It’s time to jingle those bells, deck those halls and generally make jolly as it’s – cue drum roll – Holiday Season. Woo-hoo! All those bah humbugs among you, look away now, as we at Destination MO are here to bring you the most fabulous of festive events occurring around the world this December.

First to Thailand, which on 5 December sees Thais throughout the country celebrate the 86th birthday of their most revered and beloved King, HM Bhumibol Adulyadej. An estimated 200,000 Thai well-wishers in yellow shirts (yellow represents Monday, the day on which the King was born) are expected to turn out in the nation’s capital, Bangkok, to celebrate or catch a glimpse of the monarch on the balcony of Anantasamakom Throne Hall. Shopaholics should head to Macau this month to take part in the month-long Macau Shopping Festival. This year’s theme is ‘One Day shopping, One Day Playing’ and there’ll be plenty of show-stopping store fronts inspired by the ‘Dress up the Window for Christmas’ campaign, should you need inspiration.

In Europe, we kick off in Geneva, with the explosive Escalade celebration. It takes place from 13 to 15 December and commemorates the victory of the citizens of Geneva over troops from Savoy in 1602. Thousands of people dressed in traditional costume will march in a torchlight parade, congregating in Cathedral Square for a patriotic singsong around a blazing bonfire.

Munich and Prague both have world-renowned Christmas markets. So pick your city and fully immerse yourself in the tidings of the season, warming your cockles with a glass of Glühwein and enjoying local delicacies and a traditional gingerbread man or two. Or pop over to the States, where the grandees of the art world will be gathering at their favourite winter spot, Miami, for Art Basel, from 5 to 8 December. International galleries, museums and private collectors get together to show off their wares, exhibiting work from both established hard-hitters and emerging young guns.

Yee haw! From 5 to 14 December, it’s all about the National Rodeo finals in Las Vegas. Gallop over to the Thomas & Mack Center and join the throng of rodeo fans watching the top 15 competitors show off their bareback riding, roping and bull-riding skills. A bumpy ride for some.

Then there is New Year’s Eve. Love it or hate it, you can’t avoid it. Go on, you know you want to see 2013 out in style! So if you’re in Singapore, pop along to Marina Bay and set afloat your New Year wishes on one of the 20,000 ‘Wishing Spheres’ that are released into the water.

For something completely different in the US, head downtown for the fabulous First Night Boston, a New Year’s Eve festival featuring artistic performers in a variety of indoor and outdoor venues. Meanwhile, a whopping crowd of one million will congregate in New York City’s Times Square to watch the famous ball drop as the clock strikes midnight. Those who dislike crowds can take comfort in the fact that more than a billion viewers worldwide will be watching the same spectacle from their sofas.

Wherever you are and whoever you are with, the team at Destination MO wishes you a prosperous and happy New Year, and we look forward to keeping you updated with events in 2014. In the meantime, our two monthly insiders, Fiona Gaze and René Hill, share all that is happening in Prague and Bermuda this festive season.

Zoë Manzi, Editor, MO magazine, The Condé Nast Publications

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