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It’s often hit and miss whether we will get snow in the UK come Christmas Day. In fact, it usually comes before or after, if at all. If you’ve been dreaming of a white Christmas, why not head to one of the destinations below? You’re guaranteed snow in each destination apart from New York. But even in the Big Apple, you’ll still get a complete winter wonderland feel, and the chances of snow are way higher than here! And while we’re on the subject of Christmas, why not take a look at how I spent the holidays last year!
Situated on the Arctic Circle, Finnish Lapland is the perfect destination for a family Christmas in the snow. Not only can you visit Santa Claus and his workshop, but there are also plenty of Christmas activities for the kids. The adults won’t miss out either. There is cross-country and freestyle skiing, husky rides, reindeer sledding and snowmobiling. The location also gives you a chance to see the spectacular Northern Lights. Children will love the dense snowy forests, the elves and reindeer, cookie making, ice sculptures and meeting Father Christmas.
Sweden is a super magical place in the winter. There are not many daylight hours, and lots of the country is covered in thick white snow. If you want to take a trip of a lifetime why not fly to Jukkasjärvi and stay at the spellbinding Ice Hotel. Kids will love the huge hotel sculpted entirely out of ice and will get to sleep under reindeer skin on a bed made of ice. There are also husky and reindeer rides and an ice church and ice bar. This is also another great place where your chances of seeing the Northern Lights are high. If you are a family that prefers to ski, Åre is a wonderful ski resort just an hour from Stockholm. Unlike the big tourist destinations for skiing, Åre offers a much more laidback vibe and has lots of family friendly bunny runs. If you want a Scandinavian style skiing holiday, Are is the place to be.
I couldn’t leave New York off the best places to go for a true winter wonderland feel. It's a real treat to go ice skating next to the iconic 70ft Christmas tree at the Rockefeller Centre. And of course, you'll want to go on a huge Christmas shopping spree along 5th Avenue. Christmas in New York is truly bewitching. The shop window displays at department stores such as Saks twinkle with magical delights. The city’s decorations are oversized and amazing, and there’s nothing like a horse and carriage ride through Central Park come Christmas. Visit Father Christmas at Macy’s, go sledding in Prospect Park and be sure to see the infamous Rockettes at Radio City Music Hall. Christmas in New York is the stuff that dreams are made of. The air is crisp and fresh, and the skies are always blue. And if you are lucky enough to get snow, the city will be covered in a blanket of it. When it snows in new York, it really snows! Don’t forget to book a Broadway show, see the Nutcracker and take a trip to the top of the Empire State Building. Oh, and of course play that famous huge floor piano in FAO Schwarz.