December brings celebrations of all shapes and sizes across the world. Embrace a wintry yet magical Christmas in Russia, where Gorky Park turns into an ice rink and sleigh rides are offered throughout the month. Top off your year joining in a New Year’s celebration in another part of the world. Travel to Brazil and watch the cariocas (Rio’s locals) dressed in white as they gather on a sunny Copacabana in tribute to the goddess of the sea. Or head to Australia for a New Year’s celebration of a lifetime in Sydney. Witness fireworks exploding off the Harbour Bridge and Opera House, while enjoying the summer temperatures.
Popular countries we recommend in December
Seasonal inspiration from our specialists on where to visit in December for the best weather, festivals and wildlife-spotting opportunities.
Itineraries we recommend in December
Trip suggestions that we know capture a route at its best if you’re planning to travel in December.
Enjoy the Chicago skyline from Lake Michigan.
Drive the original brick-topped section of Route 66.
Admire St Louis' impressive Gateway Arch.
Marvel at the magnificent Grand Canyon.
Watch the sunset from Santa Monica.
Discover the revolutionary history of Boston on a guided tour of the Freedom Trail..
Explore the rugged coastline of Maine, dotted with lighthouses and quaint seaside towns.
Wander through the picturesque villages and rolling hills of Vermont.
Take in panoramic views from atop Mount Washington in New Hampshire's magnificent White Mountains.
Go whale watching off the waters of Cape Cod.
Enjoy the museums, restaurants and shops of Cape Town.
Take a cable car up to the top of Table Mountain for incredible views of the city below.
Visit Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned during apartheid.
Enjoy a full day guided tour of the Cape Point and Peninsula and see the jackass penguin colony on Boulders Beach.
Indulge in fine food to accompany the great wines of Franschhoek and the surrounding vineyards.