Christmas is just around the corner. While others are busy preparing for their Christmas decorations, shopping and wrapping Christmas gifts to be put under the Christmas tree, others are somewhat busy planning for their holiday vacation.
Christmas is a magical time of the year in Europe. From the cold, snowy breeze to the festive holiday displays, typical Christmas trees to the fairy-tale-like Christmas decorations, it would be a great opportunity to spend your holiday in this beautiful place.
With its Gothic churches with beautiful choirs, beautiful medieval squares illuminated by the colorful lights, Europe attracts plenty of visitors every year. To make your Europe trip a lot more exciting, check this Top 10 European Cities to Celebrate Christmas in Europe.
10. Zurich, Switzerland
The largest city in Switzerland, Zurich is the central area for railways, road and air traffic. In the mid of November, the city displays 12,000 crystal lights marking the beginning of Christmas.
You can’t miss hearing the Christmas carols all around the city, and you can already smell the scent of cinnamon and mulled wine which means Christmas is approaching. The city starts to enjoy the firework displays. During this season, visit the galleries at Rämistrasse, stop by the Conelli Christmas Circus, and attend a holiday concert at the Romanesque-style Grossmünster church.
9. Copenhagen, Denmark
Christmas lights are illuminating the dark sky, festive ambiance and “hyggelige” cafes; Copenhagen becomes a more vibrant city when Christmas nears. To make your experience unique, the city offers the fantastic design and legendary Danish comfortableness mixed amazingly.
When in Copenhagen, stroll around the beautiful world-class Tivoli Gardens which transforms into a stunning winter wonderland. The Nyhavn waterfront district becomes a wonderful attraction, visit the Christiana Christmas Market, and attend the Royal Copenhagen’s Christmas table tradition.
8. Rovaniemi, Finland
While the homeland of Santa Claus is just kilometers away, Christmas in Rovaniemi is the merriest time in Finland. It is a magical year for your family as you get to experience the Northern Lights. Experience you are own fairy-tale in the city with its architectural designs ensemble from a storybook.
Within the city, it is very usual to city reindeer more than people. Experience reindeer sleigh riding through the woods, stroll around the Santa Claus Village, try the husky rides, snowmobile safaris, and tour around the city.
7. Nuremberg, Germany
Home of one of the oldest Christmas markets in Germany, Christmas is the perfect time to visit Nuremberg. While the city transforms into a unique winter fairy-tale, the beautiful ancient town in Bavaria offers a spectacular Christmas goods, traditions, and shows.
During this season, the city turns into picturesque offering toys, lebkuchen, old wooden Ferris wheels, glühwein booths, and high-quality handcrafted arts and crafts like candle chimes and foil-winged angels. Don’t forget to stop by the city’s Toy Museum.
6. Strasbourg, France
The home of the oldest Christmas market in France, Strasbourg boasts off their medieval cathedral and great tourist attractions when the festive holiday is up. From the Marchés de Noël situated in the city’s old plazas to the beautiful shadows of the cathedral, tourists flock here for Christmas every year.
300 traditional wooden stalls with fabulous Christmas tree ornaments, breath-taking Nativity figurines, and mouth-watering delicacies like roasted chestnuts, bredele cookies, and vin chaud (mulled wine) take center stage. The vibrant city is then filled with Christmas carols, Nativity shows, and ice skating rinks.
5. Warsaw, Poland
The largest and capital city of Poland, Warsaw was massively destroyed during the World War II. However, the city has been rebuilt to a more beautiful city which showcases breath-taking sceneries. Today, the city is doing pretty well in captivating more and more tourist every year.
During Christmas, the city is filled with plenty of snow all over the area. Visit the Old Town (Stare Miastro) and roam around the Market Square (Rynek Starego Miasta). Stroll around the Castle Square and walk along the Royal Route from the Royal Castle to the Park Lazienski.
4. Lisbon, Portugal
During Christmas, Lisbon is donned with new, unique attractions and activities. Festive and beautiful decorations fill the city along with the stunning displayed array of lights. Unlike any other city, Lisbon has its unique ways of celebrating the holiday season.
Concerts with choirs and orchestras have been the traditional Portuguese Lisbon way of celebrating Christmas as the whole city is filled with music. Visit the district of Belem, shop at Baixa, Chiado, and Bairro Alto, try the gourmands such as the Christmas cake “bolo-rei,” the “rabanadas,” and the “sonhos” or the “bola de berlim”.
3. Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
As the line goes “Luxembourg never sleeps,” expect musical sounds and music from theaters and festivals, traditional parades and big sports events. Every year, the city transforms into a real Christmas city from the Place d’Armes, the Place de la Constitution, and the Place de Paris.
Upon the beginning of the festive holiday season, Luxembourg is coated with small wooden huts selling candles, toys, decorations, delicacies, food and drinks. Witness the cultural programs, village festivals, markets and special events like Schueberfouer, Rock-A-Field, ING Marathon, Nuts Market and the Festival of Wiltz.
2. Prague, Czech Republic
Prague is one of the best cities to celebrate Christmas either with your family or with your special someone. During this season, you can see the place illuminated with lights, shop windows brightly flickering through the night; Christmas trees are donned with beautiful ornaments and the people smiling at each other with glee.
Walk around the historic Nerudova Street in Mala Strana and enjoy the view of the city’s Gothic and Baroque architectural designs. Book an opera or ballet at the State Opera or National Theater and stroll around the Old Town Square and Wenceslas Square. Don’t miss the taste of their traditional Czech delicacy called “Trdelník”.
1. Amsterdam, Netherlands
While you are having a hard time choosing where to go this Christmas, give Amsterdam a try. The city has been one of the most go-to places in Europe. During Christmas, Amsterdam makes the season more exciting for the tourists with their parades, food, and activities.
The city sparkles with colorful lights, fun markets, and great parties, snowy picturesque and festive spirit. Meet and greet the Sinterklaas, stroll around the Christmas Markets, witness the winter festivals and classical concerts, go ice skating, and shopping. Experience and enjoy traditional Christmas in Amsterdam.