Visiting the Amalfi Coast in December

An unusually magical Christmas

Visiting the Amalfi Coast in December
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Visiting the Amalfi Coast in December

Visiting the Amalfi Coast in December

There's no snow, temperatures are mild, and you won't find the traditional Christmas markets. Let's face it: the Amalfi Coast isn't your typical holiday destination in December. That said, Christmas on the coast offers a uniquely magical experience that you will find unforgettable....

The coastal towns are lit with fairy lights, reflected on the waves after sunset. The lanes are scented with the delightful smell of traditional holiday treats like zeppole and struffoli. There are pretty Nativity scenes set up in each square and shop window, and concerts and events for the holiday season scheduled for kids and adults.

New Year's Eve is generally celebrated on the Spiaggia Grande beach in Positano, which becomes an open air disco until dawn.

Christmas and New Year's on the Amalfi Coast

Sorrento is famous for its Christmas decorations, most notably the towering tree in Piazza Tasso that puts on a music and light show each hour. From the end of November, each weekend has special events and concerts scheduled to celebrate the holidays.

Christmas and New Year's in Sorrento

The Weather in December

By December, temperatures on the Amalfi Coast are quite cold, though rarely freezing. It frequently rains, however, and seas are choppy.

  • Average high temperature (in Celsius): 15° C
  • Average low temperature (in Celsius): 10° C
  • Chance of rain: 30%
  • Chance of clouds: 47%
  • Average sea temperature (in Celsius): 17° C
  • Average daylight hours: 9

What to Do on the Amalfi Coast in December

Aside from Christmas concerts and events, December is perfect for visiting Naples, Sorrento, Amalfi, Ravello, and Pompeii and Herculaneum.

Recommended experiences and tours for December

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Cantina del Vesuvio - Organic "Superiore" Wine Tasting + Lunch on Vesuvius Bestseller Verified

Food experience

Organic "Superiore" Wine Tasting + Lunch on Vesuvius

€ 35 per guest

Duration 2 hours

  • Organic Lacryma Christi del Vesuvio DOP Superiore wine
  • Lunch on traditional dishes while enjoying the view
  • Visit the vineyard and winery
Excellent (913)

Departure from: Amalfi

Capri Boat Tour with Pick-up from Amalfi

€ 119 per guest

Duration 10 hours

  • Visit the Blue Grotto
  • Hotel pick up
  • Sack lunch on board
Excellent (6)

Food experience

Organic "Classico" Wine Tasting with Lunch on Vesuvius

€ 28 per guest

Duration 2 hours

  • Organic wine from Vesuvius
  • Guided walk of the winery
  • Lunch with local specialties
Excellent (913)
Buyourtour - Capri Boat Tour with Pick-up from Positano Bestseller Verified

Departure from: Positano

Capri Boat Tour with Pick-up from Positano

€ 99 per guest

Duration 9 hours

  • Hotel pick up in Positano
  • Visit the Blue Grotto
  • Free time to shop and sightsee on the island
Excellent (6)

Departure from: Pompeii

Pompeii: Guided walking tour with Skip-the-line tickets

€ 39 per guest

Duration 2 hours (Morning)

  • An English-speaking expert guide
  • See the highlights of the vast archaeological site
  • Skip the hassle of navigating the ruins with a map
Excellent (845)

Departure from: Naples

Pompeii and Mt. Vesuvius Tour with Wine Tasting

€ 85 per guest

Duration 8 hours

  • Wine tasting
  • Visit the crater atop Mt. Vesuvius
  • Skip-the-line at Pompeii
Excellent (2131)

Departure from: Naples, Sorrento, Positano

Full-Day Transfer: Pompeii, Mt Vesuvius, Herculaneum

from € 330 Per vehicle | Max 16 people

Duration 8 hours

  • Visit Pompeii, Herculaneum, and Mt Vesuvius in one day, with pick-up, drop off, and transfers via air-conditioned car with driver.
Excellent (182)
Lubrense Boats - Positano Private Boat Tour with Skipper New

Departure from: Sorrento, Massa Lubrense

Positano Private Boat Tour with Skipper

from € 487 Per boat | Max 12 passengers

Duration 8 hours

  • A traditional boat all for yourself
  • English-speaking skipper
  • Flexible itinerary
Excellent (162)

Departure from: Naples, Sorrento

Pompeii, Herculaneum, and Vesuvius: Archaeological Tour

from € 347 Per vehicle € 380 -9%

Duration 8 hours

  • This private car service is the only way to visit the archaeological sites of Pompeii and Herculaneum together with Mount Vesuvius in one day.
Excellent (373)
Top Excursion Sorrento - Full Day Amalfi Coast Tour with English-speaking Driver Most popular Verified

Departure from: Naples, Sorrento

Full Day Amalfi Coast Tour with English-speaking Driver

from € 320 Per vehicle | Max 8 passengers € 340 -6%

Duration 8 hours

  • No public transportation
  • See the highlights in one day
  • Air conditioning and wifi
Excellent (220)
Lubrense Boats - Capri and Positano: Full-Day Private Boat Tour New

Departure from: Sorrento, Massa Lubrense

Capri and Positano: Full-Day Private Boat Tour

from € 610 Per boat | Max 12 passengers

Duration 8 hours

  • Customizable itinerary
  • Option of docking on land
  • Drinks on board
Excellent (162)

Departure from: Amalfi

Waterfalls & Nature reserve of the Valley of the Mills

€ 20 per guest

Duration 3 hours

  • A private walk through the Valley of the Mills & Ferriere Nature Reserve and Amalfi's historic paper mills with a licensed hiking guide.
Excellent (122)

Accommodations

Choose among Positano.com's selected and reviewed accommodations, with more than 12.000+ dream rooms reserved.

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B&B and Homes - Positano

Casa Buonocore

From € 215
Breakfast included

Positano's boutique guest house

  1. A villa within steps of the sea washing the Amalfi Coast
  2. Start the day in style, with breakfast on the terrace
  3. The library overlooking the center of Positano
Excellent (167)
Tel. +39 089 875085
Villa Oliviero Bestseller

Luxury Villas - Positano

Villa Oliviero

From € 300
Breakfast included

Your dream retreat in Positano

  1. Your very own luxury villa on the Amalfi Coast
  2. The spectacular views of the sea surrounding Positano
  3. Relaxing in the Jacuzzi or steam room, in the garden
Excellent (40)
Tel. +39 335 6891661
Villa Magia Bestseller

Luxury Villas - Positano

Villa Magia

From € 380
Breakfast included

Villa Magia, the pinnacle of your dream villa

  1. One of the most spectacular views along the entire Amalfi Coast
  2. The perfect position at the highest point in Positano, accessible by car
  3. The lush Mediterranean garden, where you can settle in to gaze at the sea
Excellent (138)
Tel. +39 089 875584
Positano Art Hotel Pasitea Bestseller

Small Boutique Hotels - Positano

Positano Art Hotel Pasitea

From € 137
Breakfast included

The art of hospitality - in Positano

  1. Traditional Mediterranean elegance on the Amalfi Coast
  2. Luxurious suites with hydromassage baths facing the sea
  3. The stunning works of art in the gallery in the hall
Excellent (1249)
Tel. +39 089 875500
Hotel L'Ancora Bestseller

4 stars - Positano

Hotel L'Ancora

From € 280
Breakfast included

In the heart of the historic center of Positano

  1. The view of the sea from every single balcony and terrace
  2. The rich breakfast of fresh fruit and pastries
  3. The location in the center of Positano, close to the Spiaggia Grande beach
Excellent (308)
Tel. +39 089 875318

3 stars - Minori

Hotel Europa

From € 43
Breakfast included

Total relaxation just steps from the Minori seaside

  1. Just 50 meters to the beach
  2. A balcony or private terrace facing the lovely Roman Villa and museum
  3. A generous, delicious breakfast
Average (484)
Tel. +39 340 3382917

3 stars - Massa Lubrense

Hotel La Certosa

From € 99
Breakfast included

A bed on the beach (well, almost!)

  1. Just three steps and you're on the beach of Marina del Cantone
  2. A delicious fish supper at the "Pappone"' restaurant
  3. The spectacular views of the sea surrounding Nerano
Excellent (184)
Tel. +39 081 8081209
Hotel Margherita Bestseller

4 stars - Praiano

Hotel Margherita

From € 176
Breakfast included

A little piece of paradise - in Praiano

  1. A typical Mediterranean villa with views of the sea surrounding Praiano
  2. The unique flavors of the Amalfi Coast, courtesy of Restaurant M'ama!
  3. The splendid terrace with solarium and hydromassage swimming pool
Excellent (1972)
Tel. +39 089 874628

Villas - Massa Lubrense

Relais Villarena

From € 75

A superb position in the heart of Nerano

  1. The historic residence of the marquis of Villarena, in the center of Nerano.
  2. The flavorsome cuisine of the Amalfi Coast served in the Dolce far Niente restaurant.
  3. The view of Li Galli from the elegant apartments.
Excellent (222)
Tel. +39 0818081779

4 stars - Positano

Hotel Palazzo Murat

Hidden treasure, in Positano

  1. A patrician residence with secret garden in the center of Positano
  2. The Mediterranean cuisine served in the Al Palazzo restaurant
  3. Life on the Amalfi Coast: by boat, on the beach and in the pool!
Excellent (1210)
Tel. +39 089 875177

4 stars - Positano

Hotel Villa Gabrisa

From € 144
Breakfast included

Your dream holiday on the Amalfi Coast

  1. A peaceful vacation on the Amalfi Coast in a villa in Positano
  2. The effortless Mediterranean elegance in the sea view suites
  3. The delicious cuisine of the Amalfi Coast
Excellent (734)
Tel. +39 089 811498

4 stars - Positano

Hotel Eden Roc

From € 335
Breakfast included

Heaven in Paradise

  1. Breakfast overlooking Positano
  2. An infinity pool in paradise
  3. Gorgeous antiques and a private jacuzzi in the Imperial Suite
Excellent (1772)
Tel. +39 089 875 844
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