Top Europe Destinations For Christmas
With Christmas steadily approaching, there is still time to book a last minute getaway. This article outlines some of the best places to travel to in Europe to get you into the festive spirit!
Where could be more Christmassy than the home of Father Christmas? During the snowy winter months, Rovaniemi, the official residence of Mr. Claus is a truly magical destination for families. Just outside of the city you will find Santa Claus Village, an amusement park with plenty of Christmas attractions.
The Salla Reindeer Park is must-visit when in Lapland during Christmas. Here you can ride and feed reindeer and partake in a number of winter activities like skiing and ice-fishing. If you are feeling extra brave (or crazy) you can also take a dip in one of the ice holes.
Prague, Czech Republic
The Czech Republic’s vibrant capital often tops polls for Europe’s best Christmas destination. With the city decked out in Christmas lights and Christmas markets taking over Prague’s historic squares, it is easy to see why so many people head here for Christmas.
As well as plenty of stalls selling gifts and handicrafts, there are a number of food and drink stalls offering traditional Czech specialties. Be sure to sample some grog and honey liquor. For more information on holidays in Prague, please visit our Prague holidays page.
Without a doubt, one of the best places to visit during the Christmas period is Vienna. Adorned with lights and sometimes dusted with snow, Vienna’s historic sights become even more magical in the festive period.
From early November, Christkindlmärktes pop up throughout the city selling gifts and festive delicacies like chestnuts and spiced cookies. The local mulled wine (Glühwein) and hot punch is not to be missed!
One of the best destinations for a Christmas holiday is Bruges. During the festive season, the mediaeval streets of Bruges are lit up and decorated, giving the city an even more fairy-tale appearance. Whether you are relaxing in one of the cafes with a hot chocolate or picking up gifts and handicrafts from the Grote Markt, the festive atmosphere of Bruges is undeniable. Please refer to the Bruge city break guide for more information.
Germany is truly magical during the Christmas period, especially so in Leipzig. The beautiful city of Leipzig is home to one of the oldest and largest of Germany’s Christmas markets. Here you can pick up a whole manner of items and try festive delicacies such as Pilsnitz gingerbread and pretzels.
Other festive attractions in Leipzig include the largest freestanding advent calendar in the world, a ferris wheel and regular performances from the famous St. Thomas choir.