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Christmas lights and decorations on the streets of London

Try a Christmas Market in London for the Ultimate Holiday Experience

If you grew up watching A Christmas Carol, you likely remember the final scenes, where a transformed and joyful Ebenezer Scrooge skips through the holiday-bedecked streets of London, giddily spreading Christmas cheer to everyone.

That feeling — of joy and merriment, of generosity and creativity and goodwill that warms winter’s chill, of festive fun for all ages — that is the feeling you get when you visit a Christmas market in London. There’s nothing like it, and it’s one of my favorite experiences to recommend to England-bound travelers from mid-November to New Year’s.

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Three people laughing and holding their beer and pretzels during Oktoberfest in Munich

European Cultural Festivals to Enrich Your Travel

Cultural festivals are a wonderful—and very fun—way to experience the local culture. There’s one for every season, and they vary from large to small .

Whether you time your travel plans to attend a certain festival or you stumble upon one during your vacation, there’s no denying that festivals are a great way to connect with the culture and become a temporary local.

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