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European Christmas/winter city break with children

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Petal7 · 14/06/2022 11:01

Am hoping to take the dc (by then 14, 12 and 10) for a European city break instead of our usual Father Christmas theme park sleepover the first weekend of December now they're getting older.
Has anyone got suggestions for compact city centre, Christmassy/snowy fun?
We could fly from any London airport. We've done lots of UK city breaks that they've loved (Bath, York, Bristol) so thought it might be fun to go further afield. Would be very grateful for any suggestions! Thank you.

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reluctantbrit · 14/06/2022 16:13

I doubt you will get snow beginning of December unless you go to Scandinavia. But it will be cold.

Germany has great markets, Austria is also nice, we loved Prague and Bruges and Antwerp.

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Bzzz · 14/06/2022 16:26

We were in lisbon for their christmas winter wonderland a few years ago. Obviously no real snow but it was fantastic and an insight into how other countries have christmas. Its also an amazing compact city with plenty to do

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Padamae · 14/06/2022 16:29

Have a look at Discover the World. We have been to Sweden and Swedish Lapland and also Iceland with them and we really impressed both times.
we’ve also done a DIY holiday to Oslo that was great.

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Fivemoreminutes1 · 14/06/2022 17:47

Definitely recommend Berlin at Christmas with teens and tweens. When we went, there were a few funfairs and a great toboggan run.

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balalake · 14/06/2022 18:44

Antwerp or Ghent can be visited by train- Eurostar and then a train of less than an hour from Brussels. Ghent the more compact city centre.

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Petal7 · 14/06/2022 21:25

Thanks all - some great ideas. I will enjoy having a good browse.

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SomewhereEast · 15/06/2022 19:36

If you're looking at Germany & considering Eurostar convenience, Cologne used to / have a magnificent Christmas market right in front of the cathedral & train station. Aachen is also lovely & convenient. You could combine one of those with a Belgian city or two really easily.

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Porridgeislife · 15/06/2022 20:04

It probably won’t snow in early December but Nuremberg is one of the most Christmassy markets in Germany. The city centre is compact & you can get direct flights from London.

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Romeiswheretheheartis · 15/06/2022 22:38

I've taken dd at that age to Vienna for the Christmas markets, it was lovely.

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reluctantbrit · 16/06/2022 07:59

Porridgeislife · 15/06/2022 20:04

It probably won’t snow in early December but Nuremberg is one of the most Christmassy markets in Germany. The city centre is compact & you can get direct flights from London.

It can be very busy at weekends but I agree, it's a great market and there is lots to do and. see in Nürnberg as well.

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cptartapp · 16/06/2022 08:17

Copenhagen and go to Tivoli. Absolutely magical. And New Years Eve with the fireworks is something else. Terrifying and amazing.

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Madwomanuptheroad29 · 17/06/2022 20:23

Budapest - iceskating in the city park and then going to the Szecheny Baths.

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Petal7 · 21/06/2022 11:01

Thanks all - we booked a trip to Finnish Lapland! But have compiled your suggestions for future trips.

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soupdragon321 · 21/06/2022 11:03

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