Christmas is a time for magic and excitement, for being with family, and eating lots of good food, sometimes too much food… But it is also a good time of year to escape and disconnect from everything. At Velarte, we like to take care of you. So, we are going to show you some of the cities that are beautiful at Christmas, 3 Spanish cities and 3 European cities:
This French city is considered to be one of the most beautiful cities at Christmas and, along with other villages in the Alsace area, it is an essential place to visit at this time of year. It boasts the oldest market in France, which began in 1570, and 11 Christmas markets. They are open from 25 November to 31 December, and are located in some of the city’s most beautiful squares and areas… For example, the Petite France market where you can buy handmade items, the Place Gutenberg market, or the Place Broglie market where you can buy all sorts of Christmas items.
Vienna is another city that is very interesting for those who are travelling at Christmas. It boasts some famous markets, such as the market of Baby Jesus, in the Town Hall Square, which has a huge tree and more than 140 wooden stalls selling decorative Christmas items and typical local food. Another must-see location is the Maria-Theresien-Platz Christmas Village, which has more than 60 beautiful stalls and lots of attractions for children. You should also consider visiting the Palace of Belvedere Christmas Village, as it is highly recommended.
At Christmas, Berlin is decorated with bright lights, and boasts more than 50 markets. They are distributed throughout the city, and have lots of Christmas decorations. The Gendarmenmarkt Christmas Market is one of the most beautiful of all the markets. Here, you can find handmade items, and even live theatre plays. Another interesting option is Spandau, the largest market in the city. You also shouldn’t leave without having skated at the Berliner Weihnachtszeit ice rink in Roten Rathau.
Malaga is one of the most beautiful Spanish cities to visit at Christmas. Strolling through the streets, admiring the seven Christmas trees distributed throughout the city, visiting the cribs and the skating rinks, attending music concerts and all the other activities on offer make Christmas in Malaga very special.
In addition, the fantastic lights on Larios Street have become a feature that attracts thousands of visitors every year. There is a spectacular vaulted tunnel of lights, incorporating hundreds of light bulbs. They also put on a show with music and lights every night at 18:30 and 21:30 which is really worth seeing.
This city is simply magic at Christmas. More than 778,000 light bulbs are used throughout the city, in addition to its four Christmas trees. There is a light and sound show, which takes place at the City Hall and there are also tents of light in the Town Hall square and Alfonso XIII square.
It has carousels and attractions for children, as well as a craft market where you can buy all kinds of gifts made of leather, silver, ceramics and other materials.
Seville has a special colour at Christmas, and much more besides. There are always lots of things to do. Even a simple stroll through its illuminated streets is a great experience. The Christmas decorations and lights make the Andalusian capital even more spectacular. The Christmas lighting in the Plaza de San Franciscowill attract anyone who likes to get into the Christmas spirit, as they play lights and music to the rhythm of typical Christmas songs, such as Jingle bells. At this time of year, you also have to pay a visit to the Bethlehem Fair in Seville.
Now that you have a few options on the table, it’s time to look for the travel offers that best fit your budget… Oh, and don’t forget to take some Velarte snacks with you, to make the trip a little tastier.