While we all want to spend our Christmas in the comfort and warmth of our homes surrounded by our loved ones, New Year’s is the perfect time to travel and take a vacation. Whether you want to party during the craziest night, or experience the ultimate winter adventure, there’s no doubt you can make your winter holiday one to be remembered.
Go For the Real Cold Adventure
If you want to experience a completely different vacation, embrace winter because your winter adventure is out there. Winter is an ideal time to visit some of the most stunning places in the world, not just for the amazing visual beauty of a Winter Wonderland, but for the exciting activities and amazing sensations you can experience. Probably the oldest winter resort, St. Moritz in Switzerland is set in the most beautiful Alpine setting. Apart from the amazing ski slopes, a bobsled run and ice rinks, it also hosts the Polo World Cup on Snow.
An out of this world, hot and cold adventure awaits you if you visit in the Blue Lagoon outside Reykjavik, Iceland. This thermal-water paradise is surrounded by a magnificent volcano background and at night the clear-blue lagoon is illuminated by the aurora borealis.
And for the absolute Winter Wonderland experience you must visit China’s Harbin Ice Festival. With all of the classic winter activities on offer, what sets this destination apart is the ice city nestled in the background. Sculptures and entire buildings are carved by artists entirely made out of ice, and you can even stay in an ice hotel.
A Winter in A Magical City
When the clock strikes midnight, an enchanting and whimsical city might turn your New Year’s Eve into a magical winter tale to be remember. Offering lights, colors, sounds and tastes, these cities will satisfy all your senses, and transform your night into a fairy tale. Without a rival, New York City provides the wildest New Year’s Celebration in the world. Counting down to zero on Times Square, might be one of the craziest parties you will ever attend. While a night cruise down New York Harbor and the spectacular fireworks display on Liberty Island will leave you absolutely breathless.
Awaiting New Year in the magical city of Vienna will be a fairy tale on its own. You can dance the night away attending a real-life ball in the Hofburg Palace. Or you can spend your time drinking malt wine and visiting the many Christmas markets and the famous Wiener Prater fair. While on New Year’s Day you can watch the world famous New Year’s Philharmonic concert in front of the Rathaus City Hall.
Best of both worlds, Dublin offers a three-day long festival filled with arts, culture and entertainment in one of the world’s most enchanting cities. With everything from a Food Village and a Light Procession, to concerts, art exhibitions and the Spoken Word Festival, the Irish capital offers choice and diversity above all else.
A Special Nordic Vibe
If you’re looking for the authentic winter experience for New Year’s – Finland is the place to visit! Home to none other than jolly old Saint Nick, it’s a truly special destination this time of year. And you just might want to visit Santa’s Workshop in Lapland. With Rudolf at the head, the reindeer driven sled will lead you to Santa’s house, where you will be welcomed by Mr. and Mrs. Clause and greeted with gifts. But the fairy tale winter doesn’t end there!
In the most idyllic of snow-covered landscapes, you might want to go on a husky sled safari and watch the amazing Northern Lights. And since Finland is a land of one thousand lakes, spend a day cross-country skiing or snowshoeing to one of them, and maybe even go for a dip. In any case, be sure to relax and warm yourself up afterwards in a traditional Finnish sauna.
Whether you’re seeking adventure or a magical party, the New Year’s images you take home will remain with you for the rest of your life. And your unique winter wonderland vacation, will make entering this New Year a once-in-a-lifetime experience.