December in Europe

December is one of the most action-packed months of the year for most people.

Between holiday preparations and parties, there are events to attend and trips to take.

Aside from the seasonal celebrations, December is a much anticipated month for skiers, shoppers and football fans.

Many people are looking for that perfect event to make their December a memorable one.

With so many things happening during the twelfth month, it is easy to find a special celebration or event to make this holiday season the most exiting one ever.

Here are the most unique and exciting events taking place around the world this December...

New Year's Eve in Times Square

What to do in December: Times Square Ball Drop

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There are hundreds of amazing celebrations taking place around the world on New Year's Eve.

For some people a champagne toast, dancing and a midnight confetti or balloon drop is the best way to welcome the new year.

No one would argue that one of the greatest New Year's Eve events takes place in New York City's Times Square.

With around a million people filling the streets and tens of millions more watching on TV, this is the most famous New Year's Eve happening in the US, if not the world.

Even if the weather is poor, the energetic buzz of Times Square during the December 31st  festivities is definitely enough of a reason to put this event on your itinerary.

People who want to spread out their celebration or who want to hold a special New Year's Eve party of their own can use one of the rental venues in New York City to host friends for a New Year's toast.

Holiday shopping throughout the US

Top December Events & Festivals

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For many people in the US, December is a month for serious shopping.

Holiday shopping is a popular pastime.

This is also a time to find great deals.

Every major city has retail venues and shopping streets that are very crowded during the holiday season.

You can even make a pre-holiday vacation out of shopping by heading to some of the most famous shopping areas in the US, like Chicago's Magnificent Mile, Midtown Manhattan, or LA's Rodeo Drive.

College football bowl games

Fun things to do in December: college bowl games

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The most famous and anticipated college football bowl games take place on New Year's Day (and the week after).

However, with many many bowl games happening before or during the holiday season, there are plenty of chances to make a major sporting event part of your December calendar.

Bowls start in mid-December and run through the end of the month, with several taking place on New Year's Eve.

Since these games are held in places like Texas, Arizona, California, Florida and even Hawaii (the Aloha Bowl on December 24th), it is easy to combine a trip to a bowl game with other vacation activities such as a trip to the beach or to see local tourist sites.

Enjoy the Holiday season in Europe

December in Europe

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December is a great time to head to Europe.

Places like Paris, London and Vienna are at their best during the holidays.

Christmas markets, holiday light displays, special celebrations and traditional festivals characterize this month.

Some of the more notable European fests include Saint Lucia Day, a festival held in Scandinavian countries.

Another tradtional favorite is Hogmanay, a Scottish celebration that coincides with the end of the year.

Whether you want to see one of these fests or simply want ot soak in the holiday atmosphere in Europe's great cities, December is an ideal time to head across the Atlantic.

Holiday performances of the Nutcracker

Holiday performances

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Some people's holiday traditions include a visit to the theater for a special holiday performance.

Favorites include plays, such as Charles Dickens' classic a Christmas Carol or the holiday-themed ballet the Nutcracker.

Troupes like Chicago's famed Joffrey Ballet stage performances of the Nutcracker each December, while other professional troupes from as far away as Moscow, Russia also bring this dance classic to the stage.

What is your favorite December event or celebration?

Let us know what you are looking forward to this December in the comments section...