Bing Crosby’s White Christmas was one of the first holiday-themed songs I learned to play on the piano – maybe that’s why I can’t help longing to experience a snow-laden holiday season.
Evergreen trees dripping with flurry, Yuletide woolly jumpers and hot chocolate seem to create the perfect Christmas picture postcard. If like me, you crave a white Christmas experience, there are a few places in the world that can almost guarantee frosty festivities.
Old Quebec City, Canada
(Above) Filled with decorations and layered with a carpet of snow, this historic district becomes a virtual Christmas village during the holiday period. Visitors can enjoy festive markets, concerts and guided tours explaining Christmas traditions and histories. A movie-worthy holiday experience can be had in Old Quebec City with architecture to match.
This ski resort is located in the Rocky Mountains, promising a picturesque snow-filled view. Aspen goes all out to celebrate the festive season with the 12 Days of Aspen, which promise a series of holiday-themed activities and entertainment. If you’re looking for a traditional Christmas celebration with fun for the whole family, Aspen will be sure to provide it.
In winter, the Salzburg Alps are painted with snow, providing stunning views and great skiing opportunities. The city lights up during the festive season with the famous Salzburg Christmas Market or Christkindlmarkt offering decorations and gingerbread to shoppers. Salzburg creates a culturally enlightening Christmas experience with a good chance of snow.
For those who like to keep busy, shop and still have that snowy Christmas experience, Chicago is an excellent choice. Well-known for it’s powdered sidewalks during the festive season, this city offers an array of winter activities including ice-skating, light displays and holiday productions. This famous filming location for Christmas movies offers a great chance of snowfall over the holiday period. Chicago is perfect for anyone who enjoys the hustle and bustle of the city and loves getting into the Christmas spirit.
St Petersburg, Russia
Temperatures get close to freezing, so be sure to layer up and cross your fingers for snowfall on Christmas day. The huge Christmas tree at Palace Square is a must-see and travellers can look forward to browsing at the St Petersburg Christmas Market and attending the Kirov Ballet’s performance of The Nutcracker. You can always extend your stay and join the Orthodox Russian Christmas on 7 January for an extra shot at a white Christmas.