When you think of Christmas do leigh bells and snowflakes start fluttering around in your head? Mariah Carrey starts singing ‘all I want for Christmas’ and Michael Bubble starts defrosting. What a wonderful time of year. If you want to get away and have a white Christmas we have the perfect list for you.
The home of Santa Claus (yeah I said it Finland!). The fluffy white wonderland makes for a perfect Christmas backdrop. With plenty of activities and ample places to explore Canada is on the top of our list for Christmas (I’m biased). Plus we have so many winter activities that simply can’t be missed.
Stay in the mountains at HI-Banff Alpine Centre.
USA - New York
Next on our list we have New York. The Christmas lights are so bright and beautiful, the snow dances in the air and it is the city that never sleeps. Every year people from all over the world flock to New York City to see the Rockefeller Christmas tree or take in the Christmas displays in department store windows. Bring your Christmas cheer!
Make the most of Airbnb!
Now, you can’t talk about a white Christmas and not include Germany. Germany has the infamous Christmas Markets that echo around the world. The lights twinkle and the temperature is quite mild. There is plenty of snow and stunning gothic architecture ready to explore.
Cologne is known for it’s Christmas Markets!
Rivalling Canada for the claim of being the home of Santa, and sitting at a similar winter temperature Finland is another great option for a white Christmas (but is not actually the home of Santa…)
Stay in the ‘home of Santa’ at Haawe Boutique Apart Hotel.
Why would you not want to go to a place called Iceland while it’s covered in ice? We can’t think of any reason, besides, Iceland has a cool tradition called Yule Lads that involves candy and rotten potatoes. We go more in-depth about Yule lads in Christmas Traditions.
Party in the Capital and stay Kex Hostel.
Snow-covered mountains, and mild enough temperatures that lakes don’t freeze over. It looks magical. If you want an Instagram worthy Christmas eve this is the place to be.
Spend the holidays in the Austrian Alps at Gartenhotel Maria Theresia.
Moscow, cold, Siberia, colder. Snow EVERYWHERE! Parkas? A Fashion statement! Russia is everything when it comes to winter! Plus there is excellent vodka and if that doesn’t warm you up I don’t know what will.
Pack your parka and get to Moscow! Capsule Hotel Interqube Tretyakovskaya is a cool and extremely affordable option!
Estonia is definitely on my bucket list. Its stunning features include ice roads, forests, and lakes. I could go on forever about the natural beauty of Estonia. The whole country is the scene from a snowglobe.
Celebrate a Christmas you will never forget in Tallinn! Stay at Hestia Hotel Ilmarine.
If you crave a snow-filled holiday these are our top picks. Share your Christmas with us on Instagram @youptourofficial.
Not feeling winter this Christmas? Check out The Best Destinations for a Warm Christmas.