Where to go on holiday in December

New York in December is packed full of ‘bucket list’ items – from crossing the Brooklyn Bridge to taking to the ice at the Rockefeller Centre, it truly is a Winter Wonderland or visit Lapland in December which pulls out all the stops over the festive period – from sleigh rides to magical meetings with Santa. Otherwise you can treat yourself to some winter sun as Barbados is great this time of year with up to nine hours of sunshine.

New York

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Temperature: 7°C high; 0°C low

Flight time from UK: Around 7 hours 40 minutes

Time difference: GMT -4

New York is full of fun things to do throughout the year however, in December particularly – you can experience a whole host of seasonal things but be sure to pack your hat, scarf, gloves and coat as December in New York is very cold, often with snow.

No holiday to New York in December would be complete without a trip to the The Rink at the Rockefeller Centre – the most iconic ice-skating rink in the city and sits snugly over the famous Rockefeller Christmas Tree. With only 150 people allowed on the ice at any one time you will have plenty of space to get those Bambi legs under control.

Its not too late to get some Christmas shopping in where NYC Fifth Avenue is a must and home to many of New York’s popular department stores, including Saks, famous for it’s legendary Christmas light show and take a trip to Macy’s where you can meet the ‘jolly old fella’ himself. 

You can walk across the spectacular Brooklyn Bridge and cold winter days are a great time to experience the Brooklyn Bridge without hoards of people. This well-loved historic structure is perfect for a photo to add to your selfie portfolio!

Barbados

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Temperature: 29°C high; 23°C low

Flight time from UK: Approximately 8 hours

Time difference: GMT -4

Barbados is a small island with stunning beaches and great hospitality, making it one of the most popular Caribbean islands. 

Explore the island by visiting the enchanting Harrison’s Cave, Bathsheba on the wild East Coast, historic Bridgetown, the stunning Botanical Gardens, Mount Gay Rum Distillery and the elegant Sunbury Plantation House. the easiest way to see the island is to hire a car or for the more adventurous, book a 4×4 safari and explore off the beaten track. 

Lapland

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Temperature: 10°C high; 3°C low

Flight time from UK: The fastest direct flight from London to Lapland is 3 hours 36 minutes.

Time difference: GMT +3

Give yourself a Christmas present with a holiday to Lapland in December. Known as the homeland of Father Christmas, Lapland pulls out all the stops over the festive period – from sleigh rides to magical meetings with Santa.

Santa and his elves are just half the story. Saunas are an integral part of the way of life in Finland and when the heat gets too much it’s customary to jump into a lake or roll around in the snow if you’re brave enough and you should go on a husky safari, where you can ride through the beautiful scenery as the dogs pull you along with great enthusiasm – a once in a lifetime experience.

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