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Forget ‘Christmas in July’ – Try a Real Magical Winter Wonderland With Christmas in Germany!

June 29, 2017 Tour Operator No Comments Email Email

Australian ‘Christmas in July’ celebrations fall short when compared with the experiences of a genuine European Winter Wonderland Christmas. Imagine the romance and excitement of exploring Christmas markets, magical towns and villages steeped in history across Germany.

For those wanting to share in the traditions of a true Christmas Eve, tour specialist Europe Holidays has released an exclusive 2017 departure, visiting Frankfurt, Nuremberg, Heidelberg, Trier, Cochem, Cologne and Rüdesheim, in time for the festive season.

Europe Holiday’s Managing Director, Chip Popescu, says a Christmas winter wonderland experience is high on many Australia’s wish-lists.

Nürnberger Christkindlesmarkt

“The genuine white Christmas traditions of Europe are very attractive to Australians, and a real change from our hot summer celebrations, with Santa on the beach,” says Popescu.

“We try to replicate the feel of the festivities with ‘Christmas in July’ celebrations, but they don’t do the holiday real justice. Many Christmas traditions are believed to have actually emanated from German Europe, including the Christmas carol Silent Night, advent calendars and the modern depiction of Santa Claus, so it makes it all the more special to be in its spiritual home.

“Christmas Eve is of particular significance, and we delight in being able to share that special time with guests and provide them insights into how the holiday is celebrated in Europe.”

One of the most popular aspects of German Christmas celebrations are the markets, most notably in Frankfurt and Nuremburg.

“The Frankfurt Christmas Markets is one of the largest,” explains Popescu, “but also one of the most beautiful, with its elaborate and creative decorations, amid the scenic surroundings of the Römerberg and St Paul’s Square. It’s also known for its huge Christmas tree.”

“Meanwhile the Nuremburg markets are known for their delectable treats, including the famous Nuremburg gingerbread and sausages. There’s also the sight to be seen of passing stagecoaches, with horses and coachmen playing Christmas songs on their trumpet.”

Although Germany is credited with the origins of Kris Kringle, linking back to the concept of Christkindl (Christmas angels) as the bearer of gifts, it’s also home to the much eerier Krampus Night (Krampusnacht). Saint Nicholas handed out candy while the Krampus punished naughty children with birch branches. Modern day re-enactments include the horned half-goat, half demon character performing and parading through the streets to disperse the winter’s ghosts.

The exclusive Europe Holidays 14 day/13 night Christmas Markets escorted tour departs 15 December 2017. Starting from $4,595 per person twin share, the tour includes:

  • Fully escorted by our experienced Tour Manager (in Europe)
  • Travel in a first class air conditioned touring coach
  • Assistance on arrival
  • Local guides in Frankfurt, Trier, Cologne, Nuremberg, Heidelberg
  • Scenic drives, sightseeing and entrances as described
  • 13 nights authentic, specially selected 4* hotel Accommodation
  • Breakfast daily
  • 6 Standard dinners in the hotel or a restaurant near by
  • 1 Dinner at Cochem Castle – Knights Meal
  • 1 Welcome Dinner with glass of wine included
  • 1 Christmas Dinner with glass of wine included
  • 1 Christmas Lunch with glass of wine included
  • Entrance fees to Heidelberg castle and Eltz castle
  • All local taxes

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