If there was ever a time when Aussies are dreaming of anything but our scorching hot summer, it’s Christmastime. We grew up watching American Christmas movies, filled with Christmas carols, eggnog, and snow. Carols and eggnog we might get (if we’re lucky), but as for the snow, well, it’s safe to say we’re all suffering a little from snow-mo. What is ‘snow-mo’ you ask? Well, it’s like ‘fomo’ (Fear of Missing Out) but for the snow!
Booking.com has revealed over a third of Aussies feel like they are missing out on a magical Christmas in Australia because we don’t get to experience snow. The heat at this time of year means that Christmas jumpers aren’t even a thing and the overall atmosphere feels a little more Baywatch instead of Christmas. So if you’ve been dreaming of a white Christmas and perhaps even suffering from snow-mo, Booking.com has you covered with these winter wonderlands.
At the top of the list is the home of Santa Claus, Rovaniemi, Finland. This winter wonderland is the perfect destination for the whole family, thanks to its it’s kid-friendly activities like reindeer rides through the magical forests (yes, you read that right – reindeer rides)! Snow in this region begins falling in November and lasts until at least May so there’s plenty of time to get your white Christmas!
Stay amongst the trees at the Artic Treehouse Hotel in Rovaniemi. Boasting stunning views of the snow-capped landscape – and if you’re lucky enough, the Northern Lights – this is the perfect place to cosy up to the fire and enjoy a snowy Christmas.
*Finland images via Booking.com
Experience what life would be like living in a real-life snow globe in Moscow! Visit the enchanting Saint Basil’s Cathedral on Red Square, or the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Novodevichy Convent! Just don’t forget to pack your beanies, gloves and Christmas jumpers since the average temperature during winter sits at a chilly -10°C.
After wandering the snow-laden streets, stay in the centrally located Brick Design Hotel. Just minutes from the Chistye Prudny Metro Station and Sretinsky boulevard, this is the perfect spot to experience a sparkling Russian Christmas.
*Moscow and Brick Design Hotel images via Booking.com
This place will literally have you saying ‘snow way’!! A true winter wonderland, Alta is a white Christmas paradise (in fact it doesn’t get much more wintery than this)! Right in Santa Claus’ backyard, Alta is located in Northern Norway, underneath the spectacular Northern Lights.
Making your experience even more epic, stay in Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel, the hotel made entirely out of snow and ice every year. Guests are offered a truly unique experience, staying in a real igloo mansion. Sleep on beds carved from ice in reindeer leather sleeping pads and ultra-warm sleeping bags. The constant temperature is between -4 and -7 °C, but guests can also enjoy slightly more modern amenities in the adjoining building next door, including showers, a sauna and two outdoor hot tubs.
*Norway images via Booking.com
Snow on the ground from November to April is pretty much guaranteed in Iceland. Ice caving, glacier hiking, guided driving tours and taking a dip in the geothermal waters at one of the many natural pools, are just some of the activities that travellers can enjoy during their winter time stay in Iceland. The unique landscapes and a chance at glimpsing the Northern Lights will make this a memorable, snow-filled Christmas!
Situated 10 km from Iceland’s Ring Road, Hótel Selid is set in the heart of an amazing scenic landscape. Packed lunches are also available in case you would like to enjoy your own Christmas picnic complete with Christmas jumper (and a coat) while you explore the surrounding area or the Thórsmörk National Park, located 66 km away.
*Iceland images via Booking.com
You don’t always have to travel to the mountains to catch snowflakes. Admiring the stunning, Christmas-themed light displays at the annual Sapporo White Illumination, visiting the giant snow slides at the Tsudome or enjoying a drink at the ice bar, are just some of the snow-friendly activities available in the second snowiest place on earth.
The La’gent Stay Sapporo Odori Hokkaido is just a five-minute walk from Odori Subway Station and features a natural hot spring bath and a restaurant serving dishes prepared with fresh, local ingredients.
*Japan images via Booking.com
New York, USA
Nowhere does Christmas like New York City, so why not celebrate it there yourself?! With the world’s tallest Christmas tree at Rockefeller Centre and an ice skating rink below, there may not be a more magical place to spend the holidays. While you’re there, check out the festive window displays in New York’s largest department stores, see a Broadway show and wander through a snow-filled Central Park.
One of the most iconic hotels in the world, The Plaza Hotel is situated on the edge of the Upper East Side and on the southern corner of Central Park. Just minutes away from the best New York has to offer, The Plaza is the perfect, picturesque accommodation for a Christmas stay in The Big Apple.
*New York images via Life Buzz and Booking.com
*Main image via Life Buzz.
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