The most picturesque European cities to visit during the Christmas holidays 

In the cold and cosy months of winter, there are certain cities in the world that exude what the Germans call ‘Gemütlich,’ – a word which embodies feelings of warmth, cheerfulness, and comfort. While many of our customers have already embarked on the booking process for their grand end-of-year holidays, we’ve also observed a surge in requests from customers in pursuit of shorter, festive city breaks in the lead-up to the holiday period.

With this in mind, we decided to curate a list of our favourite European destinations to visit during the Winter with the very best Christmas markets, picturesque city centres, cosy cafes and scrumptious cuisines. For any enquiries concerning accommodation, ticketed events, or luxury experiences, please contact Elena, our Head of Partnerships. 

Copenhagen, Denmark

Copenhagen has benefitted greatly from the ‘set-jetting travel trend’ – where travellers aspire to step into the settings and (shoes) of their beloved TV shows and movie characters. Whether you’re a fan of Chef Marcus from Disney’s ‘The Bear’ or Philip Rosenthal’s ‘Somebody Feed Phil’ on Netflix, chances are that you’ve recently been charmed by the undeniable aesthetic appeal of Copenhagen.  

The Copenhagen Christmas market can be found in the historic setting of Kongens Nytorv, where you can enjoy the fantastic view of all the traditional Christmas decorations in the Hotel D’Angleterre and the Magasin department store, while shopping for Christmas gifts and decorations in the numerous charming stalls. Despite his busy schedule, Father Christmas also makes time to visit every Thursday to Sunday between 1 and 5 p.m. 

Copenhagen Kastrup Airport, just 4 miles southeast of Copenhagen’s city centre, places the city’s cultural and historical attractions within easy reach. For added convenience, we can arrange a driver to get you to the heart of Copenhagen in approximately 15 minutes. 

Vienna, Austria

Vienna’s coffee house culture comes to life in the winter, with cosy establishments serving up warm drinks and delectable pastries, making it the ideal place to hunker down. For a truly unforgettable experience, consider attending the Vienna Philharmonic at the Golden Hall of the Musikverein for a captivating performance on the 8th of December. 

Vienna’s enchanting Christmas markets offer a magical winter experience. The “Viennese Dream Christmas Market” at City Hall is perfect for families. However, for an authentic taste of Vienna’s grandeur, visit the “Christmas Village on Maria Theresien Square” which is nestled between historic museums, and explore the festive stalls showcasing Austrian traditions and culinary delights.  

Vienna International Airport, positioned 11 miles southeast of central Vienna, offers private jet clients an exclusive and discreet experience in its General Aviation Terminal, ensuring VIP treatment before boarding. 

Edinburgh, Scotland 

Edinburgh stands out as a unique winter destination due to its combination of history, culture, and dynamic seasonal events, all framed by stunning architecture and natural beauty. At the Christmas Market in East Princes Street Gardens, visitors can enjoy mulled wine, traditional cuisine, and shop for distinctive handmade gifts. 

On the evening of Thursday, November 30, Edinburgh’s prestigious Usher Hall is set to come alive with a celebration of St. Andrew’s Night like no other. Scotland’s cherished singer and lead vocalist of Del Amitri will take the stage alongside the renowned Blazin’ Fiddles. This musical collaboration promises an enchanting fusion of talents, bringing to life the musical traditions of the Highlands.  

Edinburgh Airport, located a mere 6 miles west of Edinburgh, ensures swift access to the city centre, with a journey of under 25 minutes. Private jet travellers have the added advantage of a business aviation centre, providing a more secluded setting for relaxation.

Budapest, Hungary 

Nestled in the heart of Budapest’s historic Vörösmarty Square, the city’s Christmas market is a true holiday gem. Here, you can savour mouthwatering treats like chimney cake and goulash, sip on mulled wine, and embark on a shopping adventure for handcrafted treasures that make for perfect souvenirs. 

For a dose of winter wonder in the heart of the city, make your way to Budapest’s City Park Ice Rink. As the largest outdoor ice rink in Europe, it’s a picture-perfect setting for ice skating enthusiasts of all ages. The surrounding landscape, blanketed in a layer of snow, adds an extra touch of magic to this experience. Moreover, the Danube River which passes through the capital provides an alternative view of the city with special cruises operating during December with festive-themed menus, vessels that are kitted out with cheerful Christmas decorations, and live music performances.  

Budapest Liszt Ferenc International Airport, conveniently situated 10 miles southwest of Budapest, offers easy access to the city’s vibrant cultural and entertainment hubs. Moreover, private jet clients can savour a tranquil pre-flight experience in the airport’s General Aviation Terminal.