Wondering where to go in December for a holiday or city break? We're here to help. In the UK, December means Christmas and New Year's Eve celebrations for many people. We're seeing more and more people travel in December and enjoy Christmas in a whole new way. A white Christmas is very rare in the UK, but you can experience just that in many other countries. Alternatively, if you want to escape the cold there are plenty of winter sun destinations to check out. We'll take a look at some of the most popular destinations to visit in December. Please check the entry requirements before you travel.
New York does Christmas in style and big! The famous Christmas tree at the Rockefella Center towers over the plaza at a height of up to 90 feet, there is also an ice skating rink nearby. In addition to the famous sights, such as the Statue of Liberty and the Empire State Building, New York is known for its amazing department stores. Check out Saks Fifth Avenue or Barneys for some incredible Christmas presents. At the beginning of winter, New York has similar temperatures to the UK.
Berlin is known for its many Christmas markets, Berliner Weinachtszeit behind Alexanderplatz is one of the best. You'll find mulled wine, delicious snacks, rides for the kids, and a huge range of items on sale. The Botanical Gardens are transformed into a winter wonderland in December, with illuminations, an ice rink and cosy fireplaces. New Year's Eve is celebrated at Brandenburg Gate with a huge street party offering entertainment, food, and fireworks.
Vienna is decorated in elegant twinkling lights in December, creating an inviting, festive atmosphere. From roasted chestnuts to ice skating through the park, Vienna offers wintery delights throughout the city. The Christmas market at Upper Belvedere Palace offers not only tempting local delicacies, arts and crafts, but also unmissable photo opportunities. Temperatures vary from mild to freezing in December, so you may get some snow if you're lucky.
For winter sun, Lanzarote is featured high on our list of where to go in December for a holiday. Temperatures average around 19 or 20°C in December, for a pleasantly warm holiday in the volcanic island in the Canaries. The sunny climate means you can relax on the beach, go snorkelling or tour Timanfaya National Park without a care in the world. The island is known for its golf courses, marine life, and unique take on Spanish cuisine.
With an average temperature of 23°C in December, Cuba is a perfect winter holiday destination. With beautiful white sand beaches, the azure Caribbean Sea, and palm-lined resorts, the island is a tropical paradise. Be sure to visit Havana to experience the colourful city, its music and art. The capital has flourished recently adding modern cafes and bars to the historic sights to see.
When wondering where to go in December, try somewhere completely new, such as Colombia. From its Caribbean coastline to the Amazon rainforest, ancient Tayrona ruins to cosmopolitan cities, Colombia has so much to offer travellers. The South American country has a varied climate, Cartagena averages 28°C in December, while the high-altitude Bogota is a cool 12°C. Where you stay will depend on whether you want a tropical beach holiday, an extreme sports adventure or a cultural exploration.
December in Kyoto means fewer tourists and more opportunities to explore without being surrounded by crowds. With an average temperature of 7°C, you can wander around the city comfortably. Tour some of the cities 2,000 temples, watch a traditional tea ceremony or visit the enchanting Arashiyama Bamboo Grove. Wandering through the narrow streets of the Gion district, you'll see Geisha and traditional teahouses.
With an average December temperature of 27°C, Goa is delightful in the winter. Picturesque beaches line the coast of the Arabian Sea, Portuguese colonial architecture features in churches and forts, and the rich spices of the cuisine linger in the air. Goa has a laid-back vibe which lends itself perfectly to your escape from the cold. Relax on the beach, browse the colourful markets, and enjoy an authentic curry in this unique location.
This tropical island in the south of Thailand is hot and sunny in December. There is something very special about spending Christmas day on the beach. Phuket has a huge number of beaches, try Mai Khao in the north for a secluded stretch of warm sand that you will have all to yourself. You will feel a million miles away from the cold UK while you enjoy a cocktail and the delicious cuisine. Huge New Year celebrations include an explosion of colour, music, and fire crackers.
December means summer in Australia, so travel to Sydney for a hot and sunny Christmas to remember. From the famous Harbour Bridge and Opera House to surfing on Bondi Beach, Sydney is a cosmopolitan city with so much on offer. The breathtaking Blue Mountains are around an hour outside Sydney, making it an ideal day trip for hiking or mountain biking. Spending New Year's Eve in Sydney is an unforgettable experience with its spectacular fireworks display over the harbour.
We hope our range of destinations has left you feeling inspired. And we've only gone and pulled a list together for every month. Just choose the month you want to go below and find out more dream destinations for the rest of the year.
Winter Sun Break
Berlin (Christmas Markets)
Vienna (Christmas Markets)
Winter Sun Break
Finland (Northern Lights)
Iceland (Northern Lights)
The French Alps (Skiing)
Winter Sun Break
South Africa Rio (Brazil)
Paris (Valentine's Day)
Rome (Valentine's Day)
Amsterdam (Spring flowers)
Japan (Cherry Blossom Season)
Yucatan Peninsula (Mexico)
Costa Del Sol
Budapest (Christmas markets)
Krakow (Christmas markets)