Do you think it is time for a change of scenery this Christmas? This is the year to get out of the UK and embark on a European city break with a festive feel. A European Christmas is simply one of a kind. The frosty backdrops, pleasant medieval squares and rich Christmas markets are just some of the things you have to look forward to. With strong traditions rooted within various European cities, it’s always great to experience to wander around the festive fairs, admire the bright lights and soak up the joyous atmosphere. If you’re thinking about getting away during the 2018 Christmas break, but you’re not too sure where to go, check out our favourite Christmassy cities within Europe.
Vienna is one of the most beautiful cities to visit in Europe. What’s more, it celebrates Christmas with style and grace. Vienna’s City Hall is the perfect backdrop for all the action, including being the base for Vienna’s Christmas markets. The City Hall and other architectural marvels are covered in shining lights creating a magical appeal. Vienna’s coffee shop culture also helps to promote the cosy and toasty atmosphere. As well as the city’s Christmas concerts and warm pastries available at the Christkindlmarkts.
Prague, Czech Republic
There’s no better place than Prague to get that true Gothic Christmas feel. The city’s grand buildings serve as a truly amazing setting to shop around the markets and sample culinary delights. The crisp winter chill and mounds of white snow make Prague one of the most beautiful Christmas locations you can visit. Wander along as you step into the city’s famous Christmas markets which offers you the chance to partake in festive Central European traditions and culture. The largest set of markets you can head to are those in the Old Town Square which are located at the base of the stunning Church of Our Lady before Týn. After you roam around Prague’s Christmas markets, end the day with a Czech delicacy like Trdelník, a sugar-coated pastry which is served warm.
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Christmas in Copenhagen is simply bliss. To be frank, the city just loves Christmas time! Twinkling lights brighten up the capital as Christmas markets and festive decorations take centre stage creating a warm, fuzzy atmosphere. Copenhagen’s Tivoli Gardens is decorated up to the nines each year for the Christmas period. Making the world’s second oldest amusement park a jolly display of Christmas cheer. Twinkling lights and traditional stalls compliment the theme park’s fun rides and attractions, boosting Copenhagen with the top of the pack of one of Europe’s most Christmassy cities. Experience the capital’s waterfront, Nyhavn as it is wonderfully decorated during this period.
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We’d be lying if we didn’t say Bruges is a dreamy city which almost looks like it could be something out of a children’s narrative. Twisting canals and small, narrow houses give Bruges a homely, intimate atmosphere. Not forgetting, the clip-clopping of horse-drawn carriages down cobblestone streets which emphasise the magic that this Belgian city holds. The city’s main square, Grote Markt transforms into postcard-worthy image. A large ice rink holds centre stage as shimmering lights, festive decoration and the scent of heavenly Belgian chocolate fill the surrounding area. Bruges relishes in Christmas, bringing one of Europe’s best winter events to life during the period. The city hosts an Ice Sculpture Festival featuring works from well-known international artists.
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Finally, we can’t speak about Christmassy cities without a mention of Lapland’s Rovaniemi. As the home of Santa Claus, this place will no doubt bring joy to any child’s Christmas. Snowy landscapes, bright lights and extravagant ice sculptures all add to the appeal of the city. The lively Santa Claus Village and Santa Park are a couple of Rovaniemi’s highlights, offering its tourists a range of interesting museums and tons of winter fun. Visit Santa and his elves, trail behind on husky and reindeer rides or get a kick of adrenaline from snowmobile safaris. Furthermore, there will also be opportunities to witness the electric Northern Lights.
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