December is such an amusing month, filled with love and happiness. Most people tend to show their affection even more towards their loved ones, whether it is with a present or a beautiful message.
During this period, you have that urge to spend holidays somewhere magical. And the best choice is absolutely the mountains. Italy and Switzerland are the top locations when it comes to choosing a region where you have everything you need to spend a relaxing holiday. Below you will find our top skiing locations that are certainly a “must visit”.
In Switzerland there is a hidden gem, where you will certainly enjoy your winter holidays if you chose to go there. Switzerland has always been known for the picturesque landscapes that create the peaceful place for one who truly loves nature and its wilderness.
The Vals Valley is a small and beautiful ski region. One of the highlights in Vals is the 30-degree thermal source, the only one in the Grisons which springs straight from the ground. The thermal spa designed by star architect Peter Zumthor and built out of local quartzite showcases the elements of water and stone and blends them to create the perfect wellness experience.
While in Vals, you can stay at 7132 Hotel
Italy has the most breathtaking locations when it comes to deciding where to go for holidays, whether it is summer or winter.
The Dolomites in Italy is a beautiful holiday region, with natural beauty and diversity. Those who really admire nature and what it offers, will be absolutely fascinated by this place. Dolomites is perfect for your Christmas holidays and you will absolutely enjoy your time here with your beloved ones. This little wonder will offer you everything from the majestic Dolomite mountain peaks and the fantastic cuisine.
If you chose Dolomites as your top choice to spend your winter holidays, we suggest you stay at Alpina Dolomites Hotel.
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: We would highly recommend Cristallo, Luxury Collection Resort & Spa, Cortina d’Ampezzo
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.
While in St. Moritz, we suggest you stay at Cresta Palace Hotel
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.
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).
We totally recommend The St. Regis Aspen Resort