Holidays in December
Escape the winter blues and take a break this December
December is the month for roasting chestnuts on the fire, building igloos in the garden and sledging upon snow-topped hills - or is it?
Why not jet off to an exotic destination this December, and enjoy some well-deserved sunshine, swimming and sunbathing? Whether you want a quick break from the British weather, or Christmas day on the beach, holidays in December promise the perfect winter pick-me-up.
We have hundreds of properties in the world’s best destinations, from apartments in Majorca to tranquil cottages in the Caribbean. Wherever you choose to go, and whatever you want to do, we’ll provide the perfect accommodation for you, your friends and family.
Top places to visit in December
Thailand is a great place for holidays in December, particularly one of its most popular destinations, Phuket. Enjoying eight hours of sunshine and highs of 31°C, you certainly won’t feel like it’s winter! The dry season is less humid and considerably more comfortable, allowing you to relax and enjoy the country’s sites. Magnificent scenery and a rich cultural heritage await you, offering an enormous range of holiday opportunities. Whether you fancy the bustle of Bangkok or the tranquility of the Mekong River, you’ll find ideal accommodation when you book through HomeAway.
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Majorca is beautifully bright in the winter, so it’s a great choice for holidays in December. Temperatures reach highs of around 15°C, with around six hours of blazing sunshine a day. Ok, so it’s by no means hot, but it’s certainly better than Britain! There’s no snow, little rain, and you’ll need nothing more than a light jacket. Indeed, winter is the best time to go walking in Majorca, and there are dozens of lovely trails across the island. Cala San Vicente is one of the best, where you can hike mountains, climb jaw-dropping cliffs, or explore Talayotic caves which date back 4,000 years.
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Fuerteventura enjoys a pleasant climate year-round, with temperatures reaching 17° in the winter. Its close proximity to Africa also makes it the driest of all the Canary Islands, so you can spend time on the beach, explore the island’s dunes, or hike its luscious mountains. Corralejo is the island’s most popular resort, found in the northern tip. Covered with beautiful beaches and bustling bars, it’s an ideal family destination. Morro Jable, meanwhile, is a slightly more sophisticated spot in the south. Boasting secluded bays and secret coves, it’s an idyllic choice for holidays in December.
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December is the start of the Caribbean’s high season, and it’s not hard to understand why. You can expect average highs of about 30°C, and nine hours of sunshine a day, so the likes of Tobago, Jamaica and Trinidad are extremely popular in the winter. It’s therefore important to book prior to the holidays, as the few weeks before Christmas can proffer some amazingly cheap flights. Once there, you’ll adore the Caribbean over Christmas: with a majority Christian population, there are dozens of celebrations and unique traditions to sample. From Jamaica's Christmas markets to the live Parang music of Trinidad, you can’t beat Caribbean holidays in December.
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Egypt is a great option for holidays in December, whether you want to explore ancient sites or simply soak up the sun. Sail down the Nile, swim in the Red Sea, or visit the Pyramids, Luxor and the Valley of the Kings. With seven hours of sunshine and average highs of 24°C, the weather is perfect - whatever you want to do! Scuba-diving and snorkelling are popular activities, as Egypt boasts some of the most beautiful marine life on earth. Conversely, why not take a trip into the desert? You can travel by camel or even visit the Bedouin. If you’ve always dreamt of visiting Egypt, December’s the month to do so.
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There are so many reasons to holiday in December: destinations are less crowded; cheap flights can be found; and you enjoy luxury accommodation, without the expensive price tag. By booking privately, you’re offered hundreds of options that give you the privacy and space you need.
Whether you want a villa in Fuerteventura or a beachside hut in Thailand, you’re guaranteed to save money when you book either side of the high season. So forget traditional festivities this year - enjoy sun-drenched holidays in December with the help of HomeAway.