All the references:
Explore the wonder of a Santa’s Lapland Holiday
Leipzig – Christmas & Happy New Year Edition
Świąteczny Kraków / Krakow around Christmas [time-lapse]
Christmas in Tivoli Gardens, Copenhagen
Christmas Market Amsterdam
Natale a Roma – Christmas in Rome
7 Best Christmas holiday destinations in Europe.
1. Prague, the Czech Republic.
Time stands still in Prague during winter holidays. Tourists all over the world choose to have a magic Christmas enjoying all the wonders of this beautiful city.
A winter wonderland is unleashed within the street of Prague starting December. If you want to enjoy a memorable Christmas with your partner, try a romantic boat tour. You won’t be disappointed.
2. Lapland, Finland.
There is no Christmas without Santa, everybody knows that. And where can you find Santa if not in his own house? The official hometown of Santa is Rovaniemi.
This destination is simply wonderful, and not just for children. If you want something new, you can sleep in an igloo hotel, or you can try fly fishing. You can also experience a husky safari, if you have enough money in your pocket.
For 2 hours you may spend almost 150 euro per adult.(100-110 euro for kids). Oh, and if you are lucky enough you may have the opportunity to see the northern lights.
3. Leipzig, Germany.
Considering that Germany is one of the most well known countries, especially when we talk about Christmas markets, it would be a pity not to be on your travel list. An option for spending Christmas in Germany could be Leipzig. Why Leipzig? Because beside the fact that it`s a city with an important cultural load, it has a stunning architecture and it is also great for kids. Nearly 250 stalls will offer you the best Christmas gifts for your loved ones and the tastiest traditional Christmas food will pick your nose (Pulsnitz gingerbread, reindeer sausage, fresh salmon, oven-fresh pretzels). Children will be fascinated by fairytale forest while you can indulge yourself with a mulled wine or a coffee in Europe’s oldest coffee house, Coffe Baum.
4. Krakow, Poland.
If you want to make a white Christmas and be surrounded by cultural treasures, you can draw an X on the map near Krakow. Beside the old customs we all know that when it comes to spending Christmas, Poland has a specific tradition, unique and maybe a little bizarre.
Christmas cribs (locally known szopki) are a combination between a dollhouse, a gingerbread house and the nativity scene. Most of these miniatures look almost like Saint Mary`s Basilica. Starting with 1937, the city has decided to support this unique tradition by sponsoring a szopka competition. Every year the most interesting szopki will be sent to the Krakow History Museum.
5. Copenhagen, Denmark.
A cup of rich Danish hot chocolate and so many treats to choose from! Copenhagen could be a great choice for you and your family.
Let your kids wonder trough Tivoli’s ‘Land of Elves’ while you enjoy an Aebleskiver( traditional Danish pancakes balls filled with applesauce that are served usually during Advent).
6. Amsterdam, Netherlands.
The best part about spending Christmas holiday in Amsterdam is that museums and other tourist attractions are open and ready to share Dutch culture and history with you.
Here are some ideas on what you can do if you plan your Christmas in Amsterdam. The list includes witnessing the Amsterdam Light Festival, Classical music performances and ice skating throughout the city.
7. Rome, Italy.
Remember the old saying that “all roads lead to Rome” ? Leaving behind the real meaning of this statement, Rome would be an interesting destination to spend your winter holidays.
You can`t miss Piazza Navona and Campo de Fiori. Here you will find lots of Christmas stalls where you can buy souvenirs for your loved ones and candy.