to get a little slice of summer in the middle of December. Walk through the pastel streets of the old town, eat a choripán at the indoor market, and sip mate on the local beach, combining a beach holiday with a city trip. The Uruguayan capital is also a great place to start a trip down the coast, which is dotted with sleepy little beach towns perfect for spending a couple days lounging on the beach with that novel you’ve been meaning to finish.
Although it is tempting to head off to a warm-weather destination, a staycation in the UK can be cheaper and easier, and makes for a more eco-friendly holiday than trips to far-off destinations like Turkey and Morocco. A popular place for a spot of sun in the summer, Cornwall is a surprisingly versatile destination for a winter minibreak as well. Take a walk near the cliffs, where you can see the wild storms out at sea crashing against the rocks, then head back to your cozy bed-and-breakfast for an evening sipping hot chocolate in front of a roaring fire. If you catch a mild day, explore the underrated beauty of Cornwall’s best beaches in winter and check out the local shops in the small beachside towns to find unique gifts for loved ones just in time for the Christmas holidays.
For warm weather a bit further afield, head for the verdant greens and luxurious blues of Phuket. Lay on the beach getting some much-needed sun, or head into the surf for sea kayaking, kite-surfing, or snorkeling. For a different kind of unwinding, head into some of Phuket’s well-know party districts, like Patong Beach. If you have a good stretch of time in Thailand, book in a visit to some of Phuket's surrounding attractions, like the Phi Phi Islands.
This ski town in the Italian Alps, a stone’s throw from the Swiss border, is one of the best places to hit the slopes in Italy. With a couple different ski areas to choose from, you can have your pick of difficult levels, culinary offerings, and amenities (ski school for young children is available, giving parents with kids a well-deserved break to ski on their own.) And then there's the aprés ski activities, which go on long after the slopes have emptied. Livigno also has plenty to do besides skiing, making it a perfect place for mixed groups with different interests. Try ice climbing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, or just relaxing at the spa.