Philippines weather & when to go: December

December overview

By December, the dry season is well underway across the Philippines. Days are typically sunny with minimal rainfall; temperatures are cooler and more bearable and humidity levels are beginning to drop.

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December's weather in detail

Average daily temperatures during December range from 22°C to 32°C in Palawan, Cebu, Bohol and the southern regions and from 21°C to 30°C in Luzon and the north. The mountainous region of Cordillera experiences slightly cooler temperatures, making December a good time of year for trekking around the Banaue Rice Terraces.   

With favourable weather conditions, it’s no surprise that December is a popular time of year to visit the Philippines. If you're looking for a Christmas getaway, look no further! 

 Where's the sun and sand?

Manila, Bohol, Boracay, Cebu, Palawan, Vigan & Northern Luzon

Our recommended journeys

Philippines With Ease balances a handful of must-see highlights with plenty of blissful R&R downtime. Explore Manila’s eclectic metropolis, feasting on its vibrant cuisine; unwind amid the natural wonders of Palawan, cruising along the Puerto Princesa underground river; and relax on El Nido’s sundrenched island beaches.

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Key Festivals & Religious Ceremonies

 Feast of the Immaculate Conception

Busy religious procession through the streets of Intramuros in Manila. (Dec 8th)


Christmas is an important time of the year in the Philippines and celebrations stretch from mid-December through to Three Kings Day in early January.

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