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Destinations That Look Great in the Snow

Has December got you dreaming of a trip to snowier surroundings? Whether you’re looking for somewhere to embrace the cold or inspiration for the best white Christmas, check out our round-up of destinations that look top drawer when the white stuff falls!

New York

New York does the festive season brilliantly and it’s made even more magical under a blanket of snow. It’s a fantastic pick if you’re looking to spend Christmas abroad – think dazzling lights and ice skating rinks galore – but even after the festivities have ended, the city holds on to its winter wonderland vibes.

Snow flurries dust the city’s skyscrapers and blanket the trees of Central Park all the way from December to February and you can still take a turn around the ice at the Wollman Rink, which stays open until March.

If you need warming up, treat yourself to hot chocolate, NYC-style slice of pizza or a delicious hot dog from one of the many street vendors.

Central Park in winter, New York

Norway

If short-haul snow is what you’re looking for, a trip to Norway will be right up your street! With winter temperatures averaging below zero, snowfall is all but guaranteed, starting as early as October in the northern regions.

Expect cosy cabin holidays, lots of hot mjød (honey-wine), and plenty of snow activities such as husky sled rides and kicksledding. Lillehammer, the former Olympic bobsleigh venue, offers sleigh rides and tobogganing if you’re looking for an adrenaline kick.

Winter is also one of the best times of year to see the northern lights in Norway – Tromsø is considered the top destination to see this fantastic phenomenon.

Northern lights in Norway

Canada

Snow and Canada are no strangers, and continuous cover is a regular occurrence during the winter months across the majority of the country.

The long snow season is perfect for skiers looking for an action-packed getaway on the slopes but for something more low-key, the spectacular winter scenery at Banff National Park shouldn’t be missed. Get snap happy on the shores of the crystal-clear Moraine Lake, which reflects the stunning Valley of the Ten Peaks – it’s proper postcard stuff!

Elsewhere, Quebec City turns into a giant Christmas village come December, and is the host of the Quebec Winter Carnival in January where you can see everything from frozen palaces to ice canoe races.

Lake Moraine in winter, Canada

Austria

Whether you’re after historic towns draped in fairy lights or ski fun in the Alps, Austria is perfect come winter. In valley areas such as Innsbruck and Tirol, snowfall can begin as early as November and last well into March. Even if you’re not a skier, you’ll find plenty of winter sports activities to keep you entertained including tobogganing and snow-shoeing.

If browsing trinket-filled stalls while sipping a steaming cup of glühwein (mulled wine) is more your cup of tea, head to Vienna for the Christmas markets – light snow flurries aren’t uncommon in December.

Or, head to the heart of the country to visit the tiny lakeside village of Hallstatt. Often voted as one of the prettiest villages in the world, it's made all the more glorious when the nearby Salzburg Mountain is blanketed in beautiful white snow.

Hallstatt in winter, Austria


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