Plan Your Year - December Guide

From snowshoeing and cross-country skiing through the breathtaking wilderness of Finland to voyaging across the heavenly waters of the Indian Ocean on a traditional Dhoni cruise, let’s uncover the top picks for December!


Delve into the festive spirit on a magical tour of Germany’s most spectacular Christmas markets. From wood-carving and sweet-making traditions to mountain backdrops and gingerbread towns, step into a fairytale and be wowed by the traditions of Germany during this much-loved holiday season. Sip on mulled wine, indulge in locally baked delicacies and witness the sparkling lights across the country’s most iconic Christmas markets, including the Striezelmarkt in Dresden, the oldest of them all!

Visit Germany to get into the festive spirit this Christmas

Harbin Ice Festival

Held annually in Harbin, China’s famous Harbin Ice Festival celebrates all kinds of winter activities, from Yabuli alpine skiing to swimming in the Songhua River! Being the world’s largest ice & snow festival and offering winter travel experiences like no other, this iconic event is loved by travellers worldwide and welcomes enormous crowds each year. Witness the impressive ice sculptures, marvel at the breathtaking ice-lantern exhibition and take part in an ice sculpting competition for fun!

Experience the Harbin Ice Festival this December


Finland is one of the most popular countries to visit in December, especially around Christmas time! With a plethora of outdoor activities and exciting experiences on offer, such as snowshoeing, husky safaris, snowmobiling, cross-country skiing and more, there is something for everyone during this magical month. Head on an unforgettable excursion to witness the spectacular northern lights, spend the day relaxing in a traditional Finnish sauna and embark on an adventure through the pristine wilderness on an epic husky safari!

Experience the best of Finland this December


With thick layers of snow covering several parts of the country, December is one of the best months to visit Japan and witness the iconic Nagano snow monkeys in their natural habitat! Enjoy a visit to the beautiful Jigokudani Monkey Park, where you’ll find the famous hot-spring-bathing monkeys in all their glory. Be entertained by their fascinating interactions during this truly unique experience and uncover some of Japan’s most scenic sights as you venture across Yamanouchi. Delve further into the country’s culture as you explore more of all it has to offer, from majestic temples and ancient castles to religious festivals and mouth-watering cuisine.

Witness the Nagano Snow Monkeys in Japan

The Maldives

If you’re looking for a winter getaway this December, then the Maldives is your answer! This month offers excellent winter sun with warm sea temperatures, making it an ideal time for swimming, snorkelling and hopping on a traditional Dhoni cruise across the crystal clear waters of the Indian Ocean. Witness the vibrant coral reefs and rich marine life as you explore the array of idyllic islands. Uncover small fishing villages, experience a traditional drumming performance on Fulidhu and sample delicious local cuisine during an unforgettable adventure across this tropical paradise.

Set sail on board a traditional Maldivian Dhoni cruise