Braving the seasonal elements can be miserable, but there's no denying this weather does make for some remarkable scenery. Whether it's the snow-capped Alps or a bustling Christmas village in Philly, these sights define in their own special ways what a winter wonderland looks like.
To make the frostbites all worth it, we've compiled 12 breathtaking wintertime Instagrams from travelers around the globe. Click ahead to see how different parts of the world are toasting the season. The photos will make Hallmark holiday cards look like uninspiring pieces of paper.