Is there anything more magical than a white Christmas? Imagine a Christmas Day watching snowflakes gently fall while enjoying a luxury festive break of a lifetime. Sounds tempting? Then let these ideas for a white Christmas in Europe inspire you.
1. Stockholm, Sweden
If you’re looking for a city break this Christmas, Stockholm could give you the picture-perfect scenery you’re looking for. As the snow falls, the festive spirit abounds. Being a walkable city means you can visit the pretty Christmas markets on foot – and wander through the city’s beautiful parks and squares. If you need to warm up, Stockholm is brimming with museums and galleries, not to mention superb restaurants and bars serving warming mulled wine.
2. Val d’Isere, France
For snow at Christmas, a skiing holiday is the perfect choice, providing days on the gleaming slopes followed by evenings of après ski indulgence. Val d’Isere is a premium skiing and snowboarding destination, with hundreds of kilometres of picturesque trails. The resort really comes alive at Christmas, and puts on a variety of entertainment for young and old alike – floodlit snow sculptures, concerts, fireworks displays, and visits by Father Christmas himself…
3. Pyha, Lapland
While Napapiiri is the Christmas child-heaven, being – as everyone knows – the home of the man in red himself, resorts such as Pyha offer a much more authentic and unspoiled Lapland experience. On the edge of Finland’s oldest national park, Pyha is stunningly beautiful and offers some great skiing opportunities. While, skiing aside, there isn’t a huge amount of entertainment on offer, the resort’s frozen lakes, forests and the genuine feeling of getting away from it all make it one of the most special places to enjoy the winter snow.
4. Salzburg, Austria
This small and friendly city has everything you could want for a white Christmas in Europe: its snowy Alpen surrounds make for the most picturesque of towns, and its variety of impressive restaurants and bars will appeal to all. The winter snow makes nearby skiing a tempting option, but the city itself embraces the season in a big way, the horse-drawn carriages padding softly through snow-covered streets as Christmas lights twinkle and the Christmas markets beckon.
5. Zurich, Switzerland
If you’re looking for some sophistication in your festive break, Zurich provides it in spades. The glamorous boutiques, fine restaurants and the romantic atmosphere of this most enchanting of European cities make it an ever-popular Christmas destination, but without the rampant commercialisation that can be found in other destinations.