Blogmas day 6: Festive short breaks on a budget

Hi and welcome to Blogmas day 6! Today I’m going to be sharing my favourite festive short break ideas for people on a budget! For most people Christmas has to be budgeted for strategically but that shouldn’t stop you from enjoying the holiday season and relaxing on an affordable short breaks! Today I will share with you 5 magical places that are affordable but have the same festive charm as expensive locations such as Canada and New York.

Alsace – France

France’s Alsace region is a magical wonderland when it comes to Christmastime. They have a true appreciation for Christmas and a beautiful cultural vibe. It’s a small, quaint town with an amazing Christmas market and the entire town is dressed up with decorations. Alsace truly looks like a fairy tale Christmas village. In the neighbouring towns, the stalls sell everything from small gifts unique to the area to pretzels and delicious food and mulled wine to handmade ornaments and home-wares.

Hotels in Alsace

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Berlin – Germany

If you are looking to enjoy a short break in Europe that’s affordable just before Christmas, Berlin will be your dream. The highlight is of course the Berlin’s Christmas markets. There are loads of stalls and beautiful decorations that all make up the magical, memorable experience for all the family, couples or solo travellers. There are loads of traditional Christmas music all throughout the city which only adds even more to the vibe! There is also an amazing Ferris wheel you can enjoy, while enjoying stunning panoramic views across Berlin!

Hotels in Berlin

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Bled – Slovenia

Bled in Slovenia is one of Europe’s stunning towns. There’s stunning scenery and views as far as the eye can see! There’s a church on the lake and castle on the hill with snow on the mountains. There is also skiing and skating opportunities for the whole family to enjoy. On Christmas day you can watch a famous Slovenian local tradition taking place that truly has to be seen to appreciate its culture!

Bled Slovenia Hotels

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Florence – Italy

Florence is the perfect city to spend Christmas time in. There are twinkling lights everywhere and beautiful decorations throughout the city. It promises to be an unforgettable experience for everyone full of joy and it truly is an amazing city! It is a relatively cheap location for all the family to enjoy!

Hotels in Florence

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Grindelwald – Switzerland

This is perfect for travelling couples! It’s such a cute and romantic location especially at Christmas! It truly is a magical country anyway but at Christmastime the magic truly comes to life! Grindelwald is a stunning village in the Swiss Alps. It’s a postcard village, honestly the most stunning place I’ve ever seen in my life! It has something for everyone: scenery, sports, adventure, as well as amazing winter activities! In my opinion the best part of Grindelwald is the train that goes to the top of Europe!

Grindelwald hotels

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I hope you enjoyed today’s post! See you tomorrow for Blogmas day seven! Have you visited any beautiful Christmassy places yet this year? Are you planning on visiting any? Let me know down below in the comments!

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