Visit Xian in December

Plan your Xian tour in December? For various reasons, you are going to visit Xian in December.  Well, December is not a glorious month to visit Xian since the temperature is low ( average lowest -3℃ during the month) often coupled with gusty wind blowing hard on your face.

But the things are not  so bad due to the historical nature of the ancient city of Xian.  The cold weather doesn’t t affect your visit to the historical sites indoor or outdoor. In addition, you’ve got a big bonus in terms of discounts on your hotel, entrance fees and  transportation.

The lit-up Bell Tower in Xian

The Weather in December in Xian

December puts Xian deep into winter season with the temperature going much lower than the previous November. Xian’s average temperature in December falls between 6 ℃ during the day and -3 ℃ at night, very often accompanied with blustery weather.

The city has good heating system allows indoor rooms and facilities warm and comfortable.

Historical Weather Data for December in Xian

We’d like to provide you the historical weather data listed below that you need to plan your trip to Xian well in advance.  You may use the data to decide how to dress,  what to pack for  your coming trip to Xian.

DateAverage HighAverage LowExtreme HighExtreme Low
Dec 018℃-1℃18℃(2008)-7℃(1990)
Dec 028℃-1℃18℃(1989)-9℃(1952)
Dec 039℃-1℃22℃(1989)-10℃(1952)
Dec 048℃-1℃16℃(1955)-9℃(1952)
Dec 057℃-1℃16℃(1983)-7℃(1952)
Dec 067℃-1℃16℃(1989)-5℃(1952)
Dec 077℃-1℃15℃(1959)-5℃(1951)
Dec 087℃-2℃18℃(2008)-7℃(1967)
Dec 098℃-2℃19℃(2008)-10℃(1954)
Dec 108℃-2℃17℃(2008)-8℃(1954)
Dec 117℃-2℃17℃(1951)-9℃(1954)
Dec 126℃-2℃15℃(1988)-9℃(1975)
Dec 137℃-2℃14℃(1951)-8℃(1954)
Dec 146℃-2℃15℃(1955)-9℃(1975)
Dec 156℃-3℃16℃(1998)-9℃(1975)
Dec 166℃-3℃14℃(1978)-9℃(1975)
Dec 176℃-3℃16℃(1971)-10℃(1975)
Dec 185℃-3℃13℃(1998)-10℃(1984)
Dec 195℃-3℃14℃(1964)-10℃(1956)
Dec 206℃-3℃13℃(1996)-9℃(1999)
Dec 216℃-3℃14℃(1964)-8℃(1960)
Dec 226℃-4℃15℃(2000)-9℃(2008)
Dec 235℃-3℃18℃(1962)-9℃(1953)
Dec 245℃-3℃16℃(1996)-9℃(1953)
Dec 255℃-3℃17℃(1993)-9℃(1956)
Dec 265℃-4℃14℃(1998)-11℃(2002)
Dec 275℃-3℃17℃(1987)-10℃(1991)
 Dec 284℃-4℃12℃(1987)-15℃(1991)
Dec 294℃-4℃11℃(1987)-14℃(1991)
Dec 305℃-4℃14℃(2000)-19℃(1954)
Dec 31 4℃ -4℃ 14℃(2001) 19℃(1954)

What to Wear

Outdoor daytime wear ( average 6℃ ):   Winter clothes, layers (knitwear, or thermal wear).

Outdoor evening wear ( Average -3℃):  Thick winter clothes, layers (knitwear, or thermal wear), gloves, and winter hats & caps.

Where to Stay

Xian is a very compact and walkable city, so no matter where you are going to stay you will easily get to the major attractions and shopping areas in Xian. Some hotels start to offer discounted room rates from mid-November. Domestic tourist volume is getting thinner.

The city layout within Xian City Wall is based on a grid pattern centrally denoted by the grand Bell Tower (钟楼), which levels out four main avenues clockwise: East avenue (Dong Dajie 东大街), South Avenue ( Nan Dajie 南大街), West Avenue (Xi Dajie 西大街) and North Avenue (Bei Dajie 北大街).

Xian Railway Station is just located on the northeast corner of Xian city wall while Xian Airport is located 40km northwest of Xian.

The areas near Bell Tower, East Avenue, South Avenue, West Avenue and North Avenue are considered ideal places to stay in Xian.   Check out the link for more information – Where to Stay in Xian.

What to See

Xian is well known for its historical relics, both above ground and underneath. Season or weather changes make no  big difference for sightseeing in Xian.

So if you travel Xian in December as a first-time visitor, you may cover the major attractions like Terracotta Warriors, Xian City Wall, Xian Muslim Quarter,  the Great Mosque Bell & Drum Towers and the list could be longer if you stay in Xian for quite a few days.  Check out the Top 10 Attractions in Xian for more information.

What to Eat

Xian is a haven for eaters. Hitting the food streets of Muslim Quarter is a must for first-time visitors. It is said there are over 300 Muslim local snacks on the streets in Xian Muslim Quarter that attract a consistent flow of visitors everyday coming here to savour or just have a glimpse.

Food Vendor Stalls at Muslim Quarter

Have a bite of some of the local food: the famous Xi’an Liangpi (cold skin noodles) , the lamb skewers, the cuttlefish, the yogurt, pomegranate juice and the list could be much longer.

Check out Tips for Visiting Muslim Quarter in Xian  for more information.

December Events, Holidays & Festivals

Annual Events and Festivals

1. 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.

2.  Ski Resorts in Xian 西安滑雪场
Visiting a ski resort is a bonus added to make a perfect winter holiday in Xian. No matter you are a keen skier or non-skier, you can rewind and entertain yourself in a ski resort around Xian, 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.

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

4. New Year Eve Ceremony 新年之夜欢庆
Each year Xian 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 Xian tourism bureau’s official website for the new year celebration.

Tip 15: Hassle-free Xian Guided Tours

If you don’t want to do a self-guided tour and prefer the hassle-free escorted tours,  here are some options for Xian guided tours:

Xian Tour
Xian Day Tour
Xian Tour Packages
Beijing Xian Tour

Further Readings

Beijing Xian High Speed Train Experience
Top 10 Attractions in Xian
Tips for Visiting Muslim Quarter in Xian
Tips for Visiting Xian City Wall
Tips for Visiting Shaanxi History Museum
Tips for Visiting Xian Bell Tower
How Visit Terracotta Army
How to Visit Daming Palace National Heritage Park
Top 10 Photography Spots in Xian
The Night View of Great Tang All Day Mall
Tips for Visiting Hanyang Tombs Xian
The Song of Everlasting Sorrow Show in Xian
Tips for Visiting Big Wild Goose Pagoda
Tips for Visiting Huaqing Hot Springs in Xian
How to Visit Mount Huashan
Top 10 Hostels in Xian
Best Time to Visit Xian

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