The festive season is officially upon us and the countdown to Christmas begins in the form of square-shaped chocolates behind numbered doors. Whilst we dig out the Home Alone boxset and kick back in our Christmas jumpers, chomping down on an ocean-sized platter of mince pies and sipping on a hot chocolate, magical kingdoms are formed throughout Europe.
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, thanks to Europe’s most extravagant Christmas markets.
Step inside a winter wonderland with trees that graze the sky, wrapped in twinkling lights and orbiting ornaments. The smell of roasted chestnuts on a wood fire married with a smoked juicy leg of ham. Sipping on zesty cups of spiced mulled wine. Carols that dance in your eardrums. That warm and cosy feeling. It’s the definition of Christmas!
You haven’t completely immersed yourself in festivity yet without paying a visit to a Christmas market.
It’s no secret Santa Claus lives in Lapland, so why not take a trip into his humble abode?
Christmas originated in Germany, so of course, no one does it better than the Germans.
Nothing beats a Parisian Christmas Market with a view of the Eiffel Tower.
It’s worth going all the way to Italy for authentic Panettone.
Words: Louisa Eagle
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