Christmas and New Years is one of the most popular and idyllic times to be in the mountains. Everyone feels like a kid when they imagine snow gently falling on evergreen trees bedecked in festive lights. Ski towns are the best for enjoying this kind of seasonal magic. Families, couples and friends can enjoy a fun-filled day on the slopes and playing in the snow, followed by a relaxing evening snuggled up in front of the fire with hot chocolate or a glass of wine. From meet and greets with Santa and his helpers to spectacular on-snow lights and firework displays, events and festivities are commonplace from mid-December to early-January and not to be missed.
The one caveat about about a Christmas ski vacation is that because it's so festive and so many people have a off from school and work, it's also a very popular time to visit Ski Country. This means availability can be limited and prices can be higher, especially if you wait to book. Booking as early as June and July can help ensure you get your pick of lodging and better pricing, too.
Santa Claus isn't just coming to these mountain towns, so is the snow! Enjoy festive lights, cheerful events and scenes where horse-drawn sleds glide over snow-covered fields and historic main streets at these popular resorts for Christmas and New Years vacations. Read more about top destinations for Christmas skiing.