Where to spend Christmas in Europe

By Amber Woolley

If you're thinking of getting away this holiday season but not sure where to go, Europe is a fantastic option for those who want to travel while still going somewhere where festive spirits are high. From traditional holiday markets and nostalgic settings to charming medieval squares and Gothic churches, all throughout Europe there are countless destinations that can definitely deliver a hefty dose of holiday spirit.

Kiruna, Sweden

As the Northern Lights are one of the seven wonders of the world, the best time to chase the Aurora is during the holiday season. In December, evenings are long and dark, so the chances of seeing the lights are very high. During the day, there will be plenty of time to spend in the snow so finally, you can enjoy the white Christmas you've been longing for.

Spending the nights beneath the Northern Lights is the ideal retreat for a romantic getaway. In Kiruna, Sweden, you can fall asleep watching the Aurora dance the night away under a completely translucent glass roof—a truly once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Nuremberg Christmas market, Germany

Christkindlesmarkt, otherwise known as the Nuremberg Christmas Market.
Photo sourced from Faredepot.

Whenever we think of holiday festivities, German markets always make it to the top of the list. Although there are some great German markets around Europe, one of the most famous is Nuremberg's German Market, which boasts around 2 million visitors per year.

Wrap up warm, enjoy the hustle and bustle, and immerse yourself in the excitement of Christmas. Appreciate the sweet gingerbread aroma, sip on hot mulled wine, enjoy a bratwurst, and take the old fashioned stagecoach around Nuremberg to learn even more about the city's culture.

Lapland, Finland

If you're traveling to Europe with family this holiday season and have young children, taking them to Lapland will create the most amazing winter wonderland experience. Make it a weekend trip, and stay in this unique igloo before taking a short road trip to Rovaniemi to visit Santa's Village. Your day will be full of fun, family activities, which may include a ride on a snowmobile, a reindeer safari, a husky ride, and, of course, saying hello to Santa!

St. Moritz, Switzerland

Luxurious Ski Resort in Switzerland.
Photo sourced from Snow Magazine.

The perfect time to take a ski trip to avoid an overcrowded resort is Christmas! That's because the peak season for the European slopes is February through March. Traveling to Europe for a ski holiday is totally worth it for the experience; you'll get the opportunity to ski where the sport originated from, enjoy the beautiful scenery, and indulge in the local food and wine.

There are hundreds of ski resorts to choose from, but St. Moritz in Switzerland is a truly special destination. This resort is the oldest winter holiday destination in the world, making it the most luxurious and unique escape you could ask for this holiday season. Spend your mornings skiing, and in the afternoons, get cozy by the fire with a hot chocolate and relax in style and elegance.

Prague, Czech Republic

Old Town Square in Prague.
Photo sourced from Eurolines.

Discover a real-life fairytale this Christmas and enjoy a city full of character. Take a trip in December and discover Prague's architecture all lit up by magical holiday lights. Here, you will have an excellent opportunity to immerse yourself in Gothic architecture, uncover the cities best traditions, and experience its delightful cuisine. The whole city is also decked out with bright and vibrant wooden huts— animated with music and all the holiday decorations you could imagine.

Granada, Spain

The Alhambra with the Sierra Nevada range in the background.
Photo sourced from Spain Attractions.

If you're looking for a storybook Christmas, Granada is the perfect place to visit. The city is famous for its breathtaking, postcard landscapes and magical nativity scenes, known as belenes. Set the tone this festive season and introduce something different and exciting—a Spanish navidad, perhaps? Reconnect with nature and stay close to the snow capped mountains of Sierra Nevada in this beautiful tipi.


Want to check out some more of our winter glamping options in Europe? Keep exploring here!