6 Best Places to Visit in December from Singapore

6 Best Places to Visit in December from Singapore

From the mystical landscapes of Japan to the historical charm of Europe, let's explore 6 best places worth a winter visit this year end.

As the year winds down and the festive spirit comes alive, December marks a delightful time for those seeking to escape the tropical warmth of Singapore and embark on an unforgettable winter adventure. 

Looking for the best places to travel to in December? Here are six spots that'll let you explore the winter wonders that await.


1. Tokyo, Japan

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December in Tokyo is a mesmerizing blend of ancient traditions and modern festivities. The city transforms into a winter wonderland with beautifully illuminated streets and dazzling Christmas displays. 

Visitors can experience the joy of ice skating at the Tokyo Midtown Rink, explore the bustling Tsukiji Outer Market for delectable seafood, and bask in the serenity of Meiji Shrine's snow-covered gardens. 

For those seeking a cultural experience, attending Hatsumode – the first shrine visit of the year —can be a profound way to connect with Japanese spirituality.


2. Seoul, South Korea

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Seoul's charm in December lies in its picturesque blend of old and new. The city's palaces, such as Gyeongbokgung and Changdeokgung, stand in stark contrast to the futuristic skyline of Gangnam. 

The Bukchon Hanok Village offers a glimpse into traditional Korean architecture, while Myeongdong dazzles with holiday lights and shopping opportunities. 

Don't miss the chance to indulge in Korean street food, especially hotteok (sweet pancakes) to keep warm in the chilly weather.


3. Queenstown, New Zealand

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If you're looking to escape the cold and experience a different kind of winter, Queenstown in New Zealand is the perfect destination. 

December marks the beginning of summer in the Southern Hemisphere, offering outdoor enthusiasts a plethora of activities. 

From bungee jumping and skydiving to cruising on Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown's stunning landscapes provide an adrenaline rush like no other.


4. Vienna, Austria

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Vienna's imperial charm truly shines in December. The city's classical music heritage comes alive during Advent, with concerts held in grand venues like the Schönbrunn Palace. 

The Rathausplatz Christmas Market is a spectacle to behold, boasting an ice skating rink and a mesmerizing display of lights. 

Indulge in Viennese pastries at traditional coffeehouses, and explore the Belvedere Palace for an artistic journey through Austrian history.


5. Prague, Czech Republic

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For a fairytale December experience, Prague is unparalleled. Its historic squares transform into enchanting Christmas markets, featuring handmade crafts, mulled wine, and traditional treats. 

The Prague Castle, with its stunning Gothic architecture, provides panoramic views of the city adorned in a blanket of snow. 

Take a stroll across the Charles Bridge, and immerse yourself in the city's rich history, art, and culture.


6. Reykjavic, Iceland

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For those seeking an unconventional winter experience, Reykjavik offers a breathtaking adventure. 

With only a few hours of daylight, you'll have more time to chase the mesmerizing Northern Lights. The Blue Lagoon's geothermal waters provide a unique way to stay warm while surrounded by snowy landscapes. 

Explore ice caves, visit geysers, and discover the otherworldly beauty of this Nordic gem.

Whether you're drawn to the allure of snowy landscapes, vibrant holiday markets, or unique cultural experiences, the destinations mentioned above offer an array of options for your December getaway. 

From the ethereal beauty of Tokyo's illuminated streets to the historical charm of Prague's Christmas markets, the world is yours to explore and experience during this magical time of year. 

So, pack your warmest clothes and embark on a journey that promises unforgettable memories and a lifetime of stories to share.

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