The date is slowly (try: fastly) coming and you got to be prepared for it, right?
Other than Switzerland and Lapland, there are other cities in Europe that are worth seeing during this time… There’s nothing more important these season than countdown the days to Christmas, so here we are today, closer and closer to the big day, presenting you something very special for us. Christmas in Europe is synonym with snow, time-honored traditions, Gothic churches with fabulous choirs, and charming medieval squares brought to life by colorful Christmas markets. Are you curious to see our top 10 of the most Christmassy Cities in Europe? Keep scrolling!
This is one of the smallest countries you will ever see but at the same time one of the most traditional and full of culture. Porto is home to tourists that want to spend the Christmas holiday traveling and keeps being the number one choice for many. In the city center, there’s a big tree that lights up the whole city, themed benches with words like ‘love’, ‘family’, and other related to the Christmas spirit. All the streets are covered in lights in different shapes and forms that are even hard to explain, you just have to see for yourself.
It’s hard to find a city that celebrates Christmas with such grace and elegance like Vienna. The sparkling, elegant Christmas markets, the legendary cafe culture, and the old-world charm on the streets give the city a magical appeal, while its imperial architecture – basked in twinkling lights – makes for a wonderful backdrop for a fun-filled winter break. Another great thing you can do here is to make sure you book a ticket at one of the legendary Christmas concerts which take place in the city’s sumptuous churches during this time of the year. The most famous is Christmas in Vienna by the Vienna Boys Choir at Wiener Konzerthaus, but there’s a wealth of classical performances and chamber music events to choose from.
Prague, Czech Republic
Prague, the Gothic fairytale of Europe, celebrates Christmas with glam and grandeur, its breathtaking architecture providing a truly dramatic backdrop for sipping scented mulled wine and getting lost in the Christmas shopping frenzy. Prague’s Christmas markets are among the most famous in Europe, providing an excellent opportunity to discover the traditions, cultural values, and delicious cuisine of this landlocked Central European country steeped in history. The biggest, oldest, and most impressive is the one set in the Old Town Square, at the foot of the Church of Our Lady before Týn. Nevertheless, those held in Wenceslas Square and Náměstí Míru are equally appealing.
Home to the oldest Christmas market in France, a magnificent Gothic cathedral, and a charming UNESCO-listed Old Town, the quaint Alsatian city near the border with Germany is a fantastic destination for your winter trip. You’ll definitely love the delightful Marchés de Noël set up across Strasbourg’s historical plazas and the elaborate displays that adorn the city’s half-timbered houses each year. The atmosphere comes alive with carol singing, Nativity plays, and glistening ice-skating rinks that you would hardly resist the temptation to jump on. Looks like the best combination for the Christmas season!
Also known as Köln, Cologne is famous for its spectacular cathedral, a Gothic masterpiece that dominates the city in more than one way. From the end of November until New Year’s Eve, the largest city on the Rhine, plays host to no less than 7 Christmas fairs, some of them uniquely themed, others authentic and steeped in tradition. Regarded as some of the best Christmas markets in Germany, these winter attractions scattered all over Cologne are a wonderful opportunity to enter the magical atmosphere of Christmas and get familiar with the customs of this fascinating nation that gave birth to Christmas markets.
During the winter holidays, Wroclaw, Poland’s 4th largest city, seduces visitors with a delightful Christmas market that dates back to the 16th century. The streets are adorned with bright decorations, the Old Town oozes energy and good vibes, and Christmas carols resound in the Rynek, a stunning candy-colored square whose Hungarian, German, and Italian influences evoke the city’s diversity. Wroclaw was named the European Capital of Culture back in 2016, so expect to discover a city full of history and events, with a youthful vibe, unique architecture, and an impressive cultural life.
With a UNESCO-protected medieval Old Town that seems straight out of the pages of a children’s storybook, Tallinn is delightful throughout the year, but it is winter that gives it a unique character. Tallinn’s Christmas Market is one of Europe’s most enchanting and authentic, a delightfully nostalgic cluster of lantern-draped stalls selling everything from woolly hats and hand-carved wooden ornaments to hearty Estonian food and drink. This place is on our top because it represents one of the prettiest and most magical places you will ever see!
Christmas finds Copenhagen brimming with shining lights, festive spirit, and hyggelige cafés, where inventive design and legendary Danish coziness blend harmoniously to make your experience unique. Complement your Christmas in Copenhagen with a stroll along the beautifully decorated waterfront district of Nyhavn, visit the quirky Christiania Christmas Market, or take part in the Royal Copenhagen’s Christmas table tradition – a 50-year-old event featuring six designer Christmas tables, each with its own story and significance.
Dazzling street illuminations, fabulous window displays, and tons of festive fun make London one of the best Christmas cities in Europe. It really couldn’t be otherwise! As the setting of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, the capital is brimming with stunning skating rinks, Victorian-themed events, and magical carol concerts that will melt any Grinch’s heart. If Christmas shopping in London is your priority, you will be spoiled for choice in the city’s wonderfully creative fairs. The charming Christmas Market at Tate Modern is overflowing with handmade wooden toys, festooned gingerbread, and beautiful traditional decorations, while Hyper Japan at Tobacco Dock makes an excellent spot to buy unique, exotic gifts, feast on sushi and sake, and take part in all sorts of interesting workshops.
Last but not the least, you’ll be hard pressed to find a more adorable city in Europe than Bruges, with its fairytale-like canals, buildings that look like they’ve been made of gingerbread, and elegant horse-drawn carriages that clip-clop down the medieval cobblestone streets. December is also the month of Bruges’ Ice Sculpture Festival – one of Europe’s best winter events, which takes place each year in the square in front of the city’s train station and features marvelous works by international artists. Another great city worth your visit during the best month of the year!
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