December is the beginning of the winter season in Kentucky, with mild days but freezing nights. The average low temperatures are in the cold 24°F (-4.4°C) to 31°F (-0.6°C) range, and the average high temperatures are in the mild 42°F (5.6°C) to 50°F (10°C) range. Temperature variations are not significant between different parts of the state, as is the altitude. London in eastern Kentucky averages between 29°F (-1.7°C) to 48°F (8.9°C), while Golden Pond in the west is in the 28°F (-2.2°C) to 48°F (8.9°C) range. Snow and rain contribute to the 4" (102mm) to 6" (152mm) of precipitation. It is nice to stay by a warm fire as the temperatures drop gradually with the advance of the winter season. Christmas may find snow but always sees bright lights and a festive atmosphere. Mountains are stunning in the cold for adventure seekers. Ice skating rinks are plenty for snow lovers. Snow-covered hills and white tree-lined streets appear scenic while driving in the cold weather. A December visit to Kentucky is acceptable for those who can bear a little cold.