Let's face it - if you spend your Christmas or New Year's Eve in the mountains - you're giving it the best chance possible of being an absolute classic! Yes, it's busy, and you might pay a little more, but - in general - resorts pull out all the stops. Not to mention you'll be snowboarding - which is surely the greatest gift of all!
But where to go? Well we've got our list of recommendations, as surely as you've got yours. Categorically it would be impossible to say where you will have the best Christmas or New Year celebration, but here's a few tried and tested resorts that have come up with the goods in the past.
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Levi, Lapland - Christmas
An obvious move maybe - but on the Christmas front you can't go wrong with heading to Santa's home turf - and Lapland is most definitely where it's at! Levi's extra curricular activities are second to none for this time of year - with options for Husky Rides, Ice Fishing, a Northern Lights sled ride and many more as bolt-ons to your trip.
As a bonus - many of these options run all season long - so even if you're not there on Christmas day, you can still get your fill of festive cheer!
Avoriaz, France - Christmas
Avoriaz have a packed Christmas schedule already lined up for this year - with sky lanterns, ice carving, and a sound and light show all centred around the 25th. If you're looking for a place that has the visual spectacle down - this pedestrianised resort has a lot to offer!
Squaw Valley, USA - Christmas
If you feel like going state-side for the Christmas period, there's a tonne of options out there. American Christmas is certainly not a time for half measures - and Squaw Valley is no exception. As a family focussed resort it's packed with activities off the snow like breakfast with Santa for the little 'uns, and a festive "Christmas Around The World" performance by Truckee Tahoe Community Chorus...
And if that's not enough - there's the Snow Park Technologies designed terrain parks to explore too!
Hemsedal, Norway - Christmas
For an authentically chilly Christmas - you can't go far wrong with Hemsedal in Norway. The traditional resort may not be cheap, but it's one of the best spots going for a high chance of great snow. Queues are usually short and the location is beautiful - and it aint half bad for freestyle either.
Kitzbuehel, Austria - Christmas
A medieval town centre and Christmas markets help make Kitzbuehel, Austria one of the most renowned picks for Christmas breaks. Staking their claim - they call it "the most magical Christmas town in the Alps!" which comes at a premium. But by all accounts, it's one that has to be included...
Saalbach, Austria - New Year
Part of the Ski Circus area with 200km of piste to share - Saalbach has a great reputation for a party - so what better time to try it out than at new year? The firework displays are prolific and there's a ski-instructor torch-run if that's your kind of thing...
In the town - there's a tonne of bars to make your way through, so if you don't like to be tied down for too long you'll find plenty to explore.
Morzine, France - New Year
Despite potential room for bias (i.e. our Online Editor lives there) there are many solid accounts to support Morzine's reputation as a great location for a New Year's Eve throwdown.
With a new ultra-trendy but laid back micro-brewery - The Bec Jaune - serving up a multitude of tasty beers and Beanies coffee/cocktail bar throwing out drinks until the midnight bell tolls you've got the main event covered. Then head on down to the legendary re-opened Paradis nightclub for a disco-themed after party with your rented eighties onsie courtesy of Retro Rentals, not forgetting to pick up some scran from everyone's favourite burger joint: Mammas.
Mayrhofen, Austria - New Year
If you're planning an extended New Year's Eve - Mayrhofen offers an annual party on the 30th of December in Ramsau as well as the usual festivities on the 31st! For the party orientated, the town has had a huge boost thanks to the annual Snowbombing festival - which we'll take a guess and say that some of you may already be aware of... and if you are, no doubt you'll find a lot of like-minded individuals here.
Tignes, France - New Year
Tignes is infamous for it's New Year's Eve antics - with a huge outdoor party going down in the centre marking the countdown for many years now. This year they're swapping the traditional Fire Mix Party for a performance by Eloize Circus, complete with a full projected light show and music for free from 11pm. In their own words it's a 'magical' and 'trendy' atmosphere - so make of that what you will!
Ruka, Finland - New Year
Anyone who's been out to Finnish spring festival Wappulounas will tell you that they know how to party out there! And while we picked Levi as a not-so-far-away alternative for Christmas - Ruka takes the edge for our New Year choices. Everyone gets involved in the festivities - and with floodlit park sessions and easy access from piste to piss-up, you can seamlessly blend the two. Definitely one to add to the list!