It’s never too late to book a European trip during the festive season, so if you’re still deciding on where to go this Christmas, here’s a short list of places to visit.
Throughout the winter period, Montreux’s lanes are covered in seasonal features creating a magnificent atmosphere you won’t find anywhere else. Holding both a beautiful Christmas market and various events, Montreux is a great spot for tourists wanting to get into the festive spirit.
In 2019 the market runs from 21st November to 24th December with over 160 chalets selling handmade goodies and tasty treats. The smell of mulled wine and fondue cheese fills the air whilst you wander through the streets, the lake creating the perfect backdrop.
Further reasons to visit Montreux is Chillon Castle and the novelty train that makes its way to Santa’s Grotto. Inside the castle, you can see re-enactments of famous, historical stories and listen to medieval music.
The beautiful Italian city Florence manages to get even more stunning during this jolly period. When wandering down the road you’ll find yourself struck in awe at the illuminated lights and enormous Christmas trees. One of the most popular attractions is Brunelleschi’s Dome because throughout the winter you’ll get to see the city’s skyline, dominated by brightly-lit ancient cathedrals.
The Christmas Market in Piazza Santa Croce is also a must when visiting Florence because the wooden huts – inspired by Germany – sell unique items like small furniture, as well as your typical ornaments and snacks. The seasonal decorations don’t just feature in the markets, they spread into the all-year-round shops that showcase fairy lights outdoors and garlands inside.
Dubrovnik may seem an unusual place to spend Christmas, but many people love listening to the traditional carols and looking at the gorgeous decorations here during December. When you walk into the Christmas Fair in the Convent of St. Claire you’ll see choirs singing Croatian carols because it’s an annual tradition for the locals – They may even encourage you to join in with them or dance around them.
Don’t forget to take a stroll down the Stradun in the Old Town during the evening to see that it’s decorated from head to toe in lights, trees and tinsel, bringing it to life. Scattered between the lights and giant baubles are wooden chalets selling mulled wine, sausages and homemade crafts that make for great presents.
Stockholm has something for everyone, whether you’re looking for something traditional or modern. Maybe switch up your typical Christmas dinner for a Swedish version filled with meatballs, casserole and gingerbread, or learn more of the Swedish culture and join in a walking tour. You’ll be taken through the old town to discover their festive history and traditions.
If you’re on the hunt for the more modern side to Stockholm, try to catch the Living Advent Calendar show in Gamla Stan. At 6:15 pm every day in the lead up to Christmas day, an actor, storyteller or singer pops out behind a window to surprise bystanders. Nearby is the Kungsträdgården ice skating rink that’s proven a hit with both locals and tourists, why not try it out?
There’s so much to do whilst in Helsinki at Christmas, you won’t know what to do first. Try out their traditional, seasonal breakfast that entails plum juice, rice and porridge before visiting the Christmas markets in Senate Square that holds 140 different vendors.
Snow usually falls during December and January, so expect to see a layer of white snow on top of the colourful buildings, creating a magical atmosphere – It doesn’t get much better than that.
Walk down the main street, Aleksanterinkatu to see strings of lights zigzag from side to side, lighting up the pathway in front of you. Make your way over to the nearest church to hear carols sung beautifully by choirs, whilst enjoying a warm cup of glögi.
If you would like to book a trip to one of these fantastic European Cities for Christmas this winter, we can tailor-make a winter break to suit you, so call us on 0800 988 3369 or contact us for a personalised quote.