December in Germany has always been an important time and for visitors it’s the perfect month to experience a fairy-tale like Christmas with traditions dating back centuries. Most famous for its Christmas Markets, with infinite streams of fairy lights, food and gift stalls and marvellous displays you’ll be spoilt for festive delights. Whilst not all markets will be open this year, the following are set to go ahead; Leipzig, Trier, Aachen, Baden-Baden, Berlin, Cologne, Dresden, Dusseldorf and Nuremberg. Don’t miss out!
Both Christmas and New Year in Cape Verde are celebrated with spectacular firework displays and the larger hotels often include a lavish gala dinner in their festive season holiday packages. In December, the islands enjoy average highs of 27°C. With very little rain, the sunshine is guaranteed, making December ideal for beach lovers and families. Can you imagine a better way to see in Christmas or the New Year than with a fabulous feast under the stars, followed by dancing the night away to Cape Verdean rhythms?
Christmas is a highly celebrated festivity in Malta and Gozo, both for its religious significance as well as in its more social aspect. The Malta Christmas weather is normally warmer than most of the European mainland with temperatures ranging between 10 and 22 degrees. The Christmas lights are something to behold and at night the streets come alive with festive music and people milling around shopping or celebrating. The season is celebrated to its fullest on the Maltese Islands, with the active participation of many; Nativity scenes, displays of cribs, carol services and other events are organised in each locality, they go all out so have your camera ready.
There really is nothing quite like a White Christmas in Austria. Christmas markets entice visitors with their tempting aromas of roasting chestnuts and gingerbread, and snowy landscapes put everyone in the festive spirit. The Innsbruck Christmas markets start appearing on the streets from mid-November and with six different markets and over 200 stalls to choose from, there is plenty of opportunity to get your Christmas shopping sorted. A 14-metre high Christmas tree, decorated with Swarovski crystals is installed near the Golden Roof and the entire Old Town is lit with sparkling fairy lights. Yes please!
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