Top 10 European City Breaks for Christmas

Sometimes it’s a great idea to get away at Christmas, especially if you can afford a hotel to avoid the cooking and cleaning! Here are my top 10 Christmas city breaks in Europe, but wrap up warm – these destinations can get pretty cold!

Top 10 Christmas city Breaks in Europe

#1 Lapland, Finland

The supposed real home of Santa Claus, Lapland has to be at the top of the list! Take a dog sled ride or a Reindeer sleigh ride to meet the real Santa! (

#2 Leipzig, Germany

Leipzig offers not only the oldest but also the biggest Christmas market in Germany. The history of the Leipzig Christmas market dates back to 1948.

#3 Manchester, England

The streets of Manchester are filled with Christmas markets. There is also a Manchester Christmas Ice Rink from 12th November 2015 – 3rd January 2015 (New Bailey close to Spinningfields).

#4 Edinburgh, Scotland

Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland is stunning during Christmas time. I highly recommend whiskey to keep you warm! Take ear muffs or a hat too.

The festive light show illuminates the castle at this time of year. Edinburgh is one of the top destinations for New Years Eve due to the Hogmanay celebration.

#5 Munich, Germany

Drink mulled wine in the streets and visit the Munich Christmas market between 27th November and 24th December. (

#6 Tallinn, Estonia

The capital of Estonia, Tallinn has a fairytale Old Town that you will love to wonder around at Christmas time. In 1997, the Old Town of Tallinn became a UNESCO world heritage site.

#7 Tromso, Norway

The Norwegian Island of Tromso offers excellent views of the Northern Lights during the Christmas period. Dogsledding is also a popular activity (

#8 Vienna

Visit the famous Christmas Market Schloß Schönbrunn at the Schönbrunn Palace, which is open from 21 November to 26 December 2015.

The spectacular Christmas market at the city hall of Vienna, Austria Vic Stefanu – World Travels and Adventures

#9 Brussels, Belgium

The Winters Wonders market of Brussels features over 250 wooden hut stalls, ferris wheel and a temporary ice rink. Also, Brussels is easy to get to on the Eurostar.

#10 Lille

Another Eurostar hop! From 18th November to 30th December 2015 you can visit Lille for around 80 Christmas huts, nativity scenes and festive French food (

This Christmas, I will be spending time in the beautiful city of York. Where will you be this Christmas time?

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Hi, I'm Amy Trumpeter and I have over 25 years of travel experience. I love seeking out temples, Churches and other religious and historical buildings. I write mainly about Asia, Europe and North Africa. My BA (Religions and Theology) and MA (South Asian Studies) were gained from the University of Manchester. Come and join me on my templeseeking journey around the world!

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