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

Traditional festivals, outdoor activities, and seasonal delicacies
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December is a magical time to visit Spain, where festive celebrations, mild winter weather, and diverse cultural experiences await. 

From the vibrant cities of Madrid and Barcelona to the charming towns and scenic landscapes, Spain offers a variety of attractions and activities perfect for a winter getaway. This guide will help you plan your trip to Spain in December, covering weather patterns, activities, events, and culinary delights.

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Spain Weather in December

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December weather in Spain varies greatly depending on the region:

  • Madrid and Central Spain: Temperatures range from 2°C to 12°C (36°F to 54°F). The weather is cold, especially in the mornings and evenings, with occasional rain.
  • Barcelona and the Mediterranean Coast: Temperatures range from 7°C to 16°C (45°F to 61°F). The climate is milder with more sunshine, but evenings can be chilly.
  • Andalusia (Seville, Granada, Malaga): Temperatures range from 8°C to 18°C (46°F to 64°F). This region enjoys relatively mild and pleasant weather, making it ideal for outdoor activities.
  • Northern Spain (Bilbao, San Sebastian): Temperatures range from 4°C to 13°C (39°F to 55°F). The weather is cooler and wetter, with more frequent rain.
  • The Canary Islands: Temperatures range from 15°C to 22°C (59°F to 72°F). The islands enjoy a subtropical climate with warm and pleasant weather, perfect for a winter sun escape.

Spain in December: Highlights and Activities

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Discover Barcelona

Explore the architectural wonders of Antoni Gaudí, including Sagrada Familia and Park Güell. Stroll along La Rambla, visit the Gothic Quarter, and enjoy the city’s vibrant nightlife.

Experience Andalusia

Visit the Alhambra in Granada, the historic center of Seville with its cathedral and Alcazar, and the beautiful beaches of Malaga. Enjoy flamenco shows and tapas bars.

Ski in the Pyrenees and Sierra Nevada

December is the start of the ski season in Spain. Enjoy skiing and snowboarding in popular resorts such as Baqueira-Beret in the Pyrenees and Sierra Nevada near Granada.

Relax in the Canary Islands

Soak up the sun on the beautiful beaches, explore volcanic landscapes, and enjoy water sports. Visit attractions like Timanfaya National Park in Lanzarote and Mount Teide in Tenerife.

Spain in December: Events and Festivals

Spain in December: Weather, Events and What Else to Expect on Your Trip
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Christmas Celebrations

Spain’s Christmas festivities are lively and deeply rooted in tradition. From nativity scenes (Belenes) and Christmas markets to festive lights and parades, the holiday spirit is everywhere.

Nochevieja (New Year's Eve)

Celebrated with grand parties, fireworks, and the tradition of eating twelve grapes at midnight for good luck, particularly in Madrid’s Puerta del Sol.

Dia de los Santos Inocentes (December 28th)

Spain’s equivalent of April Fool’s Day, where people play pranks on each other.

La Nochebuena (Christmas Eve)

Families gather for a big feast, often including traditional dishes like seafood and roast lamb, followed by Midnight Mass (Misa del Gallo).

Sample Packages For Your Trip to Spain

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Discover Barcelona

On this eight day journey you will discover the greatest spots of Barcelona and its amazing food, and then you will be able to pamper yourself on the turquoise beaches of Menorca.

Enjoy Spanish Cuisine

On this eight day journey, you will be able to discover the real flavors of Spain, as well as their art, culture and hostory.

Hike the Mountains in Spain

Welcome to the South. To the highest mountains of the Iberian Peninsula. To the southernmost mountain range in Europe.

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