So You’re Craving a Getaway, Christmas Markets and All

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You love to travel on impulse, you need a little getaway, and you’re all for heading somewhere with a little chill in the air and shops piled high with festive goodies – but you have no idea where to go. This one’s for you.

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Tivoli Gardens, Copenhagen

Denmark

Glittering lights, the cutest wooden houses decorated with pine branches, snow-covered trees creating that perfect Nordic Christmas atmosphere, and a market of 60 stalls selling festive treats – that is Tivoli Gardens this season in a nutshell. The historic garden is playing host to Christmas for the 26th time, featuring over 1,000 Christmas trees embellished with more than 70,000 festive baubles. Bonus: the festivities will continue all the way until January 5, 2020.

Photo: Courtesy of @tivolicph
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Christkindlesmarkt, Nuremberg

Germany

Germany boasts some of the best festive markets in Europe, with glühwein, steamy bratwurst, and gingerbread hearts on tap. We suggest doing a little market-hopping this year, starting with the famous Christkindlesmarkt in Nuremberg, followed by Eisenach Christmas Market in the UNESCO World Heritage Wartburg CastleErfurt Christmas Market in the unspoilt medieval town of Erfurt, and Striezelmarkt – Germany’s oldest Christmas market – in Dresden.

christkindlesmarkt nuremberg
Photo: Courtesy of @grandgo
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Icehotel, Jukkasjärvi

Sweden

Those looking for something a bit different should try the white Christmas at Sweden’s Icehotel, where festive ice sculpting and other events will take place on the frozen River Torne. Spend Christmas chasing the aurora, sledding with huskies, and joining a torchlight procession through Jukkasjärvi village for a traditional carol concert.

icehotelsweden Ice Hotel Sweden
Photo: Courtesy of @icehotelsweden
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Belvedere Palace, Vienna

Austria

Calling all class acts. Enjoy elegant festivities in Vienna, where a Christmas village is set up in the grounds of the Belvedere Palace and it’s possible to ice skate at City Hall Park.

Photo: Courtesy of Sweet C's
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Budapest Christmas Market, Budapest

Hungary

Budapest’s historic city center has been transformed into a magical kingdom, with more than 100 stalls selling a range of festive arts and crafts. There’s also a giant advent calendar currently erected on the facade of the Gerbeaud building. This is the stuff of fairy tales.

Lights and Christmas Atmosphere in Budapest
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