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Whether you’re going home for the holidays to be surrounded by extended family (and, potentially, tiny childhood furniture), looking forward to a “friendsgiving” or using the valuable vacation days to escape from it all, WalletHub has calculated the best cities for winter holiday travel, at home and abroad. Using metrics such as average airfares, flight times and hotel costs, it determined the best destinations to celebrate the holidays without the hassle. Without further ado … READ MORE
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Samnaun, Switzerland, has one of the quirkiest holiday traditions in the world. On Nov. 29, hundreds of Santa Claus impersonators will form teams and compete to win the title of Santa Claus world champions.
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The otherworldly greens and purples of the Aurora Borealis northern lights are rendered even more spectacular when reflected in the waters of the Silfra fissure on the edge of Þingvellir Lake.
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The subzero Canadian air along Lake Ontario doesn’t call to mind a quick dip or a leisurely beach stroll.
With temperatures dropping, don’t let winter doldrums set in. Bundle up and embrace the cold (albeit the bone-chilling, artic-blasting cold of recent days) with some of our favorite things to do in winter.
1. Sleep in an ice hotel.
If you aren’t afraid of a little cold or a bed made out of ice, spend an unforgettable night in an ice hotel. Chill out in a luxury igloo full of hard-carved ice sculptures and cozy fur hides to keep you warm at night.
2. Toast with a decadent drink.
The ideal cure for a winter chill? A cocktail to warm you up. Toast to shorter days with these 10 cold-weather cocktails, from a traditional hot toddy to an innovative dry-ice-infused concoction.
3. Take an icy plunge.
What better way to plunge into 2014 than with an icy dip! There are still New Year dips taking place throughout January, or head to Finland where ice swimming is a popular custom all winter long.
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Utah skiers claim that they’ve found the “best snow on Earth,” and this picture just might prove it.
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Located near the border of France and Switzerland, in the foothills of the Black Forest, sits the famed German spa town of Baden-Baden.
You’ll be on top of the world at Taft Point, where fissure-mottled slabs of granite rise like skyscrapers from the valley a mile below.
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You won’t need a crown to feel like a princess at Gstaad Palace, the go-to getaway for royals and celebrities in the Swiss Alp.
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