Europe’s Best Christmas Breaks near London

 Friday, November 26, 2021 

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The festive season is around the corner and Europe is all set to ring in Christmas with pomp and glory. Although London is often considered to be one of the most popular cities in Europe to enjoy an ideal Christmas, there are several other destinations in the region that can also serves as great venue to enjoy your vacations.

Take a look at the top destinations within two hours of London to spend your Christmas break this festive season:

Paris, France

Taking our top spot is the French capital itself, every corner of this elegant city is just picturesque. Just one weekend is simply all you need to fall in love with the capital of fashion, romance and lights. Paris is truly enchanting all year round, but winter gifts this alluring city with an even more magical touch, and as the shortest flight on our list, you’ll have plenty of time to take in the sights.

 A flight from London to Paris will take just 55 minutes and can take you back for only £49 for a return flight. You can also get to the main attractions via Uber for just £7.33. Not bad for a break in the world’s most romantic city.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

A city with more bikes than people, filled with flower-decked canals and inspiring artwork, Amsterdam in winter is a must-see. During the winter months, sparkling lights gleam throughout the city for the yearly light festival, bringing together both international and Dutch artists’ work to life. A weekend in Amsterdam will give you plenty of time to visit iconic cultural landmarks such as the Anne Frank House, Van Gogh Museum and it’s famous Red Light District.

 So why not enjoy a full English breakfast by the Thames and a stroopwafel supper by the 50km of canals. A flight to Amsterdam will take just an hour, costing as little as £45 for a return. 

Brussels, Belgium

The classic and cosmopolitan city of Brussels is the perfect place to visit for your winter trip. Fill your time exploring the sites by the winding cobblestone streets, buzzing beer halls and cosy cafe’s that are always ready to welcome you in. With brightly coloured buildings and houses along every corner you turn, this festive city looks like it came straight out of a Christmas storybook. Oh, and Belgian waffles and chocolate are a must.

 A flight to Brussels will cost you £70 return, and takes around an hour. 

Dublin, Ireland

There are countless reasons why this capital city is amongst our top picks for a weekend winter city break. But, between cosy Irish pubs and festive markets, make sure to pack warm, because the weather will undoubtedly be chilly. Due to cold weather you can enjoy Dublin as crowd-free as ever, with plenty of seasonal activities and places to visit to keep you busy, and you might even see some snow if you’re lucky.

A flight from London to Dublin will take an hour and 15 minutes, and can cost as little as £18!

Cologne, Germany

A weekend in Cologne might just be enough to experience its vibrant culture, celebrations and lots of Kölsch beer. Cologne doesn’t just have one Christmas themed market to it’s city, however it’s main market resides right in front of Cologne Cathedral, leaving you in a true festive spirit. The city is absolutely magical during the festive season, and has many sights and stories that undoubtedly warrant a visit.

 A flight from London to Cologne will take an hour and 15 minutes, and can return you home again for the reasonable fee of £20. Cheaper than the Uber to the airport, that’s for sure!

Geneva, Switzerland

If you’re dreaming of a Swiss Christmas, but don’t have too much time on your hands, a day in Geneva is sure to fulfil your wishes. As one of the quieter destinations on the list, Geneva might just be the perfect option for getting around with limited time. Surrounded by glistening snow capped mountains, Lake Geneva offers panoramic views of the Alps, making this one of the most beautiful sites in the world. 

 A flight from London to Geneva will only take an hour and 35 minutes, and will take you back again at just £77 for a return. 

Frankfurt, Germany

German markets are the pinnacle of Christmas, so here’s another German city topping our list for a festive day out. It’s a city that’s easy to get around, so not a moment of your day is wasted. Cologne is full of culture, museums, and an interesting mix of historical and modern architecture.

 A flight to Frankfurt will cost you just £17, and takes around an hour and 35 minutes.

Copenhagen, Denmark

A picture-perfect city if we ever saw one. A day in Copenhagen during the jolly season of hygge, markets, wooly sweaters, and candle lit streets will leave you feeling as cosy as ever. A word of warning, the day will be cold and short, but the vibrant festivities certainly make up for it.

 A flight from London to Copenhagen will take an hour and 45 minutes, and can cost as little as £21!

Bordeaux, France

This stylish, contemporary city is well worth spending a winter’s day. This city is just as romantic as the country’s capital of Paris, but slightly more understated, and much cheaper. Naturally, as the ‘wine capital of the world’, you’ll want to take a trip to Bordeaux’s ‘Cité du Vin’ wine museum. 

 A flight to Bordeaux will cost you just £28, and takes around an hour and 45 minutes.

Prague, Czech Republic

Winter brings to life this snow-covered city as something straight out of a fairytale. Prague’s stunning castle is a must-see in any season, but winter offers a whimsical and charming look to the city that you just can’t miss.

 A flight to Prague will take an hour and 50 minutes, costing as little as £26 for a return.

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