‘Tis the season for holiday lights, carols and Christmas markets. Visiting Europe during the holidays has always been on my bucket list. Holiday markets and cities all lit up in lights are sure to get anyone in the holiday spirit. While I’d love to book a last minute trip to Europe, I don’t think it will happen this year. There’s always next year, right? Here are some of the places that do Christmas to the fullest.
One of my favorite cities seem to get even more amazing during December when Christmas lights glimmer and winter festivals pop up all over the city. There’s the hanging decorations above Oxford Street and ice skating under the London Eye, plus festive events at Southbank Centre and Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park.
Germany knows how to celebrate the holidays, as Christmas markets can be found all over the country. Cologne has some of the best, with numerous markets where guests can get in the holiday spirit while sipping mulled wine and enjoying traditional German holiday treats. Alter Markt is set in front of the city’s Cologne Cathedral, making for a magical sight.
The Alsace region oozes charm any time of the year, but comes even more alive during the holidays. Strasbourg was reportedly the home of the first Christmas market in 1570, and today the Christkindelsmarik market is the largest in Europe.
The famous Grand Place gets even more beautiful during the holidays when a huge tree lights up the plaza. Christmas markets and an ice skating rink in the center of town keep the festivities going. Stay at the elegant Dominican Hotel for an easy walk to all the action.