Where to go in December

Where to go in December

The month of December represents a great time of year to get away and try something different from your usual festive routine. Whether it is a high-altitude ski holiday, a spot of winter sun or an exotic adventure holiday that takes your fancy, we have a complete range of exciting and unique holiday experiences for you to make the most of the festive season. From snow-dusted alpine villages to palm-tree lined beaches, why not try something different this December?

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  1. Costa Rica

Temperature/Season: 27°C average, dry season

Costa Rica hits its dry season towards the middle of the month, making it an ideal time to visit for the best weather, clear skies and sunny days. Highlights include the week-long Festival de la Luz in San José and Fiesta Pattronale Pavas, with music, dancing and Toro a la Tica (bloodless bull-fighting) as well as the family-friendly adventure activities such as white-water rafting and wildlife spotting. Design your bespoke adventure holiday with one of our dedicated adventure consultants and book by mid-October to ensure activities and hotels are available. 

Prices from £2,500 per person for a Costa Rican adventure in December.

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2. Arosa, Switzerland

Temperature/Season: -3°C average, winter

Our festive skiing programme is in full swing in Arosa from 14th December with our dedicated in-resort teams, exclusive ski programmes for all ages and plenty of festive fun for all the family. The snowy village streets of Arosa are adorned with Christmas trees and twinkling lights and you can curl and skate on the frozen lake on the edge of the village to experience a classic alpine Christmas

Stay at the 5-star Tschuggen Grand Hotel from £2,370 per person on bed & breakfast in the week before Christmas.

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3. Antigua

Temperature/Season: 26°C average, dry season

Explore clear turquoise bays and endless beaches (Antigua has a beach for every day of the year) on this laid-back island. December is the coolest month on the island but still reaches average daily temperatures of 26°C making it the perfect time to discover the treasure trove of hidden coves and captivating colonial heritage. Your holiday will be completely stress-free with Powder Byrne’s seamless concierge service ensuring that you don’t have to lift a finger.

Stay at the private paradise of Carlisle Bay from £2,995 per person in December. 

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4. Kyoto & Niseko, Japan

Temperature/Season: 5°C average, winter

Throughout the whole of December Kyoto is filled with markets, festivals and nightly temple illuminations. The lantern festival, Arashiyama Hanatouro, is not to be missed, where the picturesque paths of Kyoto are decorated with lanterns and flowers. After Kyoto, make a trip to the famous powder slopes of Niseko for a unique ski experience, complete with our English speaking ski guiding and in-resort services. 

Book a city and ski tour to Japan from £2,995 per person for a 7-day tour.

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5. Oman

Temperature/Season: 23°C average, cool 

Head to Oman during December for some of the best quiet beaches you can find. The capital, Muscat, is a hotspot of culture with an ornate opera house, and if you are looking for adventure then the silky sand dunes of the Wahiba Sands Desert are accessible by 4x4 only with activities such as sandboarding and trekking on offer. Our experienced travel consultants can take care of every little detail from booking you the best luxury hotels to recommending the best places to observe turtles hatching. 

Visit Oman from £1,895 per person for a 5-night adventure. 

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6. Zurs 

Temperature/Season: -2°C average, winter

Experience the magic of Christmas in the charming alpine village of Zurs, with our full in-resort ski services, complimentary ski guiding and award-winning children’s ski instruction programmes on your doorstep. Our drivers will shuttle you to the neighbouring village of Lech which home to a traditional Christmas market and our client concierge team can book activities such as horse-and-sleigh rides, ice-skating and gala dinners for your Christmas celebrations.

Stay at the slopeside Albona Nova for 7 nights over Christmas on a half board basis from £3,210 per person. 

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7. Sri Lanka 

Temperature/Season: 30°C average, dry

Avoid the monsoon season and head to the traditional south of the island for temperatures of 30°C, glistening beaches and eco-friendly stays. Our bespoke Journey South itinerary encompasses a safari adventure in Yala National Park, whale-watching in Mirissa and the authentic culture of Galle. Every itinerary is completely bespoke and tailored to the precise wants and needs of your family. 

Explore Sri Lanka’s fascinating south from £2,750 for a 10-day tour. 

Whether its ski, sun or adventure that you’re looking for during the festive period, our experienced travel consultants will prepare a personalised itinerary for your family that delivers a truly unique experience. Call us on 020 8246 5300 or make an enquiry online.