Gay Travel for Christmas and Holidays in Europe

The European Christmas traditions are known to revolve around European countries like Italy, France, Switzerland, Germany, Portugal, Austria, Greece, Spain, Scandinavia, United Kingdom amongst others. 

The tradition according to each country is rooted to ancient practices while others are rooted to mythology. These countries share many of the European Christmas traditions with each country having a twist in the celebration.
The St. Nicholas day is one of the European Christmas traditions that is common among all these countries. This feast day is enhanced by the inclusion of singing of hymns and the preparation and presentation of the twelve meals during Christmas Eve supper. Children really enjoy this particular tradition amongst the other European Christmas traditions because it involves the retrieval of gifts. Children are dressed in devils and angel costumes and sing carols from one house to another and in return receive gifts; this usually takes place on the 5th of December. According to these Christmas traditions, St. Nicholas is depicted as the founder of traditions that favor both the old and little in Europe with gifts of all kinds.
Brussels has a great assortment of shopping streets and galleries. A
walk around in the shopping streets will help you in discovering the
latest in fashion at Brussels. You can find the Czars of the fashion
world like Chanel, Vinton Hermes, Giorgio Armani, Gianni Versace and
Christian Dior.
Brussels annual European Christmas market takes place on the Place
St. Catherine. There are festive lights, decorations and numerous stalls
offering goodies like Christmas gifts and decorations, local crafts for your
family and friends. There is an ice rink nearby for you to skate zig zag and
soak in the festive spirit. A high speed Euro star service of less than two
hours from London offers the perfect justification to sample Christmas
festivities globally in the attractive city of Brussels. A laid back relaxed
pace and its compact size makes it a perfect place to have a family break, stay in a Brussels hotel for a few nights and soak up
the unique seasonal atmosphere.

Christmas abounds all over Europe. I love it all. But I really enjoy Budapest and Prague. It is definitely worth visiting any European capitals at this time of
the year even if the weather is quite cold. You can enjoy walking round
the main squares, looking at the stalls selling different kinds of
Christmas products, having a warm drink and some food and listening to
music.

In mid-November Budapest starts to prepare for Christmas.

Streets are decorated with colourful lights, shop-windows are adorned to lure in customers hunting for gifts.

More and more people set out to look for the ideal Christmas presents in shops or in the markets.
If you’re looking for a unique Hungarian gift and want to get away from the all alike shops visit the Budapest Christmas Fair at Vörösmarty Square.

Christmasin Prague is a magical time and December is undoubtedly
one of the nicest months of the year in this beautiful
city. Christmas markets are up, shop windows are
bright and beautiful, Christmas trees adorn the town
squares and the early dusk is filled with warm light.
People are nicer to each other, the mood is festive.
And if all is covered in fresh, white snow, what
more can you ask for?

Prague at Christmas is a special place,
so bundle up and take a stroll. If you get cold,
have some hot chocolate at a café, stop by a tea
room or buy a cup of mulled wine or grog from a
street vendor.

(Stay at the Jewel in Old Town for a nice treat – or The Temple, if you want something old world, quaint and very gay!)

You haven’t experienced Christmas lights until you’ve seen nearly four
miles of them artfully hung in patterns dictated by Tiffany’s head
designer in Copenhagen’s famed historic amusement park, Tivoli Gardens—and that’s not counting the 1,800 strands dramatically draped on the lakeside willows. Copenhagen celebrates Jul
(as in “yuletide”) in high style, with its famed Christmas market the
centerpiece.

Stalls stocked with fine handmade crafts, including
traditional figurines of clog-clad elves in pointy red caps, compete for
space with vendors selling iced doughnuts slathered with black currant
jam and hefty cups of gløgg, a steaming hot mulled red wine laden with
raisins, almonds, cinnamon sticks, and cloves—all of which, for good
measure, are steeped in aquavit or schnapps.

read more at Travel and Leisure!

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