With winter just around the corner, now is the perfect time to start planning a winter wonderland vacation. Whether you are looking for the perfect nostalgic place to usher in Christmas and the New Year or are trying to find a place to enjoy a winter getaway, these locations have something to offer everyone.
If you are looking for a real winter wonderland, then Lapland may be the destination for you. From the Igloos at Hotel Kakslauttanen to the wilderness of Urho Kekkonen National Park, this spot has everything you could look for in a winter destination. The 24-hour sunlight of the summer, gives way to the dark of winter days here, giving the location a somewhat slower pace than what you might find in other destination. The adventurous members of your party can grab a pair of snowshoes or cross-country skis and head out to view the Aurora Borealis, which appear on more than 200 nights a year in Lapland.
This Swedish city is known as the “City of Parks,” because it has the highest concentration of parks, as well as restaurants, in the country. Visitors come for the food, culture, shopping, and fun. In the winter the town is illuminated by effervescent lights and full of endless winter activities. Spend time skating, hitting craft markets, and strolling through the 16th-century town square or enjoying one of the many top-of-the-line restaurants and cafes.
The Windy City goes all out for the holiday season. From the millions of colorful holiday lights that surround the Magnificent Mile to the Chirstkindlemarket full of German crafts and beer that appears outside of City Hall, the city works to create a welcoming winter wonderland for residents and tourists. Family fun can be experienced at the ice rink outside of Millennium Park and at Navy Pier’s Winter WonderFests. The annual holiday-themed amusement park and indoor skating rink appear each year in time to celebrate the winter holiday season.
Quebec City, Canada
With its cobblestone streets and stone houses from the 16th and 17th-century, Quebec has a distinctly old fashioned European atmosphere. Winter in the city is often picture postcard perfect with fluffy snow and beautiful decorations. There are endless opportunities for dogsledding, ice skating, tobogganing cross-country skiing and other outdoor activities through the city and the region.