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1. Posted by melpunk (Budding Member, 42 posts) 3 Sep '07 11:31

where's the best place in europe to spend christmas?

when i say best, i mean a place that captures the spirit of everything that's to do with christmas.

2. Posted by S_Deisler (Respected Member, 266 posts) 3 Sep '07 11:38

I don't know where the best place is, every place captures christmas with that places' people's believes.
However, I'd go to Scandinavia, maybe because of the snow and because I've always related christmas and finland

3. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru, 4567 posts) 3 Sep '07 12:10

Hello Melpunk:)

I dont know which is the best place either, but the Christmas markets in all the towns in Germany, create a lovely Christmas atmosphere. U can drink hot, spiced red wine at Gluhwein stands in the Christmas markets, to keep warm.
However, I dont know how easy it would be to get accomodation in Germany, at Christmas time.

Mel

4. Posted by travelbug_ (Respected Member, 110 posts) 4 Sep '07 01:17

Vienna , Salzburg and other places in Austria are really nice at Christmas.

5. Posted by t_maia (Moderator, 3291 posts) 5 Sep '07 14:17

I second Mel's recommendation. Though I have never been there, the Christmas market in Nurnberg is especially famous all over Europe. Personally I liked the Christmas market in Riga, but for Christmas in Riga you need to book way in advance. OTOH hostels in Berlin are easily available even during Christmas, they even have Xmas specials for 5 EUR per night or similar. The skiing resorts in the Alps are popular with European Xmas holiday makers, they would be best if you like skiing and partying, but don't mind budget that much.

6. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru, 4567 posts) 6 Sep '07 08:56

Yes the Christmas market in Nurnberg is lovely. Mainly because a large portion of it is inside the old city walls, which makes it extra special. We went there, last year.

Mel

[ Edit: Edited on Sep 6, 2007, at 8:58 AM by Mel. ]

7. Posted by Stockczech (Full Member, 30 posts) 6 Sep '07 09:27

Or you could go to Prague, there's a great Christmas Market - and it is the city of Good King Wenceslas :)

Sheila

8. Posted by bwiiian (Travel Guru, 768 posts) 8 Sep '07 05:24

I went scuba diving on christmas day once in tenerife. It was great. Had absolutely nothing to do with christmas (they dont really celebrate christmas in spain on 25th dec).

Sorry, this is not much help to you! Unless you also want ideas where not to go for christmas (mind you tenerife is a place not to go to all year!!)

9. Posted by Uncle_J (Full Member, 73 posts) 8 Sep '07 15:47

Roma ... enough said.

jac

10. Posted by Herr Bert (Moderator, 1370 posts) 9 Sep '07 04:32

Quoting bwiiian

I went scuba diving on christmas day once in tenerife. It was great. Had absolutely nothing to do with christmas (they dont really celebrate christmas in spain on 25th dec).

Sorry, this is not much help to you! Unless you also want ideas where not to go for christmas (mind you tenerife is a place not to go to all year!!)

But it helps me .... I hate Christmas. (How about Malta?)

But seriously, if you like the Christmas, you see in the films, (Snow, Lights, everybody happy) then I will repeat others - Germany (all over the country there are christmas markets), and Austrian cities, like Vienna and Salzburg.

But you could also do a German - French trip. Strassbourg also has a Christmas Market, that is pretty well know.

Rovaniemi in Finland, has claimed it's place, as the hometown of Santa Claus, but it's hugely a marketing thing. I know of stories, of schoolclasses going there to see Santa Claus there, that have been in line to see him, but never got to see him, because queues around Christmas are too long. I also guess, it would be an unforgetable trip, as at that time, there will be only a minimum of sunlight. (Rovaniemi is just a few miles from the Polar Circle, meaning that at the 21st of December the sun doesn't rise. You might want to try to see the Nothern Lights.

[ Edit: Edited on Sep 9, 2007, at 4:39 AM by Herr Bert ]