It’s firmly the time of year when our beloved city has exploded Christmas cheer, from endless twinkling lights illuminating the streets and glorious Christmas trees dotted all around, to shops and restaurants decked out in their Christmas best, it’s a stunning time to be in the big smoke.
London is most definitely a Christmas-obsessed city and it’s safe to say we’re pretty grateful for how hardcore the city goes to celebrate the festive period, it’s a wonderful distraction from the gloomy winter weather, brisk low temperatures and the very short days we have to suffer in this season.
If you were having any doubts about our capital’s ability to turn on its Christmas charm, London has been crowned home to the most popular Christmas markets in Europe, according to TikTok. That’s right, the world, or rather TikTok, has spoken and London has managed to come out on top as having the most popular Christmas markets, which may not come entirely as a surprise as the city had just recently been named as TikTok’s most festive city.
Voucher code providers Savoo analysed TikTok hashtag data of #(city)christmasmarket for 40 popular European cities to determine the most popular Christmas markets and London was able to rank first with a whopping 15.4 million TikTok hashtag views. The capital managed to beat out some fierce competition from Edinburgh who came in second, Krakow following in third, Paris nabbing the fourth spot, and Berlin coming in hot at number five.
Savoo was also able to track down the best value destinations in Europe for a yuletide break, analysing 40 popular European cities, taking into account factors such as the cost of accommodation, travel, food, and drink, as well as the chance of snowfall, and the number of Christmas-focused events in each location. Sibiu, Romania and Krakow, Poland, are crowned joint best-value European cities for a Christmas getaway, with pints under £3 and a three-course meal less than £34.
London made the list at lucky number seven, having an average price of £510.64 for a one-night stay in a four-star hotel, £80 being the average cost of a three-course meal, £6.05 as the average cost of a pint and 9.68% chance of snowfall.
It seems there’s only one place to go for Christmas festivities and the general consensus is that it’s London and we wholeheartedly agree, as self-appointed experts of the city ourselves.