Where to Go in December

December 6, 2014 by

Places to Go, Things to Do, Travel Advice & Inspiration, Travel News & Alerts

Winter is here, so break out your coats and scarves — or sunglasses depending on where you’re going — and get ready for our great deals for the month of December.


Winter is here.

What’s happening this month

Anchorage, Alaska  Make sure to take advantage of the weather and check out all of our Ski and Snow adventures in Anchorage. Maybe marvel at the lights of the Aurora Borealis roping across the night sky, snowshoe across icy paths or go behind the reins of a dog sled on a Northern Lights overnight tour.

Auckland, New Zealand

Enjoy a scenic lunchtime cruise around Auckland Harbour and the Hauraki Gulf on board a 146-foot (44.5-meter) catamaran, while savoring a three-course lunch with your choice of indoor or outdoor seating. Plus, book by Dec. 7, 2014 and travel by April 30, 2015 to save 20 percent off our previously offered price!


The Brisbane coast is a gorgeous sight not to be missed.

The gorgeous Brisbane coast.

Australia might be known for it’s stunning natural landscapes, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty of incredible things to do for Christmas and New Year’s.

Bordeaux, France

Fillet fish from the Bay of Biscay, prepare lamb reared on the salt marshes of nearby Pauillac, and learn more about local ingredients such as duck confit and foie gras during a 1.5- to 2-hour cooking class at the renowned L’atelier des Chefs school in Bordeaux. If you’ve got a sweet tooth why not try a pastry and dessert class instead? Or treat yourself to both!

Boston, USA

This holiday season, gilded mansions, million-dollar yachts, evergreen trees and beautiful coastal views await you on this day trip from Boston to Newport, Rhode Island. Travel along famous Ocean Drive (10-Mile Drive) and enjoy free time to shop and soak up the festive atmosphere.

Budapest, Hungary

Celebrate Christmas Eve in Budapest with a magical cruise on this two-hour evening journey along the Danube River while enjoying a three-course buffet dinner. Or celebrate New Year’s Day in true Hungarian musical style at a concert by the Danube Symphony Orchestra featuring the Hungarian cimbalom. Head into the ornate auditorium of the Danube Palace theater and lose yourself in popular classical melodies interpreted and enriched by the shimmering chords of the cimbalom — a traditional, stringed Hungarian folk instrument.


China may not be known as the ultimate winter destination, but trust us there’s still tons of great things to do there. Check out all of our China deals.

Copenhagen, Denmark

Take your tastebuds on a lipsmacking journey around Denmark’s Christmas cuisine with a two-hour tour of Copenhagen’s food hotspots. With a local food-expert guide by your side, learn about the Danes’ Christmas culinary heritage and explore the food scene in and around the city’s trendiest culinary market, Torvehallerne.

Curacao, Caribbean

Discover underwater wonders at  a famous sunken tugboat, where trumpetfish, angelfish and tube coral swirl around the hull, and then snorkel in the shallow terraces of a beautiful and calm bay for more colorful sea life. After drying off, visit Fort Beekenburg, built to keep out pirates, and capture wonderful views of Spanish Water harbor. Plus, book and travel by Dec. 31, 2014 and save 10 percent off our previously offered price!

Dubai, UAE

View of Dubai from the top.

View of Dubai from the top.

Take to the skies above Dubai on a 40-minute seaplane flight, and enjoy incredible aerial views of the city’s finest attractions and flagship landmarks.

Dublin, Ireland

Discover the historical city of Belfast and visit iconic locations used in the ‘Game of Thrones’ TV series on this unforgettable 2-day trip from Dublin. Enjoy a scenic train ride along the eastern coast of Ireland before exploring Belfast independently with a hop-on hop-off bus ticket and admission to Titanic Belfast visitor center. Then, travel to key locations that were used in the award-winning HBO fantasy drama ‘Game of Thrones’ with a local guide.

Edinburgh, Scotland

Immerse yourself in the Highlands of the 1740s on a private day trip to locations featured in Starz’ hit ‘Outlander’ TV series. Depart from Edinburgh or Glasgow and begin an epic time-traveling adventure that follows in the footsteps of the courageous ‘Outlander’ heroine Claire Randall.

Fairbanks, USA

Take in Alaska’s natural beauty and view the wonder that is the northern lights during a four-night aurora borealis experience from Fairbanks — or also visit the Chena Hot Springs or the Arctic Circle on shorter trips.

Frankfurt, Germany

Celebrate the festive season with a visit to a Christmas market and a traditional Christmas dinner on this 5.5-hour small-group tour from Frankfurt. From renowned markets to mouthwatering yuletide meals, no one does Christmas quite like the Germans.

Grand Turk

Indulge your inner explorer and try a North Creek Kayak Adventure or Conch Snorkeling Adventure. Plus, travel by Dec. 31, 2014 and save 15 percent off our previously offered price!

Hong Kong

Savor sandwiches and sweet treats along with outstanding panoramic views while you enjoy English high tea service from the sky100 Hong Kong Observation Deck, book before Dec. 31 and receive a free beer or Coca Cola. If you’d prefer to get more hands on, make the food yourself, with this dim sum cooking class.


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Istanbul, Turkey

Welcome the New Year in style in Istanbul on this Bosphorus dinner, show and sightseeing cruise. Board a comfortable boat, sip on a welcome cocktail, and admire Istanbul’s sunset-washed skyline, including the glowing Blue Mosque and neon-lit Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge from the water.


With so many different things to experience, make sure you don’t miss out on any one of our Japan deals.

Lake Tahoe, USA

Lake Tahoe offers vacationers quite a lot in the way of summer activities, and when the snow falls, it stays just as busy — the action just moves from the water and the beaches to the sides of the mountain. Make sure to check out all of the great ski and snow opportunities.

Lapland, Finland

With its snow-covered landscapes, herds of wild reindeer and lavish hotels carved entirely out of ice, Lapland is a truly magical place to spend the festive season, and as the “Official home of Santa Claus,” the Christmas spirit is palpable in Lapland all year-round.

London, England

Get into the festive spirit at ‘Downton Abbey’ this Christmas, with an evening visit and 3-course meal at beautiful Highclere Castle in Hampshire, setting of the popular British TV series. Enjoy a Champagne and canapé reception in the welcoming saloon, and explore the public rooms prepared for your visit. Meet Highclere guides, who are on hand to tell you about the castle’s history and features, and sit down for a 3-course evening meal with wine.

Manila, Philippines

Enjoy two amazing Manila experiences and save with this Manila Super Saver. With your knowledgeable local guide, tour Tagaytay, where you’ll enjoy stunning panoramic views of Taal Lake and Taal Volcano and dine on delectable Filipino cuisine. Then, explore Manila and visit UNESCO World Heritage-listed San Agustin Church and Fort Santiago, one of the country’s most significant historical sites. Save 20 percent compared to booking these two tours separately.

Montreal, Canada


A wintry Montreal.

The mercury might be dipping below zero, the city monuments dusted with snow and the waters of the St Lawrence River covered with ice, but winter in Montreal isn’t as frosty as you might think. In fact, Canada’s second-largest city comes alive during the snowy season, with glittering illuminations, atmospheric Christmas markets and a busy schedule of fireworks displays, carnivals and parades throughout the holidays and into the first months of the New Year.

New Delhi, India

Enjoy a high-class experience that combines a privately guided tour of the Taj Mahal and Agra Fort with dining at the 4-star Gateway Hotel — a Viator Exclusive available nowhere else! Or get a bit more adventurous and visit historic palaces and fortresses in India’s Golden Triangle (Delhi, Agra and Jaipur), and embark on a safari through Ranthambore National Park, on this six-night private tour.

New York City, USA

New York City is normally an incredible place, but come winter time it is downright magical. There is so much to see and do, make sure to check out all of our Christmas and New Year’s activities. Or enjoy some New York skiing on this fun day trip to Hunter Mountain or Windham Mountain.

New Zealand

If you’re planning a trip to New Zealand, make sure to check out the Weta Workshop, where much of the design, props, makeup and weaponry were created in the making of “The Lord of the Rings” and “The Hobbit.” Plus make sure to check out “Lord of the Rings” and Hobbiton tours.

Paris, France

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Paris is even more magical in the winter time.

Discover Paris’ opulent Opera Garnier and the renowned Fragonard perfume museum on this two-hour tour. Plus, travel on December 27, 2014 and save 10 percent off our previously offered price.

For the fashion lovers out there, try this tour of the Yves Saint Laurent studio in Paris and get a behind-the-scenes look at one of the greatest names in fashion history. Travel on selected dates between Nov. 30, 2014 and Jan. 11, 2015, and save 10 percent off our previously offered price! Applicable to the 11 a.m. tour in English only.

Envelop yourself in Paris’ festive Christmas flair on this three-hour walking tour of the French capital. Marvel at the lavish holiday decorations of Galeries Lafayette, admire seasonal window displays throughout Paris’ Art Nouveau shopping district, soak up rooftop views over the city, and browse Christmas shops for local treats and souvenirs.

Portland, USA

Get into the holiday spirit with this Christmas lights tour in Portland! With your guide, admire top Portland attractions such as the Pittock Mansion, The Grotto and Pioneer Square, all adorned with dazzling lights and decorations. Or head to Mt. Hood National Forest, featuring Oregon’s highest mountain, and enjoy a scenic, fun and educational snowshoe adventure. Admire views of forests, lakes, waterfalls and wildlife in this winter wonderland as you learn about the surrounding landscape and ecosystem.

Quebec City, Canada

With an average of 13 feet (400 centimeters) of snow falling between December and March, you’re pretty much guaranteed a white Christmas in Quebec, and the French Canadian capital is an atmospheric place to spend the winter months.

Reykjavik, Iceland

Join in with Reykjavik’s extravagant New Year’s Eve celebrations this 2014, on a nighttime bonfire tour and fireworks display . The event is a big deal in the Icelandic capital, with countless bonfires, street parties and revelry taking place.

San Francisco, USA

Get into the Christmas spirit and check out all of our Christmas things to do in San Francisco.

Sapparo, Japan

Sapporo is the hometown of a popular brewery, but there’s much more to this town than beer. Try one of our snowshoe tours or participate in one of Hokkaido’s most popular winter activities: ice fishing for smelt on the frozen Barato River.

Seattle, USA


A wintry Mt. Hood.

Already known for it’s cold weather, Seattle is the perfect place to spend your Christmas. Check out all of our great Christmas things to do in Seattle.

Seoul, Korea

Experience the thrill of KaBoom, a 1.5-hour Korean variety show with four amazing acts directed by Kolleen Park. Book and travel by Dec. 31, 2014 and save 50 percent!


Explore the world’s freshwater rivers and nocturnal habitats on this combo tour of River Safari and Singapore Zoo Night Safari — winner of the Singapore Tourism Awards Best Leisure Attraction Experience!

Sydney, Australia

A setting like the magnificent Sydney Harbour demands a spectacular opera, so prepare for a performance of huge proportions at ‘Aida’ by the Handa Opera.


Glide past ancient rainforests aboard the Gordon River Cruise from Strahan. With a choice of seating on this morning departure, your six-hour cruise on the Gordon River allows plenty of time to explore Strahan and surrounding area, the gateway to Tasmania’s World Heritage Area.

Vancouver, Canada

Experience the beauty of land lit by the glow of the magnificent northern lights (aurora borealis) on this three-day tour from Vancouver. From your rustic accommodations, witness the spectacular display of brilliant colors that often ropes across the night sky.

Vienna, Austria

A gorgeous view of a Vienna Christmas Market.

A gorgeous view of a Vienna Christmas Market.

Experience the magic of Vienna during the Christmas season on a three-hour Segway tour around its Christmas markets. Speed around the atmospheric streets on a Segway in the company of a local guide. Follow a route along the magnificent Ringstrasse, passing historical buildings including the neo-Gothic Rathaus (Vienna City Hall), Burgtheater and the Imperial Palace (Hofburg).

Whistler, Canada

If you’re interested in winter activities, Whistler is your place. Check out all of our skiing and snow adventures.

Yosemite National Park, USA

Explore the winter trails of Yosemite on a snowshoe hike for a truly memorable experience in this pristine wilderness! With easy-to-follow techniques and snowshoe gear provided, this tour is suitable for beginners and experts alike.

— Viator Travel Team

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