If you're dreaming of a magical Christmas in a picture perfect location, we've picked out our favourite cities in Europe for a festive pre-Christmas break, many of which you may not have first thought of. 

 

Bath, England

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A charming city that sparkles, it’s easy to see why the picturesque Georgian streets of Bath are the number one destination for Christmas lovers.

Enjoy the aroma of freshly baked mince pies as you sip on mulled wine and soak in the sights and sounds that flow through the magical Christmas Market. The award-winning market consists of many twinkling chalets selling handmade gifts, from decorations, ceramics and pottery to toys, food and festive tipples.

With a packed calendar of family-friendly events, you will certainly feel the festive ambience.

 

Vienna, Austria

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Despite low temperatures and often a crisp layer of snow, there is a lot of life in the streets of Vienna in the winter. It is a beautiful place to visit, full of cute cafes and bars, as well as Christmas markets glowing down the streets.

Breathe in the many smells of frying sausages, toffee apples and mulled wine as you feast your eyes on the soft lights and dazzling displays.

This is a wonderful place to eat, drink and be merry. Don’t forget to try a steaming cup of Weihnachtspunsch, most likely served in a collectable mug.

 

Nuremburg, Germany

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A historical city which oozes atmosphere, Nuremberg is like something out of a fairy tale at this time of year. Its cold and sometimes snowy weather gives the perfect excuse to cuddle up to your special someone as you enjoy the festivities.

Stroll through the Christmas market and look out for unusual gifts as your ears fill with holiday music. Pause on one of the many bridges and soak up the sight of your beautiful surroundings as the familiar smells of Christmas drift through the air. Here, you can make memories which will last a lifetime.

 

Tallinn, Estonia

As the summer tourists pack their bags, Tallinn becomes quiet and serene making it a whole new place.

The Christmas market of Tallinn is like a fairy tale and the star of the show is the Christmas tree – the most important tree in Estonia which has been in Town Hal Square since 1441. It is the first tree to ever be put on display in Europe.

Transformed into a winter wonderland, the surrounding chalets sell handicraft specialities together with Estonian food and drink.

 

Lapland, Finland

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The most enchanting destination of all, Lapland is where the magic happens. Take an adventure like no other and embrace the Christmas spirit as you meet Santa as well as his furry friends. Explore with the huskies on a sled and venture to the secret village before relaxing in front of a roaring fire.

Whether you’re taking the trip as a family or a couple, there really is something for everyone. There is always magic in Lapland, no matter what your age. Enjoy special moments and memories which will last a lifetime.

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