The month of December brings with it chilly dawns, freezing nights and days filled with warm cups of cocoa, snow fights and snow angels, cultural festivities, winter sports and a whole lot of fun.
And, to add even more glitz and glam to the season, here’s a list of 8 festivals and events in December that are too cool (pun intended!) to be missed out on!
8 Festivals And Events In December
1. Wonderfruit, Pattaya, Thailand
When: 12th to 16th December 2019
The organizers of the Wonderfruit festival portray it as “A celebration of art, music, food and ideas to catalyze positive impact.” And they manage to do just that. Wonderfruit is a grand celebration of music, nature, sustainability, art, architecture and culinary delights. It has it all – from live band performances to kite making classes, from nature trails to yoga workshops, from souvenir shopping to healing massages.
Also read: Top things to do in Thailand
2. Lyon Festival Of Lights, Lyon, France
When: 5th to 8th December 2019
For evenings brighter than days, head over to Lyon, France during December. Blending a centuries old festival with modern technological advancements, the Festival of Lights involves brilliant lighting designers who create and put up installations in the heart of the city. These installations light up at 7 p.m. every day for four days, after which Lyon illuminates radiantly. Definitely a sight to behold!
Along with the installations, prominent and historical buildings of Lyon are also illuminated during this festival.
3. Winter Night Festival, Hagen, Germany
When: 21st December 2019
A totally offbeat tourist destination in Germany, the city of Hagen plays host to the musical Winter Night Festival every year. The music fest celebrates music in all its glorious forms and genres; this year’s line-up includes bands such as Long Distance Calling, Galactic Superlords, Black Vulpine and Rivet Machine. For a funky winter in Germany, do book the Winter Night Festival’s passes before they sell out!
4. Hogmanay, Edinburgh, Scotland
When: 30th December 2019 to 1st January 2020
Leave it to the Scotts to throw a party of a lifetime! Hogmanay, one of the best festivals and events in December, is a grand celebration of absolutely everything! It has a street party hosted by none another than Johnnie Walker! It has a torchlight procession. It has live musical performances by some of the best musicians out there and it has an event called Loony Dook where revelers take a dip in the freezing waters of the Firth of Forth estuary! And it all concludes with a spectacular firework show, followed by an after party!
5. Bruges Christmas Market, Belgium
When: 25th November 2019 to 2nd January 2020
With its medieval buildings and picturesque cobbled streets, Bruges looks magical during Christmas. The Bruges Christmas Market gets put up at the Grote Markt (Market Square) every year and you can indulge in a lot of things at this market – biting into warm gooey Belgian waffles, ice skating, beer sampling (and buying), Christmas and souvenir shopping and handicrafts bargain hunting.
Also read: The ultimate Bruges travel guide
6. Harbin Ice and Snow sculpture festival, Harbin, China
When: 24th December 2019 to 20th February 2020
A wonderful and enchanting winter awaits you at Harbin, China. The Harbin Ice and Snow sculpture festival embraces the winter season in all its glory and creates magic out of it! Like the name suggests, you will find gigantic snow and ice sculptures peppered across the festival venue which is further divided into four theme parks – Sun Island International Snow Sculpture Art Expo, Songhua River Ice and Snow Harbin Valley, Harbin Ice and Snow World and the Zhaolin Park Ice Lantern Fair. Don’t forget to pack your coats, winter jackets and parkas for this one!
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7. Dubai Shopping Festival, Dubai, UAE
When: 26th December 2019 to 1st February 2020
The annual Dubai Shopping Festival is just round the corner. It’s when Dubai’s malls and shopping districts come to life and when shoppers find awesome bargains and unbelievable deals on everything- from electronics and spices to fashion and jewellery, the world’s biggest shopping festival is just the place for you if you love to shop till you drop! The Dubai Shopping Festival also features fashion shows, fireworks display and live concerts.
8. Rise Festival, Les Deux Alpes, France
When: 14th to 21st December 2019
When music and sports combine, adrenaline pumps like there’s no tomorrow! An incredible week of snow and sound awaits you in the French Alps during the Rise Festival. With winter sports like snowboarding and skiing, 4 venues where you can party till the first ray of the sun and a musical lineup that boasts of indie names like Chase and Status, Horse Meat Disco and Distinkt, your December in France looks incredibly epic!
Ready to conquer the cold and experience these winterful festivals and events in December? Beware! You might experience love at frost sight!