The 12 best European cities to enjoy the Christmas spirit in 2022
After years of Christmas travel hiatus, 2022 is set to mark a return to holidays abroad during the snowy season. The famous Christmas markets in Europe are already preparing to receive visitors. The only question that remains is which markets to visit. Which cities should be on your vacation list this year?
Holiday rental booking site Holidu has identified the happiest European destinations and offers the perfect weekend for Christmas lovers. The index identifies places that are the epitome of a winter wonderland by taking into account Instagram hashtag volume, overall search volume, number of Christmas markets and average number of snowy days in December.
Without further ado, these are the cities you should visit this Christmas 2022
12. Cologne, Germany
Colognesometimes spelled Köln, is well known for its magnificent cathedral, a Gothic masterpiece that towers over the city in many ways.
The largest city on the Rhine, which also happens to be the cradle of mulled wine, has no less than 7 Christmas fairs from the end of November to New Year’s Eve, some with unusual themes and others authentic and rooted in tradition.
These winter attractions, scattered all over Cologne and considered one of the best Christmas markets in Germany, offer a wonderful opportunity to experience the enchanted festive season and discover the traditions of the fascinating country where the markets of Christmas.
This small Alsatian town near the German border is a great place for your winter break, as it boasts the oldest Christmas market in France, a spectacular Gothic cathedral and a charming old town listed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. ‘UNESCO. You will undoubtedly admire the charming Christmas Markets set up in the old squares of Strasbourg, as well as the ornate decorations that adorn the half-timbered houses of the city at any time of the year.
In the shadow of the mighty cathedral, you’ll find almost 300 traditional wooden stalls with beautiful Christmas tree decorations, eye-catching nativity scenes and comforting seasonal specialties like roasted chestnuts, Bredele biscuits or mulled wine (wine warm). The atmosphere is enlivened by the singing of Christmas carols, nativity scenes and glittering ice rinks where one can hardly resist the temptation to jump on them.
10. Oslo, Norway
Oslo, ranked 10th overall, is the top 10 city with the highest probability of snowfall in December, with an average of 17 days of snowfall! In addition to the high probability of a White Christmas, Oslo is a fantastic alternative for snow sports enthusiasts, as the Oslo Winter Park ski resort is only a 30-minute drive from the city center.
9. Paris, France
The awe-inspiring light shows found throughout Paris are some of the city’s best vacation deals.
Visit the Champs Elysées for one of the most enchanting vacation views. If you visit Paris in December, you will escape the hordes of tourists that you usually encounter in other seasons, which is another great advantage.
8. Salzburg, Austria
During the holidays, there are many carols and concerts that pay homage to the musical tradition of this town and spread Christmas cheer by singing loudly for all to hear! Due to its proximity to the mountains, Salzburg is also a fantastic place to spend a day skiing.
7. London, UK
If Christmas markets aren’t your thing or you’re looking for other Christmas activities, London has so much more to offer.
How about a cheerful musical performance of one of the most beloved Christmas movies of all time? Yes, from November 14, 2022 to January 7, 2023, you can treat yourself to a performance of ELF The Musical at the Dominion Theatre!
6. Stockholm, Sweden
A weekend in the Swedish capital is a great way to get excited. The festivities start in mid-November and we recommend visiting Stortorget Christmas Market in the Old Town, the oldest Christmas market in the country dating back to 1837.
With over 40 stalls selling souvenirs, food and drink, you’ll be spoiled for choice here. As you stroll through the streets lit with twinkling lights, you can sip glögg (mulled wine) and eat a gingerbread cookie.
5. Copenhagen, Denmark
Denmark’s capital, Copenhagen, rounds out the top 5. The Julemarked at Hjbro Plads is centrally located in the old town. It is inspired by a classic German Christmas market and offers everything from waffles to gluhwein. He is known to have an “international flair”. Visit Tivoli Gardens, the world’s second oldest amusement park market, if you’re looking for thrills! Visit Julemarked Kongens Nytorv if you are looking for tradition! In wintery Copenhagen, you’re sure to find the perfect market.
4. Munich, Germany
Munich, the capital of Bavaria, takes one of the top five spots on our list and continues the German tradition of festive markets. Here you’ll find some of the oldest Christmas markets, with roots dating back to 1310, the year the first recognized “Christmas market” was held in Germany.
Markets are held throughout the city during the Christmas season, so you are guaranteed plenty of options. Visit the bustling Christkindlmarkt with its more than 150 stalls on Marienplatz or the quaint Munich Residenz Christmas Village.
3. Prague, Czech Republic
Next on our list is Prague, the Czech Republic. Prague is still a hit on Instagram hashtags and search queries during the winter season, although there are fewer Christmas markets overall.
As well as the charming cobbled streets and bustling markets, many are drawn to the town for its affordability. Visit some of the most important sights, such as the spectacular Christmas trees in Wenceslas Square and Old Town Square. If you want to feel cheerful in winter, you have to go to Prague.
2. Vienna, Austria
Vienna, the capital of Austria, rises to second place on our list. Vienna is a joyous paradise not to be missed during the Christmas season, as the first “December market” dates back to 1298. Step into a winter wonderland by visiting Vienna’s most famous Christmas market, Rathausplatz. It’s no surprise that people flock to Vienna during the Christmas season to feel festive, as it’s one of the most searched for holiday destinations on Instagram.
Berlin wins the title of the happiest Christmas city in Europe. Christmas markets are nothing new in this city; the first was founded here in 1530.
You can choose the one that suits you best from more than 80 markets spread all over the city. Savor a steaming cup of Glühwein while gazing at the bright lights of the Christmas carnival in Frankfurter Allee, or head to Berlin City Hall and ride the famous Ferris wheel. Whatever your preference, Berlin is sure to make your Christmas season joyful and bright.