Haven’t decided yet where to spend Christmas Day? What if you could spend Christmas in the mountains? There’s something magical about the mountains-they’re mystifying, magical, and memorizing. Add Christmas to the mountains and you have a postcard right at your fingertips.
Love it or hate it, snow and Christmas go hand in hand – at least in theory it does; the reality can be different. Stop dreaming of a white Christmas and make this year the year by spending December in one of these top snow destinations.
We have rounded our favorite destination mountains getaways.
St. Moritz, Switzerland
St. Moritz is a truly magic spot to spend Christmas! St Moritz, the showiest of Switzerland’s Alpine resorts, is no ordinary ski town – it’s responsible for winter tourism as we know it today. The beautiful alpine scenery with 25 crystal-clear mountain lakes as well as forests and glaciers is the greatest attraction of this place, drawing tourists and outdoor sports enthusiasts year-round.
What to do: If you are looking for a ski holiday, St Moriz is the place. The highest resort in Switzerland, it offers some of the best intermediate terrain with a number of exceptionally long runs. But skiing isn’t the only winter sport here. St. Moritz offers curling, skating or golf and spectating at horse-racing, polo and cricket. You can enjoy the pleasures of nature, culture, sports or one can simply relax admiring the beautiful scenery around. You should consider a walk across frozen Lake St. Moritz, surrounded by alpine peaks.
Where to stay: At the heart of St. Moritz you will find Hotel Hauser. So friendly and warm place to stay in cold days. The hotel is situated in a great spot in town. Plenty of restaurants and nightlife along with a lot of shops. The hotels restaurant is also really good. Highly recommended for anyone looking for a slightly younger, friendlier, sportier place to stay in St Moritz.
Gstaad is the perfect Christmas getaway destination. This place is home to one of the largest ski areas in the Alps. We can describe Gstaad as lovely mountain destination which is beautiful year-round and which manages to walk the fine balance between tradition and modern lifestyle.
What to do: Gstaad is mainly a ski resort, but it’s also so much more than that. You can go for snow biking and ice-climbing, as well as paragliding, animal trekking, horse riding and hot air ballooning. Take your time to enjoy the spectacular scenery and breathe in the mountain air! Gstaad is the right destination for wellness and spa culture. And don’t forget shopping in Gstaad. You should find the time and the wide range of shops for fun-filled shopping days in the holiday region of Gstaad. The grand centrepiece of Gstaad shopping is the impressive Gstaad pedestrianised promenade.
Where to stay: If you want a luxury place to stay, we recommend Gstaad Palace Hotel. The Gstaad Palace is one of the very few hotels today that provides perfect, discrete service in every way and merits the appellation of a palace. The majesty of the Swiss Alps surrounding the Hotel makes the atmosphere magic! The park surrounding the hotel is very inviting as are the hotels swimming pools, spa and tennis courts.
Cortina, is one of the best destinations for Christmas day in the mountains. The enchanting atmosphere of the mountains will make you live unforgettable moments.
What to do: Cortina offers a wealth of activities and experiences also off the slopes. This winter Cortina offers a lot more than just skiing. Hikes in beautiful landscapes among frozen lakes, or climbing a winter via ferrata. Skating or curling at the Olympic stadium, followed by a relaxing session in the sauna, Even if you don’t like to ski, it’s still worth it to go up to the top of the mountain for the views.
Where to stay: Hotel Villa Alpinai would highly recommend Villa Alpina to anyone visiting Cortina for a ski holidayMust try the restaurant next door as food was amazing! The hotel is located on the main road into Cortina D’Ampezzo and is only about a 5 to 7 minute easy stroll into the centre of town.
Aspen is one of Colorado’s most well-known mountains towns. It’s the Christmas spirit and old world charm that make this true fairytale Christmas experience. Here you can rest assured you will find snow, and plenty of it. Aspen is also quite lovely during the holidays, just one more reason they made this list.
What to do: Each year, from December 20-31, the charming downtown becomes a winter wonderland filled with seasonal activities and merriment. There is so much things to do: from ice skating, art projects, free hot chocolate on the Cooper Street Mall, sleigh rides, and children’s story hours to live jazz and Victorian caroling, there’s something for everyone. What would Christmas in Aspen be without some shopping thrown into the mix? Wander downtown and stop into Aspen’s best stores; from local boutiques to top fashion brands, you can pick up something for your loved ones (and maybe something for yourself).
Where to stay: Hotel Aspen in Breathtaking Aspen! This hotel is a great choice for a skiing vacation in Aspen. It’s walking distance to all the restaurants and the bus to the other skiing areas depart/stops just outside the hotel.
Andorra is one of the smallest countries in Europe, but it is full of surprises. The country is mostly visited between April-October and it is pure magic. During this period temperatures are high with little to no rain at all; it offers the opportunity for many outdoor activities like hiking and cycling. But, you can visit this beautiful country even in winter and you will not be disappointed.
What to do: The view of the mountains is something you should not miss if you love photography and can identify beauty in nature. You can enjoy many sports in the snow if you are a super energetic person. We recommend visiting Vallnord or Grandvalira as the best winter locations in Andorra during winter.
Where to stay: While in Andorra you can stay at Soldeu el Tarter in Grandvalira. Both, Soldeu and el Tarter are two small villages with direct access to the slopes. They have a good range of accommodation and offer many nightlife options.
If you have never considered visiting Slovakia in winter, now it’s the time. Slovakia offers high-quality skiing and they are all affordable when comparing to France or Switzerland.
What to do: If you love nature, then Slovakia is the ideal place for you, because during winter you will witness some breathtaking views of the nature and enjoy many outdoor activities.
Where to stay: Jasná is the ideal place while enjoying your winter holidays in Slovakia. The resort will offer everything you need. You can also ski in the evening on a illuminated slope in Jasná