Best European Destinations for Christmas and New Year’s Eve

Europe is known for its enchanting Christmas markets, where festive lights, traditional crafts, and seasonal treats create a magical atmosphere.

As a travel nurse in Germany, I went already to a few “Weihnachtsmärkte” and I have to say that it was hard to pick a favourite. Every place has its own beauty that makes it unique.

It’s already known that Germany is one of the best countries to spend the winter holidays but let’s make a list with some of the best cities in Europe for Christmas markets:

Strasbourg, France
Strasbourg is often called the "Capital of Christmas." The city's Christkindelsmärik is one of the oldest and most famous Christmas markets in Europe.
The market features hundreds of stalls, a giant Christmas tree, and a picturesque setting in the heart of the city's historic district.

Vienna, Austria
Vienna's Christmas markets are known for their elegant atmosphere and classical music.
The Belvedere Palace Christmas Market and the Vienna Christmas World at Rathausplatz are among the most popular, offering a range of festive activities and traditional Austrian delicacies.

Nuremberg , Germany
The Nuremberg Christkindlesmarkt is renowned for its gingerbread cookies, handmade ornaments, and a festive opening ceremony featuring the Christkind.
The medieval setting of Nuremberg's Old Town adds to the market's charm.

Copenhagen, Denmark
Tivoli Gardens, one of the world's oldest amusement parks, hosts a magical Christmas market in Copenhagen.Visitors can enjoy seasonal rides, live performances, and a variety of holiday-themed decorations and lights.

Brussels, Belgium
Brussels Winter Wonders transforms the city into a winter wonderland, with a Christmas market, an ice rink, and a sound and light show on the Grand-Place.
Belgian chocolates, waffles, and crafts make this market a delight for visitors.

Prague, Czech Republic
Prague's Old Town Square and Wenceslas Square host traditional Christmas markets with brightly decorated wooden stalls.
Visitors can shop for handmade crafts, enjoy Czech holiday treats, and experience the festive atmosphere against the backdrop of historic architecture.

Stockholm, Sweden
The Old Town (Gamla Stan) in Stockholm features a charming Christmas market with traditional Swedish crafts and holiday decorations.
Skansen, an open-air museum, also hosts a Christmas market, providing a glimpse into Sweden's holiday traditions.

Munich, Germany
Munich's Christkindlmarkt in Marienplatz is one of Germany's oldest and most famous Christmas markets.
Visitors can enjoy Bavarian specialties, shop for handcrafted goods, and soak in the festive atmosphere.

Budapest, Hungary
The Budapest Christmas Fair and Winter Festival, held in Vörösmarty Square, offers a wide array of holiday goods, including Hungarian handicrafts and seasonal foods. * The market is known for its cultural programs and festive decorations.

Edinburgh, Scotland
The Scottish capital hosts a festive Christmas market in East Princes Street Gardens.
Visitors can enjoy Scottish specialties, ice skating, and a panoramic view of the city's historic skyline. 

While these European cities provide enchanting Christmas market experiences, the true magic of the season lies in cherishing moments with family, friends, and loved ones.

Remember, with the warmth of those dear to you, any place can be transformed into a holiday fairy tale.

Stefanel Bulea

Als Pflegefachkraft in der Zeitarbeit in Deutschland seit 2021 bin ich auf eine unglaubliche Reise gegangen. Ich habe meinen Bachelor of Science in Nursing bereits 2016 erworben, und meine Leidenschaft für das Gesundheitswesen und Abenteuer hat mich auf diesen spannenden Weg geführt. Meine Karriere ist eine Mischung aus Mitgefühl und Neugierde, sie dient als Brücke zwischen Kulturen und Gesundheitssystemen und hat einen bedeutungsvollen Einfluss auf jeden Patienten.

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  1. You didn’t mention Switzerland!!! There are plenty of cities that deserve to be mentioned, especially the resort cities like Interlaken, Lauterbrunnen…

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