It’s the Holiday Season, especially in some quintessential winter destinations. But if you happen to live in a warm locale that doesn’t mean your holiday can’t be white. If your ideal winter vacation is spent roasting chestnuts on an open fire while fluffy snow falls outside, check out our list of the best white winter holiday destinations for your best winter wonderland yet!
1.) Quebec City, Canada
This winter hot-spot is picture-perfect with its cobblestone streets and German-inspired Christmas Markets. Snow is almost guaranteed during the holiday season and winter activities abound in this lively city filled with beautiful holiday lights and decorations. True snow bunnies at heart will get to check off a bucket list item by staying at Quebec’s very own ice hotel: Hotel de Glace.
2.) New York, NY
There’s no place more iconic for Holiday celebrations than New York City. With the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree that awes thousands of visitors annually to the Central Park skating rink and piping hot cocoa sold on every corner, this city truly shines during the holiday season. Stroll along 5th Avenue to enjoy the curated window displays or stop to listen to carolers to put you in the spirit of the season.
3.) French Alps
This stunning section of France sits 1600m above sea level and is considered one of the best ski destinations due to its abundance of snow. If your perfect holiday getaway involves getting a massage in a world-renowned spa after a rigorous day on the slopes, the French Alps may be calling.
4.) Bavaria, Germany
Home to many fabulous ski resorts and the mysterious Bavarian Forest, this section of Germany has an old storybook feel that will add a layer of magic to your holiday celebrations. Winter sports enthusiasts will adore the skiing, sledding, and ice-climbing while those looking for relaxation will love being pampered at one of the many famous spas in the area.
5.) Aspen, Colorado
Aspen is known to be one of the best winter destinations in the United States, so it’s no surprise that it really plays up its winter charm during the holidays. Take romantic horse-drawn carriage rides, speed around the ice skating rink or stroll along the decorated streets sipping hot cocoa and enjoying the ambiance.
6.) Whistler, British Columbia
A veritable winter wonderland, Whistler is the destinations for those who can’t get enough of the holidays and the whole winter season. They have everyone’s winter favorites like skiing, tubing and ice skating as well as zip-lining and shopping throughout the quaint town. There are constant ongoing activities, as well, like light shows, caroling and special character appearances for the little ones to enjoy.
7.) Reykjavik, Iceland
If your motto is “the colder the better” then Iceland may be the best place for you this Holiday. With temperatures below freezing from November to March, you’re sure to get a snowy holiday – and maybe even a blue and green Christmas, also, if you’re fortunate enough to spot the Northern Lights.