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Where to go in December

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Where to go in December

Looking for winter sun, a cultured Christmas break or far-flung city escape? We pick our five top destinations where the weather’s fine, the crowds are thin and the prices low in December

Playa Blanca, Lanzarote

Temperature: 21ºC

Perched on the southern tip of Lanzarote, Playa Blanca marries talcum powder beaches with a low-rise, whitewashed skyline. 

Warm December temperatures are perfect for exploring the narrow streets of the old town and grazing on seafood tapas at Marina Rubicón. 

And with the sea temperature at a very pleasant 20ºC, you can even snorkel in the clear waters of the Punta del Papagayo nature reserve.

Read more: Best Canary Islands and Resorts

Playa Blanca, Lanzarote
Average airfare Average hotel rate Accommodation Peace and quiet Beach Value for money Resort score
£174 £115 81%
Resort score combines overall satisfaction and likelihood to recommend.

Bruges, Belgium 

Temperature: 7ºC

Bruges is picture perfect at the best of times, but especially so at Christmas when its Gothic gabled streets are draped in festive foliage and twinkly lights. Its photogenic market squares are filled with handmade gifts, pop-up ice rinks and the sweet smells of mulled wine and winter spices. 

For some of the best views, walk the Dijver Canal and watch the gables reflect off the water, or head to Sint-Janshuismolen windmill for rose-tinted sunsets.

Read more: Best city breaks in Europe

Bruges, Belgium
Average airfare Average hotel rate Accommodation Food and drink Cultural attractions Value for money City score
- £108 83%
City score combines overall satisfaction and likelihood to recommend.

Perth, Australia

Temperature: 28ºC

Escaping to the world’s most remote city has never been easier, following the launch of non-stop 17-hour flights from London Heathrow to Perth with Qantas. With its lively culinary scene, burgeoning shopping centre, crowd-free beaches and nearby vineyards in Swan Valley, it’s no wonder Perth is such a popular winter city for Brits.

The state capital offers a vibrant, good-value launchpad for exploring the rugged coast and rural towns of Western Australia.

Perth, Australia
Average airfare Average hotel rate Accommodation Food and drink Lack of crowds Value for money City score
£725 £78 83%
City score combines overall satisfaction and likelihood to recommend.

 

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Temperature: 31ºC

Vietnam’s largest city is a whirl of constant commotion, filled with vast skyscrapers, swarms of motorbikes and history seeping from every temple and paint-cracked colonial villa. 

December is a good time to visit, after the rain and humidity have eased, and if it’s still too hot in the city, the Mekong Delta and the beautiful beach-lined Phu Quoc and Con Dao islands are within easy reach.

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Average airfare Average hotel rate Accommodation Food and drink Cultural attractions Value for money City score
£512 £47 72%
City score combines overall satisfaction and likelihood to recommend.

Bath, UK

Temperature: 8ºC

If you’re the kind of person who wraps up presents beautifully and would never be seen sporting a cheesy Christmas jumper, Bath is the place for you. 

It does Christmas, and everything else, in style. Even the ice rink in beautiful Victoria Park and the city centre’s Christmas market seem elegant rather than kitsch. That’s probably thanks to the backdrop of honey-coloured Georgian townhouses, which sets the scene for visitors all year round.

Read more: Best city breaks in the UK

Bath, UK
Average hotel rate Accommodation Food and drink Cultural attractions Shopping Value for money City score
£118 86%
City score combines overall satisfaction and likelihood to recommend.
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