December is a month filled with festivities, a sense of closure, and the promise of a new beginning. For many, it is the ideal time to escape the daily grind and seek out new experiences, whether it’s basking in the sun, immersing in vibrant cultural celebrations, or exploring snow-laden landscapes.
So, where are the best places to vacation in December? Let’s journey across continents and climates to find the ideal December destinations.
Why? December marks the onset of Bali’s rainy season, but don’t be discouraged. The rains are often brief and bring a lush, refreshed look to the landscapes. It’s less crowded, and the island’s temples, beaches, and rice terraces are more serene.
Highlight: The Ubud Traditional Art Market is a treasure trove for souvenirs.
Why? This paradise of over 1,000 islands offers crystal-clear waters, luxurious over-water bungalows, and world-class diving spots. December is dry and warm.
Highlight: Underwater dining at Ithaa, the world’s first all-glass undersea restaurant.
Why? The quintessential winter wonderland. Experience the ethereal Northern Lights, snow-covered forests, and husky-led sled rides.
Highlight: Visit Rovaniemi, the ‘official’ home of Santa Claus.
Why? Nestled within the Canadian Rockies, Banff becomes a snowy playground in December. It’s a hub for winter sports enthusiasts, with skiing, snowboarding, and ice-skating galore.
Highlight: Take a dip in the Banff Upper Hot Springs with snow all around you.
Why? Vienna’s Christmas markets are legendary. The city is adorned with festive decorations, and the air is filled with the aroma of mulled wine and roasted chestnuts.
Highlight: The Schönbrunn Palace market with its baroque backdrop is a must-visit.
Why? The festive season is vibrant in Mexico City, with the celebration of Las Posadas. It’s a nine-night, city-wide party leading up to Christmas.
Highlight: Sample traditional ponche, a warm, fruit-based holiday drink.