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There's something oh-so enchanting about a Christmas surrounded by snow. But with it being peak summer in Australia, you'll have to travel to get it.
Luckily, there's plenty of deals that can get you to our favourite white Christmas destinations (probably even for less than you'll spend on this year's presents!).
The City Of Lights is already on our bucket lists as one of the most romantic cities on earth. What could make it that much more so? Visiting it when it's covered in snow.
While the possibility of catching a snow-drift in the city is pretty low for Christmas Day the forecast is suggesting a light flurry around a week before.
Cross all your fingers and all your toes. If nothing else, it'll still be an enchanting trip.
With its frequent and gentle December snowfall, conditions for a perfect white Christmas in Budapest couldn't be better if it tried.
The eclectic city of Budapest offers a unique Christmas for visitors. Brimming with ruin bars and thermal baths, you can spend days hopping from one to the other. When you're done, immerse yourself in the festive spirit of the Christmas markets and outdoor ice rink in Budapest City Park or take a Christmas boat ride along the Danube.
There's something a little bit magical about New York City at Christmas time.
From the colourful department store displays to ice skating rinks in Central Park and at the Rockefeller Centre, this urban jungle transforms into a winter wonderland come Christmas.
There may not be blankets of snow to make angels in right in the city, but there's a good chance of flurries making your evening a bit more enchanted.
If you're going to travel halfway across the world to see snow this Christmas, you may as well go all the way and visit Santa while you're at it.
According to the Fins, Santa lives in the remote town of Rovaniemi in the Arctic Circle. Dubbed Santa's Village, it's a place where you can meet the man himself, visit reindeer and ride husky-drawn sleighs.
Being located in the great white north, this city is known for its December snowfall and could likely see some this year on Christmas Day.
Located in French-Canada and one of North America's last remaining fortified cities, Quebec City has a romantic, European air about it. With colourful buildings, narrow cobble-stoned streets and French being spoken all around you, you'll feel a lot more like you're walking down a street in France than you will in Canada.
Do it right, join a walking tour to learn more about Old Quebec.
Just a few hours from Montreal (where you're more likely to find a flight deal to), it's the perfect place to experience the charm of French Canada.
Layer up and prepare for snow when you plan to spend Christmas in Moscow. Throughout the month the highest temperature is rarely over 0℃ and snow flurries are common.
Russia is renowned for its white winters, so for a good chance of snowfall it's the place to be. In December, Moscow's famous Red Square transforms into an unforgettable Christmas market. However, the place to be between mid-December and mid-January is the nearby Manezh Square, which is where the Journey into Christmas festival takes place. It's a traditional Russian Christmas fun fair with modern ideas that's said to be the most picturesque festival in all of Moscow. It's also one of the biggest New Year's Eve festivals in the world.
Japan may not be the first place that springs to mind when you think Christmas, but its proximity to Australia, (literally) mountains of snow and the affordable flight price, thanks to budget carriers like Jetstar and AirAsia, make it our top contender.
A long-time favourite destination for Australian snow bunnies, Japan's north and Alps are some of the snowiest places in the world during the winter months - which fall over Christmas and New Year's in that part of the world. They're also a great excuse for a snow trip.
During winter, the temperature in Iceland's capital drops to -2℃ at night, making it an ideal place to capture some Christmas snowfall.
Mind you, it's also known to be quite windy during December so remember to bring good snow gear when you visit. Drive far north enough and you might even catch some Northern Lights activity as well.
While many may opt to visit Vienna for Christmas, the smaller Austrian town of Salzburg is just as mesmerising… and just as likely to receive that sought-after snowfall.
Famed for being the birthplace of Mozart and the filming location for The Sound of Music, Salzburg lights up during Christmas as markets fill its main squares as well as the courtyard of the Hohensalzburg Castle. For guaranteed snow, take a trip to the dozen ski resort areas nearby.
Tucked 350km north of the Arctic Circle, where snowfall can start as early as October, is the colourful port town of Tromso.
One of Tromsø’s biggest claims to fame is that it’s the northernmost town in the world with a popular over 50,000 - although it doesn’t feel like it. The city centre is extremely manageable on foot and often wears a thick coat of snow in late winter. The town itself can be reached by Hurtigruten cruise, plane or bus making it easily accessible for holidaymakers.
For something seasonal to do, why not tuck into a reindeer sledding experience with dinner and the chance of catching the Northern Lights?.
If you're willing to head a pinch further north (and in theory increase your chances of catching the lights) Alta is home to the Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel which is exactly what you think it is.
Renowned for its famous Christmas markets, Germany offers an array of options. With everything from old town villages to big cities, no matter the market, you'll get the full white Christmas experience.
The German winter lives up to all your snowy dreams, with temperatures normally dropping below zero degrees, so pack your boots because you'll need them.
Immerse yourself this Christmas in everything Copenhagen has to offer. Your chances of catching a white Christmas are quite high, with the snow season starting late December and continuing until February.
Enjoy the royal residence of Amalienborg or eat your heart out in the pastry-filled city, your days here will be jam-packed with things to do.
With its old-town feel, Zurich is an ideal getaway if you're after a European escape. With an array of cathedrals, high-street shops and the Alps, there's something for everyone in Switzerland.
To catch the first of the snowfall, we recommend heading over during the beginning of December.
Enjoy the endless historical sites this Christmas in Scotland's southern city of Edinburgh. If you're after the full winter experience, then look no further. With temperatures averaging around 1.5°C, the people of Edinburgh are no strangers to the snow.
With numerous Christmas events running throughout the city, this isn't one to miss.
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