Winter brings the promise of magic, excitement, joy and relaxation. It’s a holiday that everyone looks forward to. Who would turn down Christmas cheer, mulled wine, cozy cashmere and snow filled days? If you want to add more adventure to the holiday season, why not turn this free time into an occasion you can enjoy with family and friends? Either hit the ski slopes for the ultimate winter experience or simply surround yourself in ice and snow. Today we’re going to look at three destinations where you can go to get that bewitching winter wonderland experience.
Chamonix is one of Europe’s most beautiful winter wonderland destinations. It has been at the top of snow filled adventure fun since the late 1700’s. Chamonix hosted the first Winter Olympics in 1924 and is renowned as a superlative skiing resort. Here, snow is a given, and tumbling cliffs and glaciers are all part and parcel of the ride. Ski chalet Chamonix hire will guarantee you a spellbinding Christmas adventure. Prepare for a holiday filled with world-class skiing, breathtaking scenery, and husky sled rides. Come here if you want magical French pine forests, relaxing thermal pools, roaring open fireplaces, outdoor hot tubs and ski in/ski out options. What more could you want at Christmas?
If you’re dreaming of a white Christmas, then Whistler may just be the destination for you. Come holidays; this beautiful village is decorated in twinkling fairy lights surrounded by heaps of snow. There is an array of activities on offer including skiing, ice skating, snow shoeing, dog sledding and snowmobiling. Whistler is continuously rated as one of the top year-round holiday destinations. And Christmas is a particularly special time to visit. If you’re a ski bunny, there are over 200 trails, 37 lifts and 8,100 acres of terrain on offer. There is ice fishing, zip-lining, and charming mountain village boutiques to stroll around. You can also enjoy fondue, hot cocoa, and as many spa treatments as you can fit in! Set under a cloud of fluffy snow, it’s the ultimate Christmas holiday vacation. And if you’re interested in other parts of Canada, take a peek at my blog post here.
Perfect for those that love the beauty of ice and snow, the Ice Hotel in Jukkasjarvi in Swedish Lapland makes for a captivating Christmas holiday. Here, just 200km north of the Arctic Circle, you’ll spend a night on a bed sculpted out of ice before moving on to a beautiful chalet for the remainder of your stay. You’ll get to spend time in the majestic Ice Hotel made completely out of ice and snow, visit the Ice Chapel and have a drink in the Ice Bar. You can go on thrilling husky rides, try reindeer lassoing, visit the tiny town’s beautiful church and munch on ginger biscuits and lingonberry juice. If you’re lucky enough, you may also get to see the elusive Northern Lights, as this destination is one where the chances of viewing are high. Traverse the terrain on snowmobiles. Try your hand at ice fishing and driving. And if you stay over Christmas, certainly expect a visit from Santa Claus. Swedish Lapland is a destination that is perfect for friends, family and couples alike.