Celebrate Christmas by a roaring fire in your toasty Chamonix chalet, relax beach side on the Thai island of Phuket or dive head first into the waters off the Galapagos Islands where you will come face to face with friendly seals. Whether you’re in the mood for a traditional holiday in a snowy locale or keen to work on your winter tan, the options below are all excellent destinations during the month of December.

 

Phuket, Thailand

Phuket, Thailand

Although it’s a well-known tourist destination, there is so much more to Phuket than meets the eye, and it’s still possible to avoid the tourist traps and explore this beautiful island in style. Pristine beaches, incredible food and a vast collection of luxury properites are reasons we love this island in the Andaman Sea. The weather in Phuket is perfect in December - blue and sunny skies!

The Philippines

The Philippines

Though the turquoise waters surrounding its 7,000 islands are the country’s main draw, the Philippines is also home to spectacular rice terraces, quaint colonial villages and towering volcanoes. Beach and diving aficionados will be spoilt for choice with Boracay, Palawan and Siargao Island all within reach!

Maldives

Maldives

For the ultimate beach holiday, you can’t do any better than the Maldives: stunning hotels, white sandy-beaches and an amazing underwater world. Whether you are travelling with kids or that special someone, Lightfoot can recommend the perfect resort that is ideal for you.

Chamonix, France

Chamonix, France

Flanked by the stunning Mount Blanc, the highest peak in the Alps, Chamonix is the perfect winter playground for avid skiers and beginners alike. Nothing beats taking a break in the numerous restaurants with views over the peaks after a day on the slopes.

Rajasthan, India

Rajasthan, India

One of the most beautiful parts of India, the Land of the Maharajas with all its palaces and forts, never ceases to amaze even the most well-seasoned travellers. Live like royalty in former palaces that have been converted into luxury hotels, and make sure to add on a trip to Agra to see the magnificent Taj Mahal.

Antarctica

Antarctica

Brace yourself for the trip of a lifetime! There’s no place quite like Antarctica, where the vast white wilderness and range of animals that call it home will take your breath away. Sail to the bottom of the world aboard an ice-breaking luxury vessel, for the ultimate white Christmas.

Brazil

Brazil

Brazil’s huge landmass means that the country is home to a profusion of landscapes: sandy beaches, quaint colonial towns, dense rainforests, powerful waterfalls and vast wetlands. The prospect of spending Christmas under the bright southern hemisphere sun is also very appealing!

Mexico

Mexico

Though Mexico’s main draw are its beaches and turquoise waters, the inlands have much to offer, namely the Aztec ruins that are dotted throughout the country. For a unique experience, dive into Yucatan’s surreal cenotes, stroll through lush vegetation in search of wildlife and tuck into the delicious cuisine.

Tasmania, Australia

Tasmania, Australia

Almost half of this island is comprised of reserves, national parks and World Heritage Sites, with
kilometres of pristine coastline to boot! A holiday for those who love the great outdoors, hike, cycle, kayak and snorkel against these beautiful backdrops, making sure to visit the famous Wineglass Bay and Cradle Mountain.

New Zealand

New Zealand

The ‘Land of the Long White Cloud’ is best experienced during their summer months, when the entire country from the tip of North Island to the bottom of South Island enjoys fantastic weather. It's a fantastic destination for families with plenty of outdoor activities, but also great for honeymooners with romantic luxury lodges dotted throughout the stunning countryside.

Sri lanka

Sri lanka

The ultimate all-in-one holiday, start up in the Cultural Triangle before taking one of the most scenic train journeys in the world through Tea Country. Embark on a leopard safari in one of the country's national parks, and then retreat to your private villa along the southern coastline. Villas are ideal for extended families coming from different places - large enough for the whole family with added privacy and flexibility.

Portugal

Portugal

Boasting a profusion of sunshine year round, Portugal is also home to charming and historical cities, great surfing (even in December!) as well as diverse landscapes. Enjoy the laid back vibes of Lisbon, catch some waves in the Algarve or discover Porto, the country’s winelands.