It’s been a year, as if we had beaten our hands, and the winter preparations were beginning to go on. If you feel that Christmas holidays resemble each other, that you would like to turn family gatherings or kneeling cakes into a movie adventure, maybe it’s time to do something different this year. To give you a helping hand and inspiration, the team behind the trips global search engine offers alternative destinations to major European cities and reveals a number of reasons why it is worth going down the threshold during Christmas.
The old city center of Tallinn, with its colorful roofs, seems to have frozen between the borders of the Middle Ages, carved in Baroque architecture. If you twist the key in the box of imagination, you can almost hear the sound of hooves in the cobbled streets. It is heard that Tallinn was the host of the first Christmas tree installed in the streets of a European city. The legend says that in 1441 the Brotherhood of the Black Heads, an association of celibate German merchants, erected the first fir tree in the town hall market, starting to sing and dance around it. Although the Brotherhood has disappeared, a few things are still preserved, including Christmas celebrations around the tree, one of Europe’s largest Christmas markets. Here you can find craft products, stands with everything from woolen hats and ceramics to scented candles and wooden decorations. And, of course, local snacks such as “sauerkraut” (a cabbage variety with linseed), sausages in the blood and boiled wine. Get ready for a longer trip to Estonia and an average cost of 223 euros for a return flight.
Gastronomy that goes mad at the papillum, representations of Jesus’ birth scenes and story decorations, welcome to Provence! The cold weather and the red nose have no chance to make the French feel the joy of living or “joyful”. The city’s streets in the region are decorated with decorations, including the highest store windows. Here you will find the famous “santons”, small clay figures made by local artisans. Originally, “santons” represented scenes of the birth of the Lord, but in the nineteenth century, creations were diversified to portray ordinary people, from bakeries and butchers to priests or singers. As for local cuisine, the Christmas table includes seven light dishes, symbolizing the seven Virgin Mary’s pains, served alongside 13 rolls of bread, followed by 13 desserts. Number 13 represents Jesus’ Last Supper with the 12 Apostles. To get here, look for a flight to the largest city in the region, Marseilles, and wait for a cost of about 145 euros for a round trip.
If you want to get rid of the crowd in December, run for gifts in the late-groomed shops, post-party cleaning and dough work, we suggest you hide in a charming little town in the heart of England. Here, Christmas lights rise every corner of the street and announce that the Christmas season has begun, and each store offers an inviting decoration for both locals and tourists. Most of them leave open doors over the program and compete in events, competitions, craft workshops and games for the little ones. The four caves between Castleton’s boundaries set the shoulder to create the atmosphere of Christmas. At La Peak Cavern, for example, candle-lit candles are a tradition, alongside the mug of mugs and minced meat pies.
Although Santa Claus is expected and received in all corners of the world with open arms, the same can not be said to happen in the small town of Küssnacht on the northern shore of Lake Lucerne near Zürich. Here, the locals wake up early in the morning on December 5 to hunt the old beard with the bag full of gifts. The event, called “Klausjagen”, that is, “In the hunting season”, is one of the oldest Christmas celebrations in Europe, with a tradition since the Middle Ages, when the pagan communities tried to drive the evil spirits with noisy explosions. In the end, it was banned in 1700, but only to be reintroduced a century later, under a new Christian form, this time having a direct target on St. Nicholas. The parade takes place on the eve of Santa Nicholas and consists of 180 horn blowers, 200 gunmen and 700 percussionists who call the bells, all searching for and hunting down the rebellious Santa and the four black spirits . On a plane trip from Bucharest to Zurich, she considers an average cost of 197 euros per flight during Christmas.
Where can the winter be more in shape than the Arctic Arctic Circle? Closed in the dark all winter, the island town of Tromsø is full of splendor when it comes to December. The smell of clementines, spruce branches and sweet ginger are kept behind you, and the carols will flood the enchanting Arctic Cathedral. The locals reunite in the markets and enjoy traditional delicacies, including sweet gingerbread and hot homemade tea. Here you have the chance to see the northern lights of the sky, known as boreal aurora. Watch them in the afternoons from 18.00 until midnight, and while you wait to appear, take advantage of the games on the snow: just take a dog-sled, sleds, or just swear at a classic snowball beating. You can get to Tromsø first by landing in Oslo, the Norwegian capital where you can fly directly from Bucharest, with an approximate cost of 130 euros between December 20 and 27.