Post on October 11th, 2021 under Months
December is an exciting month to travel. During the holidays, the world is filled with celebration, the streets are full of locals, and everyone - whether you're traveling with friends or family - can have an unforgettable experience.
We've compiled our favorite spots to visit in December. Some are more traditional suggestions: New York City and German Christmas Markets, for example, others are original and maybe places you've never heard of. Either way, we're convinced that you'll find a spot you'll want to visit this December and many more ideas for the future years to come.
Before booking any trip, make sure to check local covid and government regulations by visiting official websites or speaking with your travel agent. Be aware that some of the regular events might be virtual or canceled due to ongoing concerns.
What's a better way to escape the cold Decembers than an escape to the southern hemisphere? Cuenca, Ecuador, is the perfect place to revel in the historic sites, Andean mountain scenery, and the summer climate. In December, you'll be able to experience the unique traditions of the South American city where Christianity and Indigenous roots blend in the holiday celebrations.
New York City
New York City in December is a Christmas utopia. All the stores are decked with lights, special entertainment for the season and restaurants have December menus. You’ll definitely want to watch the Rockettes at Radio City and The Nutcracker. Skating outside the Rockfeller Center is also a time-honored Christmas tradition. Stay for New Years for a spectacular event only New York City could pull off.
Mendoza, Argentina, is a beautiful city with fabulous local wine and food. December is one of their warmest months, with not much rainfall and temperatures in the 70s and 80s. You'll love the warm sunny weather and the luscious vineyards framed by the tallest mountains on the continent as you celebrate December in Argentina.
Playa Tamarindo, Costa Rica
A tropical December getaway awaits you in Tamarindo, Costa Rica. Lounge on the beach, try out surfing or spot wildlife such as huge leatherback turtles and howler monkeys. With highs in the late 80s and lows in the 70s, you'll get plenty of time in the sun this December in Costa Rica.
Switzerland in December is truly magical. The Alps glisten with snow up above and down below some of the best Christmas markets in Europe bustle with cheery-eyed shoppers and rosy-cheeked mulled wine drinkers. Ski season is in full swing in the Valais, offering some of the best skiing in the Alps.
Christmas markets, dazzling light displays, and live concerts fill the streets of Madrid in December. If you go at the beginning of December, you'll experience the city's big celebrations of the Catholic feast of the Immaculate Conception. Of course, Christmas is also a big deal in Madrid with festivals, concerts, and parades. Although December is one of the coldest months of the year in Madrid, it is still relatively warm, with highs of 60 during the day and lows of 47 degrees at night.
Located in the wilderness of Finland, Kakslauttanen boasts luxurious resorts and arctic experiences. You’ll love the traditional Finnish village, the picturesque Lapland scenery, and the surrounding Urho Kekkonen National Park. If you're in search of northern lights, you're also in the right place. Kakslauttanen's night sky comes alive with natural colorful light displays. It is widely considered one of the best places in the world to view these spectacular wonders.
There is nothing more whimsical than European Christmas markets. Vienna has the world-famous "Vienna Magic of Advent," where the town square comes alive with everything Christmas-themed. The Christmas workshop is especially fun for kids where they can craft something special to bring home. The Salzburg Christmas market is also well worth your time. It's one of the oldest Christmas markets in Europe, dating back to the 15th century.
A visit to one of the many Christmas markets in Germany reveals the Germans' love of the holidays. Almost every city in Germany has a Weihnachtsmarkt where visitors can purchase hand-made Christmas ornaments, delicious treats, and warm up with steaming cups of Glühwein (the German version of mulled wine). The oldest and largest Christmas market in Germany is in Leipzig. The Christmas market in Freiburg is also quite lovely and often less crowded with people.
Experience a snowy Christmas in Canada with the flair of a European holiday in Montreal, Quebec. Check out the Christmas displays, watch a show, ice skate, and warm up in one of the many fancy cafés. Make sure to visit Saint Joseph’s Oratory in December to see the special Christmas events planned in the traditional basilica.
Golden Ring Road, Russia
The Golden Ring Road winds its way through Russian cities and towns, serving as a testament to Russia's long and varied history. Churches, monasteries, and kremlins grace the skyline. Visiting in December means you'll get to participate in the rich festivities in the towns, the churches, and the historic buildings.
Jackson Hole, Wyoming
Jackson Hole is a winter sports lover's paradise. Skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, and dog sledding are just some of the fun you and your family can have this December. You can also take a break from the great outdoors with the Grand Teton Music Festival, Hockey games, and the annual Holiday Bazaar.
Big Island, Hawaii
The Big Island of Hawaii is the lesser-known island with fewer crowds but just as much, if not more, Hawaiian sun. The Big Island does get more rainfall in December than most of the year but plenty of days of sunlight and weather in the 70s and above. You’ll want to check out the black sand beaches and the active volcano near Hilo.
Ready to go on a magical December trip? Contact DJS Destinations to customize your vacation for you.