Top 3 European Holiday Destinations

With the month of December right around the corner, we can’t help but get in the holiday spirit. For those looking to immerse themselves in all things winter wonderland, there are a few European cities that really come to life. From Christmas markets to a holiday circus, you don’t want to miss these top three European holiday destinations!

Luxembourg

Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
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Every year traditional Christmas markets pop up throughout Luxembourg, making this city a great holiday destination. The Place d’Armes, Place de la Constitution and Place de Paris turn into Christmas villages with small wooden huts selling candles, toys, decorations and sweets. You will also find traditional food and drink like hot wine and potato pancakes and sausages. While this city does not celebrate Santa Claus, they do have St. Nicholas Day on December 6th!

London

London, England
Photo Courtesy of Town & Country Magazine

This festive city has an array of holiday activities from Christmas markets to ice-skating and the popular Winter Wonderland. The city’s largest Christmas market, Winter Wonderland, fills Hyde Park with over 200 wooden cabins selling handmade crafts and jewelry. After perusing the market, visit the largest open air ice-skating rink in the country or check out the holiday lights at the Royal Botanical Gardens, where over a million bulbs illuminate trees, gardens and buildings.

Zurich

Circus Conelli, Zurich
Photo Courtesy of Weihnachten Zuerich

The city of Zurich turns into an enchanting holiday wonderland come December. The Christmas markets and Advent events will fill your calendar and boost your holiday spirit. Visit Europe’s largest covered market Christkindlimarkt with a sparking 15-foot tree as its centerpiece or watch the historical Lichterschwimmen, where children in Zurich release hundreds of candles on the Limmat River. And not to be missed is Circus Conelli, Switzerland’s first Christmas circus which has been a permanent fixture of Advent for more than 30 years.

 

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