Home for the holidays is overrated – Go explore the world at these Festivals in December
The month of December for most is a time (December Global Holidays) spent digesting the pounds of food eaten during Thanksgiving and last-minute Christmas shopping for those family members that you never know what to get. As great as it is to spend the holidays in the comfort of your home, there is truly nothing like exploring new things to do in an entirely different part of the world.
Here at Rad Season, we support every bit of adventure-seeking no matter the time of year. That’s why we put together the 9 best December festivals so you can save on shopping and conquer the world!
1. Al Dhafra Festival – Abu Dhabi
The greatest showcase of Bedouin lifestyle..
If you are one who loves to dive headfirst into a new culture, the Al Dhafra Festival is just for you. The Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and deputy commander in chief of the UAE armed forces collaborate to host an epic socially vibrant festival at the edge of the Empty Quarter desert in Dubai. A caravan of camels and hundreds of tribes descend upon the stunning sand dunes of the festival grounds and provide a breathtaking view.
The three-week festival includes Saluki dog races, falconry, photography competitions and amazing culinary dishes. Don’t forget to check out the Mazayna: a beauty competition for camels!
Dates: December 2020 / January 2021 – TBA
Location: Madinat Zayed, Al Dhafra Region, Abu Dhabi, UAE
Where to stay: Madinat Zayed
2. New Year’s Celebration in Rio de Janeiro – Brazil
The beach celebration of a lifetime
It’s hard to believe that New Year’s in Rio is the second biggest party in the city. However it does make sense after you experience the legendary Carnival that takes place every February / March. Nonetheless, celebrating NYE simply can not get any more (December Global Holidays) epic in this part of Brazil. More than 2.5 million people pack onto Copacabana Beach for the biggest beach party known to mankind. Music and fireworks light up the seaside crowd looking to bring in the new year with positivity and love.
Several music stages line the beach for those committed to dancing the night away and plenty of bars and restaurants allow you to get a perfect view of the firework show. Make sure to bring all-white attire to fit right in with the Brazilian New Year’s tradition!
Dates: December 31, 2020
Location: Copacabana Beach, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Where to stay: Copacabana Beach
3. Chichibu Night Festival – Japan
Japan’s go-to winter festival..
If there was one piece of advice for the Chichibu Night Festival, it’s to get there way early! Located just 90 minutes from Tokyo, this massive Japanese party gets packed quick and for good reason. Floats decorated with lanterns, wood carvings and unique musical touches line the streets until they arrive at the city center. Once in place, an incredible firework show commences for a view that is very hard to match.
Pop up food stands are placed all around the small town so you can get a true taste of Japanese street food. Don’t forget to pick up a couple bottles of amazake (sweet rice wine) to keep you warm during the frigid December evening.
Dates: December 2 – 3, 2020
Location: Chichibu, Japan
Where to stay: Chichibu
4. Paris International Fantastic Film Festival – France
Bring the popcorn and get comfy..
Film-heads unite during one of France’s most culturally sound film festivals. True fans of horror, fantasy and everything in between will be able to enjoy a plethora of international blockbusters, local films and foreign-language flicks.
All motion pictures will be played at the world-famous Max Linder Panorama theatre. Spectators even get to vote at the end of each screening and will decide which films receive PIFFF awards and prizes.
Dates: December 2020 – TBA
Location: Max Linder Theatre, Paris, France
Where to stay: Paris
5. Salsa World Championships – United States
No chips allowed, only fiercely competitive dancers..
Believe it or not, there are about half a dozen world salsa championships that take place around the globe. Make sure to head to the championships if you want to truly see the “Olympics of Salsa.” Negotiations are underway with several cities and venues to announce the next season which will be held in December 2020.
Established in 2005 and televised nationally by ESPN the U.S. version of the Salsa World Championships will not disappoint. Not only (December Global Holidays) do you get to enjoy an extravagant competition filled with flare and pizzaz, but attendees also can partake in daily salsa lessons from world-class instructors. Not a bad way to impress your crush!
Dates: December 2 – 6, 2020