5 must-visit Fairytale Christmas Villages to Live The Holiday Magic

Dreaming of a trip to a magical Christmas setting that looks like the Santa Clause’s villages? Well, besides the extravagant and glamorous decorated European cities, small cute and vintage picturesque villages dressed with snow and fairy lights will give you the “warm” Christmas spirit you are searching for. So this time we at the Gals and the City choose to travel you to 5 must-see fairytale villages taking you back in time.

  • Colmar France


Rumor has it that Colmar was the inspiration behind Belle’s village on “Beauty and the Beast”, as we are talking about a magically picturesque village transformed into a fairytale one during the Christmas period. Colmar hosts 5 Christmas markets, a roller coaster, carousel, ice-skating rink while carolers and the endless array of twinkling lights get you in a totally festive mood. 

  • Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany

Once in a year, this medieval well-preserved walled town is transformed into a magical Christmas wonderland. The narrowly winding streets and the charming squares have been appropriately decorated for the Christmas holidays with the illumination of thousands of fairy lights. You can find everything your heart desires in the delightful Christmas market while the smell of “white” mulled wine, grilled sausage, roasted chestnuts, and the traditional Rothenburg Snowball fried dough pastry will make you even happier. Of course, the festive music by the local bands completes this magically unique scenery.

  • Coburg Germany

The Coburg Christmas market is one of the most atmospheric in the world not only because of the beautiful lighting design and the quaint setting but also because of the special activities like the candlelight parade led by the Coburg Children’s Choir. This is the hometown of Queen Victoria’s husband, Prince Albert, where many of our favorite Christmas costumes, from trees to turkeys, were introduced by the two of them- the Queen and Prince Albert – in Victorian England. Talking about the tasty part, visitors can indulge themselves with plenty of treats like spiced wine, a baked German gingerbread treat, mulled beer, and other candies as well as get the experience of a romantic ride in a historical carriage through the inner city. For those who love Christmas markets, the lovely markets of Bad Rodach and Neustadt bei Coburg are absolutely recommended.

  • Bruges

Strolling around Bruges, a small town in Belgium with bell towers, gothic churches, narrow cobblestone streets, and a medieval atmosphere, you feel like you are stepping into Hans Christian Andersen’s fairytales especially when Christmas is just around the corner. Don’t miss to visit the Grote Market which is in the center of Bruges, admiring the vast ice rink and the imposing buildings!  It’ a chance to wander around the sparkling Christmas market while eating the famous Belgium chocolate and tasting the traditional Bûche de Noël, a sponge roll with cream. Christmas cheer is evident in the streets, decorated with glittered trees and fairy lights! Keep in mind you can attend the popular Ice Sculpture Festival held annually with artists from all over the world to transform Bruges into a winter wonderland.

  • North Pole, Alaska

Do you believe in Santa? Welcome to Santa Land – just 20 minutes away from Fairbanks! This is the village of Santa and Mrs. Claus, which literally celebrates Christmas all year round! Travelers have the opportunity to visit the Santa Claus House: the adorable holiday shop, the post office, and so on. Don’t miss to see also Santa’s sleigh and reindeer, the world’s largest Santa Statue as well as the annual Winter Festival. There are also many things to do, like bear viewing tours, dog sledding, zipline tours, rafting tours, glacier tours, and so many other exciting activities to take part in. It’s definitely a holistic X-mass experience.

So did you decide on your Christmas dream trip this year?

Ho Ho Ho

Merry Christmas!

[Cover © Daniil Silantev]

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