Is it too early to start talking about Christmas? Not if you want to secure an amazing trip to one of Europe’s most enchanting winter wonderlands. Some European cities celebrate Christmas in style, others with peculiar customs and yuletide nostalgia aplenty, and some of them are simply at their finest during this time of the year. Check them out and get into the holiday spirit! Here are the Best Christmas Destinations in Europe:

1 France

 Lille

The French city sums up the magic of Christmas, with rows and rows of fantastic stalls, where you’ll find everything from artworks to handcrafted wooden toys. After deciding what to include in Santa’s sack, pay a visit to one of the many bars or eateries to enjoy authentic French cuisine.

 Strasbourg

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Home to the oldest Christmas market in France, a magnificent Gothic cathedral, and a charming UNESCO-listed Old Town, the quaint Alsatian city near the border with Germany is a fantastic destination for your winter trip.

Colmar

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Christmas in Colmar an uncommon experience: guided tours, wine-tastings, children animations, an exhibition of traditional toys, as well as many shows and concerts.

Stay for Christmas : Triangle D’OrCorona RodierAston La ScalaConcortel

 

2 Switzerland

Mt Pilatus‏

Europe’s highest Christmas market is also one of its cutest. Situated a shade under 7000 feet above sea level, it’s one of the world’s only markets where you can follow your shopping with a spot of snowboarding.

Read more: Top Festivals In Switzerland

St.Gallen

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St.Gallen is one of the best places to enjoy the festive atmosphere. Seven hundred stars shine above the city’s romantic old town, whilst the cheerfully decorated stalls of the Christmas market line the narrow streets.

Stay for Christmas: EinsteinAu ParcModerneWindsor

 

3 Germany

Munich

Just the mention of the German city’s annual festive bash is enough to conjure up images of snow-topped lodges and glowing market stalls.

Dresden

best christmas destinations Dresden

Twinkling lights, shimmering stars. In December, a sea of lights dominates streets and squares, where a dozen of Christmas markets transform Dresden into the Christmas capital.

Cologne

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Cologne’s Christmas markets attract millions of visitors from all over the world every year. You too can savor the unique atmosphere of this metropolis on the Rhine at this special time of year. You’re sure to be enchanted!

Stay for Christmas: Stolls Alpina

4 England

London

Dazzling street illuminations, fabulous window displays, and tons of festive fun make London one of the best Christmas cities in Europe. It really couldn’t be otherwise!

Manchester

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The original, biggest and arguably the best Christmas market in the country, Manchester Christmas Markets is the ideal destination for a festive outing.

Read more: Excellent Stops to Celebrate New Year Eve in Europe 

Bath

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The Bath Christmas Market has a romantic atmosphere and attracts thousands of visitors from across the UK. Set in the picturesque streets surrounding Bath Abbey, there couldn’t be a more perfect and magical setting for a Christmas Market.

Stay for Christmas: RafayelMontanaWhitechapelLondon Elizabeth

5 Italy

Bolzano

From the end of November to 6th January around eighty exhibitors present everything that creates a Christmas atmosphere also thanks to the numerous events associated with it. Bolzano is considered the Italian capital at Christmas.

Verona

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Every year, from the middle of November until January, the Italian city is illuminated by hundreds of lights as it plays host to a big Christmas market offering hand-made decorations and German specialties, along with regional food.

Stay for Christmas: Tenuta MorenoNicolausAtlantis BayVega

6 Netherlands

Dordrecht

You no longer need to go to Cologne or Dusseldorf to visit a real and authentic Christmas market. Dordrecht’s Christmas market, with its 200 stalls, is the largest in The Netherlands and is known for its cozy atmosphere.

Read more: Best November events in Amsterdam

Stay for Christmas: Amadi PanoramaDowntownNesVictorie

7 Czech Republic

 Prague

Prague, the Gothic fairytale of Europe, celebrates Christmas with glam and grandeur, its breathtaking architecture providing a truly dramatic backdrop for sipping scented mulled wine, taking a sightseeing tour, or getting lost in the Christmas shopping frenzy.

Stay for Christmas: AlwynDomus BalthasarDomus Henrici

8 Austria

Vienna

It’s hard to find a city that celebrates Christmas with such grace and elegance like Vienna. The sparkling, elegant Christmas markets, the café culture, and the old-world charm on the streets give the city a magical appeal.

Stay for Christmas: Kasererbraeu

9 Spain

Madrid

The fair gathering antiques, artworks, and collectibles are coming back to Madrid once again this year with more than 12,000 items. Collectors will find thousands of reasons to visit the Christmas Market

Stay for Christmas: DunasReserva Rotana

10 Denmark

Copenhagen

Christmas finds Copenhagen brimming with shining lights, festive spirit, and hyggelige cafés, where inventive design and legendary Danish coziness blend harmoniously to make your experience unique.

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