October 03, 2019 3 min read

When it comes to Christmas breaks, Europe is awash with great possibilities.

There are tiny seaside towns with beaches that bake in the midday sunshine. There are cities where you can enjoy candlelit dinners by crackling fires. And there are rural villages, where locals pause on the way to market for a gossip session with their neighbours.
Whatever your idea of a perfect Christmas destination, Europe can deliver.

 

1. CESKY KRUMLOV, CZECH REPUBLIC

A calm and family-friendly Christmas atmosphere awaits you at the medieval town of Český Krumlov, located in the heart of Europe and listed in the UNESCO World Heritage List. Visit the Christmas market and pick a present for your loved ones, enjoy mulled wine or hot punch, taste the Christmas cookies or listen to traditional Czech Christmas carols.

Many different cultural events will take place in the historical town centre: you can watch the “Living Bethlehem” - a biblical story narrated by local inhabitants through music and dancing, or singing “Silent Night” in various languages. You can also imbibe the Christmas spirit during one of many Christmas-themed concerts by leading Czech musicians.

 


2. AARHUS, DENMARK

From saltwater pools to daring architecture, this Danish city is outstanding!

If you want incredible cuisine, culture and coffee, this is one European city break well worth considering. A stroll through the charming city quarters in Aarhus at Christmas time is always an atmosphere-filled experience. The Christmas lights and the elegant decorations are bound to get you into the holiday spirit while you go exploring all the many excellent things to do and see on offer in Aarhus. 

Enjoy the most wonderful time of the year in the amusement park Tivoli Friheden when Santa Claus is coming to town. A Christmas market is held inside the beautiful Ridehuset building in the center of Aarhus every year, with the around 80 stalls of Danish arts and crafts, hot drinks, cakes and pastries. Everything sold is made by hand in Denmark – it’s the perfect place to find a gift for the person who already has everything.


3. HALLSTATT, AUSTRIA

Hallstatt in winter is a fairytale come to life. The gingerbread houses of Hallstatt cling to the shore of Lake Hallstatt and the mountains rise steeply all around. With snow falling gently on cobbled streets and the town’s lights dancing in the glassy lake, Hallstatt might be the most romantic Christmas town on Earth.

The romantic Christmas Market on the market square is, each year, the highlight of the Advent season. The market is organised by the people of Hallstatt and Obertraun and offers a diverse mix of traditional craft. Regional music groups accompany the market and bring a special Christmas atmosphere into Hallstatt.


 

4. MALTA

Whilst an island in the Mediterranean that enjoys over 3000 hours of sunshine every year, may be a far cry from typical White Christmas, you will be pleasantly surprised. During December, Malta transforms into a wonderland full of festive events, dazzling Christmas lights, and plenty of seasonal cheer.

In Malta, the Christmas cribs exhibition is a very common tradition but Gozo, Malta's little sister island, has taken it a step further and built its very own 20,000 square meter “Christmas village” where the whole Christmas story comes to life acted out by actors with decorations themed around Christmas.


5. CANARY ISLANDS, SPAIN

Low travel costs and pleasantly warm year-round weather make Spain’s Canary Islands one of Europe’s best winter sun destinations. Gran Canaria, Tenerife, Fuerteventura, Lanzarote – they’re all brimming with culture, beautiful beaches, and lots of things to do.

If you’re looking for a tranquil getaway, coupled with unspoiled landscapes and unique traditions, you might want to consider the archipelago’s lesser-known islands of El Hierro and La Gomera.


Now you only have to pack your luggage and go!

 


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