GirlsLove2Travel with Christmas | A holiday city guide
The month of December is, of course, all about the festive season. It starts early with eager anticipation – spending hours finding the best recipes for the Christmas menu, decorating the tree together and shopping… Yes, above all, shopping! Gifts to go under the tree, the loveliest decorations and of course a brand new party outfit with matching lingerie. ‘Tis the season to dress up!
In order to get into the Christmassy feeling, you only need to walk around any town centre. The twinkling lights adorning the shopping streets and the decorative shop window displays provide instant Christmas spirit. Many cities now offer lots more fun things to do to crank up the romance of Christmas – most of it is even free! Leaving you more money to buy great presents 🙂
#Funky Xmas Market
The Sunday Market on the Westergasfabriek site is the ultimate place to head for your December shopping. From art to fashion and design, but also for delicious organic food. On Sunday 14 December, there is a special Xmas edition: the Funky Xmas Market. Perfect for picking up great Christmas gifts and decorations, getting down to some funky music and sipping a glass of mulled wine.
Tip: a few minutes’ walk from the Westergasfabriek is Haarlemmerstraat, a shopper’s dream, packed with lovely boutiques.
#Amsterdam Light Festival
The winter festival transforms Amsterdam into a city of light. Everywhere you go you will come across spectacular sculptures and light projections by artists from the Netherlands and abroad. Bridges, buildings and museums change into the most beautiful luminous works of art.
Tip: besides walking routes, there are also boating routes. The light extravaganza look even more beautiful from the water.
#Zell am Rembrandt
Ever ice-skated while 85 metres up in the air? You can on the roof terrace of the Ramada Apollo hotel! As you perfect your pirouettes, you get amazing views of Amsterdam into the bargain.
Tip: it’s a lovely place to hang out after skating, too. Tuck into traditional skaters’ refreshments or savour a glass of mulled wine while enjoying views of the skaters and the city.
#Ice Sculpture Festival
You don’t need to go all the way to Paris for a Disney experience this Christmas. Artists from all over the world have made the most beautiful Disney ice sculptures for you in Antwerp. Step into an impressive and magical frozen world that took no less than 60,000 kg of ice to build.
Tip: dress up nice and warm, it’s around zero degrees inside.
On Steenplein, on the banks of the river Schelde, you can take a ride in a beautifully lit-up Ferris wheel. Be transported to a height of 60 metres for priceless views over the Christmas market and its lovely stalls and the rest of the city.
Tip: bring a date with you. There’s nothing so romantic as gliding above the city, keeping each other warm.
Swimming in the Schelde in the depths of winter? Sounds appealing, wouldn’t you say!? Yet you can take a dip on the Bath boat; truly, you can leave your wetsuit at home because at around 28 degrees, the water is lovely and warm.
Tip: looking for summer in December? Then step onto the beach volleyball court after a swim. Barefoot on the beach…
Of course we couldn’t leave the ultimate Christmas market out of this December round-up. Dotted around the city are no fewer than seven different Christmas markets, each with their own style. From an angels market to a star market and a Scandinavian style market – Düsseldorf has it all!
Tip: take a peek inside the new Hunkemöller store in Flingerstrasse whilst you’re there. It looks like a candy store 😉
The ice rink on Gustaf Gründgens Platz is for true skating enthusiasts. With an area of over 450m2, you can cover some serious distances here.
Tip: why not check out the listings for the Schauspielhaus alongside the ice rink? Who knows, you might be able to take in a great play while you’re there.
#Jever Fun Skihalle
Nothing makes it feel more like Christmas than snow. Just outside Düsseldorf you can step into a winter wonder world and work on your skiing/boarding skills. A chair lift and two drag lifts take you to the top of the piste in no time. Prefer not to have anything strapped to your feet? Then simply zoom down the indoor piste on a toboggan.
Tip: after your sporting endeavours, why not pop into the après-ski bar at the bottom of the piste to finish your day in style. Hard work deserves a reward, after all 🙂
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