From my home I can see a very bright star (or a planet ?), appearing before 5pm local time, when I look toward South. It's really much more brighter than any other star, it's very often the only one you can see because of ambient light in the neighbourhood. It's even visible when it's a little bit cloudy.
My Location: N 50° 43.640' E 005° 41.430' (East of Belgium) Time : 5pm (4pm UTC), December 21st, 2016 Direction : Almost straight on South (190°) Altitude : 35°
Note that angles are rough estimates.
So, what's that star ?