A while ago, we wrote an article about the 20 most beautiful city squares in the world. Well… Now, during Christmas time, they are even more beautiful! In this article we have picked our favorite 10 squares all around the globe that you definitely have to visit during the holiday season. But for now, keep reading, open your Instagram and start dreaming!
1. Saint Peter’s Square, Vatican City
If you go the Eternal City during the holiday season, you definitely have to visit the Vatican City as well. Saint Peter’s Square hosts a 30-meter-tall Christmas tree that surpasses in height almost all the buildings in its immediate surroundings. You can also admire the Nativity Scene recreated with life-size ceramic statues and placed very close to the tree.
2. Grand Place, Brussels, Belgium
During the festive period, the Grand Place of Brussels is simply breathtaking! The 18-meter-high Christmas tree is decorated with each year according to a specific theme and a light show brings the square to lofe each evening. The Winter Wonders market that spreads accross the city centre adds to the holiday magic.
3. Market Square, Bremen, Germany
During Christmas time, the City of Bremen is transformed into a festive winter wonderland. Over 170 decorated stalls and romantic Christmas lights are set up around the area of the Town Hall and the Roland statue.
4. Trafalgar Square, London, UK
Every year, since 1947, the people of Norway have given Londoners a Christmas tree as a gift. This gesture is a symbol of gratitude for Britain’s support for Norway during World War II. The around 20-meter-high tree is lit up at the beginning of December. Despite the challenges, the tradition has remained unchanged even during the pandemic.
5. Old Town Square, Prague, Czech Republic
The Prague Christmas Markets is open every day from late November to early January, including on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. Together with Wenceslas Square, the Old Town Square is the place where the main Christmas markets are normally held. You can also enjoy the Nativity scenes at the Church of Our Lady Victorious, or a small Christmas market at the top of Wenceslas Square.
6. Main Market Square, Krakow, Poland
Krakow in December is a must-see place. The Main Market Square hosts dozens of Christmas stalls that sell traditional handmade decorations, such as the old-fashioned hand-painted colorful glass baubles.
7. Stanislas Square, Nancy, France
The elegant Christmas lights in the town center and the huge Christmas tree standing on Place Stanislas create the perfect festive atmosphere. During the Christmas period, the City of Nancy organizes the Saint Nicholas Festivals. The Festival lasts 40 days and it includes the Saint Nicholas village, several events, fairground rides, parades and delicious traditional Christmas food and wine.
8. Vendôme Square, Paris, France
The Vendôme square includes four 10-meter-tall Christmas trees and additional 160 smaller trees. These trees illuminate the façades of the prestigious luxury stores that make this square so famous.
9. Praça do Comércio, Lisbon, Portugal
Praça do Comércio, the big waterfront square, is where you will find the largest Christmas tree of Lisbon. You can also go inside the installation and enjoy the display of lights. The arcaded buildings of the square are also outlined with Christmas lights on the windows and arches.
10. Palace Square, Saint Petersburg, Russia
Palace square, the political and cultural center of the city, is even more beautiful during the Christmas period! If you go there, you’ll see a huge illuminated Christmas tree and the surrounding streets filled with lights and festive decorations.