Different seasons have different characteristics and attributes that society associates them with. For instance, summers are for beaches, light clothing, and ice creams, while winters are for warm bonfires, hot chocolates, and holidays for various parts of the world.

In detail, seasons are periods of the year with distinct weather conditions and day lengths. The four seasons, spring, summer, autumn, and winter, have specific characteristics people attribute to them. Their lifestyles, routines, plans, and more may also differ with these changing seasons.

One such season is Winter. Cold, chilly temperatures, shorter days, and longer nights. Coinciding with the winter season are many holidays worldwide, including Christmas, Hanukkah, New Year, etc. While many plan to spend with their families at home, others prefer to travel, explore, and more.

As activities and plans vary subjectively, Real Research, an online survey app, launched a survey on the winter season to gauge how people spend their winters. Interestingly, the survey conducted revealed the following key findings:

  • 49.88% say snow and snowfall are their favorite things about the winter season
  • 50.71% say Christmas is their favorite holiday of the season
  • 43.09% say New York City is their favorite winter travel destination

Snow & Snowfall, Favorite Thing About Winter

Winter is a season of celebration, family time, winter games, etc. Numerous activities give reason to many to be excited about winter. Accordingly, our survey revealed that 70.89% are excited about winter, while others are glad to be done with the heat and hot weather (12.58%).

Others, however, prefer other climates and seasons compared to winter. Possibly due to the chilly nature of winter, 8.93% say they cannot tolerate the cold weather. 7.59% are not looking forward to winter at all.

Fig 1: Survey respondents on their favorite things about winter

Given that over 80% are looking forward to winter, the survey further probes respondents’ favorite thing about the winter season. To this, respondents said snow and snowfall (49.88%), the cold breeze (20.72%), short days, long nights (9.93%), holidays (7.44%), warm clothes (5.31%), and warm food (3.22%).

Favorite Holidays of Winter Season

As said, it is the holidays too that many look forward to in the winter. When asked about the same, around 5 out of 10 respondents (50.10%) say Christmas is their favorite holiday during the winter season. Others said New Year (22.92%), Halloween (10.29%), Thanksgiving (7.66%), and Black Friday (6.41%).

Fig 2: Respondents’ favorite holiday in winter

People spend their days off differently, some indoors, others outdoors. As such, the survey asked what indoor activities respondents prefer to do. The majority (40.42%) said making hot chocolate, followed by reading books (18.66%), watching holiday movies (17.69%), cuddling by a cozy fireplace (11.95%), and taking long, warm showers (6.65%).

In light that movie-watching is a usual indoor activity during the winter, the survey asked about respondents’ favorite holiday-themed movies. Home Alone Series tops as a favorite with 49.41% of the votes, followed by Elf (13.13%), Klaus (8.23%), Harry Potter series (7.44%), and the Frozen movie parts 1 &2 (3.7%).

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Favorite Travel Destination for Winter 2022

As far as outdoor activities are concerned, many also choose to travel during the winter. Thus, the survey asked what respondents’ favorite travel destinations for winter 2022 are. 43.09% say New York City, 16.74% say Paris, 11.92% say Turkey, 6.37% say Switzerland, 3.98% say the British Virgin Islands, and 3.1% choose Prague.

Fig 3: Respondents’ favorite winter travel destinations

On another note, as some people dislike the winter season, the survey polls reasons for the same. To this, 39.46% dislike getting out of bed every morning, whereas 24.91% dislike cold water, 10.36% dislike cold hands and feet, 8.68% dislike dry weather, and 8.54% dislike the risk of flu, cold, and fever.

Read More: Favorite travel destinations for summer 2022

Lastly, the survey asked which of the four key seasons respondents are fond of the most. Reportedly, Winter got the highest vote as the fondest of the seasons (34.82%), followed by Spring (24.14%), Summer (21.63%), and Autumn/Fall (19.39%).


Survey TitleSurvey on the Upcoming Winter Season
DurationOctober 15 – October 22, 2022
Number of Participants30,000
DemographicsMales and females, aged 21 to 99
Participating Countries Afghanistan, Algeria, Angola, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belarus, Benin, Bolivia, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada, Chile, China, China (Hong Kong) China (Macao), China (Taiwan), Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Czech Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Gambia, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Greanada, Guatemala, Honduras, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Ivory Coast, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lebanon, Libya, Lithuania, Malaysia, Maldives, Maluritania, Mexico, Moldova, Mongolia, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar [Burma], Namibia, Nepal, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Palestine, Panama, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Slovakia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Thailand, Togo, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Venezuela, Vietnam, Yemen, Zimbabwe.