Best European Countries to Spend Christmas

The first thing that comes to our minds when we think of Christmas is perhaps pure joy and happiness. Christmas is simply about time spent with family in a peaceful environment. Now that Christmas is around the corner, the time has come to plan your holiday getaway. There is no Christmas like spending an unforgettable time in Europe. Here are some of our favorite destinations to experience the true spirit of Christmas this year in Europe’s prettiest towns.

Geneva, Switzerland

Celebrate Christmas in the majestic mountains of Switzerland.  Enjoy walking around the charming suburbs, old Christmas markets, and the fascinating art galleries of Geneva. If you are dreaming of a white Christmas, the city during winter is always covered with fresh layered snow. Moreover, Switzerland, the land of the Alps, is the perfect destination for ski lovers. If you admire a white Christmas, the land of Alps is calling you this season!

Rovaniemi, Finland

Finland is probably the most exciting destination to celebrate Christmas. Why? Because it is the home of Santa Claus.  Plan your holiday and Celebrate a true Northern Christmas this year in Santa’s village. Walk around the city and enjoy the beautiful ice sculptures located in the Christmas market. If you enjoy winter activities, Rovaniemi offers exciting activities including reindeer and husky rides, snowmobile safaris, and majestic northern light tours.

Amsterdam, Netherlands

Christmas in Amsterdam is the most wonderful time of the year. The iconic Amsterdam Museum Square is transformed into a magical winter wonderland. From the end of November until the end of January, you can find the streets of Amsterdam garnished with beautiful festive decorations.  If you enjoy ice skating, the city’s pond becomes a popular ice rink for skate lovers.  Moreover, you can also enjoy having a lovely experience on a boat cruise in the famous canals.  Also, do not forget to attend the grand fireworks on New Year’s Eve. It’s breathtaking!

Strasbourg, France

Strasbourg a fascinating UNESCO listed Town has one of the oldest Christmas markets in Europe dating back to 1570. The city is known to be the birthplace of Christmas celebrations. Feel the true holiday spirit by walking around the 300 wooden chalets decorated with bright lights and tree ornaments. Moreover, treat yourself with traditional Alsatian delights, roasted chestnuts, and mulled wine when touring around the magnificent market.  This year, a wonderful festive season is awaiting you in the heart of Strasbourg’s Christmas Market.

Tallinn, Estonia

Witness a real winter fairyland during Christmas season in this glorious city of Tallinn. There is nothing more beautiful than walking around the snowy streets of Tallinn at the annual Christmas Market.  Explore the Town Hall Square and attend their special winter programs to experience the true Christmas spirit of an Estonian Christmas. Moreover, the city of Tallinn is home to many medieval churches. On Christmas Eve, attend a peaceful midnight Christmas mass in one of the medieval churches in Tallinn.

Madeira, Portugal

Madeira, a Portuguese island, has a lot to offer in the Christmas season! For warm weather lovers, Madeira Island is the perfect destination to enjoy the warm breeze in winter. The streets of this beautiful island in December is filled with decorative lights and Christmas vibes. If you enjoy listening to Christmas Carols, head over to downtown and witness traditional Christmas Carol shows and live performance by local music bands. Last but not least don’t forget to saunter around the Christmas market and buy all the necessary goods for this special season.

Valencia, Spain

Experience the vibrant Valencian Christmas this year in Spain’s 3rd largest city. Visit Valencia and enjoy the festivities to the fullest. Add some sparkle to your trip and spend time at the Plaza De La Reina where the annual Christmas market takes place. Moreover, you can also head over to the City of Arts to enjoy all sorts of seasonal festivities including live musical performances, nativity scenes, and wonderful fireworks. Valencia is the best destination to feel both modern and medieval vibes during Christmas.

Brussels, Belgium

Spend a magical and a merry Christmas holiday this year in the majestic city of Brussels! The city of Brussels has one of the largest Christmas markets in Europe. During holiday seasons, the major attractions are the fairgrounds, the big Christmas tree in the middle of the Grand Palace, and the live Christmas carol shows. When you pass by the Christmas market, don’t forget to treat yourself with their delicious hot chocolate. And of course, wait until midnight to enjoy the astonishing fireworks at New Year’s Eve!

Prague, Czech Republic 

Prague, the city of Gothic architecture, shines brighter than ever in Christmas! If you want to experience a magical Christmassy feeling, then you should definitely add Prague to your wish list. A walk around Prague in Christmas will certainly leave you breathless. So stroll around and explore the city’s Christmas lights combined with the gothic medieval architecture. Meanwhile, if you enjoy peaceful music, book a concert ticket at the Clam- Gallas Palace and enjoy listening to Christmas carols and other acoustic music.

 

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