Spending Christmas in a mountain resort is something you should really consider if you enjoy skiing or snowboarding. Having a white christmas in England is rare and there’s something magical about spending christmas surrounded by snow. Taking presents with you can be difficult so why not do something different and wait until your in resort to buy each other small gifts and open all the other presents at home. You could even just do secret santa with a $10 budget and the gifts have to be bought from Walmart, now if you’ve never been to Walmart you might think that sounds lame but you really can buy anything from that store!
America is a really great place to spend Christmas, especially in the mountain resorts. Breckenridge town is decorated beautifully every year and it is so nice to walk through the streets and see all the trees and lights. Snow conditions are always going to be good because of how high the resort is so you are guaranteed snow on christmas day.
American houses are amazing too, you can rent a house for a week and you will be surprised at how cheap it can be, the size of the house means you can fit more people in and lower the cost for you all. Jumping in the hot tub on christmas day and looking out onto the slopes is amazing. Keystone is really close to Breck, you can jump on a bus and be there in 20 minutes. They have an awesome ice skating rink and the mountain there has some really great runs including one of the best snow parks in the world. Keystone offers night skiing too which is something different to do and a nice way to spend the evening if you didn’t make it to the slopes during the day! There’s a nice little shopping village at the bottom which is nice to walk around and you can leave your boyfriend outside while you go shopping without feeling bad about the cold because they have fire pits with seating around to keep you warm!
Europe has had a pretty bad start to the winter season this year but that doesn’t mean that being in a resort without snow in the town isn’t christmassy. All the lights and decorations are up and you can see the mountains above covered in snow. You can still go for a ride as the slopes are open and you never know it might even snow on Christmas day!
Innsbruck is a short trip away from Mayrhofen where you can go visit the Christmas markets, you can wander around the whole city and stumble upon little markets all over the place.
If the snow gods are on your side and the conditions are good at Christmas you can spend the night up the mountain in the Igloo Hotel!
This has to be the best christmas experience you could ask for. If you have young children you can take them to the Santa Clause Village in Rovaniemi where they can meet santa and his elves. There are loads of activities for them to do and it’s still a great experience for adults too, you can even visit the ice bar for a quick drink! The shops sell really nice handmade and traditional gifts so you can pick up some presents for your family back home.
Of course it wouldn’t be complete without some festive Reindeer!
You can go on snowmobile rides, husky sled rides and if your lucky enough you might even see the Northern Lights while your out there! The slopes are great for beginners as they are more like hills than mountains so if you are new to the sport you will feel comfortable here. There are some great snowparks too if you want to spend some time on kickers and rails. It is strange snowboarding all day and not seeing sunlight but it is an amazing experience. Look out for the slope side huts with fires inside for you to warm up next to!
Tignes is a nice christmassy town. The lights and decorations combined with a snowy landscape make it feel really festive. If you don’t want to commit to spending Christmas away I would recommend going the week before christmas, you can get some really good package deals and if you stay in catered accommodation it takes all the stresses away.
Snow Chateaux really looked after us, the Chalet’s are gorgeous (complete with outdoor Hot tub overlooking the slopes) and the staff are really friendly. Having a nice cooked breakfast before you leave for the mountain is great, it’s even better when you get home to a freshly baked cake followed by an amazing 3 course meal in the evening. Unlimited wine is one of the many perks of staying with these guys! Champagne by the fire is not something you can complain about either!
If you want to get away for Christmas but can’t afford to go abroad then you can always visit Scotland. Yes the weather on the Scottish mountains can be unpredictable but on the good days the conditions up there are just as nice as any other resort. If you want to play it safe Edinburgh is a lovely place to spend Christmas they have a huge event in the City where there are markets, fairgrounds, comedy shows, ice rinks, an ice wall for climbing and loads of other exciting stuff take a look at the website for more info. If you are brave enough to head up to the mountains I would recommend Cairngorm mountain in Aviemore, you can stay in some cosy b&b’s or treat yourself to a log cabin. You can even get ones with their own hot tubs so you can still have ski resort perks. If skiing is off the cards you can always go hiking, climbing or biking. Scotland is a beautiful country and it just shows you don’t have to go too far to find somewhere great to spend Christmas.
This Christmas I will be in Mayrhofen and although there is no snow in the village the conditions on the mountain are improving so hopefully after Christmas we will get some decent snowfall!