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Best Christmas Lights in Europe

Best Christmas lights in Europe 2021

What’s more enjoyable than a city break to discover traditional and magical Christmas markets, hand in hand with your beloved  or with your family? There are scents of cinnamon, mulled wine and gingerbread in the air and light snowflakes falling down from the sky. 

 

Some European destinations have decided to offer you memories for a lifetime; come admire the most beautiful Christmas lights in the evening: they sparkle a thousand lights. Discover your selection of the most beautiful Christmas lights in Europe and book your flights and your hotel at the best price for a magical stay in Europe.

 


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Christmas lights in Opatija

Croatia

Enjoy a fascinating Advent by the sea in the festive atmosphere of Opatija, Croatia. Stroll through the beautifully decorated town and spend an unforgettable Christmas holiday.

 

Luxuriously decorated streets and squares, an ice skating rink, and various musical and theatrical performances at numerous magnificent locations are just a small part of the enchanting Advent in Opatija programme. The sound of Christmas carols can be heard all around, and the delightful scents of mulled wine and hot chocolate guarantee a truly memorable experience for all visitors. A festive atmosphere, mild winter climate and the closeness of the sea together make the perfect recipe for the Advent of your dreams.

 

Just like a beautiful festive picture book, Opatija connects all these experiences and offers a fantastic festive atmosphere by day and great visual attractions by night. The splendid Christmas decorations transform St. James’ Park and the famous Angiolina Park into a magic and unforgettable backdrop for holiday photographs.

 

Giant figures of the Nutcracker, glittering gifts, illuminated century-old cypresses and many other unique decorations are the perfect companions for a walk through the heart of the town which reminds you of a kingdom from children’s imagination. Especially interesting are the fairytale installations spread through Opatija parks but also the exhibition dedicated to Nutcrackers, unique artistic figures that have become a trademark of Opatija’s Advent.

 

In  December Opatija is dedicated to chocolate. Its cafés, bars and restaurants offer a wide selection of chocolate delicacies, accompanied by numerous surprises and activities.

 

Opening dates: November 26th 2021 till January 9th 2022.

 

How to get there: Book your flights to Zagreb or Ljubljana Airports (2h by car - 3h by public transport).

 

Where to stay:  "Hotel Ambasador" for its world-class restaurants and lounge bar. We also highly recommend you to stay at the "Amadria Park Hotel Milenij". This five-star luxury hotel features Opatija's most beautiful views on Kvarner Bay. For an unforgettable stay, book at the "LRH hotel Palace Bellevue".

 


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Christmas lights in Moscow

Russia

Moscow is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful Christmas Destination in the world. The city has become increasingly trendy for the holiday season.  The New Year’s Eve festivities have been attracting travellers from all over the world and the Christmas market appeals to a large family audience as well as lovers and friends chasing the Christmas magic.

 

With St. Basil's Cathedral as backdrop, a Christmas market illuminates the mythical Red Square with a thousand garlands. You couldn't ask for a better place to celebrate Christmas this year.

 

Stock up on original handmade gifts like the famous Matryoshka Dolls and experience an unforgettable Christmas in Moscow. The Christmas market is open from the end of November until mid-February!

 

Opening dates: The Christmas market is open from the end of November until mid-February!

 

How to get there: Book your flights to Moscow and your transfer.

 

Where to stay:   "People Red Square Hotel" in the heart of Moscow.

 


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 Christmas lights in Tallinn

Estonia

Voted the most beautiful Christmas market in Europe, Tallinn’s Christmas Market appeals to travellers from all over the world in search of authenticity, charm, tradition and wonder. This Christmas market seems to come straight out of a snow globe.

 

With its little train, chalets and of course real snow, Tallinn’s Christmas Market is one of the most charming Christmas markets in Europe. The Tallinn Christmas Market delights everyone with its coziness, historical buildings and long traditions. In recent years, the Tallinn Christmas Market has become increasingly visible in the foreign media; it has been elected a number of times as one of the best among the tens of thousands of Christmas markets.

 

Usually the Tallinn Christmas market is open from mid-November to the end of December (beginning of January).

 

Book your flights to Tallinn as well as your accommodation and your tours and activities in Tallinn such a "Tallinn: Sunset Dinner Cruise".

 

Opening dates: From 26th November to 2nd January 2022.

 

How to get there: Book your flights to Tallinn.

 

Where to stay:  "Hestia Hotel Barons Old Town" in the heart of Tallinn.

 


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Christmas Lights in Montbeliard

France

Located in Franche-Comté (Eastern France), the town of Montbéliard – famous for its hospitality- turns into a pure enchantment a few weeks before Christmas.

 

At Advent time, Montbéliard revives the tradition of Württemberg and organizes a Christmas market like no other with 160 lovely stalls full of authentic and high quality items. While strolling down the illuminated streets, visitors can taste the delicious gastronomic products from Montbéliard and France, admire the variety of art and crafts, dance to the music and the sound of choral songs… 

 

The event is more than a traditional Christmas market and Montbéliard  wants to make sure the Christmas Lights offer the 500,000 visitors all their wonders .

 

Opening dates: From 22nd November to 24th December 2021.

 

How to get there: Book your flights to Montbéliard or Basel/Mulhouse (1h by car, 2h by public transport).

 

Where to stay:  "Ibis Styles Montbéliard". Perfect for a 2-night stay!

 

Select the "free cancellation" option and pre-book your accommodation at the best price in Montbeliard.

  


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 Christmas lights in Colmar

France

You have ranked Colmar among the best Christmas lights in Europe.  Indeed the city seems to have been created in the workshops of Santa Claus. The beautiful traditional half-timbered houses are colourful and look like gingerbread houses! Colmar is probably one of the most beautiful destinations in France and one of the most romantic ones for families, lovers and lonely travellers, for culture, wine tourism and  nature lovers too.

 

From the end of November to the end of December come enjoy Colmar’s Christmas lights. The show is unforgettable, that is why Colmar is THE must Christmas destination. 

 

Opening dates: From 26th November to 30th December 2021.

 

How to get there: Book your flights to Basel/Mulhouse airport or Strasbourg.

 

Where to stay:  "Le Colombier", located in the district of the "Petite Venise" or "Hotel Turenne" freshly renovated with excellent value for money.

 


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 Christmas lights in Ljubljana

Slovenia

The capital of Slovenia will dazzle you by its amazing Christmas decorations and illuminations. Considered one of the most beautiful capitals in Europe as well as one of the Greenest, Ljubljana is a destination made for romantics, travellers looking for authenticity, for an original city break mixing shopping, gastronomy, architecture, culture, strolling and romance.

 

The Christmas market in Ljubljana in Slovenia is, together with that of Zagreb in Croatia, one of the most beautiful in this part of Europe not to mention their fabulous majestic Christmas trees.  Ljubljana is a destination to discover in all seasons, yet a visit at Christmas time will give you unforgettable memories. One last argument to convince you? A room in a 4- or 5-star hotel in Ljubljana at Christmas will cost you 2-3 times less than the same room in Paris, London or Berlin.

 

Save on your room by booking at the best price and treat yourself to extras such as a "From Ljubljana: Private Tour to Maribor, Ptuj & Vineyards".

 

Opening dates: From 29th November 2021 to 2nd January 2022.

 

How to get there: Book your flights to Ljubljana.

 

Where to stay:  "Hotel Cubo" for its excellent location.

 


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Christmas Lights in Prague

Czech Republic

Prague is one of the most romantic destinations in Europe. If you liked Paris you will love Prague; the city is made for lovers from all over the world. The Prague Christmas Market is one of the most beautiful Christmas markets in Europe. The unique atmosphere of the medieval central Prague makes the Christmas Markets at the Old Town Square very popular.

 

In contrast to some bigger markets in Europe, the Prague Christmas Market is  familiar, which makes the experience more intensive.

 

Book your flights and hotel at the best price and experience a magical Christmas in Prague

 

Opening dates: From 27th November 2021 to 2nd January 2022.

 

How to get there: Book your flights to Prague.

 

Where to stay:  "BoHo Prague Hotel". Located 600m from Old Town Square. 

 


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Christmas Lights in Funchal

Madeira Islands - Portugal

Fancy a tropical Christmas? Then it has to be Christmas in Funchal. The city’s Christmas market ranks amongst the Best sunny Christmas Markets in Europe and Madeira Islands are top ranked as one of the best destinations for winter sun in Europe.

 

The end of year celebrations in Madeira are magical and the illuminations in Funchal, the capital, simply sublime. Don't miss the fireworks on New Year's Day: it's the biggest fireworks display in Europe! Truly, there are only good reasons to celebrate Christmas in Madeira this year.

 

Book your flights to Funchal, your accommodation near the Christmas Market and your Madeira tours and activities such as a "From Funchal: Best of Madeira's West Tour".

 

Opening dates: From 1st December 2021 to 9th January 2022.

 

How to get there: Book your flights to Funchal.

 

Where to stay:  “Quinta da Casa Branca” for its lush gardens.

 


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Christmas Lights in Nice

France

Enjoy the magic of Christmas under the palm trees in Nice, one of the most beautiful cities of the French Riviera. The temperatures are mild and not having the tip of your nose and fingers frozen at Christmas time can be nice sometimes.

 

The colourful city does not do things half when it comes to celebrating an important moment. Every year the city of Nice decorates its streets with sublime luminous installations, refined or gigantic ones. Discover the Nice Christmas market and its beautiful illuminations by booking your flights to Nice, your accommodation at the and your tours and activities in Nice.

 

Opening dates: From 2nd December 2021 to 2nd January 2022.

 

How to get there: Book your flights to Nice. 

 

Where to stay:  "Hotel La Villa Nice Victor Hugo", elegant and perfectly located in the historic centre of Nice.

 


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Christmas Lights in Monte-Carlo

Monaco

Perhaps it is because the richest people in this world live here that Monaco cannot be satisfied with a few garlands and decorations for Christmas.

 

Succeeding in amazing those who have everything is no small feat for the teams in charge of decorating this destination which combines luxury, leisure, shopping, relaxation, sun and business. Succumb to the city’s green touch: in recent years, under the leadership of Prince Albert II of Monaco and his wife Charlene, Monaco has been committed to protecting the environment, seas and oceans.

 

Many hotels have started to cultivate their vegetables and even offer desserts made with honey harvested in the gardens of Prince Albert II or on the roofs of hotels and Palaces in Monaco.

 

Monaco is a prime destination for a dazzling holiday season, with all the ingredients for exceptional end-of-year celebrations: shows, gourmet meals, sunset cruises on a sailboat or private yacht or evenings at the famous Monte-Carlo Casino where Marcel Duchamp, the greatest artist of the 20th century, liked to hang out. 

 

Do not miss the Place du Casino, which welcomes a new grandiose setting each year. The Hôtel de Paris, also located on this square, is adorned with a thousand lights and the entire square decorated with igloos, crystal hot air balloons and many sets created to dazzle young and old.

 

Opening dates: From Mid-November to 30th December 2021.

 

How to get there: Book your flights to Nice and your transfer.

 

Where to stay: "Hotel de Paris" on the Place du Casino.

 


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Christmas Lights in Reims

France

If you are looking for the most beautiful Christmas lights, look no further, travel to Reims. Enjoy a breathtaking show around the Cathedral. The Cathedral of Reims is brought to light every year. It is a real bright gift that makes the historic heart of Reims beat.

 

Reims at Christmas are not only illuminations but also a magnificent Christmas market with more than 140 traditional chalets. Reims is the capital of Champagne, so forget about mulled wine and let yourself be tempted by a glass of champagne for a sparkling Christmas.

 

Book your flights to Paris as well as your accommodation at the best price.

 

Opening dates: From 22nd November to 24th December 2021.

 

How to get there: Book your flights to Paris Vitry Airport (50min) or Paris Charles de Gaulle (1h30).

 

Where to stay:  "Holiday Inn Reims Center" ideally located in the historic centre of Reims. 

 


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Christmas Lights in Salerno

Italy

The artistic illuminations in the streets of Salerno last from mid-November to the end of January. The city of Salerno is one of the most illuminated cities in Europe. Every year, new artistic creations are added to this magical show.

 

You can also walk to the Salerno Christmas Market and take a Ferris wheel tour to get a breathtaking view of all the illuminations of the city of Salerno.

 

Book your flights to Naples as well as your hotel at the best price and treat yourself to a timeless moment in Salerno.

 

Opening dates: From Mid-November to 30th December 2021.

 

How to get there: Book your flights to Naples.

 

Where to stay: "Hotel Montestella", 400 m from the train station and only 9 minutes walk from the beach. 

 


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Christmas Lights in Edinburgh

Scotland

The Street of Light is stunning. It is inaugurated on the first day of the opening of Edinburgh's Light Night (from mid-November to the end of December).  Tens of thousands of small lamps light up in rhythm with the music. There are outstanding light installations throughout the city during Edinburgh Christmas Light Night.

 

Do not waste time and book your flights to Edinburgh as well as your accommodation and your best things to do in Edinburgh such as a "Lochness, Highland & Whisky distillery tour from Edinburgh".

 

Opening dates: From 20th November 2021 to 2nd January 2022.

 

How to get there: Book your flights to Edinburgh.

 

Where to stay:  "The Castle Nest", located 60 m from the Royal Mile in Edinburgh.

  


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Christmas Lights in Zagreb

Croatia

Zagreb has been voted for several years in a row as the best destination for Christmas in Europe. In a friendly family atmosphere, travellers from all over the world discover Croatian traditions, crafts, local products.

 

 Zagreb is a traditional city with its architecture, its monuments but is also very modern, young, dynamic, alive. It is one of the most trendy destinations in Europe.

 

Come discover the Zagreb illuminations by booking your flights and your accommodation at the best price as well as your tours and activities in Zagreb such as a 2.5 hour walking tour with funicular ride.

 

Opening dates: From 29th November 2021 to 2nd January 2022.

 

How to get there: Book your flights to Zagreb.

 

Where to stay:  "Hotel Dubrovnik" located in the heart of the city. . 

 


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Christmas Lights in Vienna

Austria

Vienna with its many Christmas markets, spread all over one of the most romantic cities in Europe, is the perfect destination for Christmas lovers. What we like in Vienna is the elegance of its Christmas decorations. If you’d rather see lots of Christmas fathers dancing in the streets  and hearing singing colourful garlands, Vienna may not be the best destination for you. If you like chic, sobriety and elegance,

 

Book your flights to Vienna as well as your hotel at the best price and your tours and activities in Vienna such as a ticket for Mozart & Strauss Concert in Kursalon Vienna.

 

Opening dates: From 20th November to 26th December 2021.

 

How to get there: Book your flights to Vienna.

 

Where to stay:  "Living Hotel Franz Joseph Kaiser" one of our top picks in Vienna.

 


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Christmas Lights in Gdansk

Poland

Discover the magic of Christmas in one of the most beautiful Christmas destinations in Europe: Gdansk.

 

The remarkable ambience of the Gdańsk Christmas Fair is mostly created by the unique and mood-setting scenery. Here you will find streets especially named at this special time of year: Chocolate, Cinnamon, Angel or Christmas Eve Street. You will meet Lucky the Moos who hums and talks, and high above, the Three Wise Men, angels and saints looking at you from Angel Mill. There are elves, the Snow Queen with her retinue and of course singing carolers. You can take a spin on a fabulous fairy-tale carousel or find a moment of solace at the Holy Family Shrine. Couples in love have their own gleaming corner under the mistletoe.

 

The Christmas decorations and the Christmas Market are open from the end of November to the end of December.

 

Book your flights to Gdansk as well as your accommodation and tours and activities such as a "Gdansk: City Cruise on Historical Polish Boat".

 

Opening dates: From 23rd November 2021 to 1st January 2022.

 

How to get there: Book your flights to Gdansk.

 

Where to stay:  "Celestin Residence" is located in a medieval house in the heart of the Old Gdansk.

 


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Christmas Lights in London

England

Each year Carnaby Street offers incredible illuminations, certainly the most original ones in Europe. Carnaby Street is one of the nicest places to hang out or do shopping in London although all London is beautiful at Christmas. Carnaby Street offers a touch of originality & freshness.

 

Book your flights to London as well as your accommodation and your tours and activities in London such as a "London by Night: 90-minute open top bus tour".

 

Opening dates: From 26th November 2021 to 2nd January 2022.

 

How to get there: Book your flights to London.

 

Where to stay:  "The Z Hotel Tottenham Court Road", located 200m from Carnaby Street.

 


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Christmas Lights in Budapest

Hungary

Budapest is becoming more and more successfull at Christmas and one of the unmissable destinations for Christmas market enthusiasts. There is no doubt about it : Budapest is a magical destination at any time of the year, but Christmas is definetely a special moment for the city. 

 

Christmas is everywhere! Enjoy the Christmas market with its stalls displaying mulled wine, gingerbread, hand knitted wool sweaters, traditional and original gifts. If you are a Christmas illuminations fan, do not miss the trams of Budapest decorated with Christmas garlands, and the Advent Feast Christmas tree at the Basilica; it is standing in the middle of an ice rink.

 

Budapest is just a dream place to spend Christmas with family or lovers. Book your flights to Budapest as well as your hotel at the best price and your tours and activities in Budapest such as a "Budapest: 2-hour Danube cruise with live music".

 

Opening dates: From 29th November 2021 to 2nd January 2022.

 

How to get there: Book your flights to Budapest. 

 

Where to stay:  For a 4 star stay, the "Parlament Hotel" is perfect. 

 


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Christmas Lights in Malaga

Spain

Malaga is one of the most trendy destinations for all travellers in Europe.  Did you know that Malaga has the largest number of museums per square kilometre in Europe?

 

At Christmas, the palm trees of the city are covered with Christmas garlands. You can enjoy many street concerts and buy original Christmas gifts in the shopping streets or in the different Christmas markets of the city. It is one of the most innovative destinations for Christmas illuminations. Each year Malaga offers an exceptional show to visitors from around the world who come to discover one of the most beautiful destinations to visit at Christmas.

 

Book your flights to Malaga as well as your accommodation and your tours and activities in Malaga such as a relaxing massage in a traditional Hammam.

 

Opening dates: From 26th November 2021  to 6th January 2022.

 

How to get there: Book your flights to Malaga.

 

Where to stay:  "Madeinterranea Suites", 6 minutes walk from the beach.

  


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Christmas Lights in Vilnius

Lithuania

Vilnius has become one of the must-see destinations for travellers looking for the most beautiful Christmas markets in Europe. You can stroll on board the little Christmas train, buy original Christmas gifts, or taste gingerbreads, honey cakes, local cheeses or tasty pastries in the Christmas cottages that surround the magnificent Christmas tree from Vilnius, ranked among the most beautiful Christmas trees in Europe

 

Book your flights to Vilnius as well as your accommodation at the best price and your tours and activities in Vilnius such as a private tour of Vilnius with a local guide.

 

Opening dates: From 29th November 2021 to 6th January 2022.

 

How to get there: Book your flights to Vilnius.

 

Where to stay:  "The Joseph" situated in the Vilnius Old Town district

  


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Christmas Lights in Madrid

Spain

Each year Madrid offers not one but 4 big Christmas markets. You are spoiled for choice and can discover the Mercado de Diiseno, the Feria Dulces de Navidad, the Mercadillo del Gato or our favourite, the Plaza Mayor Christmas Market. This Christmas market starts on the last week of November and ends at the end of December. It is certainly the most beautiful Christmas market in Spain.

 

If you want to enjoy the Christmas market under the sun, 2pm is the right time. Treat yourself to a sunny getaway and discover one of the most beautiful Christmas markets in Europe.

 

Book your flights to Madrid as well as your accommodation and your tours and activities in Madrid  such as a "Live Flamenco show".

 

Opening dates: From 26th November to 31st December 2021.

 

How to get there: Book your flights to Madrid.

 

Where to stay:  "Eurostars Madrid Gran Via" located 50 m from Madrid's lively Gran via. 

  


 

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