Whether you’ve always dreamed of spending Christmas in a fairytale setting or fancy getting into the spirit of things in the run up to the big day, why not consider a solo city break? Embark on a trip on your own and immerse yourself in a new city, discover different traditions and embrace the magical Yuletide holiday season.
Inspired to do some exploring? Check out these popular destinations for solo travel during the festive season.
This magical Polish city is beautiful all year round, but even more amazing at Christmastime! Go here and you'll have plenty to fill your days. Rynek Glowny, Krakow’s main square in the heart of the old town, transforms into a festive hotspot. Think strings of multi-coloured lights, wooden stalls laden with goodies and huts serving mulled wine and hearty dumplings.
With the Old Town ticked off, visit the stunning Wawel Castle complex, before heading to Kazmierz, the former Jewish District. Synagogues, cafes and independent shops create an intriguing, must-see part of Krakow.
Paris is a beauty at Christmastime. Draped in twinkling lights and framed with glistening wreaths, this city is all about sparkle during the festive season.
Grab a steaming cup of delicious vin chaud and head out on your tour of this enchanting capital. Skate with an iconic backdrop when you go to the Eiffel Tower rink. After that, explore the many Christmas markets dotted around the city and peruse the festive gifts and seasonal trinkets.
For something extra-special and oh-so Parisian, go to the Galeries Lafayette, where you’ll find the most spectacular Christmas tree and photo op!
Welcome to the home of Christmas markets! Berlin is the place to be for your fill of charming stalls, traditional trinkets and festive stocking fillers. For a truly authentic experience, head to the Bröhan Museum market where the vendors exclusively sell handmade gifts.
Add Berlin’s Botanical Gardens to your itinerary too. In the evenings, the gates are open to visitors and the gardens are decked out in all their festive finery. With a fantastic range of light displays and an ice rink, it guarantees fun.
Italy’s capital is even more special during winter. With a huge number of religious Christmas traditions originating from here, it really is a fantastic choice.
Visit St. Peter’s Square to see a beautiful tree, accompanied by a life-size nativity scene. The Pope typically emerges for Midnight Mass on Christmas Eve and locals celebrate the holiday in traditional style.
The famous architecture of Rome can be seen totally differently during this joyful season – it’s dressed in twinkling fairy lights, to be specific! Gawp at all the main sights decked out in their festive get-up, explore the markets and tuck in to traditional Italian festive bites.
Posted: 21st Oct 2019.