The Gap Year Traveller’s Guide to December

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Want to know about what’s hot on the gapping radar in December? Read on for the best in gap year events and must-see festivals around the world.

Projects Abroad Information Evening, London – Dec. 13

Find out what volunteering opportunities you could undertake on your gap year by chatting to representatives of Projects Abroad at their open evening at the University of London Union.

i-to-i Volunteer Information Session, Edinburgh – Dec. 4

Learn about gap year volunteer travel opportunities and meet the i-to-i team up in Scotland.

Frontier Open Day, London – Dec. 8

Popular volunteering organisation Frontier invites gappers to come and meet staff and find out about specific projects that Frontier runs.

American Christmas Festival, US – Dec. 11 until Dec. 12

Gapping through California? Check out Long Beach’s American Christmas Festival. Free to the public and featuring ten tonnes of manufactured snow, live music, stalls and exhibitions, this festival will bring lots of festive jeer whilst continuing your travels far away from home.

Caroline Bay Carnival, NZ – Dec. 26 until Jan. 9

Celebrate the 100th Caroline Bay Carnival in the heat of the New Zealand summer in Timaru. Enjoy free festivities including circus performances, fairground rides, daily concerts and the carnival’s famous New Years Eve firework display.

Float Festival, Japan – Dec. 2 until Dec. 3

Also known as Chichibu Yomatsuri, this Japanese festival takes place in Banba-machi, Chichibu, in the province of Saitama where a procession of floats, sparkling with fireworks, are carried up a steep slope to the accompaniment of pounding drums. Unmissable!

Burning Devil Festival, Guatemala – Dec. 7

Head to the cities of Antigua or Guatemala City to witness giant effigies of devils burning to a cinder as fireworks and marimba bands drown out the crackling fire at this traditional South American festival

Night of the Radishes, Mexico – Dec. 23

As Christmas dawns what better way to get in the spirit than a trip to Oaxaca for the Night of the Radishes? The mass display of sculptures depicting the birth of Jesus follows a competition for “best radish sculpture” with locals all clamouring for the accolade.

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