Mykonos in December: weather and travel tips

written by Olga Sitnitsa

updated 15.11.2023

Wondering about the weather in Mykonos in December? In this article we go over everything you might want to know, including typical air and sea temperatures, what to wear, and what to expect in terms of expenses and crowds. We also provide creative itinerary ideas to help you get the most out of your trip.

Is December a good time to visit Mykonos?

Visiting Mykonos in December is a unique experience. The island is much quieter, with fewer tourists, creating a serene atmosphere. The mild winter climate, although not ideal for beach holidays, is favourable for walking. In addition, accommodation and entertainment prices are lower in the off-season. 

The downside is that some beach clubs, restaurants and water sports facilities close for the season, limiting your options. Also, the weather in Mykonos in December can be changeable, with occasional rain and wind. If you're looking for a relaxing holiday and don't mind fewer activities, Mykonos in December can be delightful.

Thinking of visiting Mykonos in November? Talk to our local Greek travel experts and save yourself the hustle of planning.

Mykonos with famous windmill © Shutterstock

Mykonos with famous windmill © Shutterstock

Air & sea temperatures in Mykonos in December

The weather in Mykonos in December is characterised by cooler temperatures, making this month suitable for indoor activities rather than beach breaks. During December, you can expect daytime highs to range from 15 to 18°C (59-64°F) and nighttime lows from 10 to 12°C (50-54°F).

As for sea temperatures, they range from 16 to 18°C (61-64°F). While this is generally too cold for swimming, some may find it refreshing for a quick dip.

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

Average rainfall in December

December sees relatively little rainfall in Mykonos, with an average of around 60-80 mm (2.4-3.1 inches) of rain falling during the month. Although rain is not uncommon, it tends to come in the form of scattered showers rather than prolonged downpours.

The likelihood of rain increases in the second half of December. It is advisable to bring an umbrella or mackintosh just in case, but in general rainfall should not significantly affect your travel plans.

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

What about the crowd & cost?

December in Mykonos offers travellers a refreshing break from the bustling summer crowds. When there are far fewer tourists, the island takes on a tranquil atmosphere, providing a unique opportunity to explore its beauty at a more relaxed pace. While the weather may not be too suitable for a beach holiday, the reduced number of tourists is a definite advantage.

In addition, Mykonos in December is a budget traveller's dream. Accommodation, food and entertainment are offered at reduced prices. Many hotels and restaurants offer discounts and airfares are often more affordable. The off-peak season allows you to enjoy Mykonos without hurting your wallet, making it a great choice for those looking for a relaxing and economical holiday.

Not sure about December? Check out the weather in Mykonos in November and January.

Little Venice, Mykonos, Greece © Ella Hanochi/Shutterstock

Little Venice, Mykonos, Greece © Ella Hanochi/Shutterstock

Unforgettable, fully customisable Mykonos itineraries

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

  • The Historical and Mythological Cyclades Islands (10 days): The Cyclades include two of the most famous Greek Islands: Mykonos and Santorini. Visit these and some of the smaller, quieter, islands. With white-washed houses, narrow cobbled streets, blue domed roofs and stunning beaches, they are what Greece is all about.
  • Greek Island-Hopping Honeymoon (10 days): Hop between the islands of Greece on this romantic trip. Drive around stunning coastlines, explore mountain villages, visit ancient sites, and luxuriate on golden beaches as you are transfixed by the allure of the Aegean’s turquoise waters.

Or discover more Greek itineraries.

Tips for travelling to Mykonos in December

As you prepare for your December trip to Mykonos, remember a few important tips to make the most of your trip.

What to pack for Mykonos in December?

For a trip to Mykonos in December, it's essential to select clothing appropriate for the cool and potentially humid climate. Focus on versatile layers including jumpers, long-sleeved shirts and a light jacket or coat. 

Bring waterproof items, such as a compact umbrella and waterproof jacket, as short rains are possible. Take swimwear for heated pools in hotels just in case, as well as casual and more dressy clothes for daytime walks and evenings on the town.

Check for limited working hours and seasonal closures

When travelling to Mykonos in December, it is important to keep an eye out for seasonal closures. As December is the off-season, you may experience reduced opening hours or temporary closures of some restaurants, shops and attractions. 

Many businesses at this time are preparing for the upcoming peak season and may not operate as consistently as they do during the summer months. It's not unreasonable to do your research and contact the specific establishments you plan to visit to clarify their availability and hours of operation.

Port Mykonos in evening, Greece © Shutterstock

Port Mykonos in evening, Greece © Shutterstock

What to do in Mykonos in December

Despite the cooler weather in Mykonos in December, there are still plenty of opportunities for exciting activities and experiences.

Get in the spirit of a Greek Christmas

Experience the atmosphere of the Greek Christmas and New Year holidays. Mykonos comes alive with festive spirit, offering special church services and lively holiday markets. 

This is an opportunity to learn about local traditions, savour seasonal treats and interact with the island's hospitable community, making your December visit a truly unique and culturally enriching experience.

Explore Little Venice

Stroll through the charming Little Venice neighbourhood and enjoy idyllic landscapes where brightly coloured houses with balconies stand at the water's edge. 

In December, the atmosphere is even more serene and the sunset, casting golden hues on the sea, is extraordinarily enchanting. It is a tranquil and romantic sight, offering a unique perspective on Mykonos, different from the bustling summer months.

Greek melomakarona and kourabies - traditional Christmas cookies with honey and nuts and sugar buns © Shutterstock

Greek melomakarona and kourabies - traditional Christmas cookies  © Shutterstock

Sample seasonal Greek specialities

Delight your taste buds with traditional Greek cuisine in cosy local tavernas. December offers an opportunity to savour the seasonal specialities that appear on the menu at this time of year. 

Explore Greek culinary traditions with dishes such as hearty stews, freshly caught seafood and sweet festive treats. Offering a unique taste of Greece, this culinary journey will make your visit to Mykonos in December even more special.

Embark on a boat tour

December is a great time to go on a boat trip that offers a different, quieter experience. Although some water activities are not as accessible as in summer, there are still opportunities for relaxing boat excursions. 

These excursions allow you to savour the beauty of the island's coastline, see its spectacular scenery and appreciate the Mediterranean charm from a unique perspective.

Planning your December trip to Mykonos

For more inspiration, discover some of the best things to do in Greece, and start planning your trip with The Rough Guide to Greece

Daunted by the prospect of planning? No problem! Browse our customisable Greek itineraries, and talk to our local Greek travel experts.

Olga Sitnitsa

written by Olga Sitnitsa

updated 15.11.2023

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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