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Some cities do not even need snow to create a magical mood. The aroma of almond and cinnamon, defiantly flashing light bulbs, street orchestras, wooden houses all these are telling sign of Christmas in European cities.

We made for you a list of 15 places where you could meet Christmas like in a fairy tale.

The little prompt! It’s better to come to Europe not at Christmas, but during Advent, when cities are preparing for the holiday. Ticket prices and housing will be cheaper.

Salzburg, Austria

The most magnificent fair of Salzburg beckons with smells of hot baking and spicy punch at the Cathedral, and children will enjoy at the Hellbrunn Palace.

If for you it is too angelic picture, join the processions of Krampus  – furry devils with huge horns that punish the disobedient.

When: November 22 – December 26, 2019

Rovaniemi, Finland

Rovaniemi is full of entertainment, and the main ones – the northern lights, a walk over the Arctic Circle and a meeting with Santa Claus – are free. There is a post office in Santa Claus Village.

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For a fee, you can ride a snowmobile, team with husky or reindeer, get training at the School of the Dwarfs and have fun with children in Santa Park.

When Santa receives guests: December 1, 2018 – January 6, 2019, from 9:00 to 19:00

Bolzano, Italy

Bolzano is a very picturesque town on the border with Austria and Switzerland. It is here that the famous Christkindlmarkt fair is held, which gathers all the best from the surrounding regions. Here you will find wooden shelves filled with gifts and souvenirs, delicious pizza and specialty Bolzano mulled wine.

When: from November 23 – December 25, 2018

Strasbourg, France

Locals are trying to make every inch of their small town shine. They have a lot of experience: the first Christmas market in Strasbourg was in 1570. That’s why the city is called the capital of Christmas – you will learn more about this in the Alsace Museum.

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On the squares in the pre-Christmas time, more than ten fairs are scattered.

But you can’t just pass by the elegant windows of the Carré d’Or shopping district, a 30-meter spruce on Place Kleber and the Cathedral, where festive concerts are organized.

When: November 23 – December 30, 2018

Prague, Czech Republic

Go for a walk to the Old Town Square and Wenceslas Square: they are decorated with the most beautiful and noisy fairs. Buy a horseshoe for good luck, which the blacksmith will make right in front of you, and try the trdelnik, baking old-Czech delicacy, and local mulled wine – Svarzhak.

Do not miss the organ concert in the Church of St. Nicholas and in the Old Town Hall.

Do not forget to look at the winter Prague from the 66-meter height and release the carp into the river for good luck – then the New Year will surely be happy.

When: December 1, 2018 – January 6, 2019

Zurich, Switzerland

Already in the building of the railway station you’ll be met by the largest in Europe covered Christmas market and dazzling spruce, covered with Swarovski crystals.

And it’s impossible to miss the Werdmühleplatz fair: every day the choir sings Christmas carols on the podium in the form of a huge Christmas tree. Free short concerts are also held in the lobby of the Opera Theater: every day at 17:30.

When: November 23 – December 23, 2019

Copenhagen, Denmark

The most beautiful, beautiful and fascinating holiday in Copenhagen is held in Tivoli gardens. This huge amusement park in the city center turns into a Christmas extravaganza. 5 kilometers of the fair, an Alpine village on the territory, millions of light bulbs and hundreds of installations, a huge free skating rink, the stage on which the Nutcracker ballet is shown and much, much more.

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When: November 12 – December 31, 2019

Munich, Germany

At Marienplatz the main fair glistens, rings and teases with smells, smoothly flowing from the square into the alleys. Be careful from three to five o’clock in the afternoon on December 10 and 17: you can get into the hands of Krampus.

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Every day at half past five from the balcony of the Town Hall Christmas melodies sounds for everyone. At the exit from the Old Town, at the Zendling Gate, take the Christmas tram with mulled wine, gingerbread and music inside.

When: November 27 – December 24, 2018

Bruges, Belgium

Take a look at the Museum of Lace and buy handmade Christmas tree decorations as a souvenir of Bruges. If you suddenly freeze completely, sit with a mug of famous beer in a bar that is five hundred years old, or stir tiny candies in a giant cup of milk to try the most delicious hot chocolate in your life.

When: November 23, 2018 – January 1, 2019

London, Great Britain

In Hyde Park the whole Christmas country of Winter Wonderland is unfold.

Take a walk on Oxford Street and Regent Street and grab and near Chiswick House, where the Magic Lantern Festival takes place.

Do not forget to visit the main tree in Trafalgar Square: there, as in the cathedrals, you can listen to Christmas carols. And the most unusual memory of winter will be dinner in the dining room of Hogwarts or a cruise on the Thames in the company of Santa.

When: November 22, 2018 – January 6, 2019

Budapest, Hungary

To feel the atmosphere of Christmas in Budapest is simple – go to the spicy smell of baking and sooner or later you will find yourself in the Vorosmarty Square, where the giant fair takes place. Here you can taste fragrant kürtőskalács with cinnamon, and also listen to an evening concert.

The view from the cards is waiting for you at another fair – at the Basilica of St. Stephen. There in the evenings you can see a light and musical show.

When: November 9, 2018 – January 1, 2019

Riga, Latvia

The brightest and funniest actions take place on Dome Square and Livu Square.

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Be careful while walking around Old Riga and the city center don`t miss the annual parade of amazing Christmas trees. It is believed that the world’s first Christmas tree was installed in the capital of Latvia.

When: December 1, 2018 – January 6, 2019

Valkenburg, Holland

In December, the most interesting thing happens not in the city, but under it. In caves deep underground sellers in costumes of elves, gnomes and leprechauns offer souvenirs, sweet almonds and mulled wine according to an old recipe.

There are also a lot of interesting things above the ground: the village of Santa, the park “Fairy Forest” and the Parade of fairy tales on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

When: November 16 – December 30, 2019

Italy, Gubbio

In December, the weather in Italy is not as for Christmas. But few know that the largest Christmas tree in the world is lit here, in the tiny town of Gubbio in the Umbria region.

A tree 750 meters high seems to draw on a mountain of 800 neon light bulbs – it even got into the Guinness Book of Records. Being at this point on the Piazza dei Quaranta Martiri is unforgettable.

When: December 7, 2018 – January 6, 2019

Madrid, Spain

If you find yourself in Spain at this time, be sure to go to the Place Mayor. There you will have the opportunity not only to taste Spanish nougat with roasted almonds, sandwich mantekado cookies and round cakes of the Magi, but also to go on a tour of the secret courtyards of Madrid.

When: November 24, 2018 – January 6, 2019

And where are you going for christmas? Or you prefer to celebrate in family circle?

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