ARE you getting tired of spending Christmas the exact same way as the previous years? Do you fancy doing something special this year? Why don’t you celebrate it abroad? It’s an unforgettable experience! The best Christmas destination in Europe are listed below.
During the winter holidays, time seems to stand still in Vienna, the capital of Austria. The Neues Rathaus is beautifully lit, there are dozens of little stands where you can buy everything you desire, you can go ice-skating on Rathausplatz or enjoy one of the many Christmas concerts. If you are looking for a magical Christmas, Vienna is the place to be!
London, United Kingdom
From the eighteenth of November until the second of January, Hyde Park turns into a huge Winter Wonderland! It’s one of the most popular places in London. With over 100 attractions and rides and entertainment for every age, there is something for everyone! For those who prefer Christmas shopping, don’t worry. There is the traditional German Christmas market with more than 200 chalets.
In 1570, the first Christmas fair ever in Europe was held in Strasbourg. Ever since then, Strasbourg has continued this tradition. With over 300 stalls, spread out over 12 locations in the city centre, the Christkindelsmärik is definitely worth a visit. Besides the fair, you will find a wide range of cultural events and live performances.
Prague, Czech Republic
Celebrating Christmas in Prague is unforgettable! The city is festively decorated, especially old squares look magical. You will have a sudden fancy that you ended up in a fairy-tale world. Hundreds of nicely decorated stalls form a grand Christmas market. You can try the best local nourishments for example Trdelník, a kind of spit cake topped with hot sugar.
The birthplace of ‘Silent Night, Holy Night’, one of the most popular Christmas carols of all time, looks like a scenery from a fairy-tale during the winter holidays. Everywhere you go, you will be surrounded by Christmas decorations and gorgeously lit landmarks, trees,… From the seventeenth of November until the twenty-sixth of December, you can visit the Christmas market on Cathedral Square.
Every year, Nuremberg hosts one of the oldest Christmas fairs of Europe, but it’s not an ordinary fair. There are plenty of stalls, all of them beautifully decorated and the only thing you will find there are handmade products and toys. The biggest attraction is the wooden Ferris Wheel, on top of which, you have a splendid view of the medieval city.
Brimming with lights, a festive spirit and dozens of little cafés, Copenhagen welcomes you around Christmas. The Tivoli Gardens, the Christmas fairs and the profusely decorated streets will make you wander in a winter wonderland. This combined with the Danish hospitality will make your experience even more remarkable.
If Christmas were a country, Rovaniemi would definitely be the capital! According to the European legend, this is where Father Christmas/Santa Claus lives. You can even visit his house in Santa Claus Village. Apart from Santa Claus Village, there is a lot to do in this little town in Finland. You can go on a husky excursion through snowy landscapes, enjoy the northern Lights and stay at a wooden cottage. In short: a dream for everyone who loves Christmas!
Needless to say, spending Christmas at home with friends and family also can be magical! As Burton Hills said: “The best of all gifts around any Christmas tree: the presence of a happy family all wrapped up in each other.”