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THE 10 VERY BEST PLACES TO HAVE THE BEST CHRISTMAS IN EUROPE

Dramatic events in 2020 stole many of our plans in 2020.

But, let’s plan idyllic Christmastime full of glittering Christmas lights, cheerful sounds of Christmas carols, and the seductive smells of festive treats.

Why? Because we deserve to have the best Christmas more than ever!

Europe is a well-known Christmas destination for the amazing Christmas markets and exceptional Christmas celebrations.

Here are the 10 best Christmas destinations in Europe with the best European Christmas markets.

This year, most of the European Christmas markets will be held from 28 November 2020 to 6 January 2021.

Vienna is one of the best places to have the best Christmas in Europe
Christmastime in Vienna in Austria © World Travel Connector

1. VIENNA

Vienna is of the best places to spend Christmas in Europe
Belvedere Palace in Vienna in Christmastime at night
Vienna is one of the best places to  have the best Christmas in Europe
Vienna in Christmas time

Hardly any place in Europe can compare to royal Vienna in Christmastime.

Austrian Vienna in Christmastime looks like a giant imperial ballroom with thousands of crystals and giant chandeliers, scented candles, and festive sounds of Christmas carols, and romantic ice skating rinks.

Vienna is one of the best places to spend best Christmas in Europe
Christmas train in the snow in Vienna

The best Vienna Christmas markets are the glorious Christkindlmarkt on the Rathausplatz with about 150 Christmas stalls, the Christmas market at Maria-Theresien Platz between the Natural History and Art History Museums, the Christmas market in Karlplaz square in front of Karlskirche church, the picturesque Belvedere Christmas market with an art exhibition, loved by locals Altes Akh Christmas Market, Stephansplatz Christmas market in the Stephansplatz square in front of the Vienna Cathedral, arty Am Hof Christmas market, and Freyung Christmas market with organic farmers products.

Vienna Christmas market is one of the best Christmas markets in Europe
I in Vienna in Advent time
Vienna is one of the best places in Europe for Christmas
I in Vienna in Christmas time PS: Christmas Punch mugs you can buy at Christmas Market stalls in Vienna and take them as souvenirs from Vienna

To have the best of Chrismas in Vienna, don’t forget to have a mug or two of comforting Weihnachtspunsch – the traditional Austrian Christmas punch, to nibble roast chestnuts at ‘Maronistand‘- the chestnut street stall,  have Käsekrainer or Bratwurst sausages, enjoy Weihnachtskekse – Austrian Christmas biscuits, buy Christstollen – Austrian Christmas fruit bread, or Lebkuchen – an Austrian version of gingerbread, attend Advent concerts in December and enjoy ‘Strauss and Mozart‘ Christmas performances, explore the city by a hop-on-hop-off bus, or have a 30 min Fiaker ride in the Old Town of Vienna, and have Vienna style coffee in one of the famous Viennese cafes.

Austrian Christstollen cake is a must have in Vienna for the best Christmas in Europe
Traditional Christstollen in Vienna

Get your Vienna Pass and I promise you, you will cherish sweet memories of Christmas in Vienna for the rest of your life.

If you are short with time or feel more comfortable exploring Vienna Christmas markets with a tour, consider joining a 2 hour Christmas markets guided tour.

The peak of Advent in Vienna is on Heiligenabend – the Christmas Eve.

Vienna Christmas markets 2020 dates: 14 November – 23 December 2020.

Nearest airport: Vienna (VIE)

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2. PRAGUE

Prague is one of the best places to spend Christmas in Europe
Prague in Christmastime: Christmas tree at the Old Town Square in Prague

Prague in Christmastime looks like a genuine medieval fairytale.

If you like a mix of the Middle Ages and festive Christmas vibes, most certainly you will love Christmas in Prague.

It is hard to beat the Christmas magic of charming Prague’s medieval squares, fairytale-like Prague Castle, and marvelous Prague’s Gothic churches in Christmas time.

Christmas markets in Prague are held on Old Town Square and Wenceslas Square with the Nativity scenes of Bethlehem with stables and figures of Mary, Joseph, baby Jesus, and the Three Kings, sheep, donkeys, and goats. The Christmas markets are located within 5 min walking distance from each other. The best photos of Prague Christmas Markets are from the Observation Bridge. Tour Prague’s Christmas markets with a local guide to get local insights into hidden gems of Prague Christmas Markets.

If you like classical music head to Prague’s Gothic churches to listen to some of the most amazing Advent concerts. Or enjoy Christmas Concert at Prague Castle.

To enjoy Christmas in Prague at the most, sample some traditional Czech foods. If you prefer hearty food in cold winter Christmas days, buy flavorsome klobása sausage on a Christmas timber stall, minced párek sausage or utopenec – the Czech pickled sausage with red pepper and onion, pražská šunka – large hams roasted on spits, langoš – Czech flatbread topped with garlic, cheese, and ketchup.

Or, head to Prague Christmas stalls or to some of cozy pubs in Prague and treat yourself with some first-class Czech beer like Staropramen, Budvar, and Pilsner Urquell. Also don’t forget to try famous Bohemian cinnamon punch,  medovina – Czech warm honey liquor, svařák – mulled wine, and grog – a mixture of rum, water, lemon, and sugar.

If you have a sweet tooth go for trdelník – a cinnamon-flavored walnut traditional Czech pastry, perníčky – handmade Czech gingerbread, sladké knedlíky – Czech sweet dumplings, or palačinky – Czech pancakes.

Prague is one of top places to spend the best Christmas in Europe
Sweet Trdelnik pastry in Prague

Most likely you will want to buy some Christmas holiday ornaments from your trip to Prague. The best Christmas souvenirs from Prague and Christmas gifts you can buy are wooden Christmas toys, puppets, and dolls dressed in traditional Czech costumes.

Get your Prague City Card and save your time and money in Prague.

Prague Christmas markets dates: From 28th Nov 2020 to 6th January 2021.

Nearest airport: Prague (PRG)

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3. PARIS

Paris is one of the best places to spend Christmas in Europe
Galeries Lafayette in Paris in Christmastime
Paris is one of the best places to spend Christmas in Europe
Christmas decoration in Galeries Lafayette in Paris

Paris is always a good idea. Especially in Christmastime.

The City of Light’ or ‘La Ville-Lumière‘ is decorated with spectacular festive lights in Christmastime. The joy and grace of Christmas lights on Champs Elysées, Eiffel Tower, Versailles, and the Louvre are unparalleled.

Imagine Paris at Christmas and think of chestnuts and champagne, foie gras, truffles, Britanny oysters, top French wines, delicious French pastry and French chocolate, croissants, French macarons …

Imagine strolling Parisian boulangeries, chocolatiers, fromageries, patisseries, skating at patinoires – the festive skating rinks in front of the Eiffel Tower, or Grand Palais, Champs Elysées, Trocadero, Christmas Village, Jardin d’Acclimation, Paris Zoo, or Bois de Vincennes. Or skating at Le Grand Palais des Glaces with the iconic glass roof with the biggest skating rink in France.

Visiting Parisienne fromageries in one of the best things to do for the best Christmas in Europe
A fromagerie in Paris

Imagine warming yourself with chocolat chaud — French hot chocolate in chilly Paris in Advent days, having a romantic Christmas dinner on Sienna cruise, or dining a traditional French five-course Christmas meal and sipping French champagne while watching a spectacular cabaret performance at the famous Moulin Rouge.

Can anyone say no to Paris in Christmastime? Hm, I don’t think so.

To chase some more festive moments in Paris, attend traditional midnight Mass at Notre Dame Cathedral (sadly, not to be held in 2020), Christmas mess in Église Saint Germain des Prés church, or Christmas Eve organ concert at 10:00 PM and an 11:00 PM vigil and Midnight Mass in Sacre Coeur Basilica in Montmartre.

The best Christmas markets in Paris to visit, called Marchés de Noël, are Notre Dame Christmas Market in front of the Notre Dame church with a giant Christmas tree, Christmas Market at Hotel de Ville in front of Paris city hall, Saint-Sulpice Christmas market, Saint-Germain-des-Prés Christmarket, Trocadero Christmas market, Place de la Concorde Christmas market, Jardin des Tuileries Christmas market, and Eiffel Tower Christmas market.

Needless to say, touring Louvre, Pompidou Centre, Musee d’Orsay, or Versailles is always a good idea in Paris. Take your Paris Museum Pass and visit famous Parisen museums with ease, saving your time and money.

Paris Christmas markets dates 2020: 15 November 2020 – 5 January 2021

Nearest airport: Paris Charles de Gaulle (CDG), Paris Orly (ORY), Paris Beauvais (BVA)

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3. ROME

Rome is one of the best places to spend Christmas in Europe
Vatican at night
Rome is one of the best places to spend Christmas in Europe
Christmas decorated Rome

The Eternal City always feels festive. But in Christmastime Vatican and Rome are some of the top places to spend Christmas in Europe.

If you prefer romantic and religious Christmas vibes, then there is no other place like Rome in Christmastime.

Spectacular Christmas trees in Rome are set in Saint Peter’s Square, Piazza Venezia square, in front of the Colosseum and the Spanish Steps.

If you are into a religious Christmas mood, head to the Vatican for Christmas Eve Mass. Book a seat inside of the Basilica and watch the Pope. Or watch the mass on large screens in St Peter’s Square. On Christmas Day, listen to Pope’s Urbi et Orbi speech and get a blessing at St. Peter’s Square.

Another option for attending the Christmas mess in Rome is Santa Maria Maggiore church, the oldest church in Rome. Santa Maria Maggiore church also holds the oldest Nativity Scene in Italy. But if you love Gregorian chants, attend Christmas Eve Mass celebrated at the Pantheon with the magnificent Gregorian chanting.

Rome is one of the best places to spend Christmas in Europe
My friend Ana and I on the Capitoline Hill in Rome

Don’t forget to visit the Church of Saints Cosma and Damiano with stuning Nativity scene, or attend some of the unforgettable Christmas concerts of classic music in Santa Maria ai Monti church, Chiesa di Sant’Antonio dei Portoghesi, and Sant’Ignazio church.

Although you can buy some roasted chestnuts at street vendors, Rome is more about fine dining than street food.

Romans have a tradition of eating out on Christmas Day. So, it gets busy at Roman restaurants on Christmas Day. So keep in mind to book your place in a restaurant in advance.

Traditional Roman Christmas Eve dinner is about fish. So do like Romans do, and have la vigilia – traditional Christmas Eve seven-dish seafood, grilled eel, or baccala – salted cod. Or go for cotechino e lenticchie – a pork rind sausage made with spices and lentils on the side as a meal for good luck in the upcoming year.

Do like Romans do and have traditional Italian tortellini soup for Christmas day lunch. Or enjoy some delicious traditional Italian dishes like lasagne alla bolognese with meat ragù, or creamy béchamel sauce, and fresh pasta. For dessert try panettone or pan d’oro – sweet Christmas bread with raisins, lemon zest, and candied orange that goes well with sweet Moscato wine.

Panettone is a traditional Italian Christmas cake and a must have in Italy in Christmastime for the best Christmas in Europe
Traditional panettone in Italy

When in Rome buy torrone – honey and sugar nougat in Trastevere, taste pangiallo – a mix of dried fruit, orange peels and honey, or some delicious artisan Roman chocolate. Have a cup of classic espresso coffee with pandoro and biscotti, get some unique handmade Christmas ornaments at Sempre Natale shop near Piazza Navona, or some designer decorations in Maria Luisa Rocchi Flowers store at Piazza Euclid, or exclusively distributed in Italy Christmas decoration in Mr. Christmas at Galleria Alberto Sordi. 

Check some of the amazing Rome Christmas Markets: Via del Corso Christmas market, Piazza Navona Christmas market with a traditional visit of Babbo Natale to kids, Campo de’ Fiori Christmas market, Mercato Monti Christmas market, vintage Wave Market at Lanificio Christmas market. To have the most of Rome at Christmas, consider taking a 3-hour Christmas tour with a local guide in Rome.

To make it short, Rome is hardly resistible in Christmastime.

To save your money and time, don’t forget to get your Vatican & Rome City Pass with Free Transportation.

Rome Christmas Markets dates 2020: 15 November 2020 – 5 January 2021

Nearest airport: Rome Fiumicino (FCO), Rome Ciampino (CIA)

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4. LONDON

London in one of the best places to spend Christmas in Europe
London in Christmastime

‘When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life’ said Samuel Johnson once.

And a man could never get tired of London in Christmastime.

Christmas in London goes for Christmas shopping in London, prestigious Regent Street with more than 300.000 Christmas lights, posh Bond Street with extravagant Christmas lights, awesome London Christmas markets, exciting Christmas events, Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland, top-notch ice-skating rinks, Hogwarts in the Snow at Warner Bros Studio in London, striking Oxford Street Christmas lights, wonderful Christmas chandeliers at Covent Garden …

But Christmas in London also means nibbling roasted chestnut along the South Bank, getting hot mulled English cider at Borough Market, or ‘a few proper’ pints in cozy London’s pubs, and equally tempting fancy cocktails in London rooftop bars.

London is one of the top places for best  Christmas in Europe
London at Christmas

There are so many festive things to do in London in Christmastime.

Some of the most fun things to od in London in Christmastime is to skate on the ice rink next to the Tower of London, or on the amazing rink in the 18th-century courtyard of Somerset House, or on stunning Skylight’s rooftop ice rink.

A visitor to London at Christmas time can not resist admiring the Christmas trees at Trafalgar Square and at Windsor Castle.

Some of the best things to do in London during Christmastime is to appreciate Nutcracker by the English National Ballet, to listen to traditional Christmas carols at St Paul Catedral or at Royal Albert Hall., to shop at Selfridges, Fortnum & Mason, to check out famous shops in Oxford Street, Bond Street, and Regent Street, and have fun watching a magnificent performance of brilliant acrobats, trapeze artists, and contortionists at Circus 1903.

If you are a first time visitor to London, then the Original London Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Bus Tour is a must. You will save your time, money, and energy in London. In short, your pocket and your feet will be thankful to you.

The best London Christmas markets are Southbank Centre’s Winter Market, Greenwich Market. with antiques, Westfield London’s Christmas market,  Christmas by the River at London Bridge City, and Kingston’s Christmas market. To see the best of the markets, consider taking a London Christmas Lights and Markets Tour with a Local.

London might be an expensive city. But with the London Pass with Access to over 80 Attractions, it is much cheaper.

London Christmas markets dates 2020: 23 November 2020 – 6 January 2021

Nearest airport: London Heathrow (LHR), London Gatwick (LGW), London Stansted (STN), London Luton (LTN), London Southend (SEN), London City (LCY)

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5. SANKT PETERSBURG

St Petersburg is one of the best places to spend Christmas in Europe
St Petersburg in Christmastime
St Petersburg is one of the best places to spend Christmas in Europe
Sankt Petersburg in Russia

Russians are traditionally Orthodox Christians. So, Christmas in St Petersburg is celebrated in early January in line with the Julian calendar, not on the 25 December.

But, most of the St Peterburg Chrismas markets imitate typical western European markets. And the Christmas celebration season goes from mid-December to mid-January like in Western Europe.

If you would like Russian novels-like Christmas, head to St Peterburg.

Christmas in St Petersburg comes with snowy fairytale landscapes, marvelous architecture, frozen canals, steamy banyas, lots of vodka, and lots of food.

St Isaac’s Cathedral in St Petersburg is the largest Orthodox cathedral in the world and a must-see in St Petersburg, especially in the Christmastime.

Some of the most amazing things to do in St Petersburg in Christmastime are: attend the annual International Winter Festival, explore the remarkable art collection of the Hermitage Museum with Skip-the-Line Admission, watch Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker or Swan Lake in St Petersburg’s Mariinsky Theatre. Explore some of St Petersburg’s best shops, restaurants, and architecture in Nevsky Prospect, do some unforgettable ice skating in the arty New Holland district or family-loved Krestovsky Islan, head to the 18th century Rococo Catherine Palace which is even more lavish than Versailles.  And of course, have an unmissable troika ride – a traditional Russian carriage ride pulled by three horses – around Pavlovsk Park while admiring neoclassical Pavlovsk Palace in snowy but Christmas glittering St Peterburg. And have a romantic boat trip on the Neva River at night.

Swan Lake ballet

Chilly St Petersburg’s Christmas days ask for Russian comfort food and beverages. Like I said, Russians celebrate Christmas with lots of food and lots of vodka. Therefore, try some traditional Russian Christmas dishes like stuffed pig’s head, roast pork, and goose, kholodets – Russian meat aspic, pirozhki – Russian fruit or beef dumplings, and pelmeni – Russian meat dumplings, Russian fruit pies, gingerbread, and pryaniki – honey bread cookies (typical Russian Chrismas dessert). And have glintvein – Russian mulled vine.

Have glintvein, the Russian mulled wine in St Petersburg and have the best  Christmas in Europe
Mulled wine in Christmas time

Some of the best St Petersburg Christmas markets are: on Moskovskaya Square, Pionerskaya Square, and in front of the Romanov family’s Gatchina Palace.

To visit the Church of the Savior on Blood, St. Isaac’s Cathedral, Peter and Paul Fortress, and Hermitage Museum time-wise and money-wise, consider taking St. Petersburg All-Inclusive 8-Hour City Tour.

St Peterburg Christmasmarket 2020 dates:

Nearest airport: St Petersburg Pulkovo (LED)

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6. STRASBOURG

Strasbourg in France is one of the best places to spend Christmas in Europe
Dreamlike Strasbourg at night

Alsace is a French Christmas fairy-tale region. And Strasburg is a fairytale itself.

If you would like a Christmas in Europe with a French rustic charm, head to Strasbourg.

The Alsatian capital with magnificent wooden chalets and rustic charm is an utterly magical place to spend Christmas in Europe. Strasbourg’s Neustadt (New Town) with the Palais du Rhin, the National Theatre of Strasbourg, Place de la République, defensive bridges, and towers of Ponts Couverts along the River Ill, Barrage Vauban, and the Place Kleber are UNESCO Heritage sites. Therefore, take a boat tour and enjoy the sights of Strasbourg in Christmastime.

Strasbourg in France is one of the best places to spend Christmas in Europe
Strasbourg in France in Christmas time

The Strasburg Christmas market is the oldest Christmas market in Europe. So, if you want to see the oldest Christmas market in Europe, buy a ticket to Strasbourg.

The tradition of Strasbourg Christkindmarkt around the Cathedral Notre Dame de Strasbourg dates back to the 13 century. The Strasbourg Christkindmarkt comes with an adorable Nativity scene (called crèche or crib) with figures of Mary, Joseph, and the infant Jesus.

In fact, the tradition of the Christmas tree comes from the town of Sélestat near Strasbourg. The first Christmas tree appeared for the first time in history in Sélestat in 1521.

To have an amazing Christmastime in Strasbourg visit the 13th century Strasbourg Cathedral, enjoy the sights of French Baroque-Rococo Palais des Rohan, buy some pretty Christmas decorations, soak up the Christmas atmosphere at Galeries Lafayette Strasbourg, see the Great Christmas Tree on Place Kléber (the main square of Strasburg), admire postcard-perfect authentic timbered buildings of La Petite France ( also known as Tanner’s Quarters) from the 1500s and 1600s, and explore Alsatian Christmas markets, including Colmar, in a 7-Hour Strasbourg Christmas Guided Tour.

Take a tour on river Barrage Vauban and during the tour, you can admire breathtaking the Neustadt imperial quarter, Ponts Couverts, Petite France, and the modern European institutions.

To make the most of your Christmas in Strasbourg, try some traditional Alsatian specialties in one of the picturesque restaurants in La Petite France.  Go for choucroute garnie – the famous Alsatian sauerkraut with sausages, salted meats, and potatoes, baeckeoffe – the Alsatian Christmas casserole dish with potatoes, onions, pork mutton, and beef previously marinated in Alsatian white wine with juniper berries. While in Strasbourg, enjoy the sweet and salted pretzels, marzipan buns, sweet (with dried fruit) or savory (with pieces of bacon) kugelhopfs, cinnamon cakes. All gourmands rave about Strasbourg: 2-Hour Gourmet Walking Tour. Don’t miss it out!

The best money saver is Strasbourg 3-Day City Pass: Boat Tour, Museums & More!

Strasbourg Christmas Markets 2020 dates: 20 November – 30 December 2020

Nearest airport: Strasbourg (SXB)

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7. BUDAPEST

Budapest is one of the best places to spend Christmas in Europe
Hungarian Parliament in Budapest at night
Budapest is one of the best places to spend Christmas in Europe
Budapest in Hungary in Christmastime
Budapest is one of the best places to spend Christmas in Europe
Budapest in Christmastime at night

Budapest is one of the top European destinations to celebrate Christmas.

Just think of the spectacular Danube river and arresting Budapest bridges, awe-inspiring Buda and Pesta architecture, warm thermal spas, romantic ice skating, rides in Budapest Christmas train, Christmas organ concerts in the impressive St Stephen’s Basilica … and it gets easy to understand why Budapest is listed as one of the best European cities for Christmas.

Some of the awesome things to do in Budapest in Christmastime: visit Budapesta Christmas markets, experience an outdoor hot thermal bath/spa in the snow (the Gellért thermal bath or the Széchenyi thermal bath. Check ut Skip the Line: Széchenyi Spa Full Day Package), cruise down the Danube and have candlelight dinner on the cruise, enjoy the views of Pesta from Fishermans Bastion and visit the Buda Castle , enjoy in Christmas concerts in Budapest, listen to Christmas organ concerts in St Stephen’s Basilica in Budapest, have a ride in the Christmas Tram of Budapest that runs along the river Danube, watch Nutcracker Ballet at Budapest Opera House, do some romantic ice rink skating in Budapest City Park. 

Budapest Christmas Markets are famed for featuring authentic Hungarian folk art. The oldest and the most beautiful Budapest Christmas Market is on Vorosmarty Square with food and handicraft stalls and free concerts. Also Christmas Market by Basilica with some Hungarian delicacies is one of the best Christmas markets in Budapest.

To sweeten your Christmas in Budapest try some traditional Hungarian food and beverages like Hungarian kurtos kalacs – traditional Hungarian chimney cake and a popular street snack, or slaty pretzel pastry, enjoy spiced mulled wine, try Hungarian beigli – a walnut or poppy seed roll and a traditional Hungarian Christmas cake, mézes kalács – Hungarian honey bread cookies, warm yourself with a cup of palinka – Hungarian apricot brandy and taste famous Tokaji Aszú – the Hungarian “King of wines” dessert wine

Budapest Christmas Markets 2020 dates: 6 November 2020 – 1 January 2021

Nearest airport: Budapest (BUD)

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8. AMSTERDAM

Amsterdam is one of the best places to spend Christmas in Europe
Magical Amsterdam canals at night
Amsterdam is one of the best places to spend Christmas in Europe
Amsterdam in Christmastime

Amsterdam is a popular Christmas destination in Europe.

And for a good reason. Striking Amsterdam architecture with stunning Amsterdam canals in joyful Christmas lights is nothing less than magical.

Among many awesome things to do in Amsterdam in Christmastime, some of the most magical things do are: attend Amsterdam Light Festival exhibiting light artworks (check out Amsterdam: Light Festival Boat Tour with Unlimited Drinks), tour Amsterdam by bike like locals, cruise Amsterdam canals, watch the biggest Swan Ballet in the world in Amsterdam Rai, visit the beautiful Dutch churches of Sint Nicolaaskerk and Vondelkerk in Amsterdam, enjoy in the fireworks on Dam Square in Amsterdam on New Year’s Eve.

And don’t forget to try glühwein – mulled wine with some Dutch Christmas foods. Try some Christmas Dutch delicacies like oliebollen – Dutch doughnuts, or appelbeignets – Dutch apple fritters!

The best Amsterdam Christmas markets are: impressive Amestrdam Ice Village Christmas market next to Rijksmuseum in the center of Amsterdam, cozy indoor Amsterdamsche Kerstmarkt,  Amsterdam Christmas Market inside the Westergas, fashionable and quirky Funky Xmas Market, Pure Market Winter Market, Amsterdam Winter Paradise at RAI Amsterdam with indoor and outdoor ice-skating rinks and a giant Ferris wheel,  Floating Christmas Market that is a 35-minute drive from Amsterdam, and Castle Christmas market in a historic castle an hour drive from Amsterdam.

The I Amsterdam City Card comes with free visits to museums and attractions, unlimited access to Amsterdam’s public transport, and a free canal cruise. It worths every cent!

But if you need only unlimited public transport (on all trams, buses, ferries, and the metro for up to 7 days), check out Amsterdam GVB Public Transport Ticket.

Amsterdam Christmas Markets dates 2020: 16 November 2020 – 2 January 2021

Nearest airport: Amsterdam (AMS)

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9. BERLIN

Berlin is one of the best places to spend Christmas in Europe
Brandenburg Gate in Berlin at night
Berlin is one of the best places to spend Christmas in E
Berlin elegantly decorated for Christmastime

Man could never get tired of London. But man could never get tired of Berlin either.

German capital with over fifty Christmas markets is undoubtedly is one of the best Christmas destinations in Europe.

Christmas markets in Germany have been a tradition since the Middle Ages. And Berlin is the capital of Christmas markets in Germany.

Traditional Christmas markets in Berlin, or Weihnachtsmärkte, are held in almost every Berlin’s neighborhood: from Alexanderplatz, Spandau, Charlottenburg …. you name it!

You can choose from more than fifty Christmas markets in Berlin!! Berlins’ Potsdamer Platz becomes the Winter Wonderland each year – a glorious Christmas market with Europe’s largest sledding run, a large roller coaster, a Ferris wheel, and the finest festive Christmas stalls.

Christmas souvenirs

There are too many amazing things to do in Berlin in Christmastime! But some of the top things to do in Berlin during Christmastime are: visit festive Kurfürstendamm shopping street, skate on Horst-Dohm Ice Stadium in Charlottenburg ( the largest Berlin’s skating rink), admire the festive light of the Sony Centre at Potsdamer Platz  (additionally decorated with 100.000 lights in Christmastime), grab a hot mug of Glühwein (mulled wine) to make yourself warm, or, even Feuerzangenbowle – famous ‘fire tongue’ punch holding a high percentage of alcohol, buy heart-shaped Lebkuchen – traditional honey-sweetened German Christmas cookie, or traditional würst – popular German street food sausage (don’t worry if you don’t eat pork, beef .. you can find even vegan sausages). Or, visit the famous and cozy Gendarmenmarkt Christmas market with over 1,000 fairy lights, Christmas market in Spandau’s old town (to be held in Zitadelle Spandau this year because of the corona).

If you are a first-time visitor to Berlin, you would enjoy amazing 2.5-hour boat cruise along the River Spree, and the panoramic views of the Reichstag, Berlin Cathedral, the Olympic Stadium and the Potsdamer Platz  from the “Sphere” restaurant of the 200-meter tall Berlin’s TV Tower.

The most popular Berlin Christmas markets to get yourself into supereme Christmas mood are: Alexanderplatz Christmas Market, Winter World om Potsdamer Platz, Berliner Weihnachtszeit at Roten Rathaus, Spandau Christmas Market, Weihnachtszauber at the Gendarmenmarkt, Charlottenburg Palace Market, Nikolaiviertel, and Eco Christmas Market.

Berlin WelcomeCard: Museum Island & Public Transport is a money saver.

Berlin Christmas Markets 2020 dates:

Winterwelt am Potsdamer Platz: 30 October 2020 –3 January 2021

Berliner Weihnachtszeit am Roten Rathaus: 23 November 2020 – 3 January 2021

WeihnachtsZauber Gendarmenmarkt: 23 November – 31 December 2020

Nearest airport: Berlin Brandenburg (BER), Berlin Schoenefeld (SXF), Berlin Tegel (TXL)

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Check accommodation: Booking.com, or cozy stay on Airbnb in Berlin

10. EDINBURGH

Edinburg in Scotland is one of the best places to spend Christmas in Europe
Festive Edinburgh in Christmastime at night
Edinburg in Scotland is one of the best places to spend Christmas in Europe
Edinburgh Christmas market at night

The capital of Scotland is one of best Chrtsimast destinations in Europe.

Let’s be honest, Edinburgh is always lovely!

But when you add glittering Christmas lights to inspiring Edinburgh architecture and joyful Scottish spirit, you get one of the best places to spend Christmas in Europe.

It is no wonder that over 2.6 million people visited Edinburgh Christmas attractions in East Princes Street Gardens in 2019.

Just imagine cozy Scottish pubs, atmospheric Scottish Christmas markets, festive restaurants, luxury shopping at the finest boutiques at Multrees Walk, kids beloved and out-of this world Santa Land, famous Hogmanay Street Party (sadly not to be held in 2020), and Torchlight Procession through the Old Town of Edinburgh on 30 December (to be static in 2020), and a spectacular New Years fireworks.

Some of the best things to do in Edinburgh in Christmastime: stroll Princes Street with Edinburgh Christmas markets, wander the famous Royal Mile (the heart of Edinburgh’s Old Town) with historic buildings, Edinburgh Castle, and Holyrood Palace (Holyrood Palace Ticket), visit the British Royal family yacht Britannia (The Royal Yacht Britannia Ticket) , climb the Calton Hill for amazing views of Edinburgh, or hike up Arthur’s Seat (it takes only 2 hours from the Holyrood Palace), enjoy the performances at the King’s Theatre, Edinburgh Playhouse, and The Festival Theatre and have fun at Camera Obscura and World of Illusions (Camera Obscura and World of Illusions Ticket).

Christmas figures

Top Edinburgh Christmas markets are the German Christmas market in East Princes Street Gardens (the Edinburgh main street) with a spectacular 60-meter-high ‘Star Flyer’ offering a mindblowing 360-degree view of Edinburgh, the Market at St Andrew Square with a skating rink (to be in George Street in 2020), the Scottish Market in West George Street, the European Market in the Mound Precinct, the Children’s Market in Santa Land in Princes Street Gardens.

To get local insights choose priceless Edinburgh Christmas Tour with a Local.

To have the Christmas luch of your lifetime, have a Christmas luunch in the lavish Queen Anne Room in the Edinburgh Castle. If you would like a quirky Christas lunch. head to iconic The Witchery restaurant.

To do as Scotts do, enjoy in traditional Scottish foods like pigs in blankets (traditional Scottish sausages in bacon), Christmas turkey, ham and potatoes, and a Christmas cup mulled wine or hot cider. Try Edinburgh-distilled gin, Scottish-brewed craft beer, Scottish egg nog, have a coffee in the National Galleries cafe with splendid views of Edinburgh Christmas markets.

Have a Scottish eggnog at Edinburgh Christmas market and have the best Christmas in Europe
Scottish egg nog

Harry Potter’s fans are mad about Harry Potter Walking Tour in Edinburgh, while lovers of all things odd enjoy discovering ghostly and dark history of the city in Edinburgh’s Ghostly Underground Vaults Tour.

Edinburgh: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Pass with 3 City Tours provides affordable and time-wise city sightseeing.

To have memorable Christmas holidays in Scottland, take a full-day tour to Loch Ness, Glencoe & the Highlands from Edinburgh.

Christmas season in Edinburgh goes from November to January. Yes, it lasts six weeks! So, don’t think twice. Just book your ticket to jovial Edinburgh.

Edinburgh Airport Bus Transfer will take you from the airport to the city center.

Edinburgh Christmas Markets 2020 dates: 15 November 2020 – 3 January 2021

Princes Street Gardens and the Mound precinct, George Street and Castle Street Christmas markets: 21 November 2020 – 3 January 2021

High Street Christmas market: 28 November – 24 December 2020.

Nearest airport: Edinburgh (EDI)

Check flights: Skyscanner.net

Check accommodation: Booking.com, or cozy stay on Airbnb

Most magical Christmas destinations in Europe
Guide to the best Christmas destinations in Europe

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