Where to Go

10 of the World’s Best Places to Spend the Colder Months

Some people travel to warmer countries during the cold months. But there are also those who cannot wait to welcome snowy days and enjoy the things one can do once the freezing temperatures set in. While there is no dearth of places to go to experience colder days and nights, here are some of the world’s best getaways to bask in the winter sun.

1. Edinburgh, Scotland
Edinburgh
Travel highlights: Dreamy Scottish setting, fireworks at Edinburgh Castle, delicious food to satisfy your appetite, the sounds of bagpipes playing

2. Hokkaido, Japan
Hokkaido
Travel highlights: Japan’s go-to snowy destination, Sapporo Beer Museum, Sapporo Snow Festival, Otaru Snow Light Path Festival, the hot spring resort of Noboribetsu, Asahikawa Winter Festival, see the drift ice in Abashiri, skiing and snowboarding in one of the snow resorts in the area

3. Lapland, Finland
Lapland
Travel highlights: Winter wonderland-like setting at Urho Kekkonen National Park, ski resorts, reindeer-pulled sled ride, watch the northern lights, experience staying in an igloo

4. Prague, Czech Republic
Prague
Travel highlights: Historic and breathtaking architecture covered in snow, watch a performance at the National Theater, savor scrumptious steaming dishes, enjoy Prague’s delicious brews, explore the holiday markets

5. Quebec City, Canada
Quebec
Travel highlights: European-like setting as snow covers the centuries old city, cobbled stones and ancient stone houses lit by Christmas lights, savor the local cuisine

6. Reykjavík, Iceland
Reykjavík
Travel highlights: Enchanting Northern Lights, winter attractions and activities, Christmas markets, concerts and events, Ingólfstorg ice rink, Christmas Village in Hafnarfjörður, Christmas Creatures of Reykjavík at the Reykjavík Art Museum

7. Shirakawa-Go, Japan
Shirakawa-Go
Travel highlights: Fairytale-like winter destination, stunning landscape, Ogimachi Village, beautiful old houses that look magical especially at night when lights are on, Light-Up Event

8. Snæfellsnes Peninsula, Iceland
Snæfellsnes
Travel highlights: Breathtaking landscape, snow-capped volcanoes, local cuisine, northern lights, winter activities

9. Trømso, Norway
Trømso
Travel highlights: See the northern lights, arctic adventures, visit the Arctic Cathedral, experience dogsledding, local cuisine

10. Vienna, Austria
Vienna
Travel highlights: Picturesque and postcard perfect setting, stunning architecture, Christkindlmarkts, local food, delicious coffee, Vienna Boys’ Choir concerts