As they say, December is the season to be jolly, and without doubt offers a whirlwind of fun and interesting activities. Finding a balance between shopping for holiday gifts, attending company parties, and setting aside family time can be daunting, but those who are lucky enough to squeeze in some time to get away will find affordable rates, seasonal revelry, and stunning landscapes, perfect for ending the year on the right foot.
During December, the winter’s best features are displayed. Between the fresh snowfall, twinkling storefronts, and yummy drinks that warm your core, it’s all in all probably the best time of year. Some of the best holiday markets in Europe can be found in Prague, which is one of the best places in the world to spend Christmas. In Edinburgh, Scotland the people celebrate Hogmanay, a three-day festival that features musical performances, public dancing, food galore, and of course, fireworks!
If you’re looking for the perfect romantic setting, rush over to Quebec City, where you can ride in a horse-drawn carriage and sip on hot cocoa in low-lit cafes. If you’re not a fan of cool weather and looking to escape the frost, you can head over to sunny beach getaways like Hawaii, Mexico, or the Bahamas. December’s travel options are the best and cheapest of the year, so here are some great places (cold and warm) to head over to during this time.
Frankfurt has a whole lot going for it. With innovative supper clubs, futuristic architecture, mouth-watering restaurants, and cozy cocktail dens, you’ll never run out of things to do here. Throughout December, ice-skating rinks are open to the public and the town’s famous apple wine is served at every corner. If that’s not enough, Frankfurt is the cheapest place to visit during this time, as hotel rates dip to their lowest points.
At the famous port-city, Kochi, you can find endless houseboats cruising the backwaters, wellness retreats nestled inside jungle forests, and life that moves at a leisurely pace. In December, the area welcomes in a blissfully cool climate, making it a perfect time to visit. Kochi’s notorious historical center will invite in a new taste this season, as it welcomes the Kochi-Muziris Biennale, an exhibition displaying a collection of contemporary art, that combines Indian and established international talents.
Siem Reap, Cambodia
Among the many great things about Siem Reap are its refreshing, cool weather and consistently clear skies. With comfortable temperatures, you can take on active pursuits like walking tours of Angkor Wat or cycling through the extraordinary city streets. December is the high season for Siem Reap so your best bet is booking your trip ahead of time. One of the best hotels the city has to offer is Phum Baitang, which hosts 45 stilted villas, topped off with soaking tubs and a one-of-a-kind spa that specializes in coconut-milk massages.