Jingle bells ringing around the holiday season and parents narrating Santa Claus stories to their kids, this just tells you that Christmas is around the corner and the celebrations are about to start. Christmas not only marks the birth of Jesus- the son of God but is a widely celebrated festival around the world.
Celebrate this Christmas season with your family and loved ones in one of the best destinations in Europe while travelling your way through the European countries. European countries are the most desired tourist locations in the world and also plays a major role in the impact of the global travel economy. Christmas is one of the best times to visit Europe and immerse yourself in the rich culture and history of the European Countries and fill your holidays with loads of joyous and memorable moments.
Europe is considered to be a very geographically diverse continent which makes it the ideal fit to celebrate one’s holiday season in different locations be it mountains, seas or countryside. Christmas in Europe is synonymous with snowfall, Gothic Church visits, carols, Choirs and the Christmas cake (how can one forget that).
Best Places to Celebrate Christmas in Europe
Want to Celebrate Christmas in a Different Way?? Explore these Best Places to Celebrate Christmas in Europe and enjoy your Christmas in a different way.
1. Prague, Czech Republic
Prague the capital city of the Czech Republic is also known as the ‘city of spires’. This city is the house of Gothic architecture and the historical capital of Bohemia. The main attractions of Prague include the Prague Castle, Charles Bridge, Old Town Square, Astronomical Clock, Jewish Quarter. This city has been included in the UNESCO list of world heritage sites owing to its rich cultural history.
Prague is one of the most beautiful cities around Christmas time with the chilly weather welcoming the festive season. The Prague Christmas market is a wonderful way of exploring the culture, traditions, and history of this city. The spectacularly decorated wooden huts that are jam-packed with all the craft items are a total take away.
There are many concert halls, museums and cultural centers that are breathtaking. In the month of December especially the streets are bustling with cultural music along the street stalls in Wenceslas Square.
2. Vienna, Austria
Vienna is the capital city of Austria and lies in the east side of the country on the Danube River. The famous artist such as Mozart, Beethoven, and Freud have shaped the artistic as well as the intellectual legacy of this city. The city is recognized for its Imperial palaces. The punch and chestnut stands draw customers with the seasonal treats and the stallholders owning handcrafted goods attract a great number of shoppers.
The Christmas market in Vienna is an age-old tradition which dates back to the middle ages in 1298. The Christmas market is situated near the City Hall In Vienna and is an absolute highlight of the festive season that encapsulates all the celebrations in the city during this time.
The Advent concert at Stephansdom is a chance to witness world class music in the ravishing setting of St. Stephen’s Cathedral. This concert takes place during various dates in the month of December and includes chamber music and pieces of works by Mozart, Bach, Schubert, and Hayden. The Cathedral lies in the heart of the city in Stephensplatz.
3. Bern, Switzerland
Bern the capital city of Switzerland, is built around a crook in the Aare River. Famously known for its medieval architecture traces its origin back to the 12th century. The old townhouses which date back to the 15th and 17th century become a unique location to celebrate Christmas. The historical old town situated in the center of the Bern is a UNESCO world heritage site.
The market on the Cathedral square offers many local drinks and food which can savor while enjoying the city in all its beauty flourishing during the winter season around Christmas. The mulled wine is considered to be one of the best drinks this place has to offer and one must not leave the city without tasting it.
The city is known for its Cinema culture, however, most movies screened here are generally in German which might be a problem for Non-German speakers.
4. Tromso, Norway
Tromso is a city situated in northern Norway and is known to be a major cultural hub above the Arctic Circle. The possibilities of witnessing the northern lights will surely attract you to this place. This place is known to be a viewpoint for the northern lights.
Throughout December the streets of this city are bustling with Christmas markets all around. You can find everything in this market right from the woolen Norwegian clothes to beverages from the 143-year-old Mack brewery and traditional Sami products from the indigenous people of the Arctic. One can also spot Whales in the Fjords as well as find some fresh air in the mountains.
The city contains the highest number of wooden houses in Northern, Norway. The oldest houses in this city date back to 1789. Christmas in Norway is celebrated on the 24th December where all the families gather together throughout the evening under the glimmering lights of the entire city and savor the traditional dinner where traditional dishes such as the steamed ribs of salted lambs and roasted pork is served. All this is accompanied by the dancing around the decorated Christmas tree on traditional Christmas Carols.
5. Transylvania, Romania
Transylvania is a region in central Romania. This region is known for its wooden houses, mountainous borders, Castles and Gothic fortress associated with the legend of the Dracula. The charming towns such as Brasov and Sibiu feature huge town squares that serve one of the best hot apple cider vinegar around the outdoor market. Sibiu has three main squares which have the largest hosting for a traditional Saxon Christmas Market and Ice Skating rink.
The smell of the wood smoke and pine forests is a delight on winter nights. The stall in the central square in front of the town hall which sells traditional Barsa and Harghita sausages, rye and potato bread with old aged cheeses. Carol singing is very popular in Romania. The traditional Romanian Carol is the ‘Star Carol’. The star is made of the colored paper and which is often decorated with tinsel, silver foil and the bells is out on the pole. Carol singers take the stars along with them when they go for carol singing.
Traditional Romanian Christmas foods include Roast Gammon and Park Chops. The sarmale cabbage leaves are stuffed with ground pork that is served with polenta. Romanian doughnuts called ‘gogosi’ and cheesecakes. Transylvania’s multi-ethnic heritage is apparent in the folk costumes, architecture, cuisine, music, and festivals which it borrows majorly from Germany and Hungary.
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These are the best places where you can celebrate Christmas in Europe. If you want to celebrate this festive season in a different way, then book your tickets now and explore the culture of these beautiful European Countries.