European Holidays-Christmas

Oct 20th, 2003, 08:50 PM
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European Holidays-Christmas

Our family, wife , 7 y.o. daughter and myself, will be traveling December 12-28. Paris-Rome-Venice, Dolomites, Salzburg-Paris. Does anyone have any info as to when Europeans take their Christmas Holidays? Our cureent plan has us in the Dolomites from Dec. 18 - 23 or 24, Christmas in Salzburg, then back to Paris for the last couple of days.

Any input would be greatly appreciated.
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Oct 20th, 2003, 10:51 PM
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it varies fom country to country. In the UK for example there are only 4 public holidays- Christmas and Boxing Day and the 1st and the 2nd. I understand the schools are off from the 22nd to the 2nd inclusive
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Oct 21st, 2003, 04:41 AM
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I think the school holidays in most of Europe are from Dec 22 to Jan 2.
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I Have Lerned That You Can Get Cheap Flights And accomidation in Spain If You Take The Time To Look =]
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In Germany, it is from 22 Dec. thru 5 Jan. Then the Dolomites will be crowded and expensive. But no problem in the other cities. Luxury hotels in big cities will be dirt cheap during that time, because the business travellers are vacationing.

In many European countries, the 24th is the main Christmas day. After noon, you will find shops closed and roads empty. In the evening, the Christmas mass will be celebrated. Very special atmosphere.
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Oct 23rd, 2007, 01:22 AM
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Hi Gageyk - I often spend 1-2 weeks before Xmas in the Dolomites.

Dec 8 is a public holiday (- so is busy everywhere in Italy) - but the period Dec 10-21/22 is relatively quiet in the Dolomites and is a great time to be there.

You will find excellent hotel deals during that week - often with a 25% + discount for stays over 4 days.

Hope this helps ...


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Oct 23rd, 2007, 01:38 AM
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The kids will be out of school in France from 22 December 2007 to 7 January 2008.

Very busy in the mountains and in Paris.
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Note that since December 25 falls on a Sunday this year, it will be "business as usual" in France -- meaning that just about anything usually open on a Sunday will continue to be open on that day. December 26th is a normal business day in France.
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Oct 23rd, 2007, 01:45 AM
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December 25th is a Tuesday this year!

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Oct 23rd, 2007, 02:55 AM
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Oops, flipping the pages of my éphéméride, I ended up on November instead of December. Sorry!
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