The weather may be getting colder in Seoul but the holiday spirit is definitely heating up for December. This month is filled with festivals, skating rinks, art exhibits and Christmas shopping opportunities that we know that you’ll want to check out!

December 17 - February 9 | Seoul Skate 2016 (EVENT CANCELLED)

Lace up your ice skates everyone and prepare for some classic winter fun! You’ll find ice skating rinks all over Seoul but, undoubtedly, the most popular skating location is the large rink right in front of Seoul City Hall. From mid-December to early February, the large lawn outside the City Hall is taken over by a skating rink and is an absolute favourite for both tourists and locals! Rent your skates and lockers there, and when you’re finished skating up a storm, Myeongdong is a few blocks away where you can shop until you drop!

For more information on the City Hall's ice rink, check out Visit Korea's website.

December 17 - 18 | Arts for All Festival

The Arts for All Festival began in October and has celebrated local artists each weekend throughout Autumn. We’ve already seen some amazing salsa dance events and art workshops but the festival will come to an end on December 17 and 18. Check out the festival’s closing which is going to feature a collaborative performance by local musicians at a newly opened art venue called Platform Changdong 81.

For more details, check out Visit Seoul's website.

Through December | Lotte World Happy Christmas Party

Fresh from their Halloween celebrations, Seoul’s Lotte World is already gearing up for the Christmas season. Throughout December, they’ll be putting on a grand performance with their Happy Christmas Party. From Christmas decorations to musical performances and parades, you could easily spend a whole day at Lotte World! Don’t forget to check out their enormous indoor skating rink as well!

Half of the park’s attractions are indoors, allowing you to have all the fun in the world whilst escaping Seoul’s winter weather!

For more details, check out Lotte World's website.

All Winter Long | Insadong’s Christmas Market

The Ssamziegil mall in Insadong is packed with small shops and art for you to explore and, while it’s open year-round, December is one of the best times to visit. With Christmas ornaments and the occasional group of carolers, this is the perfect place to get in the holiday spirit while picking up some unique and often handmade souvenirs. If you find yourself feeling hungry, be sure to hit up any of the street food carts in or around the building. You can also warm yourself up by popping into any of the teahouses serving up hot traditional Korean teas.

Visit Korea has any intro on Ssamziegil if you wanted to learn a bit more before you head off.

All Till February | Olafur Eliasson Exhibition

Awaken your imagination by exploring the world of Olafur Eliasson at the Leeum Museum near Itaewon in Seoul. This world-renowned museum is known for its stunning views of the city and its incredible collection. Eliasson’s work combines nature, philosophy, and science to create experiences that provoke new thoughts and conversations. If you’re planning a museum visit this winter, this is the one exhibit that you simply must see for yourself.

Tickets range from W4,000-8,000 and more information can be found at Leeum's official site