Dreaming of a white Christmas? 4 destinations most likely to have snow this year

Dec 23, 2019

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Dreaming of a white Christmas? Festive films almost always depict a beautiful, crisp, snowy Christmas Day, but I can only remember one time in my life when I have actually had a white Christmas, and that was in Canada a couple of years ago.

Snow is like marmite. You love it or hate it. BBC Weather has forecast a grey and rainy 25 December for us in the U.K., but for some, it’ll be snowier. After searching dozens of major cities in the Northern Hemisphere, here are some of the snowy ones — and how you can get there at the last minute.

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Reykjavik, Iceland

In the past couple of years, Iceland has become a tourist hotspot. From its thermal hot springs to stunning waterfalls, it certainly has a lot to offer. If you do plan a trip, bear in mind that it’s pricey once you get there.

Getting there

There are direct flights to Reykjavik (KEF) from four U.K. cities: Edinburgh (EDI), Glasgow (GLA), Manchester (MAN) and London (LGW, LHR, LTN). You can find prices for as low as £27 with EasyJet, but you can also fly with British Airways or Icelandair, though prices are significantly higher.

One-way flights in economy using Avios start at 12,000 Avios and £0.50.

View on Reykjavik from the top of the Hallgrimskirkja tower.
(Photo by Mika Mika/Getty Images)

Quebec City, Canada

The mostly French-speaking city of Québec is the capital of Canada’s Quebec Province. Québec is said to be one of the oldest settlements in North America, founded in the early 1600s. If culture is something you’re after, then you’re sure to find it here. It’s also pretty stunning in the snow.

This is shot capture well known view of Quebec City, which including St.Lawrence river, houses, and Fairmont le Chateau Frontenac, the grand hotel. This shot was taken during the dusk in Winter.
(Photo by Naibank/Getty Images)

Getting there

While there are direct flights from the U.K. to most cities in Canada, there is no direct link to Québec. The cheapest way to get there is with WestJet via Montreal or Toronto. Other good options with connections include Air Canada and United.

As neither United nor Air Canada are transfer partners of the Membership Rewards programme, your best option as a traveller based in the U.K. is to fly direct to Montréal with British Airways, which is less than a three-hour drive from Québec City. Reward seats start at 13,000 Avios plus £218 in economy or, if you want to treat yourself, 50,000 Avios plus £413 in Club.

Sapporo, Japan

Japan is famous for many things: food, bullet trains, temples, calligraphy and skiing to name but a few. Sapporo is the capital city of Japan’s most mountainous island — Hokkaido — and is famous for beer, skiing and the annual Sapporo Snow Festival. Christmas in Japan is all about spreading happiness and goodwill and instead of turkey on Christmas Day, the Japanese eat fried chicken.

Read more: 9 things I wish I knew before taking my children skiing

(Photo by Tanatat Pongphiboo/Getty Images)

Getting there 

There are no direct flights to Sapporo from the U.K. The cheapest option has two stops and is with China Eastern Airlines at around £445 return. For £100 more, one stop less and half the travel time, you can fly with Japan Airlines and BA.

Since there are no direct flights from the U.K. to Sapporo, you can fly to Osaka (KIX) and Tokyo (HND, NRT) with British Airways, to Tokyo (HND) with JAL or with All Nippon Airways.

Flying in ANA’s first class is one to add to your bucket list, and you can get a return trip in first class from London (LHR) to Tokyo from 120,000 Virgin Flying Club miles — a bargain.

If you have some Avios burning a hole in your pocket, you can fly one-way in economy for 19,500 Avios plus £233 at one end of the scale and 75,000 Avios plus £377 in Club.

Read more: What to do if you miss your flight home this Christmas

Rovaniemi, Lapland, Finland

Where could possibly be more Christmassy than Lapland? You probably guessed that Lapland would be one of the likeliest places to get snow on Christmas Day. On the edge of the Article Circle, Rovaneimi is known as the modern day home of Santa Claus. It’s a popular destination for families who want to have the most authentic Christmas experience possible.

Rovaniemi - December 16, 2017: Santa Claus village of Rovaniemi, Finland
(Photo by RPB Media/Getty Images)

Getting there

Low-cost airlines EasyJet and Norwegian operate seasonal winter flights from London to Rovaniemi. There are even still flights available on Christmas Day from £72. You are likely to be able to find one-way flights with EasyJet for as little as £54.

In terms of points and miles from the U.K., you can spend your Avios with both BA and Finnair. Combining the two carriers in business class you can get a one-way ticket for 23,750 Avios plus £78. Or, if you want to go the whole way in economy with Finnair, you can find one-way fares for just 15,000 Avios plus £65.

Bottom line

If you’re still uncertain about where you’re going to spend your Christmas, it’s not too late to spend it in a winter wonderland. Several destinations around the world will guarantee you a white Christmas. And the best part is that it’s still not too late to get there.

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