The season is upon us and it is about
time to start bringing your Christmas tree down from the attic and
dress it up, hang stockings by the fireplace and snuggle in front of
the TV watching your favorite Christmas movies while sipping on
plenty of hot beverages. And if you love Christmas just as much as I
do, your biggest wish would be for one of those Christmassy towns in
movies to be real, am I right? Now, what if I tell you that these
fantasy towns do exist? As it turns out there is a number of
fairy-tale destinations in Europe where everyone can live out their
Christmas movie fantasies.
They call it the Capital of Christmas
for a reason. Strasbourg is worldwide famous for its Christmas
markets and the world’s most beautiful Christmas tree that will
simply bring tears to your eyes. This is why if you want to make your
Christmas holiday one of the most memorable and magical days ever,
Strasbourg is the right place to go.
Why you should visit Hallstatt during
Christmas? Just have another look at the image above. Every winter
this small village located on the western shore of Lake Hallstatt
turns into a fantasy winter Wonderland with its toy-like houses and
beautiful scenery. This is just the right place for anyone who is
looking for a magical, peaceful place to spend the holiday.
I am sure you will agree with me on
this one that there is no better way to spend winter holidays than
celebrating your Christmas with Santa and his elves. Santa’s
Village offers the most awesome winter activities for both kids and
their parents. For kids, there are cooking classes where they make
cookies with Mrs Clause, or kids can enroll to Elf School. As for
other activities to enjoy with a family, there are husky-dog rides,
hills to sled, Notherlights to watch and many more.
For those who might not know, Tivoli
Park is the oldest amusement park in Europe. During the Christmas
season the park gets transformed into a Christmassy fairy-tale with
all the lights, ice rink, ginger cookies, roasted chestnuts, hot wine
and a giant Christmas tree. What else do you need for a perfect
Christmas getaway, right?
If you are looking for a truly unique
Christmas experience, you should definitely visit Valkenburg caves.
Valkenburg’s Christmas market is set up in the labyrinth of caves
that are located underneath this adorable small town. Inside the
caves, you’ll be able to find all kinds of gifts and traditional
Christmas treats. Valkenburg has long been a regular holiday
destination for tourists, so be prepared for the crowds.
Wroclaw is beautiful all year round,
but during the winter holidays this lovely town transforms into
something even more magical. The Christmas market in the Old Town
dates back to the 16th century, so it’s no wonder that tourists
from all over Europe are coming there every year to enjoy its unique
winter holiday vibe.
Every winter Nuremberg sets up one of the most adored and visited Christmas villages in Europe. What makes it so unique? First of all, only real crafters are allowed in the village, so you won’t find any mass-produced gifts and souvenirs, only handmade products. Second, there is a competition for the best seller’s stall, now if you can imagine all the effort that is put into decorating each of 200 stalls, it’s hard not to get enchanted with all the beauty.