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Where to go at Christmas in Europe

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Christmas is a magical holiday, which allows everyone to become children again. Christmas means tradition, and between markets, lights and decorations, every European city celebrates it in its own way. But, if on the one hand the events and customs of the big tourist centers are known to most, on the other hand, from Denmark, to Switzerland, passing through Croatia and Poland, there are numerous small towns with traditions yet to be discovered. So, if you are looking for a Christmas half, here is a selection of suggestive European places to spend the Christmas holidays, which certainly will not disappoint the child in you.



Warsaw, Poland

In Warsaw, Christmas is particularly felt. Despite being a big city, ancient traditions have never gone out of style, and in December the streets are filled with markets, including that of plac Defilad, in front of the Palace of Culture and Science and in Plac Zamkowy, the castle square.
Characteristic is the dinner on Christmas Eve, which begins with the appearance of the first Christmas star in the sky, and consists of 12 courses, one for each apostle. According to tradition, the more you eat during dinner, the more luck you will attract.


  • Climate and temperatures: Continental climate. In December, the maximum temperatures recorded are around 2 °, while the minimums can reach -3 °
  • starting from € 45,98 -
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 41,00 per room -
  • Flight + hotel package: Return flight + 5 days / 4 nights from € 166,00 per person -
  • Hop-on Hop-off bus tour Chopin concert in the old town

Krakow, Poland

Krakow offers the possibility of experiencing the spirit of Christmas and its worldliness at the same time. Beyond the stalls, the Christmas markets and the lights in every corner of the city, it will be possible to admire the handmade nativity scenes, called Szopki Krakowskie. These small works of art are exhibited every year in Krakow's Main Market Square.


  • Climate and temperatures: cold and temperate. The maximum temperature recorded in December is 2 °, while the minimum can go down to -4 °
  • starting from € 29,98 -
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 45,00 per room -
  • Flight + hotel package: Return flight + 5 days / 4 nights from € 240,00 per person -
  • Auschwitz-Birkenau: 1 day tour from Krakow Bike tour in Krakow

Vienna, Austria

Markets, giant nativity scenes and much more. This is how Christmas is celebrated in Vienna. Immerse yourself in the Christmas atmosphere, explore the snowy city, perhaps aboard a horse-drawn carriage. And if you can, extend your stay until New Year's Eve to enjoy the concert or the great prom.


  • Climate and temperatures: cold and temperate climate. The maximum temperature recorded in December is 4 °, while the minimum reaches -3 °
  • starting from € 29,98 -
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 60,00 per room -
  • Flight + hotel package: Return flight + 5 days / 4 nights from € 290,00 per person -
  • Skip the Line: Vienna Tour and Schönbrunn Palace Vienna Residence Orchestra Concert Tickets

Zagreb, Croatia

In Zagreb, preparations for Christmas begin as early as November. Throughout the period it is possible to go to the characteristic markets, such as those held in Zrinjevac, the city park, or attend Christmas choirs and concerts, which take place in Bano Josip Jelacic Square.
Zagreb is also famous for being the home of one of the largest and most evocative living nativity scenes in all of Europe.


  • Climate and temperatures: temperate climate, with significant rainfall throughout the year. During the Christmas period the maximum temperature is 5 °, while the minimum is 0 °
  • starting from € 128,60 -
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 58,00 per room -
  • Flight + hotel package: Return flight + 5 days / 4 nights from € 220,00 per person
  • 2-hour walking tour with funicular Ljubljana and Lake Bled: tour from Zagreb

Rothenburg, Germany

Along the 366 kilometers of Romantische Straße, Germany's romantic road, Rothenburg hides: the place where Christmas is all year round. Impossible not to be enchanted by the magical atmosphere of the city, which has preserved its medieval walls, its villages and above all its traditions intact. Rothenburg is home to Käthe Wohlfahrt, a local company that has become famous for its Christmas decorations, within which it is based a Christmas village open all year round, and it doesn't end there. In fact, on the second floor of the building, the museum of commercial Christmas, which tells the evolution of the party to date.


  • Climate and temperatures: temperate weather. During the month of December the temperatures are 3 ° maximum and -2 ° the minimum
  • flights to Nuremberg (70km) from € 19,98 -
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 80,00 per room -
  • Flight + hotel package: Return flight + 5 days / 4 nights from € 280,00 per person -
  • Day Trip to Rothenburg from Frankfurt Romantic Road Tour and Rothenburg from Munich

Bruges, Belgium

Bruges is an ancient medieval town rich in traditions and characteristic atmospheres. Especially recommended for chocolate lovers, which here will find 55 shops and even a museum dedicated to cocoa, the Choco Story. Traditional Christmas markets are held in the Market Square, which seen from the top of the Belfry tower, offer a view worthy of the best vintage postcards.


  • Climate and temperatures: temperate weather. In December, the minimum temperature recorded is 3 °, with the maximum being around 7 °
  • Flights to Brussels (90km) from € 27,98 -
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 85,00 per room -
  • Flight + hotel package: Return flight + 5 days / 4 nights from € 230,00 per person -
  • Bruges: Private Tour Bruges: Guided Rickshaw Tour

Salzburg, Austria

Salzburg is mainly known for two things: being the city where Mozart was born, and Christmas markets. The Salzburger Christkindlmarkt boasts a tradition behind it for five centuries, and is held every year inside the Cathedral and the Residenz Palace. The very famous market opens its doors five weeks before Christmas, and is made up of suggestive and characteristic wooden stalls, where artisans sell their typical products.

  • Climate and temperatures: temperate weather. In December, the maximum temperatures recorded are around 4 °, while the minimum can reach -2 °
  • Flights to Salzburg or Munich (120km) from € 51,24 -
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 92,00 per room -
  • Flight + hotel package: Return flight + 5 days / 4 nights from € 290,00 per person -
  • Hallstatt Lakes: Guided Bus Tour from Salzburg Mozart Concert with Dinner

Budapest, Hungary

Still a European capital, this time the splendid Budapest, also known as the Paris of the East. Wonderful architecture, historic charm, lively nightlife and of course many Christmas themed events. Without forgetting the splendid spas, which characterize this city.

  • Climate and temperatures: The climate is temperate. The temperature in December is 4 ° maximum and -3 ° minimum
  • starting from € 15,98 -
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 42,00 per room -
  • Flight + hotel package: Return flight + 5 days / 4 nights from € 198,00 per person -
  • 1 day Sissi Pass Royal Tour to Széchenyi Baths without queue

St. Gallen (St. Gallen), Switzerland

St. Gallen is a small medieval center, which developed over time around the abbey of the same name. Famous for lace making in the city, on the first Sunday of Advent, a characteristic event takes place: the lighting of the Christmas tree, located right in front of the abbey. This moment marks the beginning of the "real" celebrations and markets, which are generally held throughout the historic center.

  • Climate and temperatures: cold and temperate climate. In December the maximum temperature is around 4 °, while the minimum drops to -1 °
  • Flights to Zurich (70km) from € 74,98 -
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 105,00 per room -
  • Flight + hotel package: Return flight + 5 days / 4 nights from € 370,00 per person -
  • Private trip from Zurich to St. Gallen and Appenzell Historic tour of St. Gallen

Rovaniemi, Finland

In Rovaniemi, Lapland, is the Santa Claus Village: the house of Santa Claus. Here, a short distance from the Arctic Circle, the elves work inside the toy factory, and is located the post office of Santa Claus, where the letters of children from all over the world are delivered.

  • Climate and temperatures: cold weather. Given the proximity to the Arctic Circle, temperatures are quite low: -5 ° maximum and -12 ° minimum
  • starting from € 243,11 -
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 350,00 per room -
  • Flight + hotel package: Return flight + 5 days / 4 nights from € 800,00 per person -
  • Snowmobile safari in the Northern Lights Santa Claus Village and snowmobile ride among the reindeer

Brussels, Belgium

Brussels, the capital of Belgium, is already a city full of charm and beauty, between history, squares and chocolate, and, during the Christmas period, this charm increases even more, enchanting both adults and children.
The traditional Christmas markets are among the most beautiful in Europe and they are a real tradition for this city, to which they are very attached!

The whole historic center is transformed and the main theme is the Winter Wonders. Among stalls, Christmas trees, an ice rink and a Ferris wheel, it is impossible not to be fascinated by them and become a child again for a few days! And, of course, there are also many events of all kinds, such as concerts, exhibitions, fairs, sporting events and much more. This Christmas atmosphere invades the city from the last days of November, usually around the last weekend, until January 6th.

  • Climate and temperatures: in December the climate is cold and very rainy, with an average of 18 rainy days; the maximum temperatures are recorded on average around 6 °, the minimum around 0 °
  • starting from € 35,00 -
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 50,00 per room -
  • Flight + hotel package: Return flight + 5 days / 4 nights from € 220,00 per person -
  • Explore Brussels with a local at Christmas 24 or 48-hour guided hop-on hop-off tour with chocolate tasting

Prague, Czech Republic

Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic, is also transformed at Christmas and is besieged by the many Christmas markets, the vánoční trhy. In the squares you can come across several mini villages consisting of many wooden houses that sell both handicrafts and traditional Czech dishes and sweets.
According to tradition, these markets open on the eve of the first Sunday of Advent, a date that changes every year, and the season is inaugurated with lighting ceremony of the big Christmas tree in the Clock Square, or Old Town Square, the main square of the city, named in Czech Staromestkse Namesti. Despite this, you can find some markets already open towards the end of November, such as the one organized at Prague Castle. You can also visit those on Wenceslas Square, Republic Square and Peace Square. Everything takes place in a beautiful setting made up of a thousand lights and many events, such as concerts and themed exhibitions.

  • Climate and temperatures: in December the climate is cold and rainy, with an average of 16 rainy days; the maximum temperatures are recorded on average around 4 °, the minimum around 0 °
  • starting from € 60,00 -
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 30,00 per room -
  • Flight + hotel package: Return flight + 5 days / 4 nights from € 255,00 per person -
  • 3-hour dinner cruise with live music Castle and Old Town walking tour Best of Prague: bus, boat and walking tour

Berlin, Germany

Berlin, the capital of Germany, is probably one of the cities that during the Christmas period it undergoes the greatest transformation: from a city considered cold by most tourists, also because of its heavy history, it becomes a riot of lights, events, colors and happiness. This is undoubtedly one of the periods in which the city reaches its maximum beauty.

Among all the markets, you must definitely visit those of Potsdamer Platz, with a view of the Brandenburg Gate, where you will enter a real winter village at the beginning of November. On the other hand, in Gendarmenmarkt, one of the most famous and ancient squares, you will find a huge Christmas market, one of which is entirely covered, with craft stalls. At Alexanderplatz, however, you will find the classic wooden houses, a Ferris wheel, an ice rink and various rides for children. And, always here, you will find the largest Erzgebirgspyramide, a wooden Christmas tower / restaurant, where to eat traditional dishes with an incredible view of the square in celebration.

  • Climate and temperatures: in December the climate is very cold and very rainy, with an average of 16 rainy days; the maximum temperatures are recorded on average around 3 °, the minimum around 0 °
  • starting from € 40,00 -
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 40,00 per room -
  • Flight + hotel package: Return flight + 5 days / 4 nights from € 232,00 per person -
  • Berlin: Christmas Markets and Food Tour Berlin: Christmas Boat Cruise Berlin: 1.5-Hour Lights Winter Tour by Trabi Limousine

Lisbon, Portugal

Maybe thinking about Christmas and the Christmas period in general, the first destinations that come to mind are cities in the cold, where we will probably find snow, such as Austrian, German or Northern European cities. But even the hottest cities have a lot to offer, and Lisbon is definitely one of them!
Here too the spirit and the magic of Christmas are not lacking, e already from the end of November the city enters the full celebrations, which last until January 6.

Strolling through the streets of the city you will really find everyone: from typical Christmas products and drinks and sweets, to stalls full of wine, cork products and fine wool garments. In short, perfect for looking for original and different gifts too! Among the many organized markets, the most famous are the Mercado de Natal in Campo Pequeno, the Mercado de Natal in Alvalade, the Venda de Natal Convento dos Cardaes and the Anjos70 - Art & Flea Market Xmas.

  • Climate and temperatures: in December the climate is temperate and rainier than in the other months, with an average of 10 rainy days; the maximum temperatures are recorded on average around 17 °, the minimum around 12 °
  • starting from € 46,00 -
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 40,00 per room -
  • Flight + hotel package: Return flight + 5 days / 4 nights from € 230,00 per person -
  • history, tales and everyday life tour Lisbon Card: 24, 48 and 72 hour pass Lisbon and its flavors: 2,5 hour Segway tour

Mosk Russia

There are cities that give their best at certain times of the year and, despite perhaps the hostile climate, if you visit at that particular time they leave you much more in your heart: Moscow is one of them. But be careful, the dates are different to those we are used to: the festivities begin in December and last until January 14, when the Russians celebrate Orthodox New Year, while Orthodox Christmas is celebrated on January 7!

But already in December the streets and squares are filled with markets, skating rinks, musical performances and entertainment for adults and children. Among the Christmas markets to see absolutely is that of Izmailovo, which overlooks the Red Square, festively decorated with lights and decorations. Here you can stroll among craft stalls, gastronomic products and typical sweets. And to fight the cold there is nothing better than a hot tea or, why not, a shot of vodka!

  • Climate and temperatures: in December the climate is very cold and very rainy, with an average of 14 days of rain; the maximum temperatures are recorded on average around 1 °, the minimums around -5 °
  • starting from € 120,00 -
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 60,00 per room -
  • Flight + hotel package: Return flight + 5 days / 4 nights from € 315,00 per person -
  • Christmas lights and Christmas markets in Moscow full-day winter fairy tale tour New Year's Eve party on a viewing platform

Dublin, Ireland

Dublin, probably, is not one of those capitals that are visited first, but that many leave after seeing the most famous, such as London, Paris, Berlin or Rome. And this also for the Christmas period, is not one of those destinations that immediately comes to mind. Instead, you will be pleasantly surprised and impressed!

In December the city transforms itself, entering the full atmosphere of the celebrations. The streets are all decorated with lights and Christmas trees, the shop windows decorated with a theme and the skating rinks are ready to welcome you to spend a few hours of fun. The most famous is undoubtedly the 7Up Winter Wonderland, a real Christmas village with a circus, shows and markets. There is also no shortage of events, including concerts, Christmas choirs and exhibitions set up for the occasion. And don't miss out on traditional sweets and delicacies at food-only markets, such as Taste of Christmas or Food & Wine Magazine Christmas Show.

  • Climate and temperatures: in December the weather is quite cold and rainy, with an average of 13 days of rain; the maximum temperatures are recorded on average around 9 °, the minimum around 6 °
  • starting from € 65,00 -
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 70,00 per room -
  • Flight + hotel package: Return flight + 5 days / 4 nights from € 270,00 per person -
  • 3-hour tour with a local at Christmas Guinness Storehouse sightseeing bus tour: skip-the-line ticket and free pint

Madrid, Spain

When you think of Spain, you may not immediately associate it with Christmas and holidays, but more with summer, the heat, the sea and parties. But, even during the Christmas period, its capital has a lot to offer!
From the end of November to January 6, the lights literally flood the city, giving it a very different charm from that of the summer months. During the festivities the Naviluz service, the Christmas bus, which in a tour of 40/50 minutes will take you to discover the most beautiful and illuminated areas of the city. Tickets can be purchased exclusively on the Internet at a cost of only € 4,00.

Obviously, there are also markets, like the one in the famous Plaza Mayor, the largest in Madrid, with more than 80 stalls with handicrafts, products to decorate your homes and lots of sweets.
In addition, throughout the city various exhibitions of nativity scenes are set up of Spanish artists, but also of international artists. And if you are also celebrating Christmas Day in Madrid, don't miss the wonderful light show and pyrotechnic effects in Plaza Cibeles.

  • Climate and temperatures: in December the climate is cold and rainier than in the other months, with an average of 8 rainy days; the maximum temperatures are recorded on average around 12 °, the minimum around 6 °
  • starting from € 40,00 -
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 50,00 per room -
  • Flight + hotel package: Return flight + 5 days / 4 nights from € 275,00 per person -
  • guided tour of the Royal Palace and the Prado Museum Segway tour in the historic center Bernabeu tour and panoramic tour with tapas

London, United Kingdom

London is already a very popular city, which attracts many tourists every year. But during the holidays it transforms, becoming a real Kingdom of Christmas.
Every corner of the city comes to life, nothing is left to chance, and the magic of the most beautiful party of the year will overwhelm you.

Starting with the Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park, at the Magical Lantern Festival at Chiswick House, then moving on to the colorful Enchanted Woodland in Syon Park, until you get to discover how this period was lived in the Victorian Era at Kensington Palace.
And London at Christmas is also perfect for families with children, as there is no shortage of activities for them, between many skating rinks scattered around the city and several points where they can meet Santa Claus. And finally the organized events are really many, including concerts, shows and Christmas markets.

  • Climate and temperatures: in December the climate is cold and very rainy, with an average of 15 rainy days; the maximum temperatures are recorded on average around 7 °, the minimum around 4 °
  • starting from € 40,00 -
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 60,00 per room -
  • Flight + hotel package: Return flight + 5 days / 4 nights from € 219,00 per person -
  • Christmas cruise with Santa Claus Christmas walking tour guided tour of Christmas markets and lights

Paris, France

Paris is already one of the most fascinating and beautiful capitals in Europe, where you can breathe an atmosphere of love and magic throughout the year. During the Christmas period, this beauty doubles and the magic becomes even more intense.
Every corner of the city is decorated, streets, bridges and squares are invaded by colorful stalls and markets, full of lights and Christmas trees. And throughout the day you will be accompanied by Christmas songs sung by street artists.

There are so many organized Christmas markets and scattered throughout the city, but you absolutely cannot miss: the Christmas market of the Tuileries Garden and which replaces the one that took place along the Champs-Elysées; the Christmas Market of Les Halles, the largest Christmas village in Paris, with also an enchanted forest and the village of Santa Claus; and the Christmas village in the square of the Hotel de Ville. And there is no shortage of activities to do with the family, including skating rinks, rides for children and, why not, a nice day at Disneyland.

  • Climate and temperatures: in December the climate is cold and very rainy, with an average of 15 rainy days; the maximum temperatures are recorded on average around 8 °, the minimum around 5 °
  • starting from € 40,00 -
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 70,00 per room -
  • Flight + hotel package: Return flight + 5 days / 4 nights from € 385,00 per person -
  • Christmas in Paris: 2-hour guided tour Christmas cruise with lunch Christmas in Paris: the Champs Elysées and the Arc de Triomphe

Bucharest, Romania

Bucharest is one of those European capitals that are left at the end, after having seen the most famous ones. The capital of Romania is perfect to be seen on a weekend and is also very cheap. So why not take advantage of the Christmas period to carve out a few days off and discover this city?

At Christmas, the city is filled with colors and lights and markets and events are organized in different areas. The place that most enters the Christmas atmosphere and that is most set up is that of the Cismigiu Park, where the artificial lake turns into an ice rink. The stalls sell handicrafts, but also traditional sweets and hot drinks, the latter perfect for combating the harsh climate that characterizes the area.

  • Climate and temperatures: in December the climate is very cold and rainier than in the other months, with an average of 10 days of rain; the maximum temperatures are recorded on average around 5 °, the minimum around 1 °
  • starting from € 40,00 -
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 30,00 per room -
  • Flight + hotel package: Return flight + 5 days / 4 nights from € 212,00 per person -
  • Palace of Parliament tour Photo tour of Bucharest's iconic attractions by private car Evening tour with traditional dinner

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