The 10 Best Places to Travel in December
For some, December means escaping the cold to a tropical destination with heavenly white-sand beaches and for others it’s embracing the winter snowscape and enjoying the fresh snowfall, winter activities from snowmobiling to skiing and sipping on apple cider at Christmas markets.
Whether you’re looking to embrace the cold or flee the cold, these are the 10 places you should look into booking for your December vacation.
Embrace the cold
1. Prague, Czech Republic
Christmas season is one of the most magical times to visit Prague with the buzzing outdoor marketplace in Old Town and the Baroque and Gothic architecture is lit up for the Christmas festivities.
See the Wanderlist Prague, Czech Republic Travel Guide for more Prague travel recommendations.
2. Banff, Alberta, Canada
The winter snowscape in Banff offers something for everyone whether you want to be outdoors or by the fireplace enjoying a toasty mug of hot chocolate. If you’re looking for a multitude of winter activities, Banff is the place for you. A couple of activities you can set out to do include: ice skating on frozen Lake Louise (one of the prettiest lakes!), dogsledding, skiing on world-class mountains, relaxing in hot springs, ice climbing and snowshoeing.
See the Wanderlist Banff, Alberta Travel Guide for more Banff travel recommendations.
3. Frankfurt, Germany
Frankfurt is Germany’s financial and business center; however, as the winter months comes around, it transforms into a winter wonderland hosting one of the oldest and largest Christmas markets in Germany.
4. Edinburgh, Scotland
There are many festivities that happen in the month of December in Edinburgh from Christmas related activities to non-Christmas related activities. The celebrations that take place throughout the month include: open-air ice rink, Christmas markets and The Hogmanay street party
See the Wanderlist Edinburgh, Scotland Travel Guide for more Edinburgh travel recommendations.
5. Quebec City, Canada
December is a cheaper month for travel to Quebec City as it’s off peak season. Rue de Petit Champlain is one of the prettiest streets in Canada and is at its festive best with garlands and lights draping the streets.
Flee the cold
6. Los Cabos, Mexico
The vibrant towns offer endless activities such as the beginning of whale watching. Escape from the snow and enjoy the beautiful and sunny weather here!
7. Siem Reap, Cambodia
Siem Reap has much to offer from jungle adventures to vibrant culture and great nightlife. Visit in December to take advantage of dry season and the warm-hot weather.
8. Nassau, Bahamas
The stunning string of subtropical islands is full of bustling energy and much to do from exploring the Old Town to lounging on the beach or shopping at the numerous duty-free shops on Bay Street. You can expect amazing balmy, subtropical climate year-round
Guatemala offers volcano-studded horizons, lush forests and cute cobblestone streets. The best time of year to visit is from December to January as it’s dry season but everything is green and lush from the rainfall and skies are clear.
See the Wanderlist Lake Atitlan, Guatemala Travel Guide for more Guatemala travel recommendations.
10. Goa, India
Goa is synonymous with fun and relaxation and offers some of the most beautiful beaches in India. Goa comes to life in December with people from northern parts of the country flocking here to enjoy the warm and soothing sun and participate in watersports from windsurfing to scuba diving. In December, every palm tree is strung with tinsel and fairy lights and with many celebrations taking place at the beach bars.