Now is the perfect time to start thinking about your Chistmas holidays. Sure, its still 6 months away but start planning now and you’ll be able to grab those Christmas bargains when they pop up. I loved my time in Europe over Christmas. It was very different to the way I spend them at home in Australia. I was excited to experience something more ‘traditional’ or, in other words, Christmas in Winter. I had a blast and am keen to spend another festive season in Europe soon. These are the 7 things that I loved, and reasons for you to spend this Christmas in Europe too:
1. The Markets
Oh boy the markets! They are differ slightly depending on which country you’re in but they’re all just as fabulous, offereing hot food and drinks, little delicacies and trinkets. Perfect for warming you up on a cold day sightseeing or for finding the perfect little Kris Kringle travel gift! What’s also great about the Christmas markets is that they’re around for weeks before and after Christmas Day, so you have plenty time to enjoy them.
2. The Food
In Australia, you have two options at Christmas. Hot lunch or cold lunch. With most Christmas Days reaching temperatures between the mid to late twenties, a hot lunch can sometimes be hard to enjoy. But Europe has the perfect conditions for a traditional, hot Christmas roast. It’s more of a treat when its freezing outside!
3. The Shopping
A lot of the large international chain stores you can get in Australia, are often cheaper if you buy from them while overseas. And with all those seasonal sales its a win win, especially for Australians!
4. The Fun
There’s nothing like having a celebration somewhere new that makes the experience all the more memorable. You’re in a new country, having new experiences, making new friends, celebrating an old tradition in a new way. How fun is that?!
5. The Snow
If you’re lucky you might have a little bit of a white Christmas. Now tell me that is not on everyone’s bucket list?
When you walk the streets you will see that the trees are littered with lights, wreaths decorate buildings and landmarks, and every town has at least one stunning Christmas tree set up.
7. The Crowds
There are not that many people out and about sightseeing on Christmas Day itself. Granted, a lot of attractions are closed but the ones that aren’t have half the amount of people in them as any other day in the year. I was in Rome on Christmas Day, and while the Roman Forum was closed, there was virtually no queuing for the Colesseum!
Have you ever spent a Christmas in Europe? What did you like about it? Let me know in the comments below.