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Where to Celebrate Christmas

The Best Luxury Locations Across Europe

Beautiful wintery weather, cracking fires, mulled wine and mounds of delicious food – Christmas time is almost upon us. Christmas is one of the most festive times of the year across Europe as sparkling lights are strung up, stunning Christmas trees are set up and bustling markets open.

Going away over Christmas and New Year is a great way of escaping the stress of the season, relaxing and reflecting on the year that has past. Discover a number of luxurious locations and hotels across Europe perfect for hosting you this Christmas, from the elegant city of Vienna, through to the wild countryside of Scotland. NetJets are proud to fly our Owners and their families throughout the Christmas season, providing a reliable, trustworthy and comfortable way to fly during one of the busiest periods of the year.

Discover some of our favourite places to spend Christmas:

Cologne, Germany

This ancient city on the Rhine is home to Europe’s very best Christmas markets. The whole city comes alive over the festive season, with lights and decorations carpeting the city. Cologne’s markets draw more than four million visitors every Christmas and the market next to the cathedral is one of the most spectacular you will ever see.

Stay at the nearby Hyatt Regency and enjoy a delicious five-course menu at Glashaus Restaurant on Christmas Eve.

Nearest airport: Cologne Bonn Airport


Travel to Scotland for a peaceful and relaxed Christmas away from the maddening crowd.

Retreat to Gleneagles for a festive season full of Christmas charm and cosiness. The Perthshire estate has two Michelin-starred restaurants where you can enjoy a decadent Christmas banquet; enjoy activities such as golfing, shooting, fishing, riding and archery; and revel in the special seasonal ice rink and a panto.

If a city break is more up your street, the historic Balmoral Hotel in Edinburgh is ideal for a Christmas stay. Decadently decorated, enjoy a Christmas meal at one of the world-class restaurants before relaxing next to the roaring fire with a glass of Scotch in hand. Be sure to stay on for New Year’s Eve and the Hogmanay Gala Ball: here you’ll enjoy a Champagne and canapé reception, magnificent dinner, a ceilidh band, and a spectacular view of the fireworks set against the backdrop of Edinburgh Castle. 

Strasbourg, France

Strasbourg is the ultimate French city to visit over the Christmas period. Home to France’s oldest Christmas markets, it boasts at least 12 markets who sell all sorts of incredible Christmas goods, including the traditional French Christmas food - foie gras.

Stay at the luxurious Hôtel Les Haras, located on Strasbourg’s former national stud farm and enjoy a Christmas meal at the its incredible Brasserie.

Nearest airport: Strasbourg Airport


Oxfordshire is home to a number of excellent hotels happy to host you over Christmas, including Belmond Le Manoir Aux Quat Saisons and Thyme.

At Belmond, your hotel room is furnished with its own Christmas tree, while stunning decoration adorn the rest of the hotel. The hotel restaurant, first opened by Raymond Blanc in the 1980s, has two Michelin stars and serves an incredible seven-course Christmas menu. Enjoy a festive wine tasting and cookery demonstration.  

Thyme provides a textbook country retreat and a wholesome Christmas and start to the new year. Enjoy a delectable, organic sharing menu at the Ox Barn made for sharing before heading out on a wintery walk and warming up at the roaring fires.

Nearest airport: Oxford Airport

Ensure your holiday is relaxing and care-free

Fly with NetJets

With our world-class fleet at your fingertips, fly to any location across Europe with minimal notice. Avoid the queues, delays, cancellations and general uncertainty that comes with fly commercially over Christmas, as our outstanding staff transport you from your front door to your jet seat, with zero effort and stress.

Enjoy exceptional service and flexibility on onboard as we go above and beyond to meet all of your requirements and taking care of everything, down to the smallest detail.

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