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Question Which European city for Christmas?

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I read earlier that you were considering Seefeld. Just a suggestion, you need to make some decisions soon-I looked at the Seefeld apartment we stayed at in June & it is booked out around Xmas. Booking.com says that they have 111 apartments like this already unavailable on their site (just fed in 20-23rd Dec as random to get an idea)
Agreed, the popular places definitely fill up in the xmas week. We've done this a few times now and usually book by mid year.

For an xmas stay, I wouldn't go with an apartment, as you miss a lot of the traditional Austrian White Xmas experience. I'd definitely recommend staying at one of the hotels with half board.

They put on a huge communal dining experience every evening with a special gala dinner on the 24th. They will likely trot in a brass band and carol singers, and they may even arrange a sleigh ride through the woods for guests.

Try shortlisting a few hotels and contact them through their website "contact us" page and ask for some dates. You can also ask to go on a waitlist, and they'll contact you with an offer if they get a cancellation.
 
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Wow thanks everyone. We're going to Finland and St Petersburg after Christmas (avoid the Santa kiddiewinks), hence the focus on northern Europe rather than Spain. So we thought this pre-xmas part of the trip should be Christmas-max.
One thing to consider is that Orthodox Christmas is early January in Russia. The cities are very quiet as many go away because of the Orthodox holidays. I made that mistake when I visited Moscow in 2015. The hotel ran out of beer on my third day, no laundry services and a skeleton staff. Your mileage may vary, but I wish I had gone elsewhere. Maybe it would be better between Christmas day and New Year?
 

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