Marrakech in December: weather and travel tips

written by
Dre Roelandt

updated 07.12.2023

As the year draws to a close, Marrakech welcomes travellers with its unique blend of festive celebrations and cultural wonders. Here is our guide to the weather in Marrakech in December to help you plan your trip to this enchanting Moroccan city during the holiday season.

Is December a good time to visit Marrakech?

December welcomes a delightful contrast to the desert city of Marrakech. While it is not as dry as January, it still offers relatively low rainfall. The rain showers, though infrequent, contribute to a refreshing atmosphere, making December a great time to visit if you appreciate a bit of variety in your weather. 

With Marrakech's unique blend of historic allure and modern vibrancy, this time of year brings a touch of holiday spirit to the city, making it a charming destination for year-end travellers. Visiting Marrakech is one of the best things to do in Morocco, so don't miss the opportunity to see this city on your North African trip. 

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

Walking in Morocco desert © Shutterstock

Couple on a desert in Morocco © Shutterstock

Temperatures in Marrakech in December

In December, Marrakech offers a delightful blend of moderate cli historical charm, making it a great time for cultural exploration.

The daytime highs generally range from 17-21°C (63-70°F), providing a refreshing atmosphere for outdoor excursions. Along the coastal areas, sea temperatures remain cool.

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

Souk in Marrakesh, Morocco © Shutterstock

Souk in Marrakech, Morocco © Shutterstock

Average rainfall in December

December welcomes a delightful contrast to the desert city of Marrakech. The rain showers, though infrequent, contribute to a refreshing atmosphere, making December a great time to visit if you appreciate a bit of variety in your weather.

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

Colourful towers of aromatic spices are a signature feature of Marrakech's souks

Colourful towers of aromatic spices in a Marrakech's souk © Shutterstock

What about the crowd & cost?

In December, Marrakech begins to embrace the festive season, attracting a slightly larger crowd due to holiday travellers.

While it's not as crowded as in the summer, it's wise to plan ahead and book accommodations in advance. Prices may be slightly higher than in the preceding months but still offer a balance between affordability and the joyful, holiday atmosphere.

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

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Old town in Marrakech, Morocco © Shutterstock

Unforgettable, fully customisable Marrakech itineraries

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

  • Marrakech, High Atlas and the Agafay Desert (5 days): Experience Morocco's culinary delights in Marrakech and venture into the desert for an overnight camp
  • Deserts & Marrakech (6 days): Explore Morocco's highlights, from Marrakech to the desert, in a short, efficient trip for those with limited time and a desire to minimize travel time.
  • Highlights of Morocco (8 days): Explore Morocco's highlights in just over a week, from the cultural capital Fez to the stunning Chefchaouen, desert tent stays, and vibrant Marrakech.

Or browse our other Morocco itineraries.

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Jemaa El Fina, Marrakesh, Morocco © Shutterstock

Tips for travelling to Marrakech in December

As you embark on your journey to Marrakech, prepare not only for the warm temperatures. Embrace the vibrant local culture, but remember to be respectful. To avoid making a faux pas, read our Morocco travel tips.

What to wear in Marrakech in December

Travelling to Marrakech in December requires careful packing due to cooler temperatures. Bring warm clothing, including long-sleeved shirts, sweaters, and jackets, as the evenings can be quite chilly. Layering is essential to adapt to fluctuating temperatures throughout the day. Don't forget to pack comfortable walking shoes for exploring the city's attractions and markets.

Taste the seasonal cuisine

December in Marrakech offers a unique opportunity to savour seasonal cuisine. Try traditional Moroccan dishes like tagine, couscous, and pastilla prepared with fresh winter ingredients. Be sure to sample hearty stews and warming soups that are popular during this time of year.

Check for holiday hours

When travelling to Marrakech in December, be mindful of local holidays and their impact on business hours. While many attractions and markets remain open, some shops and businesses may have adjusted schedules during festive seasons, such as Christmas and New Year.

Avoid drinking tap water

It's advisable to avoid drinking tap water in Marrakech. Stick to bottled water to stay safe and avoid potential stomach issues. Also, consider using bottled water for brushing your teeth and be cautious when consuming ice in beverages.

Market and Food Stalls, Djemaa el-Fna, Marrakesh, Morocco, Africa ©  Ivan Soto Cobos/Shutterstock

Market and Food Stalls, Djemaa el-Fna ©  Ivan Soto Cobos/Shutterstock

What to Do in Marrakech in December

December in Marrakech offers an array of activities and cultural experiences. Here are some notable events and places to explore during your visit:

Celebrate local Berber festivals

Discover the rich Berber culture by attending local festivals in December. These celebrations often feature traditional music, dance performances, and artisan markets, providing insights into the indigenous culture of Morocco.

Ride in a horse-drawn carriage

Explore Marrakech in style by taking a horse-drawn carriage ride through the city. It's a charming way to see the sights, enjoy the historic architecture, and immerse yourself in the city's unique atmosphere.

Visit Saadian Tombs

Visit the Saadian Tombs, a historic burial site dating back to the Saadian dynasty in the 16th century. These tombs were rediscovered in 1917 and are known for their intricate decoration and architecture.

Attend Marrakech International Film Festival

If you're a film enthusiast, don't miss the Marrakech International Film Festival in December. This prestigious event showcases a selection of acclaimed international and Moroccan films and often attracts renowned filmmakers and actors.

Enjoy Marrakech Popular Arts Festival

The Marrakech Popular Arts Festival is a vibrant event that usually takes place in December. It celebrates Moroccan folklore and traditional arts, featuring colourful parades, music, dance performances, and craft exhibitions.

Taditional moroccan cafe in Marrakesh © Shutterstock

Cafe in Marrakech, Morocco @ Shutterstock

Planning your December trip to Marrakech

Discover the beauty of Marrakech 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.

Dre Roelandt

written by
Dre Roelandt

updated 07.12.2023

Dre Roelandt is originally from the United States but lives and works in Berlin, Germany. Dre is a freelance writer and artist with a passion for travelling. They are an in-house Content Editor at Rough Guides.

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