Weather in December?

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  1. katyringo

    katyringo Mouseketeer

    Sep 21, 2017
    We are coming from Iowa. We lived in Southern California for a year but I for the life of me can't remember about December weather. What should I pack for us? Shorts? Pants? Coats? Thin jackets? Hoodies? Help!

    Also we are staying at the hojo and hear great things about their pool. Will it even be warm enough?
  2. ParkHopper1

    ParkHopper1 DIS Veteran

    Feb 5, 2011
    Somewhere between freezing and Shorts and Tee Shirt weather...really. Could land anywhere but you should have a better idea 10-15 days out. Not uncommon for me to be in short during the day and a jeans and a jacket at night...or could be bundled up all day...all depends!
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  4. Luv Bunnies

    Luv Bunnies DIS Veteran

    Sep 3, 2006
    When we go in late December, it always seems to be freezing! We've gone in early December and it hasn't been bad. I would say that you'll definitely need a jacket in the early mornings and evenings. Dressing in layers is best. We usually get a locker to leave sweatshirts and jackets so we can grab them when it starts to cool off. Also check the forecast for rain as your dates get closer. December can be very rainy, very dry, or somewhere in between.
  5. halfmonkey

    halfmonkey DIS Veteran

    Jan 25, 2011
    So of course, weather is always relative to where you live and what you're used to. Coming from Northern Canada or even Iowa and being in cold whether is not the same as "cold" whether is SoCal or Hawaii. Now having said that, we go every year in December and although yes skies can be clear and sunny, it can feel cold and windy. We usually dress in jeans, a thermal long sleeve under shirt with a t-shirt over the thermal. I'll wear shoes and a beanie too. The kids will wear the same but at night, we also put on a jacket or sweatshirt and gloves. It can get cold at night. Again, relative to what you're used to. Low temps in SoCal is usually around high 30's or low 40's but can fluctuate from there depending on weather patterns.

    As others have said, check the weather a few days out and you'll know better of what to pack.
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  6. gottalovepluto

    gottalovepluto DIS Veteran

    Jul 14, 2014
    Everything you list sounds about right, probably why your memory is fuzzy, it varies even within the month! Checking the weather right before you leave is your best bet. We had a cold Dec trip: no shorts, no water rides, stayed GCH & used the hot tub only & we wore our robes out to it because the weather was so cold.
  7. GenGen22

    GenGen22 DIS Veteran

    Aug 12, 2011
    We usually pack pants and short sleeve tees etc and bring a light jacket and gloves for the evening as the days are pretty nice like 70's and the evenings cool off. Well at least that's been my experience.
  8. Niltiac

    Niltiac DIS Veteran

    May 29, 2015
    It also depends on your plans at night. When I went in December, the daytime was comfortable and at night I was comfortable in jeans and t-shirt when we were running around going on rides. But when we were just sitting around waiting for candlelight processional, I was freezing and was putting on every article of clothing I had (2 sweatshirts, gloves, hat, leggings under jeans). So if you plan to watch a nighttime show or eat a leisurely outdoor dinner, bring layers.

    There was also a lot of variation even within that same trip. One day, I remember it being uncomfortably warm even first thing in the morning, and we were wishing we had shorts.
  9. GeneralTso

    GeneralTso DIS Veteran

    Aug 28, 2009
    It cools down at night. That's the big difference.

    We've been there in December and it was torrential downpour, just raining to beat the band, all days. It was rain gear and making the best of it.
    Other times, it's like summer, but with cooler nights. Perfect.
  10. hlbtimes2

    hlbtimes2 <font color=teal>Stretch that spine out big and ta

    Jan 29, 2006
    In my experience, pack a bit of everything! As the others have said, weather can be all over the place. Plan to dress in layers. You'll want jackets in the morning and evening.
  11. kalishea

    kalishea Earning My Ears

    Aug 19, 2013
    We went last December 1-4 and froze! And we came from Utah! We packed hoodies and pants but ended up layering everything we had and seeking indoor dining to get some relief from the cold in the evenings. I do recall that hotel staff even commenting to us how unseasonably cold it was that weekend. This last March when we went I didn't want to relive our cold days in the park so I packed my Patagonia down jacket and it was perfect! I wore it in the mornings and evenings and during the daytime I could stuff it into my small backpack. So I would suggest a packable down jacket!
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  12. kirstie101

    kirstie101 DIS Veteran

    Apr 21, 2008
    Its sooo hit and miss! Bring layers cause no matter what, mornings and evenings will at least be cool. We frequently stay at Hojo and I can say that my kids have played in their kids pool in November, December and January. But they're kids and they don't define cold the same way I do! I can't remember if the big pool is heated or might be.

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