What’s On December

We bring you unmissable events and dates for your diary from around the globe.



Munich Christmas Market, November 27 – December 24

One of the oldest Christmas markets in Europe, Munich’s traditional festive fayre on Marienplatz encapsulates the holiday spirit. Admire the giant Christmas tree and shop more than 150 stalls for exquisite Bavarian baubles and crafts while nibbling stollen and sipping berry mulled wine.


New Year’s Eve, Sydney

Be among the first in the world to welcome in a new decade at one of the planet’s best New Year’s Eve parties. As the first major world city to ring in the New Year, Sydney is guaranteed to pull out all the stops, with lavish fireworks lighting up the sky above the unforgettable vista of its famous harbour. There are celebrations to suit all tastes, from a fivestar experience of wining, dining and arias at the iconic Sydney Opera House, to drinking in the views from the top of the Ferris wheel at Luna Park, to dancing the night away at a music festival in Victoria Park and glamorous DJ-led island parties. As it’s summer in Australia, you can restore your senses the next day with a refreshing dip at one of Sydney’s worldrenowned beaches. While the northern hemisphere shivers into 2020, you could be catching rays at Bondi.


Winter Illuminations, Japan, November – December

Just as cherry tree blossoms herald spring, over-the-top illuminations brighten winter in Japan. In Tokyo, the most wondrous include Shinjuku, Caretta Shiodome and Tokyo Dome. Most illuminations finish at the end of December, although some continue as late as February.


Bird’s Nest Ice and Snow Festival, Beijing December – February

Every year, Beijing’s Olympic stadium is transformed into an exciting winter wonderland, complete with snow skiing and ice skating, snowball fights, a snow castle, entertaining stage shows, and cleverly crafted sculptures. Freezingly good fun for all the family.