Best Ski Resorts to Visit for Christmas 2019

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If you  give me the option between going to my dream destination for Christmas, or going on a ski trip for Christmas, I’m going to choose that ski trip EVERY. SINGLE. TIME.  Yes, we’re a bit of a ski obsessed family, but there is something so magical about spending Christmas in the snow.  The fresh powder, the warm fire, the endless cups of cocoa…they’re all made better at Christmas time!  

Best Ski Resorts to Visit for Christmas 2019

Below, I’ve rounded up the very best ski resorts to visit at Christmas time all over the world.  Some of them are well known resorts and others are small slopes that add a little extra charm at Christmastime.  All of them offer something unique that’s sure to make your Christmas ski vacation extra special.  

Best US Ski Resorts for Christmas

Solitude, Salt Lake City, Utah

If you’re looking to visit somewhere that’s got a fantastic combination of a big city AND skiing, then head to Salt Lake City, Utah.  From the airport, it’s only 30 minutes to Solitude, our family favorite ski resort.  It’s a resort where there are plenty of fun trails for the kids, but when Mom and Dad want to take a few runs solo, we can get right to some of the steepest skiing in the US, and enjoy Utah’s legendary powder snow, right away.  

baby skiing toddler skiing

Solitude is great at Christmas since the kids can get to get out and ski with Santa on Christmas day (since he obviously earned a vacation too after all his hard work), and if you stay at their village, you’ll not only enjoy their Christmas atmosphere, but you’ll also be pretty sure you’ll have a White Christmas. 

santa with kids and snow skiing

From Solitude Resort in Big Cottonwood Canyon, it’s only a short drive into downtown Salt Lake City which is absolutely magical at Christmas.  Temple Square absolutely cannot be missed as there are an estimated 1 million Christmas lights that light up the trees and grounds.  Our kids look forward to seeing the lights there every year and enjoying the music and nativity presentations as well.  After you check out the lights, head across the street to City Creek to see the famous candy window displays.  If you’re looking for a big night out, check out Ballet West’s Nutcracker as well.  Whatever you do, before you leave Salt Lake, make sure to head up the hill to Hatch Family Chocolates for the best hot chocolate EVER!

Make sure to stick around Solitude for their great New Years celebrations that include magic shows and a torchlight parade. Make sure to check out our Ultimate Guide to Solitude Resort for everything you need to know before you visit.

Big Sky, Montana

Big Sky is one of the largest ski resorts in the US, but the thing that most people don’t know is that it’s also one of the least crowded, with lift lines often being nonexistent.  

skiing family big sky montana
Photo: Kene Sperry

Since Big Sky is such a huge resort, it really does have something for EVERY skier – A LOT of something for everyone.  The resort is over 5,500 acres and almost half of that is beginner and intermediate terrain.  Combine that amount of terrain with a lack of crowds and it’s a perfect place for a family ski holiday.  They’re are tons of trails that are specifically designed for kids as well to not only help them learn to ski better, but to help them have a ton of fun while doing it.  

Big Sky is a fantastic place to spend your Christmas if you’re looking for a chance to get away from it all and really just enjoy time together as a family in the mountains.  On Christmas Eve there is a torchlight parade, a skiing Santa, and even fireworks.  You can also schedule a night skiing tour where a guide will take you skiing by headlamp, which sounds absolutely amazing (especially since the chairlift is HEATED).  

Every Saturday night, enjoy s’mores in the Village and a rescue dog demonstration while you sit by the campfire.  While you’re in Big Sky make sure to also head for a sleigh ride, take a fat bike tour, or go dog sledding, because if it involves winter, you’re pretty sure to find it at Big Sky.  

Park City, Utah

Park City is home to the mega Park City Mountain Resort, and the skiers only Deer Valley.  It’s got all the conveniences of Salt Lake City (including being only 45 minutes from the airport), tucked into a mountain town.  Both resorts offer a variety of terrain, though Deer Valley is geared more towards the luxurt skier and Park City is geared more towards extreme skiers and families.  Either resort can be a good choice and the snow is going to be pretty amazing at both.  

boy skiing through trees

From downtown Park City, you can take a lift ride straight up to the resort, and with their free shuttle system, you probably don’t even need to rent a car.  

Downtown Park City is magical at Christmas time, and you could happily spend an evening strolling, shopping, and eating.  If you’ve got kids don’t forget to take them to Java Cow for some great ice cream and hot chocloate (yes, you’ll want BOTH).  

From December 20 – January 5, Park City hosts their annual Snowfest where there are festive events every day including live music, fireworks, a torchlight parade, visits from Santa and more.  While you’re in Park City, I’d also recommend taking a sleigh ride, going ice skating, and then heading to nearby Heber City for a ride on the festive Heber Creeper train.  While you’re in Heber, make sure to check out the Midway Ice Castles for a super unique and magical experience, as well as Soldier Hollow for tubing and cross country skiing!

Beaver CreekAvon, Colorado

Beaver Creek, Colorado is an amazing ski resort for families, and at Christmas there’s no better place to be. Nestled in the Vail Valley two hours west of Denver, Beaver Creek is paradise for both beginner and advanced skiers alike.

The mountain’s extensive network of green and blue runs makes it one of the most kid-friendly ski resorts in the Rocky Mountains. Unlike many ski resorts where beginners are confined to a lower bunny hill, Beaver Creek’s vast upper green runs offer long, wide terrain to ski from the mountain top to bottom. Beaver Creek’s newly opened Haymeadow Park and Red Buffalo Park provide a perfect learning ground, both in ski school or skiing together as a family. Another reason to love Beaver Creek –every afternoon chefs in white ski suits serve warm chocolate chip cookies at the foot of the slopes.

christmas skiing beaver creek

Particularly around Christmas, there are so many great things to do in Beaver Creek for families. You’ll find the Dickens-worthy Beaver Creek Village dressed to the nines in its holiday best, providing a festive ambiance to celebrate the holidays. Take the kids for a visit with Santa, go ice skating on the center rink, then cozy up by the fire pit while carolers make the rounds singing your favorite Christmas songs. Cap off your Christmas at Beaver Creek by taking a sleigh ride up the mountain to a cozy dinner at Allie’s Cabin, then join the community to watch the fireworks light up the slopes.

Contributed by Meredith from The Longest Weekend

Mt Bachelor, Sunriver Resort, Oregon

Mt Bachelor skiing

Mt Bachelor is a great place for skiing, especially for families.  Since it’s actually a dormant volcano, the chutes and terrain are incredibly unique.  Not to mention the rollers that kids will absolutely love, giving many of the runs a bit of a roller coaster feel!  Also, if parents purchase their lift tickets in advance, kids under 12 can ski for FREE!!

If you’re skiing at Mt Bachelor in Oregon, I highly recommend choosing Sunriver Resort as your home base.

Around Christmas, Sunriver puts on holiday events to make the season extra special. Horse-drawn sleigh rides and Gingerbread Junction – a gallery of gingerbread houses – are ongoing through December. The resort also hosts events like Christmas movie screenings, holiday sky viewing parties, and a New Years bonfire. Plus, there’s always a high probability that you’ll enjoy a White Christmas at Sunriver (something which can’t be said about the rest of the State)!

Sunriver Resort is a great one of the largest and most well known Central Oregon vacation destinations, just 20 minutes from beautiful Mt. Bachelor. The small town of Sunriver, Oregon has its own grocery, shopping, art galleries, and coffee shops, not to mention multiple fitness centers, lodges, golf courses, walking trails, etc. Skiing, snowboarding, sledding, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, and ice skating are all popular winter activities in the area.

Contributed by Michelle from Roam Redmond Oregon

Best Ski Resorts for Christmas in Canada

Whistler, British Columbia, Canada

The mountain resort at Whistler, British Columbia is the perfect ski resort to visit at Christmas!  A just a short two-hour drive from Vancouver, visiting Whistler is the perfect addition to your family vacation in Vancouver.

skiing whistler in winter

Nestled in the Coastal Mountains of beautiful British Columbia, Whistler is one of the world’s premier ski destinations, and it really knows how to do Christmas right.  It is so unapologetically festive that even a real Grinch would enjoy it!

Whistler sets up an outdoor rink at Whistler Olympic Plaza with festive holiday music, twinkly lights and lots of snow.  Family Après is the perfect go-to for families after the slopes close for the day.  With tobogganing, live entertainment and hot chocolate, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

The Whistler Conference Centre is transformed during the holidays into a kids playground, with holiday crafts, bouncy castles and a myriad of ways for kids to enjoy themselves.  Parents can relax in the lounge while kids play and (hopefully!) wear themselves out.

A Christmas sleigh ride is one of the best things about Whistler at Christmas.  You can ride in a one or two horse open sleigh.  Great for a night out with the kids or a romantic evening with your sweetie.  Also, don’t miss Santa’s workshop at Creekside, complete with a great gingerbread house.

Of course, skiing with Santa is a kid favourite at a ski resort.  If you dress up as Santa or Mrs. Claus, you might be able to ski for free.  Don’t miss the mass Santa run down to Emerald Chair.

Contributed by Lesley from Freedom 56 Travel

Lake Louise, Alberta, Canada

Located within Banff National Park, you will find the stunning Lake Louise Ski Resort, one of the largest ski resorts in North America.  It is a very family-friendly mountain with terrain for every one, from cruisy green runs to the challenging back bowls and glades.  They have a fantastic ski school with instructors from all over the world.

christmas skiing lake louise

There is limited accommodation options in Lake Louise since it is a National Park.  If you want to experience this winter wonderland setting, staying at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise is worth every penny.   This historic hotel is nestled in the mountains right on Lake Louise.  In addition to skiing at the Lake Louise Ski Resort, there are a myriad of winter activities to explore.  It is a truly magical experience.

One of the highlights is a grand ice castle built on the Lake.  It is like stepping into a real life snow globe where you can ice skate around the castle and warm up with a hot drink at the ice bar.  You can take a sleigh ride around the lake, go tobogganing, go cross-country skiing, snowshoe across the Lake

During the month of December you can see Santa on the slopes at Lake Louise Ski Resort, where he will pose for photos at designated times.  The Chateau Lake Louise is decorated to the nines with Christmas trees and decorations.  You can even request a Christmas tree in your guest room.  Activities include campfires, Christmas craft workshops, story time and movie nights.  On December 24th, Santa arrives at the Chateau by sleigh for a very memorable Christmas Eve.  Spending Christmas holidays at Lake Louise is a once-in-a-lifetime magical experience.

Contributed by Dawn from 5 Lost Together

Sasquatch Moutain Resort, Hemlock Valley, BC, Canada

Sasquatch Mountain Resort (formerly Hemlock Valley Resort) is nestled about 2 hours drive from Vancouver. A small mountain in comparison to nearby Whistler, it is great for families who want to spend a week skiing and want to be able to stay on the mountain. Whether condos or homes, there are plenty of options for rentals, making it a great getaway for Christmas, especially if you live in British Columbia.

christmas skiing at sasquatch

I would say that this is a beginner mountain, so all you experts, head to Whistler to get bang for your buck. If you want a great ski atmosphere and friendly people, Sasquatch is a great choice. They have loads of fun activities over the holiday from Tree Lighting to Costume Contests and they cater to families. I love that kids under 5 ski for free! This is a great reason to get little ones on the slopes! Sasquatch Mountain also has a tube park and a fun pub for some Apres Ski!

There is no grocery store on the hill, the closest one is about 30 minutes away. A vehicle is required as there is no transit options and make sure you have 4×4 and carry chains. This mountain really caters to those who call Metro Vancouver home, but that does not mean that out-of-towners cannot come and enjoy what it has to offer! Check out the events calendar to see what they have in store this holiday season.

Contributed by Lindsay from Step Into Jordan

Mt Seymour, Vancouver, Canada

Mt Seymour is the perfect place to hit the slopes during the holiday season for a few different reasons.

First of all, its location is absolutely ideal. From Vancouver city center it is only a short 30-minute drive to the very top of Mt Seymour. This means that you can stay in the heart of one of Canada’s most vibrant cities and enjoy all of the best things to do in Vancouver when you’re not up in the mountains!

christmas skiing mt seymour

Mt Seymour is also perfect for families on a budget as ski passes are very affordable in comparison to most ski resorts in North America. They offer special rates for those who come after 2 pm or those who come after 5 pm. Adult day passes are priced as low as $36 CAD and kids between the ages of 5-12 passes start at only $21 CAD! So, if all those Christmas presents have you’re strapped for cash, you can still manage a day out on the slopes with your family.

The festive season is especially exciting at Mt Seymour as they prepare for their annual family-friendly New Year’s Eve event. Each year Mt Seymour brings lights and entertainment for families on NYE. Expect tobogganing, snow showing, face painting, crafts, live music and entertainment, and of course, fireworks! The event runs from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm making it early enough for those with young children.  It is a ticketed event that sells out almost every year, so be sure to get your ticket in advance!

Contributed by Bailey from Destinationless Travel

Sunshine Village, Alberta, Canada

Sunshine Village resort located in Alberta Canada may provide some of the best nostalgic Christmas vibes you can imagine. This ski resort is family-friendly and nestled in the Canadian Rockies which provides some amazing skiing and snowboarding terrain. The kids will love the gondola ride up to the main ski area and a heated chair lift too! The resort is set up with kids ski lessons, daycare, rentals and food services at the resort. In the past, Sunshine Village had promos to ski for free if you dress up as Santa, Mrs. Claus or Rudolf if you are up for some fun on the slopes.

christmas skiing sunshine village

You can either stay at the resort or stay at the world-renowned city of Banff which is only a 20-minute drive from Sunshine Village. Banff is probably where you will most likely spend your time off the slopes or on rest days. Enjoy all the Christmas festivities that Banff has to offer with the hotels, streets and shops which are all geared up for Christmas. Sleigh rides, Christmas lights, hot chocolate, beaver tails (a Canadian version of a donut) and so much more. Usually, each of the hotels has a line up of special activities going on for kids and families to participate in or entertainment. Sunshine Village and the Canadian Rockies will give you a special white Christmas and get you into the holiday spirit in this winter wonderland.

Contributed by Nicole from The Passport Kids

Best Ski Resorts for Christmas in Europe

Kitzbuhel, Austria

We might be slightly biased since I learned to ski there but Kitzbuhel, a little town nestled in the Austrian alps, is the best ski resort to visit around Christmas time. Why, you might ask? It not only offers some of the best skiing in Austria but the picturesque, cobbled stone streets of the town come to life from the end of November, as the Christmas market pops up and a veritable feast of festive activities commence.

Kitzbuhel’s ski slopes might not be the best for beginner adult skiers, as the pistes are more geared towards those who can make their way down a red or black-flagged run. However, the ski schools are perfect for kids and the number of activities for children (and grown-ups alike), make this the ideal winter wonderland.

The Christmas market, hosted through the main streets of the village, is cozy and convivial – you’ll brush shoulders with locals downing mugs of mulled wine while also enjoying the typical treats of reibekuchen (potato cakes), lebekuchen (gingerbread in chocolate) and Austrian sausage. The town comes alive with campfires for kids, storytelling nights at the museum and the petting zoo is a marvel all year round. Particularly great for the young ones is that during the Advent season, the streets become a walkable Advent calendar as a new themed window is opened each night along the main alleyways! The nearby Rasmushof farm also hosts a Christmas alley, with 40 towering fir trees made up as Christmas trees; a twinkling, beautiful sight for anyone visiting the town.

Contributed by Lee from The Travel Scribes

Les Arcs, Auvergne Rhône Alps, France 

Les Arcs is part of the Paradiski ski area, the second largest ski resort in the world. Accessible from Lyon and Geneva, the resort is unique as it has several sites ranging from 1600-2000 meters all in one destination. Additionally, Les Arcs has 262 runs over a multitude of pistes, ensuring everyone from beginners to enthusiasts can enjoy this winter wonderland!

christmas skiing les arcs

For those looking for a white Christmas, Les Arcs is perfect. There’s plenty going on to keep the whole family happy, and each of the 5 villages hold après ski events. Everything from firework displays, sledge rides, snowman building contests, and reindeer visits. There is even a Christmas Marshmallow party, followed by a fabulous street parade and an opportunity to visit an igloo ice bar.

The most unique event however has to be the traditional torchlit descent. Up to 100 children ski down the flood-lit slopes led by instructors to meet Santa Claus at the bottom. For the parents, expect hot chocolate, vin chaud (mulled wine), candy canes and gingerbread whilst you wait for your excited children to return.

If one Santa visit isn’t enough, get in contact with the tourist office and they may even be able to arrange for Father Christmas to visit your chalet!

Contributed by Roshni from The Wanderlust Within

Wengen, Switzerland

If you’re looking for a great little ski resort village for the family at Christmas, the small village of Wengen in the Jungfrau region makes a great spot.  Wengen is a car free village, so families can walk around safely without being concerned about traffic.  Plus it’s just magical in Wengen at Christmas with lovely decorations lining the streets and there usually is a Christmas market on into town too.

christmas skiing wengen

Wengen itself doesn’t have a lot of slopes, but it is a great place to learn as there a range of snow schools in Wengen as well as some smaller ski slopes which are perfect for both skiing and sledding.   There are two different ski schools in the village and children can learn to ski safely in the beginners area – children as young as 3 can participate.

However, if you’re skills are a little more advance or once you get a little more confident there are 206 kilometres of ski slopes around Wengen in the nearby areas of Grindelwald-First, Kleine Scheidegg-Mannlichen and Murren-Schilthron.  Combined these regions have over 200kms of ski slopes and 70kms of sled runs.  All areas are easy to reach from Wengen via a combination of cog rail and cable cars.

You can hire everything you need including snow gear right from within the Wengen Village.   Even if you’re kids aren’t really into skiing, you can hire a sled as there are plenty of little hills around the place perfect for it.

Also when you’ve had enough of skiing there are plenty of great family activities and day trips in the surrounding area including going to the top of Schilthorn and Jungraujoch.

Contributed by Melissa from Thrifty Family Travels

Arlamow, Poland

Arlamow is probably one of the best ski resorts to visit this Christmas, especially if you are travelling with kids. Located in Bieszczady Mountains, in the heart of the Carpathian wilderness in Poland, Arlamow Hotel promises breathtaking views of pristine hills and valleys while indulging yourself a luxurious accommodation that will not break your budget.

skiing moguls

Enjoy carefree holidays with your loved ones in a hotel that has facilities that cater to children of all ages. At the resort’s Kids’ Club, you can leave your children in the capable hands of qualified staff as they take part in various educational and entertaining activities. This will give you a lot of time to sit back and relax at the resort’s in-house spa which is equipped with 16 treatment rooms, a Jacuzzi, and steam bath. You can also spend some time by the pool with your family, knowing that your children are safe in the hotel’s paddling pool. You may even want to consider enrolling them in swimming lessons that are provided by the hotel.

Creating the best venue for your Christmas holidays, Arlamow Hotel has a Christmas and New Year package that includes a 10-day stay for the family. Take part in their Christmas dinner and party and their New Year’s Ball surrounded by atmospheric snow-covered mountains, the perfect White Christmas that songs are made of.

Contributed by Karolina from The Lazy Travel Blog

Civetta Ski Region, Italy

Civetta Ski Region is wrapped around the Civetta Mountain and consist of four locations: Zoldo, Palafavera, Alleghe, and Selva di Cadore. Our pick for a place to stay was Val di Zoldo, a small town in the province of Belluno at the feet of Civetta Mountain.

Christmas skiing Civetta Ski Region

We have visited the Civetta Region in February 2019 with the whole family. Clear sky, sun shining, great weather, perfect food and relax – those are the reasons why each year we choose Italy as the place for winter holidays.

The biggest enthusiasts of Civetta are our kids – they love this place as the slopes are not too demanding. In total, you will find there 22 lifts and 72 kilometers of slopes. Majority of tracks are blue, few red ones, and 4 black slopes for skilled skiers. Honestly, I think that even the red slopes are not too demanding. The best recommendation comes from my daughter. She is just a beginner, and she had no problems with skiing on all tracks. No fear – just great fun. This helped her to increase her skills.

Just to wrap up – Civetta Ski Region has beautiful views, great ski tracks and it’s not so crowded as other Italian resorts. If you hate crowded ski resorts, this place is perfect for you.

Contributed by Lucas from The Lean Traveller Guide

Val di Sole, Trentino, Italy

Val di Sole is a beautiful valley located in Trentino, in northern Italy, that is perfect for a winter holiday and one of the best destinations for ski lovers. December is a perfect month to visit, as that’s when snow starts falling regularly. This means that the slopes get excellent quality snow that make it perfect for skiing or snowboarding, and the whole area gets a beautiful, fairy-tale atmosphere.

CHristmas ski val di sole

Val di Sole counts on a whopping 150 km of slopes of varying length and difficulty, most of them connected one to the other. Scattered throughout the slopes you’ll find a series of “rifugi” which are perfect places to stop for a meal or a drink (make sure to try bombardino, a thick, creamy drink that is guaranteed to boost your energy level).

Speaking of food – like in the rest of Trentino, food in Val di Sole is absolutely delicious. Among the dishes you should try there are canederli – sort of bread and sausage dumplings served in broth. Make sure to spend a day at Agritur Solasna, where enrolling in a cooking class will allow you to learn to master the art of making canederli and other local specialties in a cozy local environment.

Val di Sole villages become incredibly atmospheric at Christmas, with markets and shops beautifully adorned for the celebrations. The nicest one is by far Ossana, where nativity scenes of all styles and dimensions are scattered around the village.

Contributed by Claudia from My Adventures Across The World

Levi Ski Resort, Kittilä, Finland

Levi Ski Resort, located above the Arctic Circle in Finnish Lapland, is a true winter wonderland. The skiing in Levi is really unique, as the slopes are lit by floodlights, due to the short daylight hours in the winter months. It usually isn’t crowded, making it a great place for kids and families to learn how to ski. Sledding is also available, and ski instructors are very experienced in teaching children, as Levi is such a popular European ski destination for families.

Christmas skiing Levi

There are so many fun activities to do in the area, including reindeer sleigh rides, a visit to a husky farm, 4WDing through the snow, and Christmas dinners, where guests can meet Santa himself. The region is also home to the Sami people, and there are many opportunities to learn about the traditional arts and crafts, culture, and history of the Sami, so do include that on any trip to the region. The whole area, including the village, really feel like you’ve stepped into Santa’s homeland- wooden cabins dripping with icicles, log fires, and a festive atmosphere that families and kids of any age will love.

Contributed by Katie from The Accidental Australian

Ski Juwel Alpbachtal Wildschönau, Tyrol, Austria

Christmas skiing Alpbachtal Wildschönau

The Ski Juwel Alpbachtal Wildschönau in the Austrian Tyrol is one where family memories are made at Christmas. Not only does it offer great family-friendly skiing, but all the off-piste elements for a wonderful Christmas holiday too.

The village of Alpbach, at the centre of the Alpbachtal Wildschönau ski region, has been named Austria’s prettiest more than once. At Christmas, the town with its unique stone and wood chalets is turned into a winter wonderland by festive lights and snow-capped mountain peaks. If you’re really lucky, it may snow right down in the village too.

Getting to the ski runs from Alpbach is easy via a free ski bus to the gondola stations. You are spoiled for choice between the Alpbach and the Wildschönau ski areas, both accessible from one lift station at Inner Alpbach.

Small kids will love the practice slopes and the fun park on the Alpbach side of the Ski Juwel. You can also book them into a ski school where they are entertained and fed while you enjoy some time alone with your partner. And for a break in skiing, there are some great sled runs to try.

In the evenings, various activities are organised for guests staying in Alpbach. How does a hike by lantern light sound, or drinking a glass of Glühwein or punch in a romantic Christmas market atmosphere? In Austria, the Christkind or Christ Child brings the presents on Christmas Eve. If you’re lucky, you may even see the angelic figure arriving or leaving!

Contributed by Linda from Travel Tyrol

Best Resorts in Asia for Christmas Skiing

The Vintage, Gulmarg India

vintage india skiing

The Vintage Gulmarg is nestled in the Himalayas, just 50 km from Srinagar which is the nearest airport. From Srinagar, you can get a regular taxi service to Gulmarg. Gulmarg is famous for skiing in India and other snow-related activities.

The Vintage Gulmarg is a 4-star luxury hotel providing luxurious rooms and suites with a spectacular view of the Apharwat mountain range and Gulmarg Golf course. They provide various snow activities like Skiing and Snow-boarding, Ice-Skating, Gondola ride, and Heli-Skiing. They have a lounge to enjoy a game of cards and a gift shop to buy souvenirs. The hand-made Kashmiri shawl is a unique gift. They have four restaurants with sitting areas in the garden and terrace. They have in-house spa facilities too.

Some places nearby to the resorts are Khilanmarg, Alpathar Lake, Maharani Temple, and St. Mary’s Church. During Christmas Snow Carnival of Gulmarg is a major attraction. The whole place is decorated with lights, small shops and markets, gaming stall, huge Santas and many snow activities like yak safari, snowmobile riding. There are cultural and musical shows for the tourists too. The resort also has Christmas parties and New Year Gala. The ambiance and hospitality of the place are amazing you would have a great Christmas with your family. They also have an in-house Christmas tree and gifts distribution. There is also a church nearby if you wish to pray and spend time there.

Contributed by Shalini from Eager 2 Travel

Ski Dubai, Dubai, UAE

Finding Christmas in the Middle East can be a bit of a chore, but ski Dubai is an absolute MUST if you’re in the Middle East around Christmas.  From their penguin experiences, to skiing and tubing, it’s a true gem.  What’s it like skiing at Ski Dubai?  Well first off, you must know that Ski Dubai is located inside of a giant mall, the Mall of the Emirates.  It’s got 2 chairlifts as well as a surface lift.  Because it is really small, you probably don’t need to ski for the entire day, but I’d recommend skiing for a few hours and then taking some time to go tubing or see the penguins. 

skiing family ski dubai uae

With your admission, you get a helmet, ski rentals, and a jumpsuit, so the only thing that you need to bring is your own gloves (you can purchase them there as well).  We put our younger kids in ski school, and since the slope was really gentle, it was a great experience for them and they felt like they could really ski.  The instructors were kind and encouraging which is exactly what you hope for when kids are just starting out.  

The biggest surprise for me was the snow – it felt REAL! Now, the snow at Ski Dubai is obviously artificial and isn’t going to be soft and powdery, but it felt very similar to early spring skiing, back at a resort in the Rockies, so that was an exciting surprise. 

There you have it – some of the absolute best ski resorts to spend Christmas at this year. It’s a guaranteed way to add some magic and fun to your holiday this year!

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