The year is almost out and boy do we need a holiday. Get in a last minute getaway, whether close to home in the Australian wilderness or across the seas to soak up the sun in Hawaii or indulge the Christmas spirit in Europe. Here’s a roundup of what’s happening around the world in December.
Art Basel Miami
Since launching in 2002, Art Basel Miami has become the world’s most talked about art fair. An offshoot of the original, which started in Switzerland in 1970, Art Basel Miami showcases a huge array of art from established artists to emerging and offbeat works. More than the main fair held at the Miami Beach Convention Center, Art Basel is now a cluster of fairs covering all manner of art and design around the city. It’s also one of the most accessible art fairs, with works selling for around $1000 and upwards.
Art Basel Miami, 1 – 4 December, 2016, Miami, Florida, USA
Snowglobe Music Festival, Lake Tahoe
This is a New Year celebration turned snow adventure turned music festival – really the best way to bring in the New Year if you’re in the Northern Hemisphere! Lake Tahoe turns into an adventure park where electro musicians and DJ’s take the stage beside snowboarders back flipping in a half pipe. Basically, hit the slopes of Heavenly Mountain by day and groove to the music by night.
Snowglobe Music Festival, 29 – 31 December, 2016, Lake Tahoe, California, USA
Woodford Folk Festival, Queensland
One of the largest events of its kind in Australia, this music and culture festival is a six day affair in the countryside north of Brisbane. More than 2000 performers and 438 events feature both local and international talent across a range of genres from dance, street theatre and circus acts, to social debates, craft workshops and an environmental program. The festival site is transformed into a village, where cafes, restaurants, bars and stalls line streets, there is a dedicated children’s festival and campgrounds so you can settle in for the week.
Woodford Folk Festival, 27 December 2016 – 1 January 2017, Woodford, Queensland, Australia
Holiday in Hawaii
The land with perfect weather year round, December is an ideal time to jet across the Pacific and bring in the New Year in tropical paradise. This island archipelago is surprisingly diverse, from the still active volcanoes on the Big Island to ancient wilderness in the Waimea Canyon on Kuaui, the oldest island. Jump on a week-long cruise around the islands, kick back in a surfside shack on Oahu’s north shore, or indulge in luxury in the skyrise hotels of Waikiki.
Get Festive In Austria
Vienna might be the mainstay here, but head out of the capital to Innsbruck. This picturesque alpine town boasts quaint streets lined with medieval houses, squares filled with market stalls and a backdrop of snow-capped mountains behind. Head to the market in the Altstadt where you’ll find gingerbread, timber toys, Christmas ornaments and local artesian products, all to the sound of carol singers, the taste of Advent doughnuts and the sight of sparkling Christmas lights. Festive heaven.
Innsbruck Christmas markets, 15 November, 2016 – 6 January, 2017
Escape the summer crowds of mainland Australia and head to Tasmania for a dose of hiking, water sports and serenity. December is a perfect month to visit because snow no longer caps mountains and temperatures can soar into the 20’s, making for perfect outdoors conditions. Have an active holiday by setting off on one of the state’s multi-day hiking trails. The South Coast Trail and The Overland Trail are both over a week long and take in some of Tassie’s most beautiful landscapes. The less adventurous can find one day hikes at Cradle Mountain and Freycinet National Park, too. Head off on a fishing adventure from Hobart to catch prized Tasmanian Salmon or scallops. Or simply sit back by a beach on picturesque Bruny Island.