What Winter Wonderland Looks Like, According To Instagram

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.
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Photo: Via @kristyrichtr.
Lapland, Finland
The snowy region tops our list of most Christmassy places, ever: It boasts a Santa-themed amusement park and reindeer-feeding ranges.
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Photo: Via @juverma.
Oslo, Norway
These glowing Christmas trees that line the dock outside the Akershus Fortress add a nice, festive touch.
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Photo: Via @sfcnote.
San Francisco, California
The gorgeous World Tree of Hope in Grace Cathedral is adorned with hundreds of origami cranes from well-wishers around the world.
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Photo: Via @antobergonzini.
Innsbruck, Austria
The capital of holiday villages has a backdrop that's unparalleled: The snow-capped Swiss Alps.
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Photo: Via @venuswongisun.
Hunter Mountain, New York
Only a short bus ride from NYC, the popular Catskills ski area has gorgeous terrains of man-made and natural snow. A trip to the summit will feel like stepping into Narnia.
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Photo: Via @wilspoon.
Geelong, Australia
The city has an awesome floating Christmas tree and light show to make up for the lack of snowfall this time of year.
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Photo: Via @camilleliao2012.
Heilongjiang, China
Snow town — a popular tourist attraction in Harbin, the capital of the province — may be gearing up for Chinese New Year in February, but the holiday decor is already festive.
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Photo: Via @northphillykane.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
A stroll at the cozy Christmas Village will bring you a good dose of holiday cheer.
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Photo: Via @hiddengemofnyc.
Dyker Heights, NYC
Move aside, Rockefeller Center: This Brooklyn Christmas Village is where it's at.
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Photo: Via @murielheidi.
St. Moritz, Switzerland
With upscale ski resorts and a brand-new snow-bar, this Swiss town is the quintessential winter wonderland.
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Photo: Via @princessvalentini.
Nişantaşı, Istanbul
These pretty, arched lights in Turkish motifs will get you into the holiday spirit.
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Photo: Via @masayaac.
Hokkaido, Japan
You'll find the prettiest snowflakes on this island otherwise renowned for dairy — after all, there's an entire museum dedicated to snow.
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