Fireworks, alpine competitions, winter markets and buckets of Bavarian cheer welcome in the New Year in the German ski resorts.
This neck of the woods is infectiously festive at this time of year: villages are Christmas card pretty and offer all kinds of traditional and modern ways to see out the old and welcome in the new.
Whether you want to begin the New Year relaxing in a spa, clinking glasses of sparkling Sekt at the bar or getting a good night’s sleep ahead of New Year’s Day on the slopes, the ski hotels in Germany make excellent hosts.
Many offer a traditional gala dinner on the big night, where local and international dishes create a fantastic feast to end the year with.
Packaged with flights and transfers, you can book the main parts of your trip in one go and focus on enjoying the build-up to your yuletide on the pistes.
The end of December and beginning of January usually see low temperatures, cloudy skies and snow showers – most years there’s enough to ensure the slopes are wonderfully skiable but admittedly you won’t find as much cover as you would in the higher resorts of France.
There is the odd year where a mild start to the winter means there’s not much by way of the white stuff, but the German resorts still offer a gaggle of activities to serve as worthy alternatives to skiing and snowboarding. See our activities section for an idea of what to expect!
From skiing and snowboarding to sledding, snow shoeing and winter hikes, there’s all manner of outdoor activities to enjoy over New Year’s week in the German ski resorts. Indoors, you’ll find spas, swimming pools and countless cafes to cosy up in.
A lot of the Christmas markets carry on into the beginning of January, with some resorts hosting their own and others having excellent transport links to towns and cities including Mittenwald, Füssen and Munich. These are a spectacular experience of a German winter tradition, with the smells of gingerbread and glühwein, sights of countless fairy lights and sounds of oom-pah and folk music.