November 29, 2023 4 min read


Every year there's the urge to make Christmas time even more magical. The warm glow of glistening lights, sweet aromas of orange, cinnamon and mulled wine along with time spent with loved ones. We all to cherish these memories, so why not go the extra mile this year plan a unique trip to some of the most magical places to visit at Christmas time. Here's our shortlist to make it easy!


Rovaniemi, Finland

Rovaniemi is known as the official home of Santa Claus and is a popular destination for those seeking a winter wonderland experience. During Christmas time, Rovaniemi is transformed into a magical wonderland filled with a Santa Claus Village, magical market shopping and spellbinding northern lights. Experience authentic Lapland traditions, like the the reindeer sleigh ride, where visitors can take a trip on a vintage sleigh pulled by reindeer through the snow-covered Lapland countryside. There’s something for everyone, and is a particularly memorable experience for children.

Where to stay: Arctic Tree House Hotel



Nuremberg, Germany

Nuremberg is a city that truly comes alive during the festive season. With its charming Old Town, bustling markets, and rich cultural traditions, Nuremberg offers an enchanting winter experience that delights locals and visitors alike. Christkindlesmarkt is one of Germany's oldest and most famous Christmas markets, and Nuremberg is proud to host it every year in thecentral square. Explore the stalls adorned with ornate decorations and indulge in traditional treats like Nuremberg gingerbread, grilled sausages, and mulled wine. Be sure to visit the Old Town, a treasure trove of historic charm as you wonder the narrow medieval streets that come alive with warmth and cheer.

Where to stay:Le Meridien Grand Hotel Nuremberg



Colmar, France

Colmar is a magical city showcasing a dazzling display of Christmas lights, decorated storefronts, and festive markets during the holiday season. With its picturesque architecture, charming canals, and delicious food, Colmar is an excellent destination for everyone looking for a touch of holiday magic. Visiting Colmars Christmas markets is an experience not to be missed. The city has five different markets to explore, each with a unique theme. The brightly-lit stalls sell a wide variety of items like handmade crafts, local delicacies, and luxury Christmas decor. Marvel at the mesmerizing Christmas lights and indulge in delicious traditional Alsatian food like mulled wine, roasted chestnuts, and regional specialties like tarte flambée and choucroute, or glide on the ice at one of the picturesque skating rinks.

Where to stay:La Maison des Têtes Relais & Châteaux



Salzburg, Austria 

Salzburg is a charming city that truly shines during the Christmas season thanks to its historic architecture, stunning landscapes, and festive traditions. Home to several magical Christmas markets that transform the city into a fairytale land, the Christkindlmarkt in front of the Salzburg Cathedral is a must-visit, with its beautifully decorated stalls offering unique handcrafted gifts, traditional ornaments, and local delicacies. It’s also famous for its rich musical heritage, and during the Advent season, the city becomes a stage for soul-stirring choral performances. Take a leisurely walk through the Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and see buildings sparkling with twinkling lights, elegant Christmas trees, and decorative wreaths. Don’t leave without tryingChriststollen, a fruit bread filled with marzipan. 

Where to stay:Romantik Hotel Gmachl



New York, USA 

New York City at Christmas is the ultimate holiday experience. Famous for its vibrant atmosphere, iconic landmarks, and bustling streets, it becomes an enchanting wonderland in the winter. Visit the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree standing tall in the heart of Midtown Manhattan – this magnificent tree is adorned with thousands of twinkling lights and a sparkling star on top. You can skate beneath the towering tree too, where you will feel like a part of a classic holiday movie. Admire the spectacular storefront displays of some of the world's most famous department stores. During Christmas, they pull out all the stops with their extravagant and creative window displays. Wonder the avenues as you sip on cocoa and fill yourself with holiday cheer.

Where to stay: The Plaza Hotel



Vienna, Austria 

The capital city of Austria known for its rich history, opulent palaces and vibrant culture,comes alive at Christmas to ignite your holiday spirit. The most famous and beloved market is the Christkindlmarkt in front of Vienna's City Hall with over 150 stalls. Be sure to indulge in some hot punch or mulled wine to keep warm as you explore. Wander through the cobblestone streets and be captivated by the aroma of roasted chestnuts and traditional Viennese delicacies. Music holds a special place in the heart of Vienna and the city offers an array of concerts and performances that evoke the Christmas cheer. The iconic Vienna State Opera and Musikverein host classical concerts featuring renowned orchestras and choirs performing cherished Christmas compositions.

Where to stay: Hotel Motto



Bruges, Belgium

This picturesque medieval city in Belgium transforms into a fairytale wonderland, enchanting visitors with its festive atmosphere, dazzling lights, and magical Christmas markets – one of the highlights of Bruges during the holidays. The Markt, the city's main square, hosts the most iconic market, boasting over 100 stalls filled with delightful treats and unique crafts. Indulge in Belgian chocolates, gingerbread, waffles, and mulled wine as you as you stroll through the cobblestone streets or take a romantic boat ride through the canal while enjoying the breath-taking views of the illuminated historic buildings and bridges. Delight in the sounds of carolers singing traditional songs or visit the magical Ice Sculpture Festival, where talented artists create stunning ice sculptures depicting various Christmas themes.

Where to stay:Relais Bourgondisch Cruyce