It’s almost that time of year again – the holidays are quickly approaching and I’m getting the itch to take a quick trip for the winter. Still deciding whether to escape the cold weather or surround myself in the beauty of it. Maybe you guys can help me decide. Here are the five destinations that have topped my list so far.

1. New Year’s at the Hogmanay Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland

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There’s no party like a New Year’s party, and there’s no New Year’s party like the Hogmanay Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland. I found the tour on Contiki’s site here, and am seriously considering booking this with friends one year.

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Known as one of the biggest street festivals in the world, the Hogmanay Festival comes complete with a live music festival, huge crowds, tons of cheer, torch-holding fire marches and of course, loads of unbelievable fireworks.

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2. The quiet spiritual getaway in Ubud, Bali

Some winters are way too harsh to stay in the Northeast, and I’d love to escape the winter cold to Ubud – the cultural center of Bali. There are tons of museums, galleries, temples and other historical sites to explore, and the surrounding atmosphere is spiritual – the perfect place to truly getaway and spend quality time with your loved one(s).

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Take a dip in the double infinity pool at the Hanging Gardens resort in Bali, one of the most beautiful pools I’ve ever seen.

Hanging Gardens Ubud Bali

Or do some shopping in the morning market.

Ubud Morning Market

3. Christmas in Santa Claus’s hometown of Rovaniemi in Lapland, Finland

What better way is there to spend Christmas than in Santa Claus’s hometown? In Santa’s Village, you’ll find tons of shops, cafes, museums and an underground park.

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You can get cozy in the nearby Kakslauttanen Hotel & Igloo Village, with an awesome (and warm) view of the Northern Lights.

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Or explore winter activities like reindeer sleigh rides in the Arctic Village.

Reindeer Sledding Finland

4. The International Ice & Snow Sculpture Festival in Harbin, China

Harbin Ice Festival, China | Winter Travel

Every year in January, the city of Harbin hosts an ice and snow sculpture festival and it is one of the most magnificent things I’ve ever seen.

Harbin Ice Festival, China | Winter Travel

There are two main parts:

1) Sun Island – featuring towering snow sculptures like these:

Harbin Ice Festival, China | Winter Travel

2) Ice & Snow World – the area open at night with illuminated full size buildings sculpted entirely of, you guessed it – ice and snow.

Harbin Ice Festival, China | Winter Travel

Harbin Ice Festival, China | Winter Travel

5. Christmas in an intimate ski cabin in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

Every year, my family would rent a cabin near a ski resort to spend the winter holiday. We’d cook dinner, eat as a family, sit by the fire and open presents on Christmas Eve. The next morning we’d wake up and go skiing all day until my a-s hurt from falling all the time.


We’ve never been to Wyoming, but Jackson Hole was dubbed home to the best ski resort in America by Forbes recently, and these photos have me itching to go see this beautiful place in person.


So you can rent a cabin with a group of friends or your beloved family and spend the winter holiday cozying by the fire.



What other destinations would you recommend visiting the winter holidays?

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With love,

  • Vera

    Oh! I’m so excited for winter holidays yet! And all this places look beautiful… but I guess this year I’m just going to stay at my hometown (because wherever my family is, it will be a great winter holiday). Thanks for sharing this stunning places!
    With love,

    • That sounds absolutely wonderful, Vera. It’s so important to keep your family close and spend as much time with them as you can. I’m so happy for you! <3 xx, Jinna

  • We are going to London & Paris for the holidays & I cannot wait!

    • Winter in Paris sounds absolutely wonderful, and I didn’t get a chance to spend that much time in London but I know that the streets are beautifully lit and everyone’s in a cheerful mood. Plus, the movie Love Actually gave me enough reasons to experience the holiday season in London. 😛 Thanks so much for your comment!

  • Yvonnelaura

    Want to go to New York during christmas! I think it would be so gorgeous!

    • New York City is definitely gorgeous, but it is sooooo cold! If you decide to come, let me know and I’ll give you some good tips on where to go/eat/stay etc! xx, Jinna

  • Christine

    Wow, how beautiful! We’re off to Vienna for the holidays and hoping for plenty of snow!

    • Vienna! SO MAGICAL! I was going to put Vienna on the list actually! There are so many wonderful Christmas events + markets and the whole city is lit up and beautiful. Hope you can share photos when you go! xx, Jinna

  • Queenie Lee

    Great recommendations! I’d never heard of the ice sculptures in China before – they look amazing! Though I definitely want to get away from the cold this year, we’re looking into the Phillipines/Vietnam, but Bali looks so beautiful too! xxx

    • There’s something so magical about winter snow + being cozy inside, but at the same time I absolutely DO NOT want to have to repeat the polar vortex that we got in the Northeast last year! Just thinking about it makes me cold. -_- Phillipines/Vietnam sounds absolutely AMAZING I hope you get to go and I know you’ll have such an amazing time! 😀

  • All of these places look amazing! Wyoming was so surprising to see there but it seems amazing! It looks like somewhere out of a Christmas storybook

    • Right? I really loved going skiing and even though my pops isn’t around, I’m hoping to continue the Christmas tradition and rent a cabin with my family + friends for the holiday. It’s so magical looking. 😀

  • Kath

    Thank you so much for this. Those snow sculptures blew my mind al

  • Have you ever been to Finland? Please let me know if you’re heading this way 🙂 There’s more to Finland than Lapland, we’d gladly invite you to Helsinki 🙂

    E from Helsinki, Finland

  • Olga L

    I would pick Wyoming!!!! dunno why – but it attracted me the most!!!
    cool post – now all i am thinking is christmas!

  • Ultrabomb

    I’d like to see the International Snow and Ice Festival.