A shopping mecca, palace-like malls offer huge discounts and special promotions during December's Shopping Festival. Also milder weather and New Year's celebrations to rival the best in the world
Cutting edge, youthful, historic and imposing, Berlin possesses a unique character. The capital of the country that invented the Christmas market is always going to be something special in December.
Why Lapland in December? The big fat man with the long white beard of course - is there a more festive place to be at Christmas time?
Think warmth, sunshine, azure blue seas and cloudless skies, mixed with a laid-back vibe. The threat of tropical storms has passed, and the heat isn't too oppressive yet.
Prague boasts some of the most beautiful Christmas markets in Europe. Its incredible architecture, snowy evenings, twinkling lights and bustling stalls are guaranteed to get you in the festive spirit
Cooler and dry, Thailand can be a wonderful wintry sunshine escape at this time of year. Relax on Koh Samui's idyllic long white sandy beaches, or visit local tribes in Chiang Mai's scenic hills
Slightly cooler and drier, travellers flock to experience the beautiful beaches and mellow vibe, with fully open shops, bars and night markets. Higher prices, but you'll get the best of everything.
Now's the very start of the high season - comfortably warm, and perfect for elephant trekking in the north, exploring Angkor Wat in the west, or relaxing on southern beaches like Koh Thonsáy or Otres
A Christmas market favourite, Bruges is an accessible city boasting picture perfect canals, winding cobbled streets and abundant medieval history. This time of year gives it an added, twinkly glow.
For adult and family fun in equal measure, you can't go far wrong with London at Christmas. From shopping to sightseeing, christmas lights to Winter Wonderland, December is a magical time of year.
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