Most of us dream of a white Christmas, which means most of us are disappointed when we draw back the curtains on the morning of the 25th. The last time the UK was buried in snow on Christmas Day was eight years ago – so, although it’s possible we’ll see the white stuff, the odds are against us.
However, if you’re open to booking a trip over the festive period, there are many destinations where it’s pretty much guaranteed to be a white Christmas. Here are just four of them:
Situated in the northernmost region of Finland, Lapland is the original winter wonderland and home to Mr. Claus himself. There’s a certain festive magic that emanates from its expansive, snow-covered landscapes, while its smaller villages, full of glowing log cabins and encircled by dense forest, are straight out of a fairy tale.
While Lapland draws in the crowds, it hasn’t tarnished its authenticity. Take your pick from a huge range of festive activities; take a reindeer sleigh ride into the woods, head out on a husky safari, or bear witness to one of the world’s greatest natural wonders: the Northern Lights.
If you’d rather be in the hustle and bustle of a city for Christmas, Russia’s capital is a great choice. The mighty metropolis looks utterly majestic smothered in pristine snow, especially around the Kremlin and Red Square. The city goes full-on festive during December, with its ‘Journey into Christmas’ festival and abundant fairs and markets.
An experience not to be missed is catching a performance of Tchaikovsky’s ‘The Nutcracker’ at the Bolshoi Theatre.
It may be a renowned ski resort, but there’s more to Hokkaido than its perfect slopes. Some of its top sights include the cobalt-blue Blue Pond and Shirahige Waterfall, both of which are illuminated during winter evenings to showcase their beauty. Then there’s Lake Shikaribetsu, which has an ice and snow village built on top of it during winter; and Lake Onneto, which mysteriously changes colour depending on your vantage point.
After a day of exploring these natural wonders, what better way to rest your weary legs than by taking a dip in one of Hokkaido’s hot springs? If you’d rather put off your winter escape to February, don’t miss the Sapporo Snow Festival, where jaw-dropping snow and ice sculptures are put on display in front of over two million visitors.
If you’re dreaming of a romantic Christmas as well as a white one, It’s got to be Québec City. Located in French-Canada, it’s one of North America’s last remaining fortified cities – and a magnificent one at that. Its European influences can be felt everywhere, from the narrow, cobbled streets of the Old Town – a Unesco World Heritage site – to the mighty Château Frontenac which towers over the city.
December sees Québec City transformed into a Christmas Village, where the snow, together with twinkling lights and scent of cinnamon, create a truly magical setting.
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