Christmas in Europe
Christmas is just around the corner and all the cities have put on their festive clothes and are ready to welcome this great festive day. Many choose to spend Christmas days at home, in the company of family and friends, while others are considering taking a trip abroad.
If you are looking forward to decorated neighborhoods, shimmering lights from afar, the smell of sweets and a strong Christmas element, below you will find 5 beautiful European destinations for the festive days.
They do not accidentally call it the capital of Christmas. Strasbourg has one of the largest open–air markets, more reminiscent of a Christmas village. This small French gem, anointed on the west bank of the Rhine, is considered a “top” festive destination that dazzles its visitors thanks to the symbol of the city, the impressive Gothic Cathedral and the charming old town known as “petite France“ (little France) listed in the UNESCO World Heritage List. During your visit do not forget to try the Bredle, a small traditional and different cake.
In the icy north of Europe lies the village of Santa Claus. Lapland is waiting for you for a fairytale Christmas trip. A destination that delights young and old, it is undoubtedly an unforgettable experience that one deserves to live in his life. With its spectacular icy landscapes, glittering trees, there is no doubt that Rovaniemi is one of the best European cities for Christmas in Europe. It is worth mentioning that in Rovaniemi visitors can find a variety of museums and an even greater choice of winter activities – snowmobile safaris and excursions to enjoy the northern lights up close!
The most adorable Christmas city in Europe is undoubtedly Bruges, with its picturesque canals, medieval buildings and cobbled streets. At Christmas time, the main square, Grote Markt, is decorated and transformed into a magical square. The wonderful ice rinks, the small shops with souvenir and festive ornaments are all decorated and waiting to welcome their visitors. The Bruges ice sculpture festival – one of Europe‘s best winter events, which takes place every December in the square and hosts works by international artists.
With half a million lights and ornaments in the city for Christmas, the atmosphere in Copenhagen is absolutely festive. Skating on the iced lake, hot cafes, stalls with traditional products and Christmas decorations as well as a walk in the seaside district of Nyhavn will make you love this city. it‘s an inevitable experience. The Danish aesthetic, however, comes alive as much as in the world–famous Tivoli Gardens.
Dazzling street lighting and stunning storefronts make London one of the best cities to spend Christmas in Europe. The capital of Britain welcomes its visitors, with glamorous ice rinks, events with Victorian character and magical concerts that delight young and old alike. Of course, for those of you who shop in Christmas London are high on your list, at the enchanting Christmas Market at Tate Modern you will find everything you are looking for. If you love design, at Pavilion Ecology in the Mile End area, over 50 artists display handmade creations.