Where to travel in December

While options are still limited, there are still plenty of great places open for tourism when 2021 ends. Winter sunshine is a reality in hotspots like newly independent Barbados. Then again, you may want to snuggle up in a cozy cottage in the middle of the English countryside, or climb the slopes for an enjoyable ski break in the Alps of France. Whatever your preferences, here are some of the top destinations for a December holiday.


Christmas in the French Alps is hard to resist, when snow brings magic to beautiful resorts like France’s La Rosière. Its sunny slopes face the sun, and it’s easy to ski across the border to Italy for lunch on the slopes of La Thuile. Peak retreat 10% off a week of self-catering at Alpen Lodge, a collection of 4-star ski apartments near the main cable car terminal at Les Eucherts, which features a sweltering wellness center with an indoor pool and hot tub. Deals start at £473pp, down from £520pp, based on five people sharing a two-bedroom flat, and prices include Eurotunnel tunneling with a free FlexiPlus upgrade.

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You’ll have the long sandy beaches of this charming island’s south coast right at your doorstep when you stay at the Bougainvillea Barbados resort. Maxwell Beach is in front of the property, while the lively, authentic Oistins seafood market is just a few kilometers away. Take a break at one of the two swimming pools after enjoying a drink at the poolside bar and relaxing at Karma Spa. Seven-night room with only Tropical sky costs from £959pp in December, including flights, saving £650pp.


Corralejo’s sandy beaches are just a short walk from Hotel Bahia de Lobos, whose low-rise white buildings cluster around the oversized swimming pool. Once you’ve explored the seemingly endless beaches along Fuerteventura’s northeast coast, bask in the vast sand dunes of the Parque Natural de Corralejo. Mercury Holiday has bed and breakfasts during the week from £394pp departing December 11, including flights.



Immerse yourself in the Highlands with a stay at Oldtown Cottage, an attractive outcrop a short walk from Scotland’s vast Loch Brora. This cottage has 3 bedrooms and a cozy living room with an open fireplace, plus plenty of quiet countryside views. Reserved Small house and castle, it’s available self-catering for five days from 10 December for £505 and you can bring your canine friends: up to two docile dogs are welcome for an extra £20 per child.


Explore Lapland’s pristine white landscape on a winter activity break, where you can combine cross-country skiing with snowshoeing and hiking. Inntravel There’s a seven-night Polar Days active stay in Yllas, where you also get the chance to cycle through the Narnia-like surrounding countryside. Prices start at £1,495pp including flights, breakfast and dinner accommodation in Hotel Yllashumina’s luxury chalet and equipment rental, departing on 5 or 12 December.

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Enjoy strolls along Brancaster Staithe or Holkham Beach – or do a little shopping at Burnham Market – when you stay at the Jesters Barn in South Creake. This delightfully imagined warehouse conversion features an open-plan living room with a vaulted ceiling and a kitchen with an induction hob on one side and a wood-burning stove on the other, plus three bedrooms and a garden. elegance. Available through Kett Country Cottages, it costs £488 for seven nights’ self-catering from 10 December. Up to two dogs are also welcome, for an extra £20 each.

Mary Novakovich is the editor-in-chief Where to travel in December

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