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Top Spots for a Winter Wonderland Vacation

Have you been dreaming of a white Christmas? Perhaps it’s time to haul out your winter boots and travel to a place full of snow, cheer, and lots and lots of Christmas. Take a look at these destination options for your winter wonderland vacation.

New York City, New York

As any native can attest, there’s nothing like spending Christmastime in New York City. Every storefront is decorated to the nines to make sure you’re in the holiday spirit, and there’s a plethora of activities to ensure you’re enjoying this winter season.

Thousands of tourists and New Yorkers alike are willing to brave the full force of the cold to go ice-skating at Rockefeller Center. There’s nothing quite like seeing the skaters twirl and feeling the heady spin as you whirl across the rink.

However, many prefer their festivities to occur inside, which is why going to see the Rockettes in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular is the perfect way to celebrate all things Santa, Reindeer, and Tinsel related.

Many prefer their winter wonderland vacations to be quiet, relaxing, or even adventurous. Despite this, there are still millions of people who choose to stand awash in the glow of the tree at Rockefeller center.

Jackson Hole, Wyoming

While thousands will always choose to spend their holidays in the city, a select few have discovered the gem that is Jackson Hole. This town defines the term ‘quintessential mountain town’, while also offering the full ski and snowboard resort that the adventurous flock to.

Jackson Hole is a hop and a skip away from some beautiful attractions, like Teton Village, Yellowstone National Park, and Grand Teton National Park. The option to hike, climb or ski around a mountain is available, but there are also safaris available to show you the majestic wildlife that calls Jackson Hole home. Teton Village on the other hand, is for those who appreciate the comforts of home – primarily shopping, restaurants, and spas.

Whichever side you stand on – ski adventurer or veteran relaxer – there is something for everyone in Jackson Hole.

Quebec City, Canada

Nothing says winter wonderland vacation or holiday spirit quite like Le Carnaval de Quebec – Quebec’s winter carnival. This winter extravaganza is one of the largest winter festivals in the world and is made for all ages. You can cheer alongside other spectators for the canoe race, or marvel at the way these parades allow the winter season to come to life.

If the idea of a full festival isn’t for you, feel free to stroll down the streets to take in the Christmas markets, concerts, or even an authentic Christmas village. You can experience for yourself the German and French influences to this beautiful city.

If you’re walking around the city all day, you’re likely going to need a break after a while. If you’re looking for a break from the crowded streets, try ice fishing, dogsledding, or snowmobiling. However, if what really needs a break is your feet, take time to relax in a true Nordic spa – complete with an outdoor hot spa!


Whether your winter wonderland vacation consists of experiencing the lights and sounds of New York City, the seclusion of Jackson Hole, or the mixture available in Quebec City, you’re sure to create memories that will last a lifetime.

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