Visit Beijing in December

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Plan your Beijing winter tour? Most people choose to visit Beijing in Autumn or spring, but there are some who would like to travel Beijing in December, not just because of Christmas holiday…

The weather in December in Beijing
December is the actual beginning of Beijing’s long winter season which lasts 4 months from November 15 to next year’s March 15. In December Beijing is cold and windy.

Beijing is a dry city, not much snow in winter. Sometimes there is some snow in later December. Sometimes there is no snow at all for the whole December.

Beijing could be very windy in December. Don’t stay outside for long time if you are in a windy day. As for what to wear on your December Beijing tours, you may check below each day ‘s average temperature according to the past  50 years’ climate data.

Winter Great Wall Hike is a bit challenging mainly due to the frozen weather in later December, January and early February each year in Beijing. Check How to dress for visiting Great Wall in winter.

You are advised to dress warmly – winter hat with ear flap, ear warmers, gloves, scarf, warm jackets and the winter accessories.

Historical Climate  Data for December in Beijing
This past 50-year historical weather data is quite useful for you to plan your trip to Beijing well in advance.  You may use the data to decide what to wear on your coming trip to Beijing.

By the way you may also check our  Beijing December Realtime Weather Photos  for more information on the Beijing weather images in December.

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Date       Average high    Average low   Precipitation   Extreme High  Extreme low
Dec 01 5℃                    -4℃ 0mm 13℃(2008) -13℃(1966)
Dec 02 5℃ -4℃ 0mm 13℃(1983) -13℃(1952)
Dec 03 5℃ -4℃ 0mm 20℃(1989) -12℃(1952)
Dec 04 6℃ -4℃ 0mm 17℃(1989) -11℃(1952)
Dec 05 5℃ -5℃ 0mm 12℃(1955) -14℃(1952)
Dec 06 4℃ -5℃ 0mm 10℃(1983) -13℃(1965)
Dec 07 5℃ -5℃                  0mm 13℃(1983) -13℃(1985)
Dec 08 4℃ -6℃ 0mm 12℃(1983) -16℃(1967)
Dec 09 5℃ -5℃ 0mm 12℃(2004) -14℃(1985)
Dec 10 5℃ -5℃ 0mm 13℃(1951) -13℃(1956)
Dec 11 4℃ -5℃ 0mm 13℃(1958) -14℃(1967)
Dec 12 4℃ -6℃ 0mm 10℃(1988) -12℃(1972)
Dec 13 3℃ -6℃ 0mm 9℃(1998) -13℃(1967)
Dec 14 3℃ -6℃ 0mm 10℃(1963) -14℃(1961)
Dec 15 3℃ -7℃         0mm 13℃(1998) -14℃(1967)
Dec 16 4℃ -6℃ 0mm 13℃(1951) -14℃(1952)
Dec 17 3℃ -6℃ 0mm 12℃(1951) -14℃(1965)
Dec 18   3℃ -7℃ 0mm 13℃(1951) -15℃(1952)
Dec 19 3℃ -7℃ 0mm            11℃(1951)           -18℃(1952)
Dec 20 3℃ -7℃ 0mm 14℃(1951) -18℃(1952)
Dec 21 3℃ -7℃ 0mm 11℃(1998) -16℃(1971)
Dec 22 3℃ -7℃ 0mm 11℃(1963) -14℃(1956)
Dec 23 3℃ -7℃ 0mm 14℃(1962) -16℃(1967)
Dec 24 2℃ -8℃ 0mm 16℃(1996) -15℃(1967)
Dec 25 2℃        -7℃ 0mm 10℃(1987) -16℃(1970)
Dec 26 2℃ -8℃ 0mm 10℃(1987) -14℃(1966)
Dec 27 2℃ -8℃ 0mm 13℃(1987) -18℃(1966)
Dec 28 1℃ -8℃ 0mm 14℃(1987) -18℃(1967)
Dec 29 1℃ -8℃ 0mm 8℃(1987) -15℃(1966)
Dec 30 2℃ -8℃ 0mm 9℃(1975) -16℃(1967)
Dec 31     2℃ -8℃ 0mm 10℃(1973) -18℃(1965

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December Events, Holidays& Festivals


Most people choose to visit Beijing in Autumn or spring, but there are some who would like to travel Beijing in December, not just because of Christmas holiday…

Annual Events and Festivals
1.  Ski Resorts in Beijing 北京滑雪场 ( Top 10 Beijing ski resorts )
Visiting a ski resort is a bonus added to make a perfect winter holiday in Beijing. No matter you are a keen skier or non-skier, you can rewind and entertain yourself in a ski resort around Beijing, skiing and participating in snow activities, or just sitting in a cozy snack bar and appreciating the white ski area over a cup of coffee or tea.

2. Traffic Safety’s Day Of China 全国交通安全日
The reason to designate 02 December as the day each year for ” Traffic Safety’s Day Of China” is mainly due to fact that 112 is the common emergency telephone number ( road traffic accidents). The traffic safety day is aimed at promoting the road traffic safety and reducing the traffic accidents.

3. National Legal Publicity Day 全国法制宣传日
The National Legal Publicity Day falls on 4 December which was inaugurated in 2001.  It is aimed at promoting the constitution sprite as well as building a harmonious society in China.

4. Memorial Day for Nanjing Massacre 南京大屠杀纪念日
This special day falls on 13 December. The Memorial Hall of the Victims in Nanjing Massacre by Japanese Invaders (侵华日军南京大屠杀遇难同胞纪念馆) tells the overwhelming atrocities of raping, killing, burning and looting committed by the Japanese forces of aggression during the six weeks from December 13 to January, 1938. For more information Nanjing Massacre, check out the link:  How to Visit Nanjing Massacre Museum.

5. Macau’s Return to China Day 澳门回归纪念日。
The day is designed to commemorate the formal handover ceremony on Dec. 20, 1999,  when Macau,  the final vestige of European colonialism in the region, was returned to Chinese sovereignty after 442 years of Portuguese rule.

6. Christmas Eve in Beijing
If you happen to spend your Christmas eve in Beijing during your Beijing tour, you may take some adventure going on to the streets to explore and spend a local Christmas eve.

So how will local Beijingers celebrate Christmas eve? What are things to do during Christmas eve in Beijing?  Unlike the west countries where Christmas is a time for family get-together, here in Beijing it is a time for people making fun and shops making money. Check out the link: How to Spend Christmas Eve in Beijing.

7. Beijing New Year’s Eve Countdown Celebration 新年之夜欢庆
Each year the local tourism bureau will hold a fantastic “New Year Celebration” on the eve of the coming new year in a unique way.  Turn to a local travel agency or visit the tourism bureau’s official website for the new year celebration.

Beijing Weather in Each Month

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Beijing in August Beijing in September  Beijing in October

06611Tip:  Hassle-free Beijing Guided Winter Tours
If you don’t want to go the do-it-yourself route and prefer the hassle-free escorted tours,  here are some options for guided tours to Beijing:

Mutianyu Great Wall + Beijing Huaibei International Ski Resort Day Tour
Badaling Great Wall + Snow World Ski Resort Day Tour
Beijing Winter Downtown Day Tour
Beijing Nanshan Ski Day Tour

Mutianyu Great Wall Half Day Tour from US$55 p/p
Hike from Jiankou to Mutianyu Great Wall Day Tour from US$69 p/p

Mutianyu Great Wall Layover Tour from US$65 p/p
Beijing Highlight Layover Tour from US$75 p/p

Further Readings


Top 10 Attractions in Beijing
How to Visit Forbidden City
How to Visit Temple of Heaven
How to Visit Summer Palace
How to Visit Ming Tombs
How to Visit the Great Wall of China
How to Visit Tiananmen Square
How to Visit Hutongs
How to Visit Olympic Sites

Top 10 Markets in Beijing
Top 10 Shopping Malls in Beijing
Beijing Shopping

Wangfujing Night Snack Street
Qianmen Commercial Street
Beijing Huguosi Street

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5 Responses to “Visit Beijing in December”

  1. Darya says:

    Where is Lidu? Hello?

  2. Daniel says:

    Hello Darya,

    Lidu or Lido? We’ve never heard about Lidu. a hotel or store? If Lido, Metropark Lido Hotel (Beijing) is close to Beijing airport.

  3. zani says:

    Hai! willbe in Beijing for our school Holiday, Is there any possibility
    of snowing within 14 -20th of December 2018 in Beijing and the best cloths fro me and my family
    to prepare.

  4. Kemal says:

    Hi, great website you have here, very helpful with great information. M
    My family with kids plan to visit beijing this december, is it recommended? Are tourist attractions open, such as great wall and forbidden city?
    Thx

  5. Daniel says:

    Dear Kemal,

    Thanks for your inquiry!

    Yes, all the all attractions are open during the season, including the Great Wall and Forbidden city. By the way, Forbidden City is closed every Monday. Have a nice time in Beijing!

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