A winter holiday can be a truly magical experience. Discover new countries, try new experiences, and tick items off your bucket list. If you’re looking for winter holiday inspiration continue reading this post! We’ve rounded up the best winter holiday destinations, with recommendations on where to go and when.
From the Northern Lights and the Blue Lagoon, to spectacular architecture, Iceland is a luxury holiday destination where dramatic natural beauty meets ground breaking design. As the capital city, Reykjavik is a vibrant gateway to the adventures that await you throughout Iceland. The city is quirky, cosmopolitan and incredibly pretty, and as a result it’s typically recommended at the start or end of every holiday itinerary.
A self-drive trip around Iceland starting or finishing in Reykjavík gives you the opportunity to discover the geysers, waterfalls, and see the most beautiful parts of the south coast. The breath-taking Northern Lights are also regularly seen from November to late April, which makes Iceland particularly popular during the winter months.
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New York, USA
Make your Kevin McCallister Home Alone dreams come true with a winter break to New York. Winter in New York can be magical, with thick snow, glittering lights and electric blue skies. In New York, the Christmas season begins shortly after Thanksgiving with a tree lighting ceremony at the Rockefeller Centre. Each year, thousands crowd the sidewalks for the event and millions watch the live broadcast.
On a Christmas trip to New York don’t miss The Holiday Walk – the stretch of Fifth Avenue from 39th to 59th Street, where the windows of classic department stores are brightly lit and extravagantly decorated. And be sure to try out ice skating in Central Park. The Wollman Rink is located on the east side, very close to the Central Park Zoo, and provides thousands of New Yorkers and tourists the chance to glide across the ice, against an iconic New York City back drop.
On an evening you can indulge in a delicious hot chocolate at Max Brenner Chocolate Bar. Max Brenner urges each customer to experience chocolate with all of their senses. Here, hot chocolate is served in a “hug mug” to create the ultimate cosy, warming, drinking experience.
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With 190,000 reindeers, 749 fells and 1 Santa Claus, Finnish Lapland is as close as it gets to those who dream of a winter wonderland.
Located deep inside the Arctic Circle, Lapland is blanketed in snow from December to April. In the winter, dark winter days replace the 24-hour sunlight of the summer to enhance the atmosphere and magic. Children love visiting Santa’s hometown, going on a reindeer sleigh ride, and meeting the ‘real’ Santa Claus at his headquarters in Rovaniemi. On the other hand, Adults love the exhilarating husky and snowmobile safaris as well as more quirky winter holiday activities such as ice fishing and ice carting. At night you also have a good chance of seeing the mesmerising northern lights shimmering in a star-studded sky.
A holiday to Lapland is the ultimate Christmas present, and Christmas holidays to Lapland are only becoming more and more popular. This is the one place in the world that you can spend time with Santa on his home turf.
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Canadian Rockies, Canada
In the winter the Canadian Rockies become a snow-covered wonderland. But don’t think that you’ll be stuck indoors with nothing to do. There are a multitude of winter activities to partake in that aren’t just limited to skiing or snowboarding.
Go on a snowshoe hike through spruce forests and rugged mountains. Take the family on a sleigh ride. Try dog-sledding in Banff or Lake Louise, as you explore the Great Divide, or cross the frozen Spray Lakes. These are just a few of the activities you can try, but should you choose to relax, the outdoor hot-pooling and spas are a fantastic way to unwind, whilst being at one with nature.
In the winter months you’ll also still have the chance to travel the world-famous Icefields Parkway and hike the Athabasca Glacier. This means that some of the most popular summer activities and attractions can firmly remain on your holiday itinerary all year around.
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London is a fantastic choice for a winter break. From November, you can expect to the see the Christmas lights start to transform the streets of London. In November, many of London’s Christmas fairs and markets begin to open too. Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park is undoubtedly the most famous in London. But wherever you go, you’ll be bound to have a good time, especially with a mug of Christmas Gluhwein (mulled wine) in hand.
No winter trip to London is complete without a trip to Harrods – a true shopping paradise. Luckily, The Milestone Hotel & Residences is located just a mile away from Harrod’s, so after shopping till you drop, you can be back in your room in no time at all!
One of the newest, most popular attractions in London are the Coppa Club igloos. In 2017, Coppa Club’s snuggly igloos were the hottest tables in town. Complete with sheepskin rugs and fluffy blankets, they’re the ultimate outdoor winter experience in the city.
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