Best Winter Vacation Destinations for a White Christmas

When it’s time to deck the halls and celebrate the holiday season, nothing quite sets the scene like a blanket of snow. With unpredictable forecasts, it can be hard to make that dream come true though. Tip the odds in your favor by setting off for a snow-capped mountain (or a white-sand beach!). Here are some of our Christmas vacation ideas in a winter of white:

Vail Vacation Ideas

Vail, Colorado:

Enjoy abundant snow and 300 days of sunshine when you visit this famous ski town known for its pristine trails, culinary scene and world-class events. After a day on the slopes, take a stroll through Vail Village and Lionshead Village where shops, exciting nightlife and a warm meal await. For some festive fun, don’t miss the Vail Holidaze event taking place from December 10-31, 2017, featuring ice skating and other holiday activities for the whole family.

Whistler Vacation Ideas

Whistler, British Columbia:

With its high elevation, you can count on Whistler to be a snowy winter wonderland in December. When you aren’t gliding down the renowned mountains, enjoy free ice skating at Whistler Olympic Plaza, zip-lining through snow-covered trees, shopping at the Village and various activities planned around Christmas. You can look forward to a holiday lights display, bonfires, Christmas caroling, and a special holiday vacation experience (Santa!) for kids during your visit to Whistler.

Park City Vacation Ideas

Park City, Utah:

Former host of the Olympic Winter Games, Park City is a skier and snowboarder’s dream with slopes that appeal to all skill levels. As one of the largest ski areas in the United States, you’ll have to plan several trips to experience all of Park City’s hundreds of trails and thousands of skiable acres. Off the slopes, you can enjoy shopping on the town’s historic main street, award-winning dining and vibrant nightlife.

Sun Valley Vacation Ideas

Sun Valley, Idaho:

What better place to experience a white Christmas than at America’s first destination ski resort? Home to Bald and Dollar Mountains, Sun Valley offers ski runs ranging from expert to beginner, as well as dog sledding and ice fishing for those who want to experience a little off-mountain fun. During Christmas, Sun Valley is famous for its traditional Christmas Eve Torchlight Parade, enthusiastic carolers and family-friendly holiday activities.

Breckenridge Vacation Ideas

Breckenridge, Colorado:

Breckenridge is the quintessential ski town that comes alive during the Christmas season. Each year, ski and snowboarding enthusiasts are drawn to the town’s majestic snow-capped mountains and festively adorned downtown. Plan to attend the Lighting of Breckenridge on December 2, 2017, when Santa flips a magical switch and transforms the downtown area into a quaint Christmas scene.

NYC Vacation Ideas

New York City, New York:

There’s something truly special about New York City during Christmastime. From ice-skating with the family in Central Park and visiting the Christmas tree in Rockefeller Center, to the beautiful shop-front displays and glamorous department stores, you can find holiday magic at every turn. The city finds a sense of calm under a light blanket of snow, giving you the chance to explore all of its sights and sounds. Take in a show while you’re in town, like the Christmas Spectacular Starring the Radio City Rockettes.

Salzburg Vacation Ideas

Salzburg, Austria:

Famous for being the set of the musical “The Sound of Music,” Salzburg gives a fantastic alternative to Austria’s bustling capital of Vienna with just as much chance of snow, if not more. Huddled in the snow-capped Alps, take in all of the snow-dusted baroque architecture in the city’s UNESCO Word Heritage Site town center. For a unique Christmas experience, visit the locally renowned Christmas markets held in front of the beautiful city hall.

Destin Vacation Ideas

Destin, Florida:

Looking for a white Christmas without the cold temperatures? Leave the gloves and snow boots at home and head to Destin for a warm and sunny Christmas on the Gulf Coast. With miles of award-winning white sand beaches, and cheerful Christmas concerts, memorable boat parades and more planned for the holidays, Destin is the perfect place to experience the holidays.

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