December could be the last month in the year, but surely it is not last when it comes to the place it takes in a lot of people’s hearts. And this is because December is the month of Christmas, one of the most loved holidays all over the world.
This is the second time of the year, after the summer, when people travel the most. They either pay a visit to relatives and friends, or they decide to go on a vacation where they could spend the holidays.
If you have also decided to go somewhere for the holidays, or to take some time off work before the holidays, then you must check out our list of top travel destinations. Hope you like them!
#1 New York City
If you are wondering when is the best time to visit New York, then do not think twice. December is the best time to do it. The whole month of December there is a real festive spirit. There are Christmas decorations everywhere and let’s just not mention all the beautifully-decorated Christmas trees all over the city. It is after all no accidental that the movie “Home Alone 2” is set in the Big Apple.
If you also decide to visit this amazing city during December, then you should not miss to visit Rockefeller Center. You could go ice-skating, a typical winter activity, or why do not you take a carriage ride in Central Park. If there is snow, you will get the feeling that you are in a real fairy tale.
#2 Prague, the Czech Republic
If you want to get into the Christmas spirit even from the earliest days of December, then you could definitely visit the capitals of West and Central Europe countries, like Prague, for example. Prague is the capital of the Czech Republic and it probably has the most visitors in winter months, especially in December. Prague has great architecture and preserved ancient streets which give the city’s visitors a magical sense, as if they were a part of a fairy tale.
The December spirit makes the atmosphere in the city even more magical given the fact that Christmas decorations have already started to appear on the streets. And since the weather in Prague is quite cold, you definitely must bring some warm clothes with you and seek shelter in the cozy little restaurants which are very iconic for this city.
#3 Berlin, Germany
Here is another European capital that is very beautiful during the winter season and especially in December. Usually the city is decorated even before the beginning of the month. And if you are looking for a place to spend the New Year’s Eve, then you could try here. There are huge street celebrations on the holiday, but if you are not much into outdoor celebrations, then you could have some wild party at some of the dozens of clubs in the city.
#4 Zermatt, Swiss Alps
If you are into skiing, then you should definitely pay a visit to the Swiss Alps in the winter. It is one of the iconic places for the people who are keen skiers and snowboarders. But even if you are not much into these winter sports, you could easily fall in love with the Swiss Alps in December. The reason for this is simple – the amazing scenery and nature.
If you are wondering where to spend your winter vacation, or if you simply want to escape from the city noise you are surrounded by, then you could stay at Zermatt. This is a small and cute village in the Swiss Alps that will leave a sense of being in a winter fairy tale with you.
If you are not much into the winter sports mentioned above, you could enjoy yourself there by taking long walk in the fallen snow, or you could take a ride in a horse-drawn sleigh. You will not regret the experience especially if you love winter in general.
#5 The Arctic Circle
Here is another place you could visit in December if you do not mind the cold weather. And this is the Arctic Circle. After all, what better time to visit this place than the month when Christmas is in?! You could not only take a visit to Santa’s workshop in Lapland, but you could take the chance and have a sleigh ride drawn by huskies, or why not even by reindeer?! Even if you love the winter, you should know that the Arctic Circle is freezing throughout this time of the year, so make sure you bring some really warm clothes with you.
And not only this, but if you visit the Arctic Circle in December, you will get the chance to witness the Northern Lights – a phenomenon that is so pretty that it has to be seen to be believed. Usually in December the sky is less cloudy and the nights are longer and dark, so it is one of the best months to choose for such an experience.