Casablanca in December: weather and travel tips

written by Olga Sitnitsa

updated 7.12.2023

Wondering about the weather in Casablanca in December? Read on for a run-down of everything you need to know. Here we cover everything from average air and sea temperatures, to what to expect in terms of costs and crowds, and what to wear.

Is December a good time to visit Casablanca?

December is generally a favourable time to visit Casablanca, as well as other parts of Morocco. The weather in Casablanca in December is mild and pleasant, making it more comfortable to explore the city's attractions. End of the year also sees less rainfall than the wetter months, favouring clearer skies.

However, while the weather is generally suitable for sightseeing, travellers should keep in mind that it does rain occasionally in December, so it is advisable to bring a light jacket and be prepared for wet days.

Thinking of visiting Casablanca in December? Talk to our local Morocco travel experts and save yourself the hustle of planning.

Hassan mosque, Casablanca © posztos/Shutterstock

Hassan Mosque, Casablanca © posztos/Shutterstock

Air & sea temperatures in Casablanca in December

The weather in Casablanca in December is characterised by mild temperatures, both air and sea. Average daytime temperatures range from 10 to 18°C (50 to 64°F). Temperatures are relatively cool, making it comfortable for outdoor activities and sightseeing in the city.

The sea temperature in Casablanca in December is predictably cooler than in the warmer months, averaging around 17°C (63°F). This may suit some for a refreshing swim, but others may find it a little chilly for long swims.

Set on taking a trip to Morocco? Browse our inspirational Morocco itineraries to start planning your perfect holiday.

Interior courtyard of a traditional Moroccan riad © Myphotojumble/Shutterstock

Interior of a traditional Moroccan riad @ Shutterstock

Average rainfall in December

Casablanca receives relatively little rainfall in December and on average the city receives around 60 mm (2.4 inches) of rainfall during this month. 

Although it can rain at times, December is considered one of the driest months in Casablanca and you can expect a mix of sunny and cloudy days with the possibility of brief showers.

For more details on the weather in Morocco around the year, read up on when to go to Morocco.

What about the crowd & cost?

Casablanca tends to attract a moderate number of tourists in December, and although it is not the peak tourist season, visitor numbers may increase due to the good weather and festive atmosphere. 

In terms of costs, Casablanca can be relatively affordable in December, and accommodation and food costs can vary depending on your preferences. Prices may increase slightly during the holiday season, but in general, travellers can enjoy quite reasonable prices during this time, especially when compared to peak tourist periods.

Set on taking a winter break? For further inspo, discover more of the best places to visit in December.

Main square in Casablanca with goverment building, Morocco © Shutterstock

Main square in Casablanca with government building, Morocco © Shutterstock

Unforgettable, fully customisable Morocco itineraries

Our tailor-made trip service allows you to fully enjoy the weather in Casablanca in December without the planning or hassle. All of our planned itineraries are created by Morocco's local travel experts and can be tailored to meet your specific needs.

  • Moroccan Cities and Ultimate Sahara (10 days): Follow the footsteps of Humphrey Bogart in Casablanca, and discover the blue and whitewashed buildings of Chefchaouen before heading on to Fez and consequently the desert. Stay overnight in a luxurious desert camp before continuing to Marrakech.
  • Imperial cities of Morocco (9 days): Discover Casablanca, the setting of the movie classic, before heading to Morocco's capital. From the busy streets of Rabat, you will continue to the blue and whitewashed buildings of Chefchaouen before heading to Fez and from there to Marrakech.

Or browse our other Morocco itineraries.

Cathedral in Casablanca, Morocco © Shutterstock

Cathedral in Casablanca, Morocco @ Shutterstock

Tips for travelling to Casablanca in December

As you prepare for your December trip to Casablanca, remember a few important travel tips for visiting Morocco.

What to pack for Casablanca in December

When packing for your trip, take into account the cool weather in Casablanca in December. Opt for layered clothing as evenings can be chilly. Bring comfortable shoes for walking around the city, and for rain, bring a compact umbrella as there are occasional downpours. 

Despite the winter season, you will still need sun protection: sun cream and sunglasses. These preparations will keep you comfortable and ready for a wide variety of conditions in Casablanca in December.

Stay safe

You should remain vigilant while exploring Casablanca. Be careful in crowded areas, especially in markets and on public transport. To deter pickpockets, wear a shoulder bag or money belt. Keep copies of important documents, such as passports, in a safe place. 

Do not display valuables in public and be aware of your surroundings. Use reliable transport services, and if you use taxis, choose the official ones. These precautions will help make your stay in Casablanca safer and more enjoyable.

Respect local customs and traditions

Respect Moroccan culture by dressing modestly, especially when visiting religious sites in Casablanca. Out of respect for local customs, choose clothing that covers your shoulders and knees. This not only demonstrates cultural awareness but also enhances the travelling experience by promoting positive interactions with hospitable locals.

A line of tajines in a Moroccan market

Tagine at a market in Morocco © Shutterstock

What to do in Casablanca in December

While going on a trip, one must consider the weather in Casablanca in December and the nuances of this month. To not miss any highlights, also read our list of the best things to do in Morocco at any time of year.

Explore the Old Medina

Explore the charming narrow streets of the Old Medina as you immerse yourself in the colourful tapestry of markets. Discover traditional Moroccan handicrafts, from intricate textiles to exquisite ceramics. Interact with local artisans, soak up the authentic atmosphere and see the enduring appeal of Casablanca's historic heart.

Get into the festive spirit

Get into the festive spirit by attending festive events in Casablanca's charming locations. The famous resorts and Moroccan beaches will host Christmas and New Year celebrations with dazzling fireworks displays, special dinners and entertaining shows.

Take a stroll through Mohammed V Square

Mohammed V Square pulsates with the energy of Casablanca, offering a mix of local markets, historic landmarks and a lively environment. As you explore this lively square, you'll be immersed in the rhythm of city life, soaking up the rich cultural tapestry and dynamic atmosphere that defines Casablanca.

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Moroccan woman wearing hijab @ Shutterstock

Planning your December trip to Casablanca

Discover the beauty of Casablanca with the guidance of our local Morocco travel experts. We handle every detail of the planning and booking for your adventure. 

Whenever you're ready to set off on your journey, contact us, and we'll create a tailor-made itinerary to suit your desires.

Explore our existing Morocco itineraries for inspiration, knowing that each one can be adjusted to meet your specific preferences.

For more travel inspiration see our Rough Guide to Morocco

Olga Sitnitsa

written by Olga Sitnitsa

updated 7.12.2023

Online editor at Rough Guides, specialising in travel content. Passionate about creating compelling stories and inspiring others to explore the world.

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