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Bruges, Belgium

Why we go: Europe’s best-preserved medieval city oozes charm year-round, but is especially charming during the holidays. It's hard to imagine a place more magical as you wander the cobblestone streets, admire the shimmering lights, and warm up with mugs of Belgian hot chocolate in cafés.

The one thing to get you in the spirit: Ice skating with someone special at the picture-perfect ice rink, located near the downtown Christmas market.

Stay here: Grand Hotel Casselbergh (steps away from the Markt) has inviting touches like wooden beams in rooms, in-house library, and lobby bar with fireplace.

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Originally Appeared on Condé Nast Traveler