Averages for Sicily in December
December is one of the chilliest times of the year to visit Sicily. During your stay you can expect to see temperatures of no higher than 14°C during the day, dropping to a crisp 10°C on an evening. There is also a high chance you’ll experience a fair bit of rain while on holiday. Click here for the annual weather averages for Sicily.
Although it may be rather cool, December is a wonderful time to visit Sicily to see all the Christmas decorations. At this time of year, all the villages and towns are beautifully decorated and lit with dozens of live Nativity scenes. There will also be many festivals, parades and food tastings going on.
Dates for the diary
Over the festive period Sicily’s towns and villages are beautifully lit and there are numerous presepi viventi (live Nativity scenes) taking place. More often than not, these scenes are part of colourful Christmas festivals, where tourists and locals gather to enjoy the celebratory atmosphere and tastings of typical Sicilian food.
Things to do
Favignana is a great place for the whole family to visit. This island is a wonderful place to explore, with many restaurants and cafes, as well as natural coves and historical buildings. If you really want to get to know the island, hire a scooter or a car to get about.
Museo del Costume is a unique museum that houses traditional costumes from across Italy’s rich history. This is the perfect museum for era costume lovers and history enthusiasts interested in obtaining fascinating insight into ancient, medieval and renaissance life.
Surprise a loved one this Christmas with a wonderful gift full of Sicilian memories. Nocito Jewellery, Sicily’s top jewel company, has a stunning array of eye-catching gems and adornments. With a long history in producing fine jewels for Italian nobility and wealthy merchants, Nocito remains one of the most popular jewelleries in Italy to this day.
New Travel Services Day Trips organises a diverse array of trips across Sicily utilising cars, motorbikes, quads and bicycles to accommodate any type of tourist. The company offers numerous different tours and packages each with a different focus; including gastronomy tours, city escape tours, urban tours, coastal tours, mountain tours, off road tours and more. A great day out – sunny or not.
Make the most of some winter sunshine if and when it shines on Sicily and head to the Ventura golf resort, which has three world-class golf courses: the east course, the west course and the championship course. Both west and east courses have 18 holes and are par 72, with the championship course being a composite layout of 9 holes of each East and West course. The championship course is designed to offer the maximum golfing challenge to pro players, while the east and west courses cater to beginner and experienced amateur golfers.
Where to eat & drink
With so many amazing restaurants in Sicily, you’ll be spoilt for choice. Try and make time to visit Savoy Fish Restaurant at least once. This eatery offers an extensive menu packed with traditional Sicilian dishes and quality seafood.
Le 5 Spezie is a Mediterranean restaurant focusing on the Mediterranean lifestyle and the healthy benefits from eating the Mediterranean diet. The food here is always super fresh and cooked with extra virgin olive oil. The restaurant is not the most inexpensive in Sicily but its unique premise and delicious foods make for an interesting dining experience.
La Medina Pub is an international fusion gastropub that cooks food with a number of different influences. Indian, Chinese, Italian, Mexican and other cuisines are seamlessly merged within the La Medina’s menu to create newfound and exciting gastronomy. The restaurant is considered very modern and has a widespread – excellent – reputation.
Classy and romantic, Sesto Canto is an internationally inspired restaurant that infuses traditional Mediterranean recipes with international flavours to create a wide range of delicious dishes. The restaurant lends itself perfectly to romantic nights out and discreet dining experiences.
Al Fondaco del Conte is a laid-back international eatery where Italian and Mediterranean dishes are reinvented to become modern culinary delights. The food here is delicious and the restaurant is family friendly, with inviting prices and a relaxed atmosphere.
Bangkok is Sicily’s most prestigious Thai restaurant and a must for lovers of Asian and Italian fusion cuisine. The restaurant is located in a beautiful part of Catania and combines palatable prices with delicious dishes. Even though this is a Thai restaurant, the food is mild enough for western palates.
Sicily is famous for amazing bakeries and Pasticceria San Carlo is no exception. This bakery is one of the most popular in the area and although it only has a small selection of pastries, each and every one is outstanding.
Bar La Precchia is a late-night live music bar that plays local and international rock hits to a fun, mixed crowd. The drinks are well-priced and the good mix of music keep this place lively late in to the night.
Where to stay
Comfortable and quiet, Relais Modica is a B&B hotel set in an old building located in the heart of the historic centre of Modica. The hotel is charming and well-serviced and the peaceful location and tranquil atmosphere make this an ideal resort for true R&R.
Brezza d'Estate is another family run guest house that has earned a good reputation for being very welcoming and high quality in its approach and services. The hotel is conveniently located along a major route at the western side of the island.
The Hotel Villa Schuler is a historic building with definite charm that now houses the eponymous beachside boutique hotel. The hotel offers spectacular views over the bay of Naxos and Mount Etna. Service is great here, too.
Borgo Eolie is a family-friendly hotel that welcomes its guests with a smile. This brand new hotel has already been awarded with numerous certificates of excellence for its great value for money, excellent facilities and top service.
Hotel el Jebel is an impressive 5 + luxurious resort in Taormina, the city of romance in Sicily. Perfect for couples on a romantic getaway or newlyweds on their honeymoon, the el Jebel charms with its impressive décor and unsurpassed range of discreetly luxurious and romantic services.
Hotel el Jebel dining room, Sicily.
December events in Sicily
Feast of St. Nicola
6th December 2015
The Feast of St. Nicola is celebrated in Palermo with the traditional blessing and distribution of small loaves of bread, all stamped with the saint's image.
Christmas in Catania
25th December 2015
Events and activities are staged all over Sicily on Christmas Day. Christmas Day is a public holiday celebrating the birth of Jesus.
New Year's Eve
31st December 2015
Welcome in the New Year in a variety of ways in Sicily. Drinking, dancing, music, and food are among the most popular things to do on this last day of the year.