Tony Abbott and his family.

See you later: Prime Minister Tony Abbott and his family are headed for a holiday in France. Photo: Getty Images

Prime Minister Tony Abbott is dreaming of a white Christmas - in Paris. Mr Abbott, his wife Margie and two of their daughters - Frances and Bridget - will fly to Europe later this week to be reunited with eldest daughter Louise, who lives and works in Switzerland.

The family will spend about a week in France before Mr and Mrs Abbott return to Australia for their traditional New Year holiday at Berrara on the NSW south coast.

A spokeswoman for Mr Abbott said the trip to Europe was a private holiday that would be funded personally by the Abbotts.

The Berrara holiday has become an annual ritual. Mr and Mrs Abbott have spent the past 15 summers in the secluded coastal community about 200km south of Sydney. They will be joined by close friends who share Mr Abbott's enthusiasm for cycling and surfing.

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten's Christmas will be ''all about the kids''. He and his wife Chloe are planning a Christmas Eve of carols with their three children, aged 12, 11 and 4, either at Melbourne's Sidney Myer Music Bowl or watching the event at home on TV. Christmas lunch will be at the home of Mr Shorten's twin brother, Robert, with the menu arranged by their Queensland-born wives - ''lots of mangoes and seafood'' - for a small tribe of children and relatives. The Shortens will spend part of summer either in Gippsland or on the Mornington Peninsula.

Labor's Anthony Albanese, who vied with Mr Shorten for the party leadership after the September 7 election said that ''after an exceptionally busy year, I'm looking forward to doing not much''. He will enjoy a family Christmas Day at home in Sydney then a day or two at the Ashes Test in Sydney in the first days of January.

''Then I'm going to take leave and have a holiday with the family on the Sunshine Coast,'' he said.

Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull and his wife Lucy are attending a family Christmas Day hosted by their daughter Daisy Turnbull-Brown.

''The star attraction, of course, will be Daisy's boy Jack, born three months ago,'' Mr Turnbull said. ''Daisy's having everyone over at her place, and we're looking forward to it.''

Beyond that, Mr Turnbull has no plans, although he may travel to the US on official business in January.