Embrace the festive season fully with a trip to one of the many magical Christmas destinations around Europe. Here are our top picks!
Christmas across Europe is truly a special time of year, with each European country offering unique experiences and ways to spend the festive period. With the long list of Air Malta’s direct routes, it’s never been easier to fly away to one of the many magical Christmas destinations in Europe to fully embrace the season. Here are a few of our top picks!
Christmas is a brilliant time to explore London. Whether you wish to catch the famous switching on of the Oxford Street lights or soak up the atmosphere from the London Eye as the sun goes down, there’s no shortage of things to do whatever the weather. If you are travelling with minors, why no visit the world-famous Hamleys toy shop? Before you leave, make sure you catch Trafalgar Square’s towering Christmas tree. This is a festive offering packed with tradition. Each year since 1947, Norway has gifted London a Norwegian spruce from the forests around Oslo, in thanks for Britain’s assistance during the Second World War.
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Christmas in Milan isn’t just visually spectacular—it’s also the ideal destination to get some shopping done of course! As one of the world’s most iconic shopping destinations, Milan glows over the festive period with endless stretches of designer stores, quaint boutiques and outdoor markets, shaping it as the perfect spot for working your way through your Christmas list. If shopping isn’t your thing, why not explore some of the cultural highlights? Catch Leonardo Da Vinci’s Last Supper, located in the Santa Maria Delle Grazie Church and convent, though be sure to reserve your tickets in advance.
Aside from the traditional Christmas markets Munich is so well known for, if you are looking for some more unique ways to spend your days why not head to the Hellabrunn Zoo? It is less busy in winter than in summer, but that certainly doesn’t mean there is no less going on. Elks, yaks, polar bears and sea lions really come into their own during the cold weather. Or perhaps if you’re feeling adventurous, why not try the sport of curling out in the open air? In the cold weather, the Nymphenburg Palace canal becomes Munich’s longest curling track!
With so many family-friendly things to see and do, you are truly spoilt for choice during your Christmas holidays in Zurich. Look out for The Marlitram, a Christmas-themed old-fashioned tram for children with Santa at the wheel and angels handing out cookies. This is an absolute must-do activity with kids in Zurich! Or perhaps you might like to pen a wish list letter to Santa. Swiss Post is renowned for sending a message and a tiny toy to every child who writes! Why not head to the nearest Alpine mountain while there and hit the slopes with the whole family? When it comes to breath-taking natural landscapes, no other country compares to Switzerland’s gems!
Whether it is the fairy-tale vibe evoked through Prague’s various sprawling spires and plenty of castles, there’s just something so magical about the Czech capital any time of the year, and especially at Christmas. You can meander around two large Christmas markets, or take a stroll along the river Vltava at night and see the city come alive with beautiful illuminations. Or why not indulge in a hot chocolate from the famous Cafe Slavia?
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With so many fantastic cities to soak up the festive season in, the question is which destination will you tick off your bucket list this year?