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Egypt in December: Weather, Events, and What Else to Expect on Your Trip

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December is an excellent time to visit Egypt, as the country enjoys cooler weather, making it perfect for exploring its ancient wonders and vibrant cities.

Whether you’re cruising down the Nile, wandering through bustling markets, or marveling at the pyramids, Egypt in December offers a unique and comfortable travel experience. In this guide, we’ll explore what you can expect from Egypt in December, including weather patterns, activities, events, and culinary delights.

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Egypt Weather in December

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December in Egypt brings cooler, more comfortable temperatures compared to the sweltering summer months. In Cairo and the Nile Delta, daytime temperatures typically range from 14°C to 22°C (57°F to 72°F), with cooler nights. 

In Luxor and Aswan, temperatures can be a bit warmer, ranging from 10°C to 24°C (50°F to 75°F). Coastal regions like Sharm El Sheikh and Hurghada enjoy pleasant weather, with temperatures between 16°C and 24°C (61°F to 75°F). Rain is rare, but occasional showers can occur in the northern regions.

Why Visit Egypt in December

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Comfortable Weather

December’s cooler temperatures are ideal for exploring Egypt’s outdoor attractions, from ancient ruins to desert landscapes.

Fewer Crowds

With fewer tourists than in peak season, you can enjoy a more relaxed and intimate experience at popular sites.

Rich Cultural Experiences

Engage with Egypt’s vibrant culture through its festivals, markets, and culinary delights, gaining deeper insights into the local way of life.

What to Do and Expect in Egypt in December

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Explore Ancient Sites

Visit iconic sites like the Pyramids of Giza, the Sphinx, and the temples of Luxor and Karnak. The cooler weather makes it ideal for exploring these historical landmarks.

Nile River Cruise

Take a cruise along the Nile River, stopping at key archaeological sites such as the Valley of the Kings, Edfu, and Kom Ombo. December’s mild temperatures enhance the experience of sightseeing from the deck.

Red Sea Diving and Snorkeling

Discover the vibrant underwater world of the Red Sea in resorts like Sharm El Sheikh and Hurghada. The clear waters are perfect for diving and snorkeling, and the weather is pleasantly warm.

Desert Adventures

Explore the vast deserts of Egypt with activities such as camel trekking, jeep safaris, and visiting the White Desert and the Siwa Oasis. The cool December temperatures make desert excursions more comfortable.

Festivals and Events

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Here are a few festivals and celebrations that you can enjoy when you visit Egypt in December:

Coptic Christmas Preparations

While Coptic Christmas is celebrated on January 7th, the preparations begin in December. Experience the festive atmosphere in Coptic Christian communities with decorations, special church services, and markets.

New Year's Eve Celebrations

Egypt celebrates New Year’s Eve with fireworks, parties, and special events in major cities and tourist resorts. Join in the festivities at hotels, restaurants, and public squares.

Local Cuisine and Culinary Delights

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Egyptian cuisine in December is rich and flavorful, perfect for enjoying during the cooler weather. Indulge in:

Koshari

A popular Egyptian street food made with rice, lentils, pasta, and chickpeas, topped with a spicy tomato sauce and crispy fried onions.

Molokhia

A traditional soup made from finely chopped jute leaves, often served with chicken or rabbit and enjoyed with rice or bread.

Stuffed Pigeon

A delicacy in Egyptian cuisine, usually stuffed with a mixture of rice, herbs, and spices, then roasted to perfection.

Baklava and Basbousa

Enjoy these sweet treats made with layers of phyllo dough, nuts, and honey syrup, perfect for satisfying your sweet tooth.

Conclusion

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A trip to Egypt in December offers a perfect combination of comfortable weather, rich cultural experiences, and stunning historical sites. Whether you’re cruising the Nile, diving in the Red Sea, or exploring ancient temples, this fascinating destination promises an unforgettable travel experience. 

Plan your December getaway to Egypt and immerse yourself in the timeless wonders and vibrant culture of this extraordinary country.

Check out Baboo Travel’s free itinerary for your custom trip to Egypt below:

Plan your next dream trip with one of our hand-picked, highly experienced, licensed, and insured Local In-destination Experts!

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