Merry Christmas to You. And now some Christmas Awe.

By Jennifer Vishnevsky for Redbook©

Although the winter season gets a bad rap for correlating with flu season and dark, gray skies, there’s also something beautiful happening around the world, all the way from Wyoming to Switzerland. These photos may even inspire you to start planning a winter getaway when it’s safe to do so. If seeing the Northern Lights is on your bucket list, the bitter cold temperatures of winter might just be your best shot at catching a glimpse. So grab the hot chocolate, sit back and enjoy a virtual tour to these inspiring winter wonderlands.

(Here is just a tease for those still in their jammies):

Slide 6 of 30: A church and castle on a rock above Lake Bled in Slovenia.

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Slovenia

A church and castle on a rock above Lake Bled in Slovenia.

Slide 5 of 30: A polar bear in Kaktovik, a part of northern Alaska.

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Alaska

A polar bear in Kaktovik, a part of northern Alaska

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Slide 7 of 30: A group of horses running in the snow-covered hills of Shell, Wyoming.

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Wyoming

A group of horses running in the snow-covered hills of Shell, Wyoming.

Slide 10 of 30: A rare snowstorm covers Yoyogi Park in Tokyo.

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Japan

A rare snowstorm covers Yoyogi Park in Tokyo.

Slide 12 of 30: An empty Red Square in Moscow, with St. Basil's Cathedral in the background.

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Russia

An empty Red Square in Moscow, with St. Basil’s Cathedral in the background.

Slide 14 of 30: St. Stephen's Basilica and Zrinyi Street at dusk in Budapest.

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Hungary

St. Stephen’s Basilica and Zrinyi Street at dusk in Budapest.

Slide 16 of 30: Spirit Island, a landmark in Jasper National Park. With a view of the Canadian Rockies, this island is only accessible by boat.

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Canada

Spirit Island, a landmark in Jasper National Park. With a view of the Canadian Rockies, this island is only accessible by boat.

Slide 17 of 30: The Northern Lights on display at Kirkjufell mountain.

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Iceland

The Northern Lights on display at Kirkjufell mountain

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Slide 20 of 30: A snowy owl perched in the sand at Jones Beach in Long Island.

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New York

A snowy owl perched in the sand at Jones Beach in Long Island.

Slide 27 of 30: A fresh coating of ice at Yosemite National Park.

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California

A fresh coating of ice at Yosemite National Park.

Slide 30 of 30: Mount Cook and Mount Tasman reflected in Lake Matheson at sunset.

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New Zealand

Mount Cook and Mount Tasman reflected in Lake Matheson at sunset.

Source: Awe-Inspiring Winter Scenes From Around the World (msn.com)

Author: Dennis Hickey

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