Magical Christmas Destinations across Europe

Christmas is truly a mesmerizing time of year and whilst many jetsetters look to the pristine blues of the Caribbean shores for a little winter sun, hitting the chill of Europe can make for a memorable experience.

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From roaring log fires to snowflakes on your nose, sipping sweet mulled wine in the bright market places and riding husky sleighs beneath the kaleidoscopic colors of the Northern Lights, take a look at these supreme spots across Europe to bask in a true life winter wonderland.

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One of the most beautiful cities in Europe to behold, Vienna truly pulls out the magic when it comes to Christmas time. The baroque buildings laced in ice and with a fine dusting of snow transport you to another world, the bright lights of the Café Central tempt you in as they once did Trotsky to mull over a steaming midnight coffee and the markets overflow with wooden painted toys, elaborate sweets and charming handcrafted goodies.

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Dress in pearls and silk and mingle with high society at the lavish Christmas Eve banquet in Weikersdorf Castle, take a moonlit horse drawn carriage ride through the park and see a heart stopping rendition of The Nutcracker at the Vienna State Opera.

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Although there may be little chance of a white Christmas in London, the English celebrate Christmas with a certain charm. The Big Smoke is littered with prestigious hotels, bright Broadway shows, Michelin-starred restaurants and highbrow shopping experiences. The Jumeirah Lowndes Hotel hosts a special Christmas inspired stay allowing you to step out in style and skate on the city’s best open air rink.

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Indulge in a chocolate making master class with Rococo and give tired toots a perfect pampering experience in the elegant surroundings of this five-star Knightsbridge wonder. Take high tea at the Ritz and explore seasonal bohemian charm in Soho’s most eclectic market.

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For fairy tales that come to life Copenhagen is the perfect place for a sparkle of winter wonder. Home to Hans Christian Anderson, world-famous restaurants and the old world charm of the Tivoli Gardens you can lavish in the splendor of the season.

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Ride the 19th century Ferris wheel, clutch a mug of glogg in the cozy cafes and delight your taste buds with a table at Noma, the world’s best restaurant. The twinkling lights of the Christmas markets are the perfect place for picking up unique gifts and wandering the charming city streets in a flurry of snow before returning to plush suites at some of the city’s finest hotels is sure to pepper your stay with romance.

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Even though the sun doesn’t rise in the winter months you can splash out on a memorable stay in the heart of Lapland. Mush with huskies, sled down steep ravines and stroke reindeer in the fragrant pine forests hidden beneath a blanket of snow. Watch the aurora borealis light up the sky with mythical wonder and try your hand at ice fishing.

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Book a beautiful suite in the famous Ice Hotel in Jukkasjärvi with walls carved from sparkling white adorned with decadent sculpted murals. Sip a perfectly frosted cocktail at the Ice Bar as you snuggle beneath fur and dine in delectable northern style beside the roaring fire. Rustic cooking methods, fresh produce and artistic arrangements served on plates carved from ice from the Torne River makes the experience something truly special at The Old Homestead.

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Maxine Genier

Maxine Genier

Maxine is an adept of design, photography and online marketing. She lives in Gothenburg, Sweden with her husband and two beautiful daughters. She spends her leisure time exploring Europe with her family to perfect her skills as a travel photographer. She can be found in her spare time, strumming her guitar.
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