If you look outside and there’s snow on the ground, chances are your thoughts go one of two ways — either you’re desperate to get away from it, or you see the snow as a herald of winter fun. This approach is pretty typical of most American families. They either spend their holidays soaking up the sun as far away from snow as possible, or they strap on their winter gear and go in search of somewhere where the snow never melts.
In that spirit, we’ve gathered together some vacations suggestions for this year’s escape. All of these destinations are perfect for a holiday jaunt, regardless of climate.
Prague is one of Europe’s most beautiful and picturesque cities, primarily because they’ve kept their older architectural marvels in excellent condition. Spending Christmas in snowy Prague is a great choice.
Their coffee culture is legendary, so you can spend every afternoon enjoying a cup of coffee and slice of cake in a place like Café Imperial, which drips with gold and marble opulence, or the modern, farmhouse-inspired Café Letka. After a leisurely afternoon in a cafe, explore Prague’s best architecture by checking out the famous St. Nicholas Church, then spend your evening enjoying a pint of local beer in an underground speakeasy.
Formally called Saint Barthélemy, this island paradise is located in the West Indies, in the northeastern Caribbean. It’s a volcanic island that’s encircled by reefs, which makes the snorkeling and diving simply incredible.
If you’re looking for a relaxing destination where you can spend your days celeb-spotting on the beach, this is the place for you. St. Bart’s is popular among Hollywood’s elite, who come in droves every year between Christmas and New Year’s. There are only 25 hotels on St. Bart’s, many of which are small boutique resorts, so it’s pretty likely you’ll run in to someone famous.
Edinburgh is another city where spectacular Medieval and Reformation-era architecture is still in great shape. Spending Christmas in Edinburgh is a perfect choice. It won’t be too cold, but you’ll be able to see frost every morning.
If you’re spending the holidays in the city, make sure to walk up Calton Hill so you get a great view of the city covered in snow, then hike down and peruse the shops along George Street and Princes Street. One side of Princes Street is taken up by shops, but the other side looks over Princes Street Gardens, where there’s always an entertaining Christmas light display. Make sure to stick around for Hogmanay, the traditional Scottish New Year’s celebration that’s always a ton of fun.