What are best places to visit in Europe during Christmas / New Years Holidays?
Looking for advice for the best places to visit in Europe during Christmas.
We have non-refundable activities and hotel bookending the Israel portion of the trip – 1 week in Italy, then meeting up with the whole family in Israel for 2 weeks, and then 1 week in France at the end, just us again. As things stand now, assuming we are going to have to cancel Israel, we are looking at how to fill in that 2-week gap in the middle of Rome and Paris.
My SO has never been to Europe and I’ve been to all of Western Europe except Germany (only to Berchtesgaden), Ireland, and Scotland. I obviously don’t mind revisiting countries, especially if I can see something new. We’re not big party people, but we are looking for somewhere to spend both Christmas and New Years (doesn’t have to be the same place). I have an affinity for Christmas time and Christmas markets, so somewhere that gets very Christmasy would be good (although we may just stay in Rome to see the Pope speak).
I realize that it will be plenty cold which is no problem for either of us, so that’s not a consideration, although neither of us skis. I thought a nice chalet in Zermatt with a view of the Matterhorn, but those have been tough to find any availability. Then I thought somewhere with a view of Brandenburg Gate for fireworks, but I’m unfamiliar with Germany, so I didn’t really know where to look.
We have an abundance of Marriott (Titanium), Hilton (Gold), or Hyatt (Explorist) points, and over 1M in transferrable points as well between MR, UR, and Cap1 pts.
Anyway, I’m hoping some of you who have spent either Christmas and/or NYE in Europe could give me some of your opinions and experiences. I love the planning part of travel – I planned our entire month away, including the entire Israel portion of this family trip – so I’m just looking for suggestions from your experiences.
I’m happy to hear any and all suggestions you might have and look forward to using this wonderful platform to crowdsource my way out of this paralysis I’m feeling!
Thanks in advance everyone!
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