Are you dreaming of a white Christmas or maybe you just need something to look forward to, to keep you going through the dark, winter nights? Regardless of your reasoning, taking a winter break and escaping the dreary British weather is always a good idea. I’ve been fortunate enough to visit some amazing winter holiday destinations all of which are unique in their own way. However, there are three destinations which really stand out as places everyone should visit at some point in their lives. Keep reading and find out my top three favourite destinations for a winter holiday.
Number one on my winter holiday destination list is the Alps. With guaranteed snow from December until April, there’s nowhere that will get you into the festive spirit more than the Alps. These mountains are truly magical during the winter and will definitely get rid of those winter blues. The main reason people head to the Alps is for their world-class ski resorts but you don’t need to be a skier to go. If you have never skied or snowboarded before, fear not. The best resorts all have superb nursery slopes and ski schools as well as a range of non-ski related activities if the slopes aren’t for you like dog sledding, ice skating or spa centres. Skiing can be expensive, so make sure you shop around to find the best deal for you. For the past few years I have booked with Mark Warner, who have a range of chalets and hotels throughout the Alps’ best resorts. Take a look at their ski page here https://www.markwarner.co.uk/ski-holidays
For the ultimate wintery weekend away, Copenhagen is the perfect destination. During the festive period Copenhagen fully embraces the Danish ‘Hygge’ tradition. With Christmas markets, cozy cafes and sparkly Christmas lights twinkling all over the city, Denmark’s capital city is a magical place at the time. Be sure to head to the Tivoli Gardens which transforms into a winter wonderland from November until January or head to Frederiksberg Rundel for a spot of festive ice skating. Head over to the beautiful neighborhood of Nyhavn famed for its colourful houses. During the winter the area transforms with festive decorations adorning the local bars and restaurants and roaring fires on the inside. This is the ideal location to spend an evening sampling the Danish equivalent of mulled wine, Glogg. With flights from the UK starting as low as £20 a trip to Copenhagen is possible even on a budget.
Isle of Skye, Scotland
Winter might not seem like the best time to visit a Scottish island with the long nights and short days, however, the Isle of Skye has plenty to offer tourists throughout the winter. With snowcapped mountains and wild deer roaming around the countryside, Skye gives the Alps a run for their money when it comes to winter beauty. You may get lucky and have some winter sun but if you don’t there are still plenty of things to do including a tour of the islands Talisker whiskey distillery or a visit to the islands two castles. Regardless of the weather, the beauty of Skye can still be appreciated.