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Warm and Sunny Family Holiday Ideas for December

Posted By Jo MacGregor on 15 July 2014


December is a month of two halves when it comes to family holidays. Jet off with babies or toddlers in the first two weeks and you’ll be relaxing in quiet resorts and peaceful locations and as a bonus you’ll also avoid the high prices! However, in the countdown to the Christmas weeks and beyond it’s an entirely different story – things can get a bit more, well, festively fervent. That being said, there’s nothing like the hustle and bustle of this exciting season, when young eyes light up at the thought of freshly wrapped gifts and the places they’ll visit to find them. Travelling in December could be perfect for you and your family.

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In this month, it’s a coin toss between exotic, sun-kissed locations and wintry wonderlands. If you’re looking to escape the cold and frosty weather at home, then the Canary Islandsare closest but the Caribbean, Dubaior even South Americaare fantastic options at this time of year too, with sunny skies and soaring temperatures coming as standard. If you want to indulge the kids though, nothing beats a visit to Santa’s grotto in Lapland, especially if your children are still of an age when fantasy is more important than commercialism!

Holidaying in December is an excellent way to escape the winter blues. It’s also a great time to venture further afield as the rest of Europe is suffering from the cold at this time of year too. So why not embrace your adventurous side and read on to discover the best family holiday destinations in December?

Where to go

While older children may dislike the idea of going somewhere hot for Christmas, show them a few photos of other kids whizzing down water slides and they’ll soon change their tune! I love going away in December, especially after so many months of cold, dark weather – what better Christmas present for you and your family? It doesn’t have to be about sunshine though, so if the idea of Christmas in Dubai leaves you cold, the festive spirit of Lapland is sure to enchant you.


Our favourite places to stay in December

Here are just some of the amazing, family-friendly resorts to take your children to this December. We have plenty more to share with you, so don’t hesitate to get in touch if you would like some help choosing your next fabulously fun luxury family holiday.


Jumeirah Beach, Dubai

With temperatures still hovering around 27 degrees centigrade, a winter break in Dubai is ideal if you’re trying to escape the cold weather at home. This stunning wave-shaped hotel features three private beaches, free access to the water park next door and an indoor play area for children who want to escape the heat. With great attention to detail, this luxurious hotel offers fantastic service.

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Club Med in Mexico

Surrounded by ancient ruins and amazing historical sites, this decadent resort boasts stunning sea views and seemingly limitless white sandy beaches. With guaranteed interconnecting rooms for families, a full range of babysitting services and kids’ clubs and daily activities, Club Med is ideal for active families looking for fun in the winter sun.

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Carlisle Bay, Caribbean

Surrounded by luscious green trees and glorious white sand beaches, this luxurious boutique hotel manages to exude the air of a romantic getaway while also being family-friendly. Catering for children up to 19 years of age, with a range of clubs and daily activities, send your kids turtle watching or wakeboarding while you relax on the resort’s own private beach.

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South Africa Safari Packages

Boasting a vast and stunning landscape, South Africa is an ideal winter getaway for families seeking sunshine and adventure. Whether you want to go out into the wilderness on safari and see the ‘Big Five’, or explore the city of Cape Town, our family safari package offers you the best of both worlds.

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Santa’s Lapland

An enchanting holiday of a lifetime for everyone, but particularly for children from around four years of age. A visit to see Santa in Lapland is something your children will remember for the rest of their lives. Travelling over the snowy landscape in a sleigh or snowmobile, you’ll have the chance to meet huskies, reindeer and even Santa’s elves! With day trips and mini-breaks all with a private meeting with Santa available, it really is a once in a lifetime trip.

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If you want to find out more about any of these luxurious family-friendly holidays, then please follow the links. Alternatively, give us a call on 01279 639600 to arrange to see them for yourself. Your next fun family holiday starts here.

You might also like to read Family Holiday Ideas in Novemberor Family Holiday Ideas in January 

For Luxury Family Holiday ideas in other months, go to Family Holiday Ideas by Month

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