It’s that time of year again, where the fairy lights are out, decorations are filling the streets and glitter is getting in places you didn’t even know you had. It’s Christmas. It’s coming and there’s nothing you can do about it. Are you ready to spend another christmas in the 30 degree weather, pretending it’s not sweltering hot so you can enjoy that beautiful turkey mum spent five hours making? No? Need an escape? You should head to one of these destinations to enjoy a real Christmas. A cold Christmas, with Christmas markets, mulled wine and it might even be white.
Best Christmas Destinations in Europe
Amsterdam is known for its debauchery fuelled backpackers and carefree travellers who love to sample the best it has to offer, some of which may be slightly illegal in their home town. However, that is just one side to Amsterdam. Look at this.
This is the kind of white Christmas that was in all of our childhood dreams. Christmas markets filled with ice skating, open fires, festive food and drink, rides and of course, Christmas trees. The best of these Christmas traditions are found at some of Amsterdam’s famous Christmas markets such as Dickens Christmas Market and Kerstmarkt Natuurpark. Ok, now you just need to find somewhere to stay and get there.
There is nothing like walking down the Champs Elysees in Paris at Christmas, as it has transformed into a Christmas wonderland with market stalls lining the street, selling hot mulled wine, cheese, baguettes, croissants, and some of the best and most original Christmas presents you’ll ever find. After spending your time perusing these markets, you can explore the city and all it has to offer. At midnight on christmas eve you could attend the candle lit Notre Dame christmas eve service, even if not for the actual service, but to take in the amazing atmosphere, and to admire the Notre Dame Christmas Tree. If church just isn’t for you, you can always explore the biggest light show of them all, the eiffel tower, which demonstrates a spectacular view of the city from all levels. Take in the window displays at the iconic Galeries Lafayette, and ride one of Paris’s classic carousels. Stay in a gorgeous Parisian Hotel and fly over there in style to make sure your French Christmas is one you’ll never forget.
London is a vast city with a rich history and no language barriers, which celebrates Christmas like no other. In London there are a multitude of Christmas activities to explore over the season, from admiring the Christmas windows at Selfridges, exploring the Christmas markets at South Bank or in Hyde Park, and attending the Carnaby Christmas lights Switch On Party. On top of Christmas being a fantastic time of year to be in London, it is such an effortlessly cool city, which presents endless opportunities, be it your whole family, or just yourself, to escape, explore, discover and stay on your Christmas holiday.