December Weather Guide

Wondering where to go on your December vacation? Embrace the winter weather on a ski trip, or escape the cold at a tropical beach. Here are the high and low temperatures for December in popular destinations around the world.

 City  High (°F)  Low (°F)  What to Expect
 Rio de Janeiro  84  70   Warm
 Cancun  83  52   Warm
 Bahamas  82  69   Warm
 Orlando  80  65   Warm
 Scottsdale  76  64   Cool
 Sydney  75  64   Cool
 Miami  68  38   Cool
 Las Vegas  60  37   Cool
 Myrtle Beach  57  39   Cold
 San Francisco  57  46   Cold
 London  53  32   Cold
 Paris  48  37   Cold
 New York City  45  36   Cold
 Lake Tahoe  43  17   Very Cold
 Vancouver  43  33   Very Cold
 Aspen  35  10   Very Cold
If you're looking for some warmth, there are a handful of destinations in the US to consider. Southern Florida, in particular, offers up beach weather while most the country is in ski season. Try destinations like Fort Myers Beach and the Florida Keys. Arizona, as well, has plenty of sunshine in December.

Where is the Best Weather in December?

Get Tropical

While much of North America and Europe are knee deep in snow, the Southern Hemisphere is enjoying summertime in December. Beaches in the Caribbean and Mexico are big tourist draws this time of year - people preferring to celebrate Christmas under a beach umbrella than a blanket of snow. Hawaii, as usual, is also warm in December. South Australia and Central America beaches are also popular this time of year - Guatemala and Costa Rica are standouts. It's also worth noting that South Africa also sees moderate weather in December, making a holiday trip to Cape Town a great idea.

Hello, Ski Season

If you actually enjoy winter weather, and all the sports that go with it, go for a more adventurous ski vacation. It's the start of the ski season in many parts of the US and beyond, and the slopes are ready for action. Ski in Northern Italy, or the Pyrenees in France or Spain, or welcome the ski season in Colorado at resorts like Keystone and Aspen.

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