Escape the pre-Christmas chaos by heading to Mexico, with its delicious combo of top class beach hotels, a smattering of some of the best ancient sites anywhere in Latin America and an excellent climate in December.
With a climate described as 'Eternal Spring', Madeira is a fantastic European winter sun escape (along with The Canary Islands, Morocco and Egypt). Even if you find yourself in clouds, Madeira's weather is very localised so one valley down could be glorious. This is also the month to enjoy snowy Christmas markets across northern Europe, and the sophisticated festive funfair at Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen.
Finally, you could make like 'When Harry Met Sally' by celebrating New Year in New York. Time Square is the venue for the traditional countdown to midnight but being anywhere on Manhattan is memorable as the city celebrates in its own inimitable style.
December is the time of festive cheer. And perishing cold. Why not celebrate Christmas with calypso, cricket and cocktails in the Caribbean?
Tom, Original Traveller