Snow holidays are the best kind of winter getaways. They offer a magical (and sometimes incredibly chilly!) world full of adventure. The charm of frosted mountains, iced lakes, snow-covered landscapes and crisp, fresh air is something that can be truly appreciated when in the right country. World Snow Day is on 16 January and celebrates all the wonders of this magical occurrence!
Winter escapes are all about enjoying the benefits of snowfall, with ski slopes and ice skating to keep you busy. Although, you can look forward to much more than snow sports when enjoying a snowy winter holiday. Especially if you consider taking snow breaks at Christmas. Visiting a country during the festive season will introduce you to all kinds of new cuisines, cultures, traditions and festivities. A white Christmas will always be one to remember!
Expat Explore has put together a list of the best destinations for your winter snow holidays. Take a look below!
Canada is one of the world’s most scenic destinations and it also happens to be the second-largest country in the world. You can expect snowfall to occur between November and April. With so many places to explore and marvel at in the beauty of the snow, Canada is sure to win your heart during the snowy months.
You can look forward to incredible journeys and sightseeing during wintertime in Canada. Some fun things to do include:
The snowfall in Canada is nothing short of magnificent, covering the entire country with a frosted blanket of white. Although, you’ll need to keep the weather in mind and choose the perfect clothes for Canada’s winter that will keep you warm and dry. This really is one of the most beautiful places to enjoy winter snow breaks!
One cannot help but envision the majestic, rolling hills of Switzerland blanketed in white when imagining the perfect holiday in the snow. If the idyllic Swiss Alps and the chance to ride the Glacier Express aren’t enough to stir your wanderlust, then the idea of spending Christmas here surely will. The festivities and the Christmas cuisine will entice even the biggest ‘grinch’!
If you love skiing, then this is definitely the best country in which to enjoy a snowy getaway.
Places to see in Switzerland during the snow season include:
Snow begins to fall in Switzerland between December and March and watching as the landscapes turn to frost is an absolutely amazing experience.
Not only does Vermont boast stunning fall colours, but winters spent here are just as glorious! Ignite your inner adventurer and travel to Vermont for the snowy holiday of your dreams. Visit between late November and early April to indulge in the mesmerising, snowy scenery and fun winter activities.
Places to see jaw-dropping snow views in Vermont:
Vermont is a stunning place, with spectacular mountainous landscapes, charming New England towns and tranquil natural parks. All of this becomes even more special when the snowfall adds a layer of white to the scenery.
Related: Explore New England on Expat Explore’s Eastern USA and Canada tour
Belgium is not only the ideal place to enjoy the world’s best chocolate; it’s also an amazing place for Christmas snow holidays. Enjoy the magical atmosphere of Belgium during the festive season on a premium Christmas and New Year tour in Europe.
A trip here during winter is overflowing with exciting places to see and things to do, such as:
Enjoy your travels here to see the snowfall from December to February. Belgium will delight your holiday spirit and give you plenty of thrilling winter activities to enjoy, all with a charming frosty backdrop to add to your experience.
During winter, Germany is alight with celebrations. Crowds of tourists and locals alike get together to partake in snow sports. Germany is hands-down one of the most unique and vivacious places to have a snowy weekend break in Europe.
Some of the most popular snow sports include:
If sports aren’t your thing, Germany in the snow is still an incredible place to experience! Think historic towns and fairytale castles dusted with snow! Grab a hot cup of Glühwein and begin having the snowy escape of a lifetime in Germany, one of the best destinations for winter Christmas holidays. Plan your journey between December and March and you will be guaranteed a travel experience you will never forget.
With snow covering every inch of its already beautiful landscapes, forests and cities, this one-of-a-kind destination is truly something special to experience during the winter season. The Netherlands will provide you with countless opportunities to revel in the pure beauty of snowfall. This is one of our favourite places to see when touring Europe in winter.
Incredible places to soak in the snowy atmosphere include:
Christmas time is the best time to embark on an adventure in The Netherlands and the hospitality of the Dutch people will warm your heart. Look forward to lots of activity with winter festivals and ice skating being immensely popular. Even weekend-long, short snow breaks here are rewarding!
Nobody can deny the electric yet cosy and charming ambience of winter in the United Kingdom. With Christmas traditions that date back hundreds of years, this country really is a gem and a wonderful place for snowy Christmas holidays.
There’s something about the Christmas lights in London, the cheerfulness in Wales, the festivities in Scotland and the celebrations in Ireland that all come together to make the United Kingdom a must-see during winter.
Some of the best places to visit for a snowy holiday in the UK are:
If a British Christmas is something you’ve got in your books, then be sure to join in on our festive tours.
Hungary‘s capital city offers a unique festive experience! Budapest is a favourite travel destination for travellers from around the world and at Christmas time, it transforms into a festive wonderland. Visit and enjoy the beautiful architecture adorned with twinkling lights, stroll through the welcoming Christmas markets and be sure to indulge in hearty local cuisine – the perfect way to warm up during the cold season!
Top things to do in Budapest at Christmas:
Decemeber and January are the coldest months in Budapest and the time of year when snow is most likely. Visit Budapest during the festive season on the Eastern Highlights Christmas & New Year tour as well as the Europe Jewel Christmas & New Year tour.
Glaciers, lava fields, icy waterfalls, gushing geysers and rugged, snow-capped mountains – Iceland is a magnificent natural destination! At Christmas time, the beautiful landscapes are dusted with snow and ice and the cities come alive with festive celebrations. Experience the crisp fresh air and natural beauty, chase the Northern Lights, soak in the famous Blue Lagoon and absorb the Yuletide joy Reykjavik which is becoming an increasingly popular European Christmas destination!
Best things to do in Iceland at Christmas time:
It can snow in Iceland anytime between October to April so you’re in for a high chance of a white Christmas when you visit in December!
Finally on this list is Salzburg in Austria. This picturesque city is home to Baroque and Medieval architecture with a historic Old town simply waiting to be explored! Salburg is also famous for being the setting of The Sound of Music and for being the birthplace of musical maestro Mozart! During winter, this chocoate-box destination is sprinkled with snow, illuminated with Christmas lights and filled with festive cheer.
The best things to do in Salzburg during winter:
Austria’s snowy season takes place from December to March with the highest chance of snowfall in January and February.
There are fantastic destinations all around Europe that promise the perfect Christmas in the snow. On a winter vacation, you can also look forward to a plethora of festive activities, delicious meals, hot drinks and excellent shopping!
Whether you plan on visiting western Europe during winter or going to see the snow in the USA, snow holidays offer some of the most enchanting travel experiences of all. This is especially true during the jolly, festive season!
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