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Old 08-06-2010, 03:55 PM
 
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We live in very hot South Texas and would like to spend Christmas somewhere cold and snowy that fits these general criteria:

(1) Not too hard to get to. We’d like to fly on a major airline (as opposed to small regional) and drive less than 2 hours to get to our final destination.
(2) We’re not skiers, but would like to sled and do other snowy activities that are readily available. We’re not opposed to a skiing destination, but that’s not our main focus.
(3) Lots of things to do once you’re there. We’d like to stay busy for 3-4 days.
(4) Some place that expects/encourages travelers over the Christmas holidays. In other words, we don’t want the atmosphere to be begrudging because of the holidays or for major activities to shut down.

Any ideas, C-D travelers?
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Old 08-07-2010, 03:12 AM
 
Location: Colorado (PA at heart)
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Poconos? It's about a 2 hour drive from Philly airport. There will be lots of ski resorts there but you don't have to ski, you can snow tube instead. And the area offers lots of other winter activities.

Poconos Snow Tubing - Ski Resorts, Family Fun, Winter Recreation and More - Official Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau

Most places will probably still be closed on Christmas day but I think you'll find that anywhere - I doubt anyone will begrudge you though.
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Old 08-07-2010, 06:08 AM
 
Location: MMU->ABE->ATL->ASH
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I would not count on snow (other then manmade) in the Poconos, For Real snow you will need to get into upper NY, Upper VT, NH, Maine, The Mountain of Colorado & Utah are nice, There are alot of 'ranches' that do XC sking, snow showing, snow machines. Etc.
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Old 08-07-2010, 08:00 AM
 
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New York City is a great destination for a December/Christmas vacation. The city is beautifully decorated for the holiday. You can see the famous Rockefeller Center X'mas tree as well as the famous X'mas window displays at the major dept. stores around Manhattan. You can go ice-skating at the Rockefeller Center ice skating rink just below the famous tree. There is another outdoor ice skating rink in Bryant Park. Other outdoor snowy activities can be found in Central Park.
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Old 08-07-2010, 08:08 AM
 
Location: Oxford, England
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New England is wonderful at Christmas and so much to do and see as well, with things for everyone to enjoy.

NYC as mentioned is also lovely at that time of year.


If you want something more active Utah ( Sundance, Sun valley and Deer Valley) and Colorado ( Aspen which is so pretty) have some wonderful resorts .
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Old 08-07-2010, 12:44 PM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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Head south. About 200 miles south of Laredo, the Monterreal Ski Resort, between Monterrey and Saltillo, Mexico.

I can't think of anyplace in the USA that has snow on Christmas more often than not, except in the western mountains. The best low elevation chance would probably be in the lake-effect snow-belts, in western Michigan and upstate New York.

One place fairly near you that is overlooked because the winter is really severe, long and cold, would the the area in southern Colorado around Alamosa, Monte Vista and Del Norte. They would be relaxing places, really nice towns and tourists don't go there much. By Christmas, the average overnight low is below zero F.

Here are some maps that show amount of annual snow, and number of days of snow:

http://www.lib.utexas.edu/maps/natio...0/ca000076.jpg

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Old 08-07-2010, 01:54 PM
 
Location: Eureka CA
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Lake Tahoe. Skiing, shows, restaurants, casinos.
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Old 08-07-2010, 02:11 PM
 
Location: Durham, NC
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Quebec City is beautiful and gets lots of snow.
http://www.myhotelgeek.com/wp-conten...-frontenac.JPG
Jackson, WY is also another sweet spot.
http://blog.accomline.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/07/the-lights-of-teton-village-at-jackson-hole-wyoming.jpg (broken link)
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Old 08-08-2010, 12:02 AM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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Germany, Austria, Switzerland. Very pretty and not so commercialized. Try to get a 'home-stay' with a family that will share a traditional Christmas. (Rick Steves has a nice video of Christmas in Europe). Stay for awhile in a Chalet, enjoy the snow falling and the church bell tolling, and silent evenings of snowfall while you snuggle in a real Down Comforter about 12" (30 CM) thick. (Our kids really thought they had 'arrived' in paradise). Ice skating, skiing, sledding,,, raclette ! Raclette - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
(we brought a raclette grill home and use it at Christmas and several other times / yr)

The Christmas Markets in Germany are very nice. Spend some time in Bavaria region, Nuremberg is really delightful at Christmas.

Too many places, not enough Christmas, in Europe!! (Tho it is not my favorite holiday in USA). You can stretch your Europe travels, as some countries have different schedules, for instance Spain (3 kings day) is Jan 6th. You can enjoy Andorra along the way, and should have adequate snow in Pyrenees. But I would definately choose a route through the French and Italian Alps. Might as well spend some time at Carcassonne too, it's right on the way to Andorra. http://www.google.com/images?hl=en&c...iw=717&bih=500
We did a 'farm stay' at Christmas time there, very nice (bit chilly quarters, as rural Europe often has Barns in their house.) That too is unique and fun (tho a bit smelly for a 'fulltime' abode.)

If you are really into a unique Christmas, Singapore does it Majorly !! They have snow machines that run every night in the shopping plaza (Orchard Road). The 30c / 80F 'dripping wet' weather is a challenge.

Another unique Christmas was attending a 'house party' in the northern Lake District of England, and a very old and NICE country estate / castle. The sheep were really cute all icy in the fog. It snowed, and we really enjoyed a visit to a local 'country' toymaker the day before Christmas. Should have seen the Castles and rocking 'sheep' he had been busy handcrafting.

As mentioned 'Home stays' in private homes makes holiday travel superb (tho they are hard to beat on non-holidays) $20 / night for family won't break the bank. $10 individually. (Often the host will insist on No Payment, tho I always give them one even if I have to hide it, with a note to spend it on someone who needs the help). There are several international guest home directories.

Christmas in Europe is like 4th of July in DC. Gotta do it at least once.

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Old 08-08-2010, 02:43 AM
 
Location: Colorado (PA at heart)
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I got the impression the OP was not looking to leave the country - "not too hard to get to" was the first criteria and a flight from Texas to Europe would be at least 10 hours, not my idea of "not too hard to get to".
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