Christmas in Europe; Looking for a stronger Christmas-vibe holiday?
he festive celebrations in Europe begin four Sundays prior to the eve of Christmas which marks the beginning of the Advent. Most of the Catholic countries also celebrate the Feast of St. Nicholas on 6th December. Following the feast, the main celebration is that of the Christmas Eve where people attend the Midnight Mass and gather around with their loved ones for a heart-warming meal together.
With the snowfall covering the rooftops, Christmas goodies up for sale, the aroma of cinnamon and ginger breads in the air, and the bustling Christmas markets in Europe, it’s undoubtedly going to be a unique holiday experience!
Here are some of the places that we recommend to visit during your next Christmas!
Experience the magnificence and grandeur of Russia. Explore the vibrant modern culture and historical grand palaces here as you walk along the snow carpeted streets of two imperial cities in this magical winter - St. Petersburg & Moscow.
See the beautiful snow-capped domes of the grand architecture here, with the ringing of distant church bells in the background.
St. Petersburg was the imperial capital for two centuries, having been founded in 1703 by Peter the Great. It remains Russia’s cultural center today, with a strong preserved traditional heritage and buildings
Admire the grand architecture as you stroll through the majestic Winter Palace, which served as the official royal residence for Russian emperors from 1732 to 1917. It was first built for Peter the Great in 1708. The intricately designed interiors are decorated with artifacts and statues throughout history.
Another interesting place to visit is Peter and Paul Fortress from the 18th century. First established by Peter the Great in 1703, it served as the city garrison and later a prison. Today, it has been adapted as a central part of the State Museum of St. Petersburg History.
Moscow Christmas Markets
An enchanting winter wonderland awaits you here at the Moscow Christmas Markets with more than 400 dazzling lights illuminating the city for its annual Christmas Light Festival.
You will find multiple fun winter activities and New Year shopping at the various Christmas fairs. One of the biggest festivals in the world - Journey into Christmas is also one not to miss, where traditional elements of Russian Christmas fun fairs merges with modern contemporary ideas.
Immerse yourself into the local festivities as you stroll through the city squares and Christmas market stalls, all while with the aroma of gingerbread, caviar-filled crepes and mulled wine that fills the air.
Remember to visit the vibrant facade of St. Basil’s Cathedral and the Kremlin while you’re here!
There is hardly a more festive way spend December than heading for an Austria Christmas trip. Visiting any Austria Christmas market, also called Advent markets in Austria, is a lot like stepping inside a storybook; there will be warm drinks, sweet treats, exquisite decor, and an absolute festive atmosphere.
Being the capital of Austria, Vienna is an iconic Austria Christmas market destination. The markets tradition here have begun since the 13th century!
You can find some of the most beautifully crafted gifts and souvenirs at the Christmas markets. We recommend getting your hands on some delicious Viennese hot chocolate to enjoy in the romantic winter.
The whole Christmas Market aesthetics and tradition is deeply woven into the cultural fabric here in Germany. All across Germany, from Nuremberg to Hamburg and Cologne, festively decorated huts take over the town squares and spread the festive mood with handcrafted goodies and delicious treats.
When it comes to Christmas markets in Europe, Germany is still one of the best. Afterall, the Germans pretty much invented them. The Christmas market – also known as the Christkindlmarkt (Christ child market) or Weihnachtsmarkt (Christmas Eve market) – is a tradition that began in the German-speaking parts of Europe way back since the Middle Ages.
Nuremberg Christmas Market, or Nuremberg Christkindlesmarkt is arguably one of the most famous one in Germany, with documents dating it back as early as 1628.
Keeping the tradition is important here, with almost everything made regionally. You will find over 180 wooden stalls selling everything from the traditional Prune Men used to decorate houses and festive delicacies and the unique blueberry mulled wine, blueberry glühwein.
You can also get a fantastic view over the entire Main Market Square by climbing up to the balcony of the Church of Our Lady.
Starting at the end of November and lasting until Christmas Eve, Dresden transforms into Germany's "Capital of Christmas". With so much history and festivities spirit, Dresden is the place to be during Advent.
The most famous of Christmas market here will definitely be Dresden’s Striezelmarkt. The Striezelmarkt is the oldest throughout Germany and has spread its festive charm every single year since 1434. It is a big attraction for both locals and tourists alike. Dive into the traditional culture here as you stroll past over 200 huts and stands from different vendors, featuring everything from traditional woodcrafts to local delicacies.
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