Christmas has finally arrived! So we wanted to treat you all to a compilation of beautiful Christmas photos from around Europe – a mixture of food and drink, markets and lights – arguably all the best things about this wonderfully festive time of the year.
So let’s make a start with a classic Christmas in Paris, the city of love…
You can’t really beat the gorgeous Eiffel Tower, covered in a glistening layer of snow, a beautiful backdrop to a very festive looking carousel.
As you can see, Galeries Lafayette knows exactly how to decorate for Christmas and keep up an ambience of class.
I’m sure you’ll agree there’s nothing more magical than wandering around a Christmas market, mulled wine in hand, looking at all the trinkets and gifts on sale. And in the snow, it couldn’t be much more festive!
As we all know, it’s not just Paris that are skilled in adding that little (or large) festive touch…
Lille, France is a dab hand at adding a touch of bling to their architecture.
And Reims looks stunning when the markets start to pop up, coating areas of the city in lights.
Now let’s take a stop next door to Belgium, and see the handsome buildings of Grand Place, in the central square of Brussels take your breath away…
And definitely not forgetting one of the best activities associated with this time of year, ice-skating! Take to the ice in one of Belgium’s Flemish Christmas markets.
Once you’ve spent the evening picking yourself up off the ice and probably feeling rather worn out, a Rakomelo is certainly well deserved. Actually a traditional Greek beverage, its warm, sweet (and alcoholic) taste will be sure to go down a treat – only for adults though, sorry kids!
So moving along again, this time to Deutschland, we’ve found that Cologne is a trinket buyer’s paradise. With gifts galore and all sorts of wonderful bits and bobs to look at, we couldn’t not feature it in this blog.
Here’s a rather unique stall at one of the markets:
Now here’s the bigger picture for you…
And the ice-skating rink looks perfect for a family friendly race (if you can stay on your feet of course).
Our final stop on this festive tour takes us to a little place called Amsterdam, which embraces the Christmas spirit in a delightfully cultural way.
The most impressive perhaps, is this Christmas tree made of bicycles:
Image credit: Xavier Vergés, Flickr
We then have performances from the ‘World Christmas Circus’, which is a festive tradition in Amsterdam.
Image credit: DirkJan Ranzijn, Flickr
And finally, I can’t think of a better way to round up these images than with a drink, and better yet – a Christmas drink! Delirium Christmas, a festive Belgian beer will send your taste buds tingling with hints of fruit, spices, caramel malt and candied orange. You can buy a bottle or two here.
Image credit: Hideyuki Kamon, Flickr
We hope you’ve enjoyed our mini festive tour around Europe, and are now well and truly in the Christmas spirit!
So now’s the time to go and get your favourite festive drink, a mince pie or two, put your feet up and await tomorrow’s fun and food filled day.
From everyone at Great Escapes, we’d like to wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.