Is the weather outside getting frightful? Travelling somewhere warm for Christmas can be a much better way to spend the holidays than layering on thermals and shivering over hot cocoa. Escape the chill this year and trade the winter wonderland for a tropical paradise.

If you want to find the best warm Christmas destinations you've come to the right place! These summery cities are the place to be in December and will have you feeling tanned and comfortable without missing out on your festive traditions.

Pack your favourite goodies and download a bunch of Christmas movies, you're in for a merry time!

5. Hanoi

This balmy city is at its best in November-December during the cooler dry season, but don't pack your sweaters, winter in Hanoi is still ice-cream and swimming weather!

Although Christmas isn't a Vietnamese holiday, the people of Hanoi get into the spirit regardless, hosting music concerts, midnight mass, decoration markets, and indulgent buffet spreads. You'll find this energetic city a very festive place.

At any time of year, Hanoi offers a rich experience of life in Vietnam. Explore the rambling streets of the Old Quarter, check out the glorious Temple of Literature, taste strange tropical fruits, and watch enchanting Water Puppet shows. Lovers of history, arts, and authentic food are certain to treasure their time here.

Average Temperature: 17°-26°C (62°-78°F)
Must-see: Hạ Long Bay: booking an overnight cruise around beautiful Hạ Long Bay is a gift to yourself! Drink in the scenery of emerald waters and majestic limestone cliffs. Take part in kayaking, dancing, squid fishing, or star-gaze in the spa with a cocktail.

4. Cape Town

If you like it hot, this bold South African city might be just the ticket. Sunny coastal gem, Cape Town, is at the height of summer from December-January. Pack your sunscreen and prepare to hit the surf.

You won't be missing out on any Christmas cheer in Cape Town. The holiday season brings a host of events and parties. Attend gift markets for all your shopping needs, visit an enchanting Festival of Lights, or join in a traditional Carols by Candlelight experience.

Cape Town has plenty to offer nature-loving travellers. Meet the adorable penguins of Boulders Beach, dive to explore a giant kelp forest, or hike to the peak of Lion's Head. Adrenaline junkies can opt for a more thrilling view while paragliding or abseiling down Table Mountain. If all this sunshine parches you out, a luxurious taste tour of Cape Town's vineyards should leave you feeling merry.

Average Temperature: 17°-27°C (62°-80°F)
Must-see: Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden: this verdant paradise is one of the most impressive gardens on earth. Spend a peaceful afternoon strolling through flowers or settle down with a picnic on the grass.

3. Medellín

Dreading the colder months? This holiday season, consider taking refuge in the 'City of Eternal Spring.' Sizzling Medellín is an ideal getaway for the sun-chasing nomad, offering lively nightlife, colourful arts, and lush landscapes.

In December, Medellín comes alive with millions of LED lights. To properly experience the Christmas Festival of Lights, take an evening stroll through Parque Norte and Parques del Río to admire incredible designs and colourful patterns.

Throughout the year, Medellín keeps travellers in high spirits with beautiful sights and exciting activities. Shop the street markets of Plaza Minorista, explore a butterfly house, learn some salsa moves, or get a great view of the city as you paraglide the skies.

Average Temperature: 17°-27°C (62°-80°F)
Must-see: Guatapé: pack your camera. This stunning lakeside town is one for the 'gram. Marvel at brightly painted houses, and stop for a hearty local lunch before hiking to the top of famous La Piedra del Peñol for the best view of the countryside.

2. Las Palmas

This toasty coastal city will have you singing Feliz Navidad from the bottom of your heart! While most of Europe prepares for snow, the summery Canary Islands are blessed with sun and sand.

The holiday spirit is strong in Las Palmas. While you might notice the absence of some familiar traditions, the local festivities are just as magical. Celebrate Christmas Eve, 'the good night' with a sumptuous seafood dinner, admire a sand sculpture nativity scene, and see in the new year by eating twelve lucky grapes.

It wouldn't be the festive season without good food, and Las Palmas has no shortage of delicious dishes. Try tender goat Baifo, salty Papas Arrugadas, Roast Cheese with Mojo, and crisp Sweet Potato Trout.

Average Temperature: 15°-21°C (59°-69°F)
Must-see: Playa de las Canteras: this golden stretch of beach has gentle waters for swimming and warm volcanic sand perfect for sunbathing. Conveniently close to cafes and restaurants if you fancy a cold drink or bite to eat.

1. Ko Samui

Who wouldn't dream of spending the holidays in a tropical paradise? Ko Samui lives up to that fantasy. This laidback island is home to idyllic palm-lined beaches, jewel-toned waters, luxury hotels, and mouthwatering food.

A Ko Samui Christmas is all about comfort and relaxation. The location itself is the highlight, but hotels also go out of their way to recreate a fun and familiar experience, decking the halls with decor and offering a feast of classic dishes: roast turkey, mince pies, mulled wine, and trifle.

Local Thais love a good party and will be eager to join you for any festivities. Ko Samui is also home to a rollicking community of expats, backpackers, and remote workers, making it easy to find friends to enjoy the holidays with.

Should you decide to stay until January, prepare for beach fireworks, fire dances, massive parties, and extravagant outfits. Thais and travellers alike go all-in for the New Year!

Average Temperature: 23°-27°C (73°-80°F)
Must-see: Full Moon Party on nearby Ko Pha-Ngan: this iconic beach festival takes over the island once a month. A lively expression of youth and cheer, this is an occasion for drinking, dancing, and UV body paint!

Did any of these toasty destinations make your Santa wish list?