Where to find a white Christmas in your caravan

A converted van in front of snowy mountains

There’s still some debate about whether it’ll be a white Christmas this year and of course, in the UK it does depend somewhat on your location as to whether there’s likely to be snow.

If, like Bing Crosby, you’re dreaming of a white Christmas, then there are some places in the world you can head off to in your caravan to up your chances.

The elves at StressFreeCarRental.com have put together a list of such destinations.

John Charnock, CEO of StressFreeCarRental.com said: “It is a dream for many to experience a white Christmas, and there are some locations even more beautiful once winter arrives and festivities begin.

“Unfortunately snowfall is never guaranteed on the big day, as temperatures and humidity must be at the perfect levels for it to set on the ground.

“Luckily, those planning to whisk off and enjoy the festivities are in luck because we have rounded up the best spots to enjoy a white Christmas.”

Tomintoul, Scotland

Your best bet for snow in the UK is to head to the highest village in Scotland. Tomintoul boasts an average of 61 days of snow a year and its highland location makes the rugged mountains look particularly beautiful with a sprinkling of the white stuff.

Caravanners and campervanners who love adventure sports should pack their skis or snowboard to make the most of a Christmas trip to Tomintoul. If you’re not an adrenaline junkie, then a selection of walking trails offer a more sedate way to explore the magical landscape.

Hallstatt, Austria

The UNESCO World Heritage Site of Hallstatt is a picture-perfect place to pitch up in winter. Located on the western shores of Lake Hallstatt, the village and its traditional church spire benefit from the stunning backdrop of snow-covered mountains.

Wander through the narrow alleys, admire the Alpine houses and stop at cosy cafes during your festive getaway. Head to Marktplatz to admire the giant fir tree and imagine you’ve stepped into a Christmas card.

Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy

It’s hard to imagine a more dramatic landscape than that in Italy’s Cortina d’Ampezzo. The mighty Dolomites tower over the stone buildings of the town, which makes the perfect base to go skiing or explore the historic town hall with its impressive advent calendar installation.

The lake at nearby Braies freezes over in winter and you can cross it by horse-drawn sleigh for a memorable experience. Warm up with a creamy Bombardino to really embrace the spirit of the season.

A note on winter touring

More and more people are deciding not to pack away their leisure vehicle during the winter months, but continue touring instead. While this offers plenty of opportunity for adventure, always be aware of safety concerns.

Research roads and conditions, fit snow chains and carry provisions in your caravan or motorhome in case you get stuck. Pitching up in valleys or lower ground with views of the mountains is often a safer option than attempting to drive on treacherous roads.


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