Where to travel in December? This is a popular question of many people when time is passing so fast to the end of the year 2016.
It is said that December is still time to have amazing adventures out of 2016 – all while enjoying the beauty of the season. End the year on a travel high with these guides from travelling24h.com.
Celebrate the Australian summer in Lorne, Victoria
Since 1993, festival lovers have been gathering to the small seaside village of Lorne for the yearly Arts Festival and Falls Music that kicks off in December and carries on into new year. Throw in a journey along the Great Ocean Road, berry picking at local farms and Christmas on the beach for a quintessential Australian summer break.
Lorne has come alive at the end of December, with endless sunshine and wind, a thriving arts scene and various opportunities for chips and fish by the sea. You can find wild koalas asleep in the trees with a short drive past Apollo Bay. Besides, picking fresh strawberries, raspberries and blackberries in berry farms is also a good idea. As Christmas draws near, take to the beach with Santa hats and swimming costumes, in great Aussie style. Falls Festival follows soon, so prepare to enjoy well into the new year.
Visit Ningaloo, Western Australia
About 2-hour flight or 2-day drive north of Perth in Western Australia, Ningaloo reef is flush with marine life from manta rays, whale to sharks and other tropical fish of every color. It’s home to 3 different types of turtle that are so plentiful the locals consider spotting one like finding a pigeon in Trafalgar Square.
In the lead up to December green, loggerhead, and hawksbill turtles mate along Ningaloo reef before dragging themselves on the beach to lay the eggs. You can view the egg and if you are keen on learning, seeing and doing more, you can take part in environmental programs like Ningaloo Turtle Program to maintain their breeding colonies.
Celebrate Mexico’s most important religious festival
Mexico is always one of the warm places to visit in December. If you love your big and loud religious festivals, then Mexico City is great location to be in mid-December. The feast day of Our Lady of Guadalupe, the country’s patron, is celebrated on the 12th of the month when millions of people focus at the Basílica de Guadalupe in the north of the city.
The basilica is said to be built on the spot where the Virgin Mary appeared to a local man, just a few years after the Spanish subjection of 1521. This man, Juan Diego, convinced authorities that his viewpoint was true as he showed them his cloak on which the Virgin had emblazoned her image. There are 3 churches that have been built on the web after that: the latest, from the 1970s, can hold 40,000 faithful. Some days of festivities lead up to the major event so expect a lot of food, drink and music and dance throughout the capital.
Walk in Croatia’s winter wonderland
Croatia’s capital Zagreb comes into its own in winter, offering a hamper of seasonal treats, from Christmas markets to ski slopes. Zagreb will be brimming over with festive spirit between 26 Nov.r 2016 and 8 Jan. 2017, when the Advent in Zagreb program may be in full swing. Several center squares are filled with illuminated market stalls – the perfect place to sup mulled wine, nibble on gingerbread hearts and shop for glittering Christmas decorations and gifts.
There is also a live-action nativity scene outside the church and a host of free concerts in the squares, shopping balconies and arcades. To burn off calories after all the festive feasting, head to Sljeme Ski Resort, just a 20-minute drive away from the city, where there’re appropriate slopes for skiers of all levels, and sledging for the children.
Get festive in Edinburgh
Edinburgh city boasts long days and arty gladness in the summer. But it’s also a city of snug pubs, atmospheric alleys and dark tales: this is the location that raised the creators of Sherlock Holmes, Hyde and Jekyll. That makes Dec. a good time to travel to Scotland’s capital, when you can find sights such as Edinburgh Castle and the Royal Yacht Britannia much quieter than they are in other season.
There are many celebrations during the month – an open-air ice rink in Prince Street Garden means you can pirouette under the shadow of the castle, and next Christmas markets and a fairground entertain all visitors. But everything get going in the run-up to New Year. The Hogmanay street party turns Princes Street into a vast, pulsing throng of booze and bonhomie on 31 Dec. – the major event is limited to 100,000 people so book in advance.
Other events include gigs, fireworks and the Loony Dook, in which hundreds of brave souls throw themselves into the Firth of Forth on 1 Jan.
Join the amazing party in Dubai
Dubai is one of the best places to travel in December. The travelers are spoilt for choice during Dubai’s cool season, with many sport events, parties, concerts, and celebrations that keeps us busy all the time. The month kicks off with some national celebration on 2 Dec., when the UAE celebrates its 45th National Day. Expect parades, fireworks and plenty of enthusiastic flag-waving during this national holiday.
At the rest of Dec, it is one fascinated event after another. Let’s enjoy Dubai’s high society while watching the horses at the Meydan Races; get into the sporting spirit for the 3-day Rugby Sevens tournament; see some movies at the Dubai International Film Festival and to wrap up the month, splash some cash at the Dubai Shopping Festival.
After all that interesting, everybody who is in need of a vacation can flop down on the beach for some days. After all, ‘cooler’ season in Dubai still means warm weather and glorious sunshine.