Best Christmas Destinations in Europe

Are you dreaming of a European Christmas? Europe is one of the most magical places in the world to spend Christmas. The climate, the Christmas markets, the food, the lights, and so many other beautiful factors make Christmas time very special here. It truly is a grand celebration that shouldn’t be missed! Here are the best places to spend it:


Germany has hands down, the best Christmas markets in Europe. With the best public transportation in Europe, it’s easy to travel by bus or car to the different cities where you can experience the Christmas spirit among the food, crafts, and fun of the Christmas markets. There are Christmas markets in almost every town—you may feel it’s impossible to choose. 

I recommend visiting the world’s biggest artificial Christmas tree in Dortmund, adorned with over 48,000 lights! 

Budapest, Hungary

Budapest is well-known for its numerous cozy Christmas markets. Lose yourself in the fantastic atmosphere of traditional Hungarian food like delicious Lagos (fried bread), homemade crafts, beautiful lights, and so much more. If you’re on a budget, Budapest is a very affordable destination that will never disappoint! 

Prague, Czech Republic

This fairy-tale city is the perfect place for your Christmas get-away! Prague has quite an excellent reputation for its Christmas markets, and it certainly deserves it. Snack on a chimney cake or sip some warm honey-wine while you stroll down the picturesque streets, taking in all the sites. 

Paris, France

What better way to spend Christmas than in the city of lights? If you love Christmas lights, then Paris will be heaven for you! Each street is adorned with the most beautiful décor. Indulge in some fondue and mulled wine while you visit the seemingly-never-ending Christmas markets. The market next to the Eiffel Tower is sure to take your breath away! 


Scandinavia is a fantastic place to spend a winter holiday. Your best chance of seeing the stunning Northern Lights is during this season. Take the family to Rovaniemi in the Finnish Lapland, and you can visit the North Pole and Santa’s official residence. Later, in this winter wonderland, you can visit the Christmas exhibition and experience Finnish Christmas traditions. 

Of course, there are many other equally beautiful places to spend Christmas in Europe. It’s one of the best places on earth to help you get in the Christmas spirit! 

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