For Christmas Day itself, Jerusalem and Bethlehem; just a short flight from most of Europe. Most of Europe is really cold over Christmas so we opted for two weeks in Israel and Jordan. Christmas Day in Jerusalem and New Years Eve and Day in Petra.
Other great places for Christmas would be Vienna (although I agree New Years is best) and Rome. Christmas markets in Germany leading up to Christmas are fantastic; I just don't know what is actually going on Christmas Day.
Best places in Europe? there is a lot of diversity here in Europe, but i do love London in the winter especially when it snows, plus i live about 2 hours away . I went to Germany when i was younger too, i cant remember the city it might have been cologne but the sausages are amazing and they have loads of market stalls selling hot chocolate and beer. But if i was to go anywhere in Europe during Christmas it would have to be Vienna, they have a market every year and its full of lights and hundreds of stalls selling proper gingerbread and loads of gift ideas.
You could see them all at some of these cruises though....
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We were going to do what we thought was a perfect way to spend Christmas in Europe; a river cruise on the Uniworld S.S. Antoinette for their Holiday Market cruise on the Rhine. All the towns are decorated for the holidays and all have wonderful holiday markets, shows, food, drink, entertainment, etc. making for a wonderful experience.
Unfortunately, our son got sick the day we were to leave and had to cancel. Perhaps we'll try again this year.
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Slightly off topic,I would love to be in Vienna for the New Year's Day concert.
Interesting that this old thread got resurrected.
Annie, after a long cruise Dubai to Cape Town, we are going to spend three days in London over Christmas. You say it is "too manic;" sounds actually a bit fun. What should we try to fit into a short time (we arrive on 23rd and leave on 26th)?