Christmas and travelling – what a perfect way to spend this holiday season. After all this is the best time all year to take a trip. The snow white landscapes, the Christmas markets, the local festivities, and of course meeting a new destination are some of the reasons why we should take a trip in holiday season. So, take a fun-filled break and pick one of these best towns to celebrate Christmas. These destinations offer the chance for one of the most unforgettable holidays of a lifetime.
Prague, the Gothic fairytale of Europe offers various splendids Christmas markets – the one set in the Old Town Square is the biggest, oldest, and most impressive, but those held in Wenceslas Square and Namesti Miru are equally appealing.
Meet Helen, a tiny, fake Bavarian town in the Appalachians. Visitors come to town in December to view the wreaths and artist-decorated holiday trees on auction at the Festival of Trees and to participate in the Kinderfest, the Christkindlmarkt, and tree lighting in tiny downtown Helen.
Bruges becomes one of the most beautiful cities in the world during winter, with its center transformed into a Christmas parade, partially sliding on its large ice rink. Enjoy it with a mug of hot cocoa in this chocolate lover’s paradise.
In Jackson, visitors are almost always guaranteed of a “white Christmas”. The town is wrapped in strings of dazzling lights to illuminate the nights with a festive glow.
Strasbourg offers one of the oldest and largest Christmas markets in France, with a wonderful setting in front of Strasbourg Cathedral. At the Village of Alsace Farmhouse, visitors can taste prune, apricot and other holiday-inspired variations of farm-fresh foie gras.
Fancy na old-fashioned Christmas? Vienna is the right place for you. The smell of gluhwein in the air, twinkling holiday decorations covering imperial architecture and three outdoor Christkindlmarkts promise to delight visitors.
Enter in the Bavarian town of Coburg, a treasure trove of half-timbered houses, medieval alleyways, and Christmas magic.
The entire city radiates a special kind of atmosphere with its Christmas markets and tasteful decorations. Don´t miss the the world-famous Tivoli Gardens. Each year, the second oldest amusement park on the planet is transformed into a winter wonderland with spectacular Christmas lights displays, exciting rides, and sweet little stalls selling all kinds of gifts and traditional goods.
There’s no doubt, Rovaniemi is the most christmassy place on Earth. Ask Santa Claus, he lives only 8 km away. Be enchanted by otherworldly frosty landscape, brightly lit Christmas trees, and elaborate ice sculptures.
Bathed by the waters of the Lake Achensee, makes for a truly outstanding holiday getaway. You will find traditional crafts and freshly made waffles in the town center, alongside the Pertisau Parish Church. You can also hike and explore the nature in the Karwendel Alpine Park.
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