Step into a world where cobblestone streets glisten with snow, aromatic spices fill the air, and centuries-old traditions come to life – it's Christmas in Europe. From the lively Christmas markets to the heartwarming customs, this article is your gateway to the most captivating Christmas tour experiences in Europe. Grab your warmest puffer jacket, put on your gloves, wrap yourself up in a scarf and get ready for a Christmastime winter wonderland!
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Christmas experiences in Vienna, Austria
The Austrian capital, Vienna, is a charming European city with impeccable Baroque architecture and a rich history. Consistently named one of the most liveable cities in the world, Vienna’s atmosphere and culture adds to its charm. During the Christmas holiday season, Vienna’s buildings and Christmas tree-lined boulevards twinkle with light, while the city’s Christmas markets are the place to be! A visit to a Viennese market isn’t complete without trying Weihnachtspunsch (Christmas punch), yum!
A tour of the original Viennese snow globe factory and museum is a must! Traditional snow globes have been manufactured since 1920, so there is plenty to see. This is the perfect Christmas-time experience that must not be missed!
Christmas colour in Ljubljana, Slovenia
Ljubljana, Slovenia’s capital, is an increasingly popular destination for travellers to Europe and it’s easy to see why. With its elegant buildings, tree-lined streets and quaint atmosphere, Ljubljana is a must-visit destination. The Christmas spirit is infectious in Ljubljana with decorations colourfully filling the city.
Visit Preseren’s Square, located in the heart of Ljubljana’s Old Town and be transported into a Christmas wonderland. Decorations are plentiful in the square as this location serves as the main meeting point for the locals.
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Christmas markets at Lake Bled, Slovenia
Arguably the jewel in Slovenia’s crown, the serene and enchanting Lake Bled is the perfect escape from bustling Ljubljana. In winter, the lake’s sapphire-toned water is surrounded by snow-capped trees with the snow-covered Julian Alps in the background creating a magical setting.
For more information: Your guide to visiting Lake Bled, Slovenia
Located on the shore of the lake is Bled’s Christmas market. Enjoy the festivities by the lake’s edge and indulge in delicious local cuisine while picking up unique Christmas decorations and gifts.
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Winter Wonderland of Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia
Renowned for their range of distinctive colours from azure to green, grey or blue, the cascading sixteen lakes formed by runoff from the mountains are a stunning site to see whilst in Croatia. Plitvice Lakes National Park is one of the oldest and most beautiful parks in Croatia and is a designated UNESCO World Heritage site.
Immerse yourself in the incredible winter wonderland of a snow-covered Plitvice Lakes National Park and embrace the outdoors. In the colder months, freezing temperatures transform the landscape, causing the 16 cascading lakes to freeze over, creating a mesmerising and picturesque setting straight out of the pages of a fairy-tale.
Once you’ve experienced the magic of the outdoors, warm up inside a local cafe and enjoy the local Croatian cuisine with sweet and savoury dishes to warm you up and refuel you for your next Christmas adventure.
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Experience a white Christmas on a tour to Europe with Bunnik Tours
Interested in experiencing the enchantment of Christmas in Europe? You can with Bunnik Tours! Pack your bags and get ready to experience a white Christmas with Austria, Slovenia & Croatia Christmas Markets tour for the opportunity to create unforgettable memories. Book online or contact one of our friendly Travel Specialists for more information today.
Christmas in Europe: FAQs
How do they celebrate Christmas in Europe?
In many parts of Europe, you can expect to see Christmas markets selling homemade crafts and delicious food and drinks. The streets are filled with holiday lights and plenty of carollers. It’s also common for families to enjoy a large feast with local treats on Christmas Eve.
Which European country is the best during Christmas time?
This all depends on personal preference! However, Vienna in Austria is known for being one of the best places for a white Christmas in Europe to experience magically decorated architecture, the vibrant atmosphere and must-visit European Christmas markets.
Is it worth visiting Europe in December?
Yes! If you’re looking to avoid huge crowds and enjoy famous tourist attractions without the hefty costs, then winter is the best time to visit! Plus, you will also get to experience the wintertime festivities unique to Europe.
Is it too cold to visit Europe in December?
Although the temperatures are fairly cold during December, you can still enjoy everything that Europe has to offer! The average temperatures in Europe during December range from -°C temperatures to 8°C, meaning you will definitely need to rug up! After all, to experience snow-covered jewels on your Christmas tour it will need to drop in temperature. However, these temperatures will vary depending on the European cities you visit.
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