Start a new holiday tradition this year. Create lasting memories with a trip to one of the best places to travel in December.
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December marks the beginning of summer in Australia. Travel in December to Adelaide in South Australia where you’ll find summer festivals in full swing. Spend a morning sampling fresh seasonal produce and locally-made cheeses at some of the popular farmers markets. In the afternoon, visit some of South Australia’s award-winning micro breweries to taste artisan crafted beers and ales. Adelaide is also home to Penfolds Grange Magill Estate where you can taste the iconic wines. Take advantage of the long hours of daylight and the warm summer sun on outdoor adventures on Kangaroo Island. Discover the island’s abundant wildlife, pristine beaches, and national parks.
By mid-December, the Christmas spirit saturates Cuenca. More than 300,000 lights bedeck the holiday markets. Homes are filled with dinner parties and carols. And the annual Rio Tomembamba showcases hundreds of Santa Claus clad joggers running through town with their dogs. But the culmination of December in Cuenca is the Christmas Eve Paseo del Niño (“Passing of the Child”) parade. It’s a daylong pageant honoring the traveling baby Jesus. Visitors can expect a colorful melding of both traditional and quirky Catholic and indigenous traditions. Tons of floats and children in homemade costumes fill the streets. You’ll see the Three Wise Men driving Harley Davidsons, and Mary and Joseph cartwheeling the length of Calle Simon Bolivar.
New York City, USA
New York City is magical during December. The holiday atmosphere fills the streets with bustling markets, festive window displays on 5th Avenue, and shows. Catch the lighting of the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree on November 30th. Then spend a few days indulging in hot apple cider and the Rockettes Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall.
Playa Tamarindo, Costa Rica