Published on November 18, 2010 | by Francy0
London, Paris and Berlin city break ideas
The long weekend of the Immaculate in early December marks the beginning of the Christmas period throughout Europe. Every city and capital is adorned with lights and decorations for the upcoming Christmas, New Year and Epiphany. The streets, shops, department stores are dressed up to invite citizens and tourists to join a global Toyland.
In Paris, the most impressive show is definitely that of the Eiffel Tower: in addition to the thousands of lights that illuminate the structure, you shouldn’t miss the ice bar and the snowed walk. The classical appointment is on December 4, with the Concerts at La Sainte Chapelle of the Paris Classik orchestra, or you can visit the exhibition of Claude Monet at the Grand Palais, open until January 24. In early December, at the center of the Place de la Concorde is erected a large Ferris wheel, while outside the town hall, Hotel de Ville, a skating rink is set up. Do not miss the Christmas market on the Champs Elysees: always on the most beautiful avenue in the world, at the Lido, the 100 years since the birth of Miss Bluebell is celebrated, with the legendary dance troupe the Bluebell Girls. Perhaps an event not really suitable for children.
In Berlin, who has just experienced a magical atmosphere with the Berlin Festival of Light in October, with buildings illuminated by wonderful lights, Christmas begins with the famous Weihnachtensmaerkte, the Christmas markets that are set up in Gendarmerie Square, Gendarmenmarkt,. For the long Immaculate weekend in Berlin, you can breathe a Mitteleurope atmosphere especially during the concerts of classical music, like that of Charlottenburg Palace, a unique experience (dinner and show) in the summer residence of the kings of Prussia, with the Berlin Residence Orchestra and dinner in the Orangerie of the palace. Berlin, on December 4, will host also “Classical Music Berlin: Christmas Season,” a classical music festival with music by Mozart, Beethoven, Bach and many other great composers, held in historical sites of Berlin such as the French Cathedral.
Let’s move to London, where you cannot miss the Pudding’s race on December 5, which is held in Covent Garden (Great Christmas Pudding Race) in cooperation with the fundraising for the fight against cancer. From November 21 until January 3, moreover, there is the Winter Wonderland: a skating rink and a large amusement park area are set up in Hyde Park, for the joy of children and adults. Meanwhile, in Trafalgar Square on December 9, will be held the “Tree lighting ceremony,” the switching on of the Christmas tree given every year to the people of London from Norway in gratitude for Britain’s support during World War II. In the area of Waterloo, at the Southbank Centre, is expected a month of festivities with the Christmas festival, opening on Dec. 3 until Jan. 3. Do not miss the London department stores literally exploding with colors and initiatives.
Photo of the Eiffel Tower by Davide Galli
Photo of Trafalgar Square by ktylerconk