Festive Breaks in Europe

November 4, 2017

As the Christmas season approaches, it’s the perfect time to make the most of all the festive events and destinations that Europe has to offer. Christmas markets, snow-covered mountains, traditional festivals – you’ll find everything you could possible want in a festive break to the continent.

Strasbourg, France

Strasbourg is perfect place for some Christmas shopping as it’s home to the oldest Christmas market in France. It’s also a beautifully picturesque city with a UNESCO-listed old town at its heart, including a stunning gothic cathedral and elegant medieval squares. The city comes alive with decorations at Christmas, with elaborate festive trimmings adorning the half-timbered houses.

Colmar, France

Nearby is another gem of Christmas cheer, found in the markets and towns squares of Colmar. Every space is filled with Christmas cheer and delightful market stalls, perfectly framed against the historic buildings and peaceful canals. Local crafts and skills are on display in abundance, with an intimate and authentic atmosphere that’s perfect for a relaxed festive holiday.

Brussels, Belgium

It’s hard to imagine a more breath-taking backdrop than the stunning Grand Place in Brussels, home to just part of the city’s Christmas celebrations. The Winter Wonders covers a 2km route through the city streets, with market stalls, food, activities, decorations and festive cheer. There’s even an ice skating rink, a Ferris wheel, and a huge Christmas tree.

Paris, France

Paris is a truly magical place at Christmas, with twinkling lights and decorations embellishing every surface. The department stores really go to town with their displays, too. There are plenty of Christmas markets held across the city, including on the Champs-Élysées and the Place du Trocadéro.

Trondheim, Norway 

Fancy going even further north? Head to Trondheim in central Norway, a chocolate box vision of colourful houses and sweeping fjords, as well as modern innovations and architecture. Take a horse and sleigh ride through the snow, before wandering through the market stalls to buy all manner of hand-made gifts and delicious produce.



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