Top European Christmas Destinations to Visit 

Rathausplatz Christmas Market, Viena

Rathausplatz Christmas Market, Viena

Viena, Austria

One of the best-known and most popular Christmas markets in Europe is located in Vienna’s Rathausplatz, the large square in front of the Town Hall. Here, 140 wooden stalls sell a variety of handcrafts and foods from mid-November until New Year’s Eve.
While the market remains open, the nearby park is transformed into a wonderland with themed lights hanging from trees and the air is filled with the spicy scent of mulled wine, all helping to bring Christmas alive.

 

 

Copenhagen, Denmark 

Christmas in Copenhagen is nothing short of enchanting, especially in Tivoli Gardens. Tivoli Gardens is the second oldest amusement park in the world, originally opening on the 15th of August in 1843. It is a popular attraction throughout the year, drawing well over four million visitors annually. But you haven’t experienced Tivoli until you have visited for Christmas.

 

 

 

Paris - Christmas

Paris - Christmas

Paris, France

The Eiffel Tower, the Champs Elysee, all the wonderful sights of Paris, are worth visitng year round. But at Christmas there is so much more. Continental markets offering the most tempting delicacies, beautiful lights, charming carollers. Romantic and cosmopolitan, Paris is a top spot to spend your holiday.

 

 

 

St Peter's Square in Vatican City on Christmas Eve

St Peter's Square in Vatican City on Christmas Eve

Rome, Italy

As the city where the tradition of celebrating Christmas was born, a visit to Rome at this time of year is always an enchanting experience. The spectacular Piazza Navona plays host to a large market while the Piazza del Popolo is home to an exhibit featuring 100 beautifully crafted Nativity scenes. For many, the highlight of any trip is attending midnight mass at St Peter’s Square in Vatican City on Christmas Eve, a truly unforgettable experience.  Holy Father Benedict XVI will preside over two Christmas masses. The first will take place at midnight on Christmas Eve, December 24th. The second will take place on Christmas day, December 25th, at noon.

 

Lapland, Finland

Lapland, Finland

Lapland, Finland

Located in the far north of Scandinavia, Lapland delivers a truly magical and unique Christmas experience in stunning picture-postcard setting.With acres of pristine snow, herds of reindeer, teams of eager huskies, sleigh bells and, of course, Saint Nicholas himself, Lapland is a delight for children of all ages. Though temperatures are likely to be below freezing, you can be sure of a warm welcome, along with a hot mug of cider.



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