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Paris, France

Can a street get any more festive than the Champs-Elysées when it’s lit up at night? The boulevard is lined with a Christmas market in December, where you can stay warm with hot chestnuts, and there’s also an ice rink that stays open until January. Elsewhere, be sure to check out the spectacular window displays in department stores Galeries Lafayette and Printemps, which are as big a draw as the shopping inside. [Photo: Getty]

The best European cities to visit during the winter

Ellie Ross

Tobogganing down snowy slopes, wallowing in hot springs as the Northern Lights dance overhead, ice skating and drinking hot gluhwein… Europe has some of the best destinations for a winter city break.

Whether you have a whole fortnight or just a weekend to spare, there’s a limitless amount of places to explore that will suit both winter bunnies and sun worshipers. And while they’re not too far from home geographically, they’ll feel a world away.

Here’s our pick of the best.

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