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4 Best Destinations in Europe for the Holidays

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Hamburg skyline in winter with Christmas trees

Hamburg, Germany

The festive season embraces comfort, coziness, and culture with these best destinations that you can visit in Europe for the holiday season.

Sip spiced wine for a warm and welcoming ambiance. Embrace the choirs and songs that help celebrate the holiday season. Indulge in the joyful markets that fill cities, towns, and villages with life and color. From Alpine views to friendly villagers, when exploring Europe in winter, you can experience authentic and timeless beauty.

Bask in the fun and excitement of the season by discovering the four best destinations to experience the traditions and wonders of the holidays together.

1. Italy

Christmas tree light up at night, in front of the Duomo in Florence, Italy

Florence, Italy

Winter in Italy is idyllic. Absent the summer beaches, the authentic culture and charm spring into abundance around local life and fewer crowds while Christmas lights and markets decorate cities, towns, and villages. In the north, snow often blankets the alpine landscape while in the south, the warmer climate offers a different holiday aesthetic. The festive ambiance swirls through cities and brings together the locals of smaller towns eager to enjoy the charms of the season. From aromatic spices to twinkling lights, Italy indulges in seasonal pleasures that can take you from Vatican City to Piazza San Marco, The Citadel of Craftsmanship to the Bressanone Artisan Market.

2. Germany

Sledding at the Ore Mountains Nature Park in Germany

Ore Mountains, Germany

Germany in December brings the festive spirit as powdery snow glistens across the landscape, lights twinkle in the cities, and air fills with enticing spices. The ambiance feels special throughout the month as Christmas markets warm the cool events with visions of wooden toys, mulled wine, and decadent chocolates. Sleigh rides feel authentic and tobogganing offers a thrill-ride for every age. From skiing to an atmospheric steam train, classical concerts to seasonal pastries, when you visit Germany around the holidays, you can indulge in the coziness and embrace the wonders of the winter season.

3. England

Snowy street in the Cotswolds village of Broadway

Broadway in the Cotswolds, County of Worcestershire, England

England during the holidays is splendid, with seasonal festivals, a cozy feeling of holiday markets, and winter creating a wonderland across the country. Carolers sing in the beauty of historic churches and markets with traditional wood huts display arts, crafts, and seasonal dishes.  Fewer visitors, crips walks through the atmospheric countryside, and the charm of a fire inside a traditional pub bring to light the captivating holiday ambiance feelings of films and books, accentuated by the allure of quaint villages dusted with snow or the sheer joy that radiates from the decorative lights strung along streets across the country.

4. Spain

Nativity scene at night in Zaragoza, Spain

Zaragoza, Spain

Spain embraces regional traditions and contemporary comforts during they holiday season. Celebrations can take the form of a grand stage in a cosmopolitan city or a quiet nativity scene in front of a rural church but every detail shines a light on a grand history with medieval streets and Baroque churches.. Festive music, marzipan, and glittering lights only add to the glamour and charm of Spain around Christmas. As summer crowds thin, winter brings a more authentic flavor to the cuisine and daily lives of locals as Christmas bonfires burn, blankets of snow bring winter-sports enthusiasts to the Pyrenees resorts, and locals demonstrate enjoying the season’s little pleasures.

Enjoy the Christmas Markets on Your Europe Trip

Christmas market in Bolzano, Italy

Bolzano, Italy

Wander the aisles of quintessential Christmas markets to embrace the charm of the season or indulge in the quintessential festive spirit in a welcoming village. With goodwill, an open mind, and the enticing beauty of the winter landscape accentuated by antique traditions, you can find and enjoy magnificent holiday celebrations. Whether looking for Spanish passion, English custom, German storybooks, or Italian style, your Zicasso Travel Specialist can plan your perfect Europe Holiday Season trip with you. Find inspiration with Zicasso’s Europe Christmas Market Tours and learn more by filling out a Trip Request or by calling our team at 1-888-265-9707.

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