SIR Elton John is planning to spend this Christmas (05) as a married man again after hinting that he and longtime partner David Furnish will wed on 21 December (05), at a charity party for his Aids Foundation in New York on Wednesday night (02NOV05).

That's the date that same sex marriage becomes legal in the rocker's native Britain.

Asked if he plans to wed Furnish, Elton said, "It's going to be on the 21st of December. That's all I know at the moment."

The rock star was married for three years in the mid-1980s to RENATE BLAUEL (corr).