If you live somewhere blustery and cold, you might be tired of winter and everything it means for your daily routine. After all, shoveling snow and walking a dog in the sleet aren’t exactly fun. But, despite the frigid season’s inconveniences, it sure does make for a gorgeous, festive holiday. And if you’re really lucky, you’ll get to experience perhaps the season’s greatest treat: a White Christmas!
If you live somewhere more temperate, like Northern California, or even somewhere downright hot—hello, New Orleans!—you might long for a snowy, joyous December 25th spent with your family. So we’ve hand-picked six fantastic White Christmas destinations where you’re quite likely to see snow on Christmas!
- Enjoy a White Christmas in Aspen, Colorado
- Explore Montreal, Canada This Christmas
- See the Northern Lights in Anchorage, Alaska This December
- Shop Christmas Markets in Vienna, Austria
- Window Shop in New York, New York This Christmas
- Spend Christmas Anywhere It’s Snowing!
1. Enjoy a White Christmas in Aspen, Colorado
Nestled in the Rocky Mountains, this posh ski town is anything but boring. Aspen is the winter playground of the rich and famous. You can ski in the morning, shop luxury boutiques in the afternoon and enjoy a top-notch meal at night.
The small town, which sits at an elevation of 8,000 feet, is a tourist hot spot with a wide range of cultural events and activities. In 2018, you and your family can enjoy a guided tour of the Aspen Art Museum or see John Denver live in concert.
Whether you rent a cabin or stay at the historic Hotel Jerome, your Aspen adventure won’t come cheap. But if you’re looking to splurge, this is our top recommendation for a luxury White Christmas.
2. Explore Montreal, Canada This Christmas
Enjoy much of what’s to love about Paris without the jet lag—and a better chance of snow, too! With nearly two feet of snow a month in December, you can feel confident about enjoying a White Christmas in this French-speaking metropolis.
While you’re there, check out the lovely Montreal Botanical Garden, which even has a famous Insectarium!
If you like skiing, there are numerous outstanding ski resorts nearby. And if you like pastries and lattes, you’re in luck. Those are excellent, too.
3. See the Northern Lights in Anchorage, Alaska This December
Pack your parkas. And your long underwear. Alaska is almost always cold, and it’s, of course, especially frigid in the winter. But you can count on a White Christmas, that’s for sure. And you might just see the northern lights, which’ll turn the sky a brilliant green.
Anchorage is also delightfully affordable in December, with hotels ranging from $60 to $170 a night.
Besides enjoying the snowy landscapes, there’s plenty to do in Anchorage in December. From ice fishing to dog sledding, you might be cold, but you won’t be bored!
4. Shop Christmas Markets in Vienna, Austria
Yes, it’s far. But it’s gorgeous. The old European city is full of festive Christmas markets, mulled wine and twinkling lights. Plus, it’s often dusted in gorgeous snow, which will only add to that warm and fuzzy feeling!
If you don’t luck out with snow in Vienna, commit to spending a few days in the nearby Alps, which are notoriously snow-capped.
Airfare to Vienna from New York’s Kennedy airport can be a steal this time of year, too. You can get a roundtrip ticket for the non-stop, 8 hour flight for just over $500 a ticket. (That’s cheaper than flying to Miami like everyone else!)
5. Window Shop in New York, New York This Christmas
The city that never sleeps is one of the best places to spend Christmas in the US! There’s a good chance you’ll see snow flurries, but even if you don’t, you’ll enjoy a long list of ultra-festive Christmas traditions.
At Rockefeller Plaza, you can enjoy ice skating, hot chocolate with Santa and the most adored Christmas tree in the United States. You can also catch a showing of the Radio City Christmas Spectacular.
Or enjoy the elaborate window displays on 5th Avenue, where stores go all out every December. Retailers like Barney’s and Macy’s are famous for sparing no expense to create gorgeous storefronts. These windows are even more spectacular at night, so grab a cup of hot tea and enjoy the festive stroll from 34th Street all the way to 58th Street after the sun sets.
6. Spend Christmas Anywhere It’s Snowing!
Sometimes, the snow itself is the destination. You can use this website to predict whether you are going to have a White Christmas. Or book a week at pretty much any ski resort!
Where is it snowing right now in the USA? This map can help you find out.
No matter where you choose to spend your Christmas, we hope that your family and friends make it merry and bright!
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