Most Beautiful Christmas Trees in Europe
Christmas Trees are awaited in the main European cities. They symbolize Christmas festivities with their chalets, mulled wine, pastries… Everyone is proud of their Christmas tree whether young or old. Here is a selection of the most beautiful Christmas markets in Europe and we would also like to offer you a selection of the most beautiful Christmas trees in Europe.
1. Vilnius - Lithuania
From 28th November 2020 to 7th January 2021
It is the most beautiful Christmas tree in Europe. The Vilnius Christmas tree is stunning! Get to the bustling streets, watch the Christmas tree and be amazed by the decorations in the Old Town.
Not a single tree was cut down to build Lithuania’s most beautiful Christmas tree. The 27-metre tall metal construction, which is made up of some 6,000 branches and over five kilometres of lighting, is definitely a sight to behold.
This year, the decorated Christmas tree resembles the 14-15th century Queen figure from the game of chess, which was found by archaeologists in 2007.
The particular figure which served as a model for decorations was found during the archeological excavations around the Ducal Palace in Vilnius. Dating back to the 14th-15th century, the beautifully ornamented figure was made of spindle tree. Its middle part is carved with geometrical patterns and topped with floral ornaments. According to historians, the game of chess was played by the nobility of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania from the end of the 14th century.
No less attractive is the traditional Christmas market set up around the Christmas tree, along with another one located at the Town Hall Square. In these Christmas markets, one will be able to buy various hand-made gifts while staying warm and happy by drinking hot chocolate or hot wine and enjoying a variety of sweets such as waffles and traditional honey cakes.
2. Prague - Czech Republic
From 28th November 2020 to 6th January 2021
Prague is romantic and so pleasant during the Christian season of Advent. Come and enjoy the open-air concerts, the Christmas market in Prague and take a picture in front of the magnificent Christmas tree very near the Cathedral.
We have selected for you dozens of original activities in Prague as a River Sightseeing Cruise as well as the best hotels in Prague. Treat yourself to an unforgettable holiday and experience the magic of Christmas in Prague.
3. Basel - Switzerland
From 26th November to 23rd December 2020
Basel has a deep-rooted tradition as Switzerland’s most beautiful and largest Christmas city, and is well worth a visit every year. Not only the well-preserved Old Town is radiant in the warm Christmas light, but the shops and the facades of many buildings glitter with a golden glow. Roughly a hundred tall pine trees border the streets and stand like brightly lit sentinels pointing the way for the visitor. Particularly recommended is the Christmas market, which is being held not only on Barfüsserplatz, but also on Münsterplatz – one of the most beautiful squares in Basel.
The Basel Christmas Market can be found on Barfüsserplatz and Münsterplatz, right in the centre of the city and at the heart of the festively decorated Old Town. A magnificent Christmas tree stands on the Münsterplatz, with ornaments by the well-known decorator Johann Wanner.
4. Strasbourg - France
From 20th November to 30th December 2020
Strasbourg is the capital of Christmas, often imitated but never equalled. It is a perfect destination to celebrate Christmas. Come and discover its traditional Christmas market and illuminations. Do not resist the temptation of pastries and treat yourself to a mulled wine in this beautiful city.
The arrival of the Strasbourg Christmas Tree is certainly one of the most important events of the year and it marks the launch of the Christmas market. It is one of the biggest Christmas trees in Europe and one of the most beautiful one.
5. Tbilisi - Georgia
From 25th December 2020 to 14th January 2021
Georgia’s capital city Tbilisi is gradually becoming one of the most visited destinations for the winter season. This is especially evident during the Christmas period, when the illuminated and fabulously decorated Tbilisi, with a magical festive atmosphere, provides the convivial mood for every visitor of the city. Countless little lights and richly decorated Christmas trees are lining up the sidewalks.
The Christmas markets are held almost in every corner of the capital city, where local entrepreneurs and start-ups sell their handicraft items and souvenirs, Christmas treats, street food, Georgian candies and mulled wine. Set up on First Republic Square, near Rustaveli Avenue, the location hosts visitors of all ages for theatre shows, music performances, puppet theatre, open-air movie-show, gorgeous Christmas tree, wood huts, decorated with colourful bright lights, etc.…The annual Christmas events usually last throughout December.
On Christmas morning (January 7), thousands of people participate in traditional Christmas march called Alilo, where different churches walk through the streets of Tbilisi, collecting food and sweets, which are later distributed to the people in need and orphanages.
6. Cologne - Germany
From 23rd November to 23rd December 2020
Cologne is one of the favourite destinations for Christmas travellers. This city seems to be made for Christmas. It is one of the most authentic and beautiful Christmas markets in Europe.
The aroma of baked apples, cinnamon biscuits and mulled wine will waft through the alleys, and many differently themed Christmas markets will invite people to stroll, shop and explore.
The larger Christmas markets are held in downtown Cologne, but Cologne’s smaller Christmas markets also have plenty to offer.
Cologne’s Christmas markets attract millions of visitors from all over the world every year. You too can savour the unique atmosphere of this metropolis on the Rhine at this special time of year. You’re sure to be enchanted!
7. Kyiv - Ukraine
From 14th December 2020 to 20th January 2021
The Capital of Ukraine is a perfect destination for travellers looking for authenticity, snow, tradition. There is not one but several Christmas markets in Kyiv. You can admire one of the most beautiful Christmas trees in Europe on St. Sophia Square.
The Kyiv City Council does not do things by halves since this real tree is decorated with tens of kilometres of garlands. The Christmas market is open to visitors from 14th December to 20th January.
8. Rome - Italy
From 1st December 2020 to 6th January 2021
We do not think this picture needs a comment. A lot of people doubt that Rome is a perfect destination for Christmas but all the streets are full of priests, bishops, archbishops …the city itself looks like a living crib !
Stroll through the Christmas Market in Piazza Navona and the most beautiful places in Rome in an enchanting atmosphere.
9. Warsaw - Poland
From 23rd November 2020 to 6th January 2021
Don’t resist the temptation to admire the irresistible charm of the Warsaw Christmas Market in December and discover one of the most beautiful destinations in Europe. Located west of the old town, the Warsaw Christmas Market is a delight for lovers of traditions, illuminations and crafts.
Visit the Palace of Culture and Science, one of the tallest buildings in Europe, or treat yourself to one of our many activities in Warsaw during your stay and book your hotel at the best price for an unforgettable holiday in Warsaw.
10. Vienna -Austria
From 14th November to 23rd December 2020
More and more visitors come and discover Vienna at Christmas every year. There is more than one Christmas market in Vienna: there are tens of them with their scintillating lights everywhere in the streets; we particularly like its giant Christmas tree.
Book your hotel, guesthouse, B&B or apartment in Vienna at the best price and your best activities to discover the beauties of this romantic city.
11. Budapest - Hungary
From 20th November 2020 to 1st January 2021
The city of Budapest is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe at Christmas. Each year, the city invests in the decoration of the most beautiful monuments, the most beautiful arteries but also trams, public places. Budapest is really magic at Christmas.
If you are looking for an authentic place where you can still find the spirit of Christmas, forget London and Paris and discover Budapest at Christmas. The magnificent Christmas tree in front of the Hungarian Parliament is a perfect starting point for strolling around Budapest and marveling at the beauty of the decorations and illuminations of the Hungarian capital.
12. Innsbruck - Austria
From 14th November 2020 to 3rd January 2021
The Innsbruck Christmas Market, called "Altstadt Christmas Market" is one of the most romantic Christmas markets in Europe. It is a paradise for little ones and for grown-ups who gather in the middle of the Innbruck Marktplatz, around the magnificent Christmas tree on the main square of Innsbruck.
Come buy original and handmade Christmas gifts or pamper yourself with a hot mulled wine or sweet christmas food.
13. Brussels - Belgium
From 27th November 2020 to 3rd January 2021
Come celebrate the magic of Christmas in the capital of Belgium. The tree is located in one of the most beautiful places of the city, the Grand Place. Come admire the famous games of lights, taste the Belgian fabulous chocolates ! We have also selected the best activities in Brussels, as for example a Waffle Making Workshop, a Chocolate Workshop or a guided walking tour.
14. Frankfurt - Germany
From 23rd November to 22nd December 2020
Germany is the European country that you should definitely visit if you are keen of a wonderful Christmas atmosphere. The Christmas market tradition was born in Germany. German people push the boat out to offer you a wonderful Christmas time.
Come and discover the traditional Christmas tree in Frankfurt on the Römerberg square in the historic center of Franckfurt.
15. Tallinn - Estonia
From 15th November 2020 to 5th January 2021
Snow is guaranteed at Christmas in Estonia. The Tallin Christmas Market is one of the most famous Christmas markets in the region. Come discover the Estonian's most famous Christmas tree surrounded by little snow huts selling food, drinks and crafts. Book your hotel online today and enjoy the best deals in Tallinn.
16. York - England
From 14th November to 23rd December 2020
Soak up the medieval charm of York at Christmas. Scents of spiced mulled wine and delicious food fill the air, making a York Christmas the place to be this season. Don’t miss York’s popular festive market, its back with more Christmassy fun than ever before...
Take a leisurely stroll along St Nicholas Fair and soak up the festive atmosphere, as you discover fine Yorkshire produce from crafters and makers showcased at the Made in Yorkshire Yuletide Village. If you’re looking for more traditional Christmas gifts, don’t forget to wander amongst the many alpine chalets on Parliament Street.
17. Stockholm - Sweden
From 23rd November to 23rd December 2020
Stockholm looks even more beautiful at Christmas! Stroll through the historic streets of the old city center and let yourself be seduced by its sweet atmosphere. Experience a Christmas market, have some glögg and ginger bread and go shopping under the beautiful Christmas decorations that light up the city every year. We have selected for you the best activities in Stockholm. Do not wait any longer, book your hotel at the best price and come visit Stockholm at Christmas.
18. Brasov - Romania
From 1st December to 31st December 2020
Brasov is certainly one of the most beautiful cities in Romania. It has one of the most beautiful Christmas markets and Christmas tree on the main square of Brasov. Both young and old love it!
19. Paris - France
From 15th November 2020 to 5th January 2021
Paris is a must-see destination for Christmas lovers. Just like in London, the atmosphere at Christmas time is sweet in the streets of Paris. Each year shops of all kinds rival in inventiveness to offer you the finest decorations and the most beautiful shopwindows. If you want to be amazed, go visit the Galeries Lafayette and their wonderful Christmas tree !
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