10 Best Cities to Visit for Christmas


Dreaming of a white Christmas? Well, if you jump on a plane, you may just get it... and a load of lights too! From glittering cities to a few snowy escapes, here are what we believe to be the top 10 cities to go to for the festive season. A few things they all have in common – cosy corners, twinkling lights and a determination to let the Christmas spirit shine no matter how cold (or rainy) it might be. So, in no particular order, here they are... 

Copenhagen, Denmark

Copenhagen is Scandinavia’s (Denmark, Sweden, Finland, and Norway, for those of you who didn't know) most vibrant and affordable capital. Small and welcoming, this is the sort of place you see more people than cars, which just adds to the Christmas atmosphere. The city’s streets are transformed annually by half a million lights and hundreds of Christmas trees.


Dublin, Ireland

Ireland has always been famous for its cosy pubs and pebbly streets, and so it's no surprise that it is still one of the best Christmassy cities around. The city’s streets are imbued with an irrepressible sense of festive cheer, and from the lights to the ice rinks and the carols at St Patrick’s Cathedral, Christmas is celebrated with gusto and glee. From morning to night, you'll always feel a part of the Christmas fun here.


Berlin, Germany

Berlin is probably Europe's most famous Christmas destination -- and it's easy to see why. Berlin offers no fewer than fifty Christmas markets every year, set in different areas across the city. There are plenty of museums and cultural events to experience too, which makes the German capital diverse in its offerings. Oh, and don't forget the great nightlife - up there with the best you'll find in any city.


New York, USA

If you like your Christmas celebrations bold and over-the-top, make New York City your holiday destination. Manhattan seems even more magnificent at Christmas time. Rockefeller Center‘s iconic Christmas tree and outdoor skating rink are absolute must-dos, and the shopping scene probably ranks as the very best in the world. Explore holiday markets at Grand Central Terminal, Bryant Park and Columbus Circle.


Rovaniemi, Finland

For that classic, fantasy Christmas, Rovaniemi, is near impossible to beat. Lapland’s main city becomes a winter wonderland. Blanketed with crisp, white snow and illuminated by the spectacular northern lights glowing overhead, this magical place is home to Father Christmas himself, Santa Claus. Stood at the Arctic Circle, Santa Claus Village welcomes visitors of all ages. Meet Santa’s reindeer, huskies and elves for holiday memories that will last a lifetime. This is the ultimate experience for the children.


Edinburgh , Scotland

Scotland knows how to throw a party, and it doesn't get much bigger than the festive season. Often voted the best place to spend Hogmanay (New Year’s), Edinburgh is bursting with seasonal excitement. Stroll through the Christmas market in its dramatic setting below Edinburgh Castle, and enjoy the Christmas spirit in its bars, streets and parks -- It really doesn't get much better.


Prague, Czech Republic

Prague’s stunning Gothic architecture provides a dramatic setting for its Christmas festivities. At the foot of the Church of Our Lady Tyn, the Old Town Christmas market sells Czech gifts, stocking fillers and treats to the thousands of shoppers who visit each December. With snow pretty much guaranteed, it just adds to the wonder and historic culture that makes this place so appealing at Christmas time.

 

Antwerp, Belgium

Antwerp is undoubtedly one of Europe’s most popular Christmas destinations. Soaked in history, the city centre is buoyant with the spirit of the season thanks to the lively Christmas market, 200 ft-long skating rink and festive evening concerts. Sample mulled wine and Belgian delicacies as you watch the antics of the much beloved street entertainers.


Stuttgart, Germany

Stuttgart’s Christmas festival is one of the most Christmassy experiences you can ever have. The medieval Old Palace, vibrant Christmas market and breathtaking illuminations create a seasonal paradise. Skate on the outdoor rink, feast upon grilled sausages and soak up the fairy-tale ambiance in the heart of the city. Daily concert performances ring out from the Renaissance courtyard of the Old Palace much to the delight of holiday visitors.


Montreal, Canada

Montreal is a great city for arts and entertainment, particularly around the Christmas period. Highlights include the Old Montreal’s Merry Montreal - a full-fledged market, and the New Year’s Eve party, which would give any major city a good run for its money... 


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