Dreaming of a white Christmas? Take a snowy city break

There’s only been significant snow on the ground in the UK four times in the last 51 years. Admittedly, given the country’s spectacular failure to cope with even the slightly sprinkling of snowflakes, this is probably just as well – but if you find yourself dreaming of a white Christmas, just like the ones you used to know, it might be time to pack up those pressies and head north for the winter.

If you want to enjoy a European Christmas with a North Atlantic twist, head to French Canada and Quebec City. The entire old quarter is transformed for the season, with decorations, lights, markets and even a toboggan run at the Chateau Frontenac. The spectacular Light Festival runs from 21st December to New Year’s Eve, illuminating everything from trees to the town hall with an enchanting glow.

Snowy Prague

Snowy Prague

Even further north, a visit to Greenland’s capital Nuuk absolutely guarantees a white Christmas – this is, after all, the land that inspired the legendary claims of a people who have 50 words for ‘snow’. On the 25th itself, you could consider celebrating like the locals with Kiviak – decomposing raw auk flesh, which has been buried whole in sealskin and left to ferment for up to seven months… a tempting alternative to turkey?

Although New York is often portrayed as snowy at Christmas in the movies, it’s quickly swept up by diligent workers to enable busy residents to go about their business uninterrupted. Instead, head north to the village of Lake Placid. As the host of the 1980 Winter Olympics, this haven for winter sports nestles in the Adirondack Mountains and enjoys feet of crisp white snow almost every winter.

Snowy Holidays

Snowy Holidays

Closer to home, Innsbruck is often treated to a heavy dusting of snow by the time Santa visits. A veritable winter wonderland set against a backdrop of the towering Nordketten mountain range, even if the capital city of Austria’s Tyrol region itself escapes snowfall, you can guarantee that a short trip into the mountains will give you plenty to play with.

Whether you use it to book your snow break or for spending while you’re away, an American Express Travel Rewards card can help you ensure that your holiday stays affordable and enjoyable. As you spend with a BA Credit Card, you’ll collect Avios points redeemable for reward flights, along with automatic enrolment to the British Airways Executive Club so you can travel in style and comfort. Representative 15.9% APR variable.

Photos: Tim, markgscott.

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