Despite Christmas fast approaching us, with work and the stress of planning Christmas dinner and buying presents for your loved ones, it can be hard to simply enjoy the run up to the 25th December and let yourself get caught up in festive cheer (sans rushing around the shops). And while we were promised a white Christmas, snow seems to be deliberately avoiding us. What’s the answer? A festive Christmas getaway! Grab your woollies, pack your passport and renew your EHIC– a super-festive European destination awaits you!
There are countless European cities awaiting you with arms wide open and mulled wine brewing. We have brought together a collection of the finest and most festive destinations to visit to get you into that jolly, Christmassy feeling you could muster up so easily when being young and expectant for a visit from Santa on Christmas morning. For memories of a lifetime and a chance to pick up some unique presents for friends and family along the way, why not arrange a last minute trip to Europe?
Germany is one of the most well-known destinations for Christmas markets and the town of Leipzig offers you the chance to visit them and then some. Leipzig is a cultural hub and offers great architecture and shopping as well as being great for families. It’s Christmas market consists of 250 stalls offering you handmade gifts for your loved ones and some of the best grub you can find; gingerbread, reindeer sausage, fresh salmon and hot pretzels.
Prague, Czech Republic
A winter wonderland scene descends on the streets of Prague in December and runs through to January. You will feel time stands still in this beautifully charming and affordable city. It’s a great choice of destination for romantic wintry boat tours and twinkling tree photos.
Winter sports are not the only thing Austria has on offer. Salzburg natives highly prize their old customs and traditions, so it’s a fabulous place to visit if you’re looking for quirky festive fun.
Isn’t it every child’s dream to visit Santa in Lapland? The official hometown of Santa is in Rovaniemi, Lapland and it’s certainly as magical for kids as it is adults. If you want to be adventurous, why not try spending the night in an igloo hotel or try fly-fishing. You can also try husky safari or go on a reindeer sleigh ride-some lucky visitors also get to see the northern light to boot!
For those dreaming of a white Christmas, Krakow will be your best bet! Filled with culture and fascinating festive traditions, you will be sure to leave merry as anything.
Copenhagen is a great option for festive fun if the way to your finding your inner joy is through your stomach- their Danish hot chocolate is to die for and there are countless foodie treats to sample while you’re there. Kids will love Tivoli’s ‘Land of Elves’ and everyone will enjoy Aebleskiver, which are pancake balls filled with applesauce and traditionally served during Advent.