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No Christmas ski resort list would be complete without mentioning Levi, in Finnish Lapland, within the Arctic Circle. This area is the traditional home of Santa Claus, so where better to take the kids for a Christmas holiday.Because of the area’s northerly latitude, the area is guaranteed to get good snow, despite the skiing only going up to 531 m.The skiing is good, although not particularly extensive. However, the real attraction here is the sheer diversity of extra activities you can do, including visiting the famous Ice Hotel, snowmobiling, husky and reindeer safaris, ice-fishing, Icelandic horse riding and a visit to meet Santa. Very often these trips take place under the magical Northern Lights. Find cheap flights to FinlandBiographyEd Ockelton is a keen skier who lives with his wife & two children in Chatel, France. He writes online for a number of online ski publications, and his websites All Mountain Ski Holidays and White-Peak Holidays Chatel offer ski holidays throughout the world.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map This beautiful car free resort, nestled under the iconic Matterhorn, is a great choice for Christmas holidays. Being surrounded by 29 peaks over 4000 m, the resort is at the heart of the highest mountains in Europe, and the scenery is suitably dramatic.The high altitude of the skiing (up to 3820 m) ensures excellent early season skiing, and with 245 km of pistes, there is something to keep skiers of all standards more than happy.The village itself is chocolate box pretty, and with the Christmas lights on and the snow falling, you would be mistaken for thinking you’d walked straight into a Christmas card scene. Find cheap flights to SwitzerlandKitzbühel, AustriaKitzbühel is a beautiful, sophisticated Austrian resort at the heart of the Tirol region. The ski area has 168 km of pistes, and off the slopes there are plenty of activities including indoor swimming pool and fitness centre, indoor tennis, snow shoe trails, curling, and tobogganing to name but a few.What makes Kitzbühel special as a Christmas destination is the annual Christmas market, where you can soak up the tastes, smells, sounds and sights of Christmas in the Alps. There is also the historical glockenspiel in the central tower, a number of Christmas concerts and a nativity play. Find cheap flights to AustriaBled, SloveniaBled is a spa resort on the edge of a beautiful lake and set against the dramatic backdrop of the Julian Alps. There is a real fairytale feel to the resort heightened by the picturesque 17th century church “Maria of the Lake”.The skiing is in three main areas; Straza which is reached by chairlift from Bled itself, and Kobla and Vogel, a 40 minute bus ride away, which offer 71 km of varied terrain.To complement the beauty of the area, there are also many non skiing activities to indulge in including ice climbing, cross-country skiing, ice-skating on the frozen lake snowmobiling, husky rides, craft markets, bars, great restaurants and trips to Venice & Ljubljana.Another attraction of the area is that prices are approximately a third of the price found in more mainstream European resorts, so your Christmas holiday won’t break the bank. Find cheap flights to SloveniaBanff/Lake Louise, CanadaThe Canadian resorts are renowned for their Christmas celebrations, and the Banff/Lake Louise resort is no exception.Alongside excellent, extensive, snow sure skiing and stunning natural beauty, the area really puts on a festive show for visitors including Christmas crafts, Christmas carolling and the “Santa Claus Parade of Lights”.The area also offers lots of other activities including dog sledding, sleigh rides, winter hiking, snowmobiling, canyon walks, heli-skiing, snow shoeing, skating, torchlight dinner and ice hockey; so much in fact that you might find a week just isn’t enough! Find cheap flights to CanadaLevi, Finland (Lapland), the home of Santa Claus Skyscanner’s top 5 Christmas ski holiday destinationsYes, yes, we know it’s only September but there’s only just over a hundred shopping days to Christmas and the Milton Arms Hungry Horse pub in Cambridge has already had its decorations up for six weeks.While some will be in raptures about the approach of another festive season, others are already starting to twitch at the thought of all that yuletide stress. In either case, why not stage a great escape this Christmas? Head to the mountains and enjoy some great skiing, or simply enjoy a white Christmas in the great outdoors with all the family. You can be as Christmassy as you want without having to do any of the work yourself.Before booking your Christmas ski holiday, it is worth doing your research and choosing either a resort which puts a bit of effort into the Christmas celebrations, or one which is so beautiful it doesn’t matter. And because Christmas falls at the start of the ski season, it is also important to choose a resort which has a good snow record for this time of year.Here’s Skycanner’s favourite five Christmas ski resorts. Now all you need is to pack your Bing Crosby CDs and Christmas is sorted…Zermatt, Switzerland RelatedCheap DIY Ski Trips: How to save on Ski HolidaysSkyscanner’s Guide to Cheap Skiing & snowboarding Trips10 of the top Christmas and New Year holidays for 2017/2018We’ve put together ten of the best places to visit for Christmas and New Year, whether you want to sun yourself on the beaches of Sydney or Cape Verde, experience a full-on advent extravaganza in the Christmas markets of Vienna and Berlin, or see some truly spectacular Christmas lights in…7 snow-frosted escapes for incurable romanticsDon’t run away from winter. Embrace it. The world is full of beautifully snowy retreats, where pristine landscapes and cosy bedrooms come as standard. Here, we’ve picked seven of the best.