For those of us who can't get enough of the festive spirit and wish to keep the holiday magic alive beyond the typical cutoff date, we have a list for you!
Several enchanting Christmas markets continue to spread cheer, with some staying open until the first week of January 2024. As someone who cherishes the idea, I've curated a list of family-friendly events to ensure you make the most of the extended yuletide season.
1. Durbuy, Belgium: a magical town beyond imagination
The Christmas market in Durbuy, the world's smallest town, remains open until 7 January 2024. Durbuy transforms into a wonderland during this time, with narrow streets adorned in illuminations, cozy cafes, and a lively atmosphere. The Tortuga Bar, an ice-skating rink, and family-friendly venues make it a must-visit. Share the joy with visiting friends and family during the holiday season in Luxembourg.
2. Winter Valley Adventure in Durbuy: a double delight
© Adventure Valley Durbuy Facebook
Combine your Durbuy visit with Winter Valley Adventure at Adventure Valley Durbuy, running from 8 December to 6 January 2024.
For more details, keep an eye on their Facebook page.
3. Cologne, Germany: double the joy with two markets
While the big Christmas market concludes, Cologne hosts the 'Heinzels Wintermärchen Weihnachtsmarkt und Eisbahn' until 7 January 2024. Additionally, a New Year's Market by the Chocolate Museum kicks off on 26 December 2023, running into January 2024.
4. Koblenz, Germany: illuminated fairylights at Christmas Garden
© Christmas Garden Koblenz
The Christmas Garden in Koblenz, at the Ehrenbreitstein Fortress, promises an illuminated circular route, a cable car ride with city views, a roller skate park, and more. This event will be open until 7 January 2024.
Learn more at Christmas Garden Koblenz.
5. Wally Christmas at Walygator Park: festive thrills
© Walygator France
Walygator Grand Est, the closest theme park to Luxembourg, spreads festive joy from 16 to 30 December. Enjoy the atmosphere and rides!
Discover more at Walygator Grand Est.
6. Gondorf Eiffelpark, Germany: winter wonderland
Eifelpark, a favourite among Luxembourg families, stays open during the winter season, so make sure to pay a visit to this family-friendly theme park.
Find all the details for the 2023/24 season here.
7. Christmas at Sedan Castle, France: a regal celebration
Sedan Castle opens its doors with a special programme and beautiful decorations from 23 December 2023 to 7 January 2024.
Explore further at Castle of Sedan.
8. Winterlights in Luxembourg City: a radiant capital
© RTL/Christophe Mendes
Luxembourg City continues its festive fun until 7 January 2024.
Explore the details of 'Winterlights' at Ville de Luxembourg.
9. Noel at Chateau de Rheinhardstein, Belgian Ardennes: await the magic
Though the official programme is pending, Chateau de Rheinhardstein promises decorated rooms, a Christmas market, artisans, musical entertainment, Christmas tales, and more.
Keep an eye on updates at Rheinhardstein.
10. Noel at Chateau de Mirwart, Belgium: a magical forest and market
From 27 to 29 December, the newly renovated Chateau de Mirwart hosts a magical Christmas market. Explore the enchanting forest surroundings before visiting the market.
Find details at Destination Ardenne.
11. Charleville Mezieres, France: historic splendor
This French city boasts one of the most beautiful historic squares. The Christmas market, open until 3 January 2024, adds to its charm. Combine with a visit to Sedan Castle.
Details available at jds.fr.
12. Liege, Belgium: big market, big fun
© Ville de Liège
Belgium's largest Christmas market, with an impressive ice-skating rink, stays open until 30 December 2023. Don't miss the family spectacles at Liege Opera.
Learn more at VISITWallonia.be.
13. Metz, France: a beautiful French market
Voted one of the most beautiful markets in France, Metz welcomes visitors until 30 December 2023.
Explore the details at Metz Tourism.
Feel the festive joy, explore these delightful markets, and let the holiday spirit linger a bit longer! If you have more recommendations, share them in the comments, and happy travels! And as always enjoy, and Let'z TravelmatKanner.