Christmas in Europe: Here are the festive events going ahead this year

Due to the pandemic, many of Europe’s Christmas markets and events were cancelled for the second year.

Travel restrictions have become more strict and certain countries have been placed under lockdown following detection of the Omicron variant. This means that there is less opportunity to enjoy the holiday spirit.

However, that doesn’t mean you won’t find places to get your Christmas cheer.

These are the best festive experiences that you can still enjoy this year.

Wroclaw Christmas Markets in Poland

Wroclaw is home to many festive events, even though it may not be your first choice for traditional Christmas Markets.

This Christmas market is held in four locations in the city and has been going on since 16 century. It is well-known for being one of the most beautiful Christmas markets in Europe.

The main site of Rynek Square, surrounded by beautiful architecture and pastel-colored buildings, is like something from a fairytale.

It’s the ideal place to feel Christmas spirit with stalls selling local foods and drinks, as well as crafts and other delicacies.

It is open until 21 December. There are no requirements for a vaccination pass or testing. Outside, it is not required to wear a mask. Learn more .

Finland, Lapland

Santa Claus’ official residence is Rovaniemi in the capital. Although Santa Claus’ true home is believed to be in the “Ear Fell”, only a few people know about it, the jolly bearded Santa has set up an office in the city.

Santa Claus Village technically is open all year round. You can travel to it by bus from Rovaniemi. You can meet Santa Claus and take husky or reindeer rides, snowmobile tours, and even stay at an Igloo Hotel.

This is not all that you can see in the magical Arctic region. The dark winter days are a great time to see the Northern Lights and enjoy the beautiful surroundings.

Many tour operators offer a full refund and the option to rebook for those who are unable to travel due to COVID-19 restrictions. Plan your visit.

Tallinn, Estonia

Legend has it that Europe’s first ever public Christmas tree was displayed in Tallinn, in 1441. This medieval town has maintained its festive spirit ever since.

The Christmas tree can be seen in the Town Hall Square. Traditional Estonian seasonal foods like black pudding and sourkraut are available here, decorated with ornaments and lights. You still have plenty of time to visit the market, which runs through January 2.

A variety of Christmas events are also held in the square, including rides and attractions for kids. This year, instead of the traditional train, a double-decker bus will transport visitors around Tallinn’s old city.

Fira de Santa Llucia, Barcelona

The festival began as a one-day celebration to mark the 13th December feast of Santa Lucia. The festival now spans three weeks and includes activities like nativity scenes and festive storytelling.

The Christmas market is located outside the Barcelona Cathedral and features nearly 300 stalls. It is located on the Avinguda De la Catedral and runs until the 23rd of December, which is the day before Christmas Eve.

Masks are required in areas where social distancing is impossible. Weekends can be busy so visitors may be restricted. Learn more about Fira de Santa Llucia .

While many of these events are still available to residents of nearby areas, there are frequent changes in travel restrictions that could apply to foreign visitors. Keep up-to-date on where and how to travel in Europe .