Although the home is indeed the best place for holidays, December sees countries and cities around the globe putting on their holiday best. It’s why December is one of the most popular months to travel. There are many festive lights in New York and London and snowy resorts in Colorado and Canada that offer skiing and alpine fun. The Southern Hemisphere is the best place to escape the cold for sultry Brazilian parties or tanning on Australian beaches.
These are the top 15 places to see this December, from the city that never sleeps to the far-south reaches of the globe.
New York City, USA
The Big Apple in Christmastime is a landmark. Visiting New York City in December should be on your bucket list.
The city is decorated in a way that no other has. It’s like watching a Hallmark Christmas movie. Rockefeller Center lights up the Christmas tree. Shops and streets are lit up with holiday music and festive decorations. Dyker Heights in Brooklyn, for example, decorates its halls with Santas, holiday music and lights. Second, enjoy classic NYC winter activities such as ice skating at Rockefeller Center or walking through snowy Central Park. You can catch classics such as The Nutcracker or The Rockettes Christmas Spectacular.
Visit the Lapland region in northern Finland or Sweden if you are looking to be as close as possible to the North Pole for your holidays.
Lapland, made up of forests and subarctic terrain is a wintery paradise with lots of snow and cold temperatures. You can enjoy the best seasonal activities like dog-sled safaris and reindeer sleigh rides. You don’t need to be exhausted during the day because the Northern Lights will play at night. Santa Claus himself can be visited at Rovaniemi village, located within the Arctic Circle.
Malaga, located on Spain’s south Costa del Sol, is a hidden gem. It’s a great place to visit in December, with temperatures of around 19° Celsius during the day and lots of sunshine. You’ll also have access to museums and beaches because it’s low-season.
Malaga is known for its beautiful weather and rich cultural heritage. The birthplace of Pablo Picasso is Malaga and the museum that houses 285 of his artworks is named after it. Malaga was also voted one of the top European cities to visit during the holidays. It is known for its stunning Christmas lights, festive events like the Three Kings Day Parade, and Christmas markets. You can also ski in the Sierra Nevada, just two hours away.
Some people like it hot during the holidays while others prefer it cold. California offers both the hot and cold. California offers 840 miles of coastline and endless hours of fun on the beach. You can also enjoy top-down car rides along beautiful coastal highways.
Southern California is the best place to find warm weather. You can enjoy urban fun in Los Angeles and San Diego. Both cities are home to a great foodie scene, beautiful beaches, and cultural offerings such as music and museums. The holidays aren’t forgotten with holiday celebrations at Disneyland and The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.
Sunshine State is great for holiday fun, but northern California offers skiing at Lake Tahoe or snowy national parks such as Yosemite.
The Dolomites mountains are located in northeastern Italy and form part of the mighty Alps range. They are where Italians ski and enjoy the alpine culture in winter.
The Dolomites, with their towering peaks made of sedimentary rock, are a prime spot for snowboarding and skiing. There are easy slopes for beginners, while for experts, the Dolomiti Superski is Italy’s longest ski circuit that connects 12 resorts. Stop by the many mountain huts in the rifugi mountain for food and rest while skiing or snowshoeing. After skiing, enjoy apres-ski drinks and food in charming towns like Cortina and Selva. You can also shop at the Mercatini di Natale in Bolzano, Italy’s largest Christmas Market.