Most Beautiful Christmas Trees in Europe - 2023
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.
Whether you have decided to celebrate Christmas in Germany, France, Austria, UK, Belgium, Poland, Switzerland, Spain, Italy or anywhere else in Europe, do not miss this opportunity to discover the best Christmas trees in Europe.
1. Craiova - Romania
From 17th November 2023 to 2nd January 2024
This city which has become in a few years one of the favourite Christmas destinations for travellers is this year home to the most beautiful Christmas tree in Europe.
Authentic Christmas markets, creative workshops for children, rides, concerts, an ice rink ranked among the most beautiful Christmas rinks in Europe and hundreds of thousands of Christmas lights, Craiova is one the trendiest Christmas destination this winter.
Few cities in Europe have worked so hard to make their Christmas event a moment of pure magic for young and old. This translates into a greater attractiveness of Craiova which becomes the Christmas capital of Romania and one of the best Christmas destinations in Europe.
The magic of Andersen's tales as well as of course that of Santa Claus, Christmas chalets out of a fairy tale, all the ingredients of an unforgettable Christmas await you in Craiova.
How to get there: Book your flights to Craiova.
Where to stay: "Hotel Splendide 1900". Located in the heart of Craiova.
2. London - UK
From 17th November 2023 to 1st January 2024
London is the “ queen” at Christmas. London is with Strasbourg, Vienna, Budapest, a must-see destination for a Christmas getaway. Some people think that the most beautiful Christmas tree in London is in Trafalgar Square, others love the one in Covent Garden or on the Leadenhall market. The best way to find out is to book your flights, accommodation and tours and activities in London and experience the 15 London Christmas Trees for yourself.
Historically, the Trafalgar Christmas tree is the tallest in the UK. Since 1947 it has been offered to the city of London by Norway but the most incredible Christmas decoration is to be seen at "The Churchill Arms Pub & Restaurant" in the Kensington district.
Need more inspiration? Discover the UK's finest Christmas markets.
Where to stay: "The Chamberlain" just north of Tower Bridge.
3. Vienna -Austria
From 11th November to 26th December 2023
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 tours and activities to discover the beauties of this romantic city.
This winter wisit one of the Most beautiful Christmas Markets in Austria.
How to get there: Book your flights to Vienna.
Where to stay: "Sofitel Vienna" in the very heart of the city.
4. Warsaw - Poland
From 25th November 2023 to 6th January 2024
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 accommodation at the best price for an unforgettable holiday in Warsaw.
During your stay do not miss to visit the Best Christmas Markets in Poland.
How to get there: Book your flights to Warsaw.
Where to stay: "Hotel Bellotto". The Christmas Market is 200 m away.
5. Zagreb - Croatia
From 2nd December 2023 to 7thJanuary 2024
Advent Zagreb Christmas Market takes you back to your childhood: Grab your favourite toy and travel to some other times! Warm lights give a feeling of welcome. We keep our hands warm on a cup of mulled wine or hot chocolate. Smiling faces spread a sense of love. Graceful Christmas carols from the balconies dance in the air together with snowflakes. It is the magic of Christmas that only Zagreb can offer during Advent.
In the past five years, Advent Zagreb has become a destination for visitors from Croatia and the world, due to the unsurpassed atmosphere, wide offer, various accompanying facilities and hospitality of locals who use this magical time of year to present their city in full glory. It is not surprising, therefore, that for three years in a row it has been awarded the prize for the best Christmas market in Europe.
How to get there: Book your flights to Zagreb.
Where to stay: "Esplanade Hotel" near the main train station
6. Edinburgh - Scotland
From 24th November 2023 to 3rd January 2024
World-renowned Edinburgh’s Christmas celebrations spread the festive cheer across the Scottish capital between 24th November 2023 and 3rd January 2024. From mulled Irn Bru to vegan pigs in blankets, from Harry Potter-themed gifts to local handmade produce, the stunning Christmas Market in East Princes Street Gardens offers treats for all! Santa Land returns to East Princes Street Gardens with rides for people of all ages to enjoy whilst Santa’s Grotto once again takes residence on Castle Street.
Where to stay: "Motel One Edinburgh". The Christmas Market is 700m away
7. Budapest - Hungary
From 19th November 2023 to 2nd January 2024
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.
How to get there: Book your flights to Budapest.
Where to stay: "Kempinski Budapest" situated in the real heart of Budapest.
8. Prague - Czech Republic
From 2nd December 2023 to 6th January 2024
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.
How to get there: Book your flights to Prague.
Where to stay: "Boho Prague". The Christmas Market is 600m away.
9. Brussels - Belgium
From 24th November to 31st December 2023
Brussels has one of the most beautiful Christmas markets in Europe and for sure the most beautiful Christmas Market in Belgium. At Christmas the whole city is decorated with twinkling lights and welcomes visitors from all over the world.
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.
How to get there: Book your flights to Brussels.
Where to stay: "Hotel des Galeries". In the historical heart of Brussels.
10. Strasbourg - France
From 26th November to 26th December 2023
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.
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How to get there: Book your flights to Strasbourg or Basel Airport (1h by car).
Where to stay: "Hotel Rohan" 150 m from the Strasbourg Cathedral.
11. Cologne - Germany
From 23rd November to 23rd December 2023
This city seems to be made for Christmas. It is one of the most authentic and beautiful Christmas markets in Germany.
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.
How to get there: Book your flights to Koln Airport or Dusseldorf (30 min by car / Uber / taxi).
Where to stay: "Hotel Mondial". It is situated just steps from the Cathedral.
12. Basel - Switzerland
From 23rd November to 23rd December 2023
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.
How to get there: Book your flights to Basel/Mulhouse Airport.
Where to stay: "Radisson Blue Basel". Enjoying a quiet location in the heart of Basel.
13. Innsbruck - Austria
From 15th November to 23rd December 2023
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.
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How to get there: Book your flights to Innsbruck.
Where to stay: "Hotel Maximilian". The Christmas Market is 300 m away.
14. Berlin - Germany
From 27th November to 30th December 2023
Not just one but several Christmas markets await you in Berlin this winter. So do Christmas trees in iconic places such as the Reichstag or the Brandburg gate, but the most beautiful one probably stands on Potsdamer Platz together with a magnificent Christmas market and an ice rink.
The nickname of this beautiful Christmas market is "Winter World". The best of Christmas is in the wooden chalets around the tree and live music in the air on weekends.
Where to stay: "Hotel am Großen Waisenhaus". Stay in the heart of Potsdam
15. Lisbon - Portugal
From 1st December 2023 to 6th January 2024
Fancy a Christmas under the sun in one of the only European capitals facing the ocean? Discover the most beautiful places in Lisbon, a city built on 7 hills like Rome, and treat yourself to a Christmas getaway combining shopping, well-being and relaxation in the Spa & Palace hotels in Lisbon.
Considered as Europe's Tallest Christmas tree (Guiness World Records), this tree is also an ecological Christmas tree made of LEDs; it is entirely artificial and reused every year. It is 76 metres high and can be seen from a long distance, even from the Cristo Rei, one of the other iconic symbols of Lisbon. Bucarest tried to compete with building an even bigger Christmas tree, but Lisbon kept its title of Europe's largest Christmas tree.
Lisbon is definitely worth the trip for a shopping getaway at Christmas time. Prices are often lower than elsewhere in Europe and Lisbon has many Outlets too.
Where to stay: "Corpo Santo Lisbon Historical Hotel" situated in the heart of Lisbon.
16. Rome - Italy
From 8th December 2023 to 6th January 2024
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.
Where to stay: "W Rome". Stay in the heart of Rome.
17. Frankfurt - Germany
From 27th November to 21st December 2023
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 Frankfurt.
How to get there: Book your flights to Frankfurt.
Where to stay: "Steigenberger Frankfurter Hof". In the historical financial district of Frankfurt.
18. Tallinn - Estonia
From 1st December 2023 to 7th January 2024
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.
How to get there: Book your flights to Tallinn.
Where to stay: "Hotel Telegraaf". The Christmas Market is 160 m away.
19. York - England
From 18th November to 23rd December 2023
York is home to one of the Most Beautiful Christmas markets in the UK. 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.
Book your accommodation at the best price in York and enjoy a family Christmas in this quiet and charming town for a magic Christmas time.
How to get there: Book your flights to Manchester (1h30 by car / Uber - 2h by public transport).
Where to stay: "Dean Court Hotel". The Christmas Market is 300 m away.
20. Brasov - Romania
From 1st December to 31st December 2023
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!
How to get there: Book your flights to Brasov.
Where to stay: "Schuster Boarding House" in the city centre.
21. Stockholm - Sweden
From 24th November to 17th December 2023
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 accommodation at the best price and come visit Stockholm at Christmas.
How to get there: Book your flights to Stockholm.
Where to stay: "Victory Hotel". The Christmas Market is 400 m away.
22. Paris - France
From 20th November to 26th December 2023
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!
Choose from the most beautiful Christmas markets in France and experience a magical Christmas in France.
How to get there: Book your flights to Paris.
Where to stay: "The Chess Hotel". Located in central Paris.
23. Wroclaw - Poland
From 18th November to 31st December 2023
If Krakow and Warsaw are popular destinations for a city break in Poland, Wroclaw is a perfect destination for a Christmas getaway. You can treat yourself to a stay in a 4 or 5 star hotel for the price of a basic hotel in another city in Europe.
With its dazzling decorations and magnificent Christmas tree, Wroclaw is a must-see destination at Christmas. The Christmas tree is located on the “Rynek Marquet Square”. You will enjoy craft products, gastronomy from around the world (Alsatian, Turkish and Spanish specialties (such as Churros) but also Polish specialties.
Book your flights to Wroclaw as well as your accommodation and your tours and activities such as a tour to discover the Dwarfs from Wroclaw. Need more inspiration? Discover one of the Best Christmas Markets in Poland.
How to get there: Book your flights to Wroclaw.
Where to stay: "Hotel Piast Wroclaw Centrum" located in the historical centre of Wroclaw.
24. Munich- Germany
From 27th November to 24th December 2023
There is no better place than Bavaria to celebrate Christmas. The tradition of Christmas markets was born in Germany as well as all the specific Christmas gastronomy such as mulled wine or even pretzels, sausages, blood sausages, etc. Germans love the Christmas atmosphere so much that it is possible to buy mulled wine in supermarket throughout the year.
Since 1977 the Christmas tree erected in front of the Town Hall, has been donated to the city of Munich by communities in Bavaria and the Alpine Countries. It is an exchange of good practices since in exchange donors can come and sell their local specialties at the foot of the Christmas tree, in one of the many chalets of the Munich Christmas Market.
How to get there: Book your flights to Munich.
Where to stay: "Louis Hotel" situated in the heart of Munich, this hotel has an excellent location.
25. Monte Carlo - Monaco
From 3rd December 2023 to 8th January 2024
The most elegant and glamorous Christmas tree in Europe is definitely in Monaco, the country where a beauty queen can become a queen. Elegance and eco responsibility are in Christmas decorations too.
Having breakfast while tasting Prince Albert's honey grown in the gardens of his Palace is only possible in Monaco. The city is a prime destination for a dazzling holiday season. End-of-year shows, gourmet meals, evenings at the famous Monte-Carlo Casino, here are all the ingredients for exceptional end-of-year celebrations in Monaco. The Christmas tree is located on the Place du Casino, which welcomes a grandiose setting every year.
The "Hotel de Paris", also located on this square, is adorned with a thousand lights and the entire square is decorated with Igloos, Crystal hot air balloons,… a dream for children and adults .
Where to stay: "Hotel de Paris" located on the Place du Casino.
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