With the Christmas season just around the colour, and the days of sandals and sun cream all but a distant memory, it's high time we start planning those last minute winter getaways.
Whether you've got a few days of annual leave still left to use, or you just fancy weekend break, there are plenty of gorgeous destinations across Europe just waitng to be explored.
From the ice caves of Reykjavik to the beer gardens of Munich, here's our top five picks.
1. Reykjavik, Iceland
Often described as a "small city with a big soul," the world's most northerly capital packs an impressive amount of culture into it's 103,000 square kilometres.
It's breathtaking landscape and bustling city-centre create a uniquely satisfying atmosphere that keep tourists coming back year and year.
Whether you're exploring the blue ice caves, gazing at the Northern Lights, or taking a dip in one of the island nation's natural hot springs, the Icelandic capital is bursting with attractions that simply won't be found in any other country.
2. Zagreb, Croatia
When people think of Croatia, there are a few things that spring to mind (summer holidays, Game of Thrones etc. etc.), none of which have anything to do with winter holidays.
However, that could all be about to change, because Zagreb's Christmas markets have been voted the Best in Europe for two years running.
During the advent season, the city's streets come alive with colour, lights and music, with celebrations waiting around every corner.
But don't be fooled by the country's mild summer climate. Temperatures in the Croatian capital can drop to as low as 1 degrees during the winter months.
3. Munich, Germany
No winter gateway list would be complete without a visit to the home of traditional Christmas market – and while there are tonnes of German cities worth visiting this year, Munich offer visitors a unique, (and often less crowded) festive experience.
Highlights include The Tollwood Winter Festival, which combines a traditional market atmosphere with a much more modern look into the German arts and crafts scene.
With hundreds of Mediterranean-style street cafes, Mitteleuropa beer halls and must-see museums dotted around Germany's unofficial southern capital, visitors are never short of things to do.
4. Krakow, Poland
While Krakow remains a popular tourist destination all year round, it's fairytale streets and medieval market square really come alive in the winter months.
Snow-covered horse carriages and glowing Christmas markets transform the city into one of Europe's most picturesque winter wonderlands.
Sample the best of Polish cusine (think warm stews and fried potato cakes), or take in the rich history, before heading out to see what the city's nightlife has to offer.
Just remember to wrap up warm. Temperatures often drop as low as -3 degrees in December, meaning you'll need to pack all the winter woollies you can get your hands on.
5. Rovaniemi, Finland
Commonly known as the official home of Santa Clause himself, this small Finnish city offers the ultimate festive experience for Christmas lovers of all ages.
Whether you're enjoying the Northern Lights over a cosy campfire or taking a stroll around the city's streets (which FYI, have been designed in the shape of a reindeer's head), this hub of northern culture is the perfect destination for those seeking a relaxing yet action-packed break.
Oh, and did we mention they throw one hell of a New Year's Eve Party?