The website saw total monthly unique users rise 3.32% month on month to 36,980,637 and it jumped a hefty 61.99% year on year.
It was followed by Mail Online, which posted a 5.1% rise to 32,843,958 users for December and a 67.03% jump, year on year. Associated newspapers is just launching a £10m campaign for the print version of the Daily Mail that may help web traffic.
Telegraph Online came in third in December but saw a slight drop of 0.33% to 30,711,261. It was up 45.88% year on year.
Times Online, which is expected to introduce some form of pay for content model this year, saw a drop in users of 5.14% to 19,854,510 and is only up 3.86% year on year. The Independent Online rose 4.71% to 9,347,658 and jumped 6.81% year on year.
Factors at play in December might include more people staying at home due to poor weather conditions and looking for updates on the situation.
The Sun saw a 3.5% rise in December to 20,907,012, up 10.26% year on year with , interest in coverage of ITV show The X Factor likely to be a strong driver, while Mirror Group Digital dropped 8.73% to 9,702,760 for December. It was up 82.23% year on year.