5 Magical Destinations for a Trip in December

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Travelling in December is a wonderful thing. Many people dream about packing their suitcase and embarking on an adventure in this magical month. Basically, there are two case scenarios: you either want to travel to have more of the classic Christmassy vibe, or you want to slurp cocktails at a sun-kissed beach somewhere far away. No matter which category you fall into, you’ll definitely find an amazing destination to your liking in this list. Keep reading till the end for the top destinations for a trip in December!

1. Destinations for a Trip in December: Nuremberg, Germany

Nuremberg, with its history dating back to the 11th century, has so much to offer to the visitors throughout the year, but the best month to visit this charming medieval city is unquestionably December. The Christmas spirit consumes this treasure city at this month. The air is rich with the smell of mulled wine and gingerbread, nostalgic Christmas tunes fill the streets, colourful stalls invite you to have some soulful treat, and decorative lights lit up everything. Every tavern, cafe and restaurant shines in all its splendour due to the Christmas decoration. The Main Market Square teems with curious people, everyone wants to be a part of it and though the temperature is quite cold, the Christmas magic warms them up from the inside.

Buy various Christmas decorations and small gifts, sip delicious Glühwein (mulled wine) and taste lebkuchen (gingerbread). Trying the tiny but delicious specialty Nuremberg wurst (sausage of Nuremberg) with hearty German mustard is unmissable!

2. Costa Rica

Are you daydreaming about palm trees swaying in the tropical breeze and soothing waves crashing on a white sand beach? Costa Rica in late December will provide perfect sunshine for you as it marks the beginning of the dry season along the entire Pacific coast. Therefore, late December is the best time to visit this beautiful country. However, you need to know that since it’s peak season, you’ll have to pay significantly higher prices. So, what can you do? The key is to make reservations well in advance and you should consider visiting off-the-beaten-path destinations.

Christmas is one of the most important holidays of the year in Costa Rica, since it’s a deeply religious (Catholic) country. The month is abundant with Christmas festivities and post-Christmas celebrations: Festival de La Luz (Festival of Lights), Fiesta Pattronale Pavas (a street festival celebrating local culture), Misa de Gallo (midnight mass on Christmas Eve), horse parades of El Tope Nacional and corridas de toros (“bullfight”). Note, that no bulls are injured in this style of bullfighting, instead of people chasing the bull, the bull chases the people! No matter if you want to explore the local culture or just enjoy the beach, Costa Rica will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience!

3. Destinations for a Trip in December: London, United Kingdom

London is an incredibly popular place to be during the holidays, for good reason. The city sparkles during the holiday season: buzzing festive markets invade the streets, twinkling Christmas lights shine everywhere and the smell of mulled wine and mince pies swirl in the air. The holiday spirit has never been more alive!

What can you do in London in December? Well, apart from soaking up the Christmas vibe, discover pop-up ice rinks around the city, explore all the best Christmas markets (for example Southbank Centre Christmas Market, Kingston Christmas Market or Christmas By The River) or pop-up into a free museum. If you get cold after wandering the streets, relax and unwind in a warm and cosy restaurant. Do you want to treat yourself to a special meal? In this case, we recommend visiting Circolo Popolare, Berners Tavern or The Colony Grill Room, all of these places will just take your breath away.

4. Goa, India

Have you ever daydreamed about visiting India one time? Well, no wonder it’s a popular destination among families, honeymooners and backpackers. Goa, being one of the most popular tourist destinations in India, has so much to offer and the best time for your visit is undeniably in December. Why is that? First of all, the weather is extremely pleasant in that month, the average temperature is 26°C. Combine perfect weather conditions with glistering beaches, welcoming people, mouth-watering food, lavish casinos, countless water activities and lots of greenery, and you get Goa. Furthermore, a lot of people follow Christianity in Goa, so you’ll find numerous charming churches decorated beautifully with Christmas lights. The Church of St. Francis of Assisi, the Basilica of Bom Jesus and the Church of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception are absolutely unmissable.

Note, that as Christmas and New Year’s Eve mark the peak time in Goa, you have to make sure to book your accommodation well in advance. In case you’re wondering what are the least-crowded hidden places in Goa, we recommend visiting Galgibaga Beach, Fort Tiracol, Cola Beach or Arvalem Caves.

5. Destinations for a Trip in December: Myanmar, Burma

Myanmar has a lot to offer all year round, however December is one of the best months for your visit. Nonetheless, you also have to be aware of the flip-side of things, that December attracts huge crowds. Plenty of sunshine in the morning and cool weather during nights, at the beaches the water is turquoise with beautiful white sand, so no wonder that everyone chooses this month for their travel.

What to do in this amazing country? If you are in Yangon, explore the famous Bogyoke Market or visit the sparkling and elegant Shwedagon Pagoda, also known as the Golden Pagoda, where you’ll see Burmese people praying to the shrine and offering flowers. This city is captivatingly beautiful.
In Mandalay you can explore the rich culture, literature and heritage of the nation. We recommend hiking to the top of Mandalay Hill from where you’ll have breathtaking views of the city.
Bagan is a one of the greatest archaeological sites on earth, featuring 2,000 pagodas. This is a sacred place for Myanmar people and was declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2019.

Myanmar is a gem of Southeast Asia where thrill and romance is beautifully combined. Visit this picturesque country and see it for yourself why it is called ‘The Golden Land’.

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