Depending on your attitude towards winter you either love it or hate it. There are plenty of people who love the snow, but there’s even more who hate this cold season with it’s freezing weather and early sunsets. If you belong to the latter we’re here to show you that winter can be fun, festive, gorgeous and full of warmth provided by fire, fairy lights and mulled wine, especially if you know where to look. Take a look at these 15 winter wonderlands from around the world.
1. Shirakawa, Japan
You wouldn’t think Japan as the place where it snows the most, but the village of Shirakawa can get up to 30 feet of snow every year. This little village is actually a UNESCO World Heritage site, because of the traditional old architecture. The houses are built in mince style with special collapse-proof roofs, so that no matter how much snowfall they get – the houses and their inhabitants are safe in winter. Clearly the Japanese knew what they were doing, because this village looks absolutely stunning in the winter.
2. Harbin, China
Harbin is one of the coldest cities in China, so much so that it’s dubbed as the Ice City. However the people of Harbin have learned to embrace their cold winters and found a way to celebrate it. Every year they host the Harbin International Snow and Ice Sculpture Festival. It spreads over both banks of the Songhua River, and they actually take huge ice blocks from the river and use them to create ice-sculptures.
3. Munich, Germany
If you want to experience winter in Europe, one of the best places to go is Germany. Munich to be more specific. This city really knows how to cheer you up during the winter months. Their famous Christkindlmarkt at Marienplatz is a perfect destination if you want to have some Bavarian sausages and mulled wine. It’s also the place to see the most elaborate gingerbread houses and buy a bunch of souvenirs.
4. Quebec, Canada
Canada is known for being hella cold, but they know how to keep their spirits up during their long winters. Quebec has been hosting a Winter Carnival for over 50 years now. They have all sorts of things happening at the festival, including but not limited to ice-sculpting, elaborate masked balls, canoe races and music concerts. They even have a huge snowman as the carnival mascot.