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.
Browse the Salamanca Markets in Hobart for local arts and crafts, surrounded by the historical harbour buildings.
Cruise the Gordon River and take in the local flora, fauna and convict history.
Get up close to the elusive Tasmanian Devils at Cradle Mountain National Park.
Walk to the Wineglass Bay lookout in Freycinet National Park and take your own pictures of one of Australia's most photographed beaches.
Navigate through the huge metropolis of Bangkok.
Enjoy an immersive Thai cooking experience in Chiang Mai.
Explore Sukhothai Historical Park.
Take in the colonial remnants of Mawlamyine (Moulmein).
Trek through beautiful Hpa An.
End your trip with a highlight tour of Yangon.