Best Christmas lights in Europe
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.
1. Christmas lights in Colmar
You have ranked Colmar in first place of 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. The inhabitants are also parts of the project : they decorate their houses and make them look magic. Take a photo of your favourite house in Colmar and post it on social networks with the #ebdestinationsxmas.
Stroll through Colmar and enjoy its sweet and warm atmosphere.
When: 23rd November to 30th December 2018
Where to stay: We have selected for you hundreds of accommodations at the best prices in Colmar. We loved staying at the hotel "Le Colombier", located in the district of the "Petite Venise" as well as in the "Hotel Turenne" freshly renovated with excellent value for money.
2. Christmas Lights in Salerno
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.
When: 11th November 2018 - 21st January 2019
Where to stay: Hotel Montestella, 400 m from the train station and only 9 minutes walk from the beach.
3. Christmas Lights in Edinburgh
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 hotel at the best price and your best things to do in Edinburgh such as a "Lochness, Highland & Whisky distillery tour from Edinburgh".
When: 17th November 2018 - 5th January 2019
Where to stay: One of travellers' favourite hotels for its location and value is The Castle Nest, located 60 m from the Royal Mile in Edinburgh.
4. Christmas Lights in Vienna
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 best things to do in Vienna such as a ticket for Mozart & Strauss Concert in Kursalon Vienna.
When: 17th November - 24th December 2018
Where to stay: Living Hotel Franz Joseph Kaiser, one of our top picks in Vienna.
5. Christmas Lights in London
Each year Carnaby Street offers incredible illuminations, certainly the most original ones in Europe. The theme this year is Freddie Mercury & Bohemian Rhapsody. 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.
When: 8 Nov 2018 - 5 January 2019
Where to stay: The Z Hotel Tottenham Court Road, located 200m from Carnaby Street.
6. Christmas Lights in Budapest
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 best things to do in Budapest such as a "Budapest: 2-hour Danube cruise with live music".
When: From 23rd November 2018 to 1st January 2019
7. Christmas Lights in Salajland
Salajland is a Christmas Theme Park located in Grabovnica, an hour's drive from Zagreb.
Treat yourself to a day trip to Salajland, a private amusement park run by the Salaj family, It is unique in the world ! Every year this family decorates with care the 15 hectares of its huge garden to offer hundreds of thousands of travellers an exceptional show. The entrance fee is 4 euros, a small contribution to the huge investment of this incredible family that rivals the major European capitals to offer travellers a magical moment.
Why do so many travellers choose Zagreb to celebrate the end of the year? Because the Croatian capital has been awarded three times the title of "European Best Christmas Destination".
When: 1st December 2018 - 14th January 2019
Where to stay: "Hotel 9" located just across the main bus station.
8. Christmas Lights in Malaga
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.
When: 5th December 2018 - 6th January 2019
Where to stay: Madeinterranea Suites, 6 minutes walk from the beach and 600m from Picasso Museum
9. Christmas Lights in Montbeliard
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…
This year ’s special guest of honour ? Andalusia.
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 .
When: 24th November – 24th December 2018
Where to stay: Hotel de la Balance in a 16th century building in the centre of Montbéliard.
10. Christmas Lights in Vilnius
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!
When: 1st December -2018 - 7th January 2019
Where to stay: "The Joseph" situated in the Vilnius Old Town district
11. Christmas Lights in Zagreb
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.
When: 2nd December 2018 - 6th January 2019
Where to stay: "Hotel Dubrovnik" located in the heart of the city. We also love the 'Esplanade Zagreb Hotel', perfect for a 5-star stay.
12. Christmas Lights in Nice
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 hotel at the best price guaranteed and your best things to do in Nice.
When: 1st - 31st December 2018.
13. Christmas Lights in Madrid
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.
When: 23rd November - 23rd December 2018
Where to stay: "Eurostars Madrid Gran Via" located 50 m from Madrid's lively Gran via.
14. Christmas Lights in Antwerp
Let us derogate from our rule and invite you to admire the illuminations of Christmas Zoo Antwerp. To be honest, you won’t see giant Santa Claus lights or giant lollipops but what you will see is really worth it!
Important characters from Chinese culture are the theme of these unique illuminations in the world with a great attention to details and incredible colours. The entrance fee varies from 10 to 15 euros. We advise you to book your visit in advance: this event is very successful. It takes place from mid-November to the end of January. You can also leave the zoo and visit the Christmas market of Antwerp with its 90 stalls.
When: 30 November 2018 - 13 January 2019
Where to stay: Hampton by Hilton Antwerp Central Station situated 200 m from the Antwerp Zoo.
15. Christmas Lights in Prague
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.
The variety of food and beverages sold at the market is very generous. Visitors can look forward to traditional Czech food as barbecued pork, blood sausages, Czech muffins, conkers, beer, mull, mead and other typical gastronomic specialties from Old Czech cuisine.
When: 1st December 2018 - 6th January 2019
Where to stay: "Smetana Hotel" situated in the heart of Prague. The hotel used to be the usual home of Mozart.
16. Christmas Lights in Reims
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.
When: 21st November - 28th December 2018
Where to stay: "Holiday Inn Reims Center" ideally located in the historic centre of Reims.
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