1. Lofoten Island, Norway Getty Images One of the greatest places in the world to catch the northern lights, the archipelago of islands known as Lofoten isn't easy to reach, per se. But if you're looking for a place to gawk at winter's beauty, it doesn't get much better than this. 2. Vik, Iceland Getty Images Set on Iceland's south coast, the small village of Vik is close to a handful of popular tourist spots including the black sand beach of Reynisfjara, Skogafoss, and Seljalandsfoss waterfalls. 3. Tallinn, Estonia Getty Images Estonia's capital city comes alive during the winter thanks to a giant Christmas market in the old town square. 4. Edgartown, Massachusetts View this photo on Instagram instagram.com A ferry ride from Cape Cod and mainland Massachusetts, Martha's Vineyard feels worlds away from the rest of New England during the wintertime. You'll feel the holiday spirit full swing as you walk around snow dusted Edgartown, where the Colonial-style houses and harbor are covered in colorful string lights. 5. Park City, Utah View this photo on Instagram instagram.com A popular ski and snowboarding resort town, Park City is busy all winter long, especially toward the end of January when the city hosts the annual Sundance Film Festival. 6. Vienna, Austria Getty Images If you're hoping to get into the Christmas spirit, book your trip to Vienna. While the days are short this time of year, the Austrian capital is full of joy and holiday cheer thanks to dozens of festive markets that pop up all over the city. 7. Chamonix, France Getty Images This French Alpine town is located at the base of Mont Blanc where France, italy, and Switzerland touch. During the winter, it's a popular ski town full of glamorous chalets and après ski bars. 8. Shirakawago, Japan Getty Images This traditional village, part of a UNESCO heritage site, sits along the Shogawa River Valley in mountainous central Japan. 9. Banff, Canada View this photo on Instagram instagram.com This resort town in Alberta is best known as the home of Banff National Park, where you'll find the rugged, snowcapped Canadian Rocky Mountains and sparkling Lake Louise. 10. Strasbourg, France View this photo on Instagram instagram.com The Alsatian city of Strasbourg is one of the most picturesque places on the globe any time of year, but it's particularly stunning during the winter months when the Medieval city center is filled with Christmas markets, bright lights, and festive decorations. 11. Portsmouth, New Hampshire Getty Images Winter in New England might be cold, but there's something calming and peaceful about the city of Portsmouth where the roofs are covered in the snow and the colorful sunsets reflect off the harbor. 12. Hallstatt, Austria Getty Images An easy day trip from Salzburg or Vienna, the Austrian city of Hallstatt sits on a stretch of land where the mountains meet the shore in the region of Salzkammergut. You'll find colorful 16th century Alpine houses, narrow downtown streets, salt mines, and a shimmering lake. 13. Quebec City, Canada Getty Images Quebec is so beautiful during the winter that you'll almost forget about the numbing cold. Visit during February to catch the annual carnival, and carve out some time to walk around the cobblestone streets of Old Quebec. 14. South Tyrol, Italy Getty Images Set before a backdrop of the Italian Alps and the Dolomites, the small towns that make up the region of South Tyrol look like they've popped straight out of a postcard. 15. Kraków, Poland Getty Images This Polish city is still relatively off the radar for many tourists. Visit during the winter and you'll the Medieval main square, castles, and basilicas are dusted with snow and decked out in holiday lights. 16. Suzhou, China Getty Images West of Shanghai, this ancient city is known for its scenic canals, gardens, and ancient temples. It doesn't now often in Suzhou, but you visit during the chilly winter months you might see snow-kissed canal banks and pagoda rooftops. 17. Jackson, Wyoming Latham Jenkins via Flickr / Via Flickr: circumerro-stock Nestled in Jackson Hole valley before the snowcapped peaks of Grand Teton National Park, Jackson is a popular vacation town all year 'round. In the winter, it draws crowds for its winter sports, wildlife, and chic town with great art and dining. 18. Zermatt, Switzerland Getty Images Just below the iconic Matterhorn peak, the town of Zermatt is an outdoor sports paradise. But even those who prefer to stay indoors will find plenty to do between the chic boutiques, cozy restaurants, and bustling après ski scene.