7 episodes

Rick Steves' European Christmas gives viewers a look at sacred, intimate family Christmas traditions. From England to Norway, Burgundy to Bavaria, Rome to the top of the Swiss Alps, locals brimming with holiday cheer celebrate Christmas in seven European countries, including a very memorable Christmas Eve Mass at St. Peter's in Rome. For more information on Rick Steves' European Christmas — including the European Christmas DVD, Blu-ray, Music CD and Book — visit https://www.ricksteves.com.

Rick Steves' European Christmas (video) Rick Steves

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    • 4.8 • 60 Ratings

Rick Steves' European Christmas gives viewers a look at sacred, intimate family Christmas traditions. From England to Norway, Burgundy to Bavaria, Rome to the top of the Swiss Alps, locals brimming with holiday cheer celebrate Christmas in seven European countries, including a very memorable Christmas Eve Mass at St. Peter's in Rome. For more information on Rick Steves' European Christmas — including the European Christmas DVD, Blu-ray, Music CD and Book — visit https://www.ricksteves.com.

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    Part 7: Christmas Eve in Europe

    Part 7: Christmas Eve in Europe

    Christmas Eve is finally here and all over Europe people are celebrating in their own unique ways. In England, families await the arrival of Father Christmas; in Norway friends join hands in song; in Burgundy, a toast starts the celebration feast; at the Vatican, people pack St. Peter's to attend a glorious midnight mass; and, as Christmas day dawns, a joyful chorus heralds the birth of Jesus. From our family to yours, peace on Earth and good will to all. Merry Christmas! For more information on Rick Steves' European Christmas — including the European Christmas DVD, Blu-ray, Music CD and Book — visit https://www.ricksteves.com.

    • 6 min
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    Part 6: Switzerland

    Part 6: Switzerland

    High in Switzerland, the mighty Alps seem to shout the glory of God. Up here, where villages huddle under towering peaks, Christmas fills a wintry wonderland with good cheer. Traditions are strong and celebration comes with families, friends, and fun. It may be cold outside, but, as the sun sets, it's impossible not to linger in this cozy setting. For more information on Rick Steves' European Christmas — including the European Christmas DVD, Blu-ray, Music CD and Book — visit https://www.ricksteves.com.

    • 6 min
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    Part 5: Italy

    Part 5: Italy

    From Piazza Navona's Christmas market to the ultimate manger scene in front of St. Peter's Basilica, the city of Rome bursts with Christmas traditions. La Befana and Babbo Natale delight children and travelers alike, and help to make the season memorable. In Tuscany, sacred music and prayer infuse the tranquil landscape, and living nativities recreate the town of Bethlehem on the most holy of nights. For more information on Rick Steves' European Christmas — including the European Christmas DVD, Blu-ray, Music CD and Book — visit https://www.ricksteves.com.

    • 8 min
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    Part 4: Germany and Austria

    Part 4: Germany and Austria

    When it comes to traditional holiday images, Germany's Bavaria is the heartland. Here we'll savor classic holiday themes: glittering trees, old-time carols, and colorful Christmas markets. Across the border in Austria, Salzburg celebrates the holidays with an alpine elegance as Christmas shopping lanes delight browsers, and locals mix worship with glorious music. The festive swirl of heartwarming sights, sounds, and smells of Christmas abound in the land where the season’s most loved carol, Silent Night, was first performed over 200 years ago. For more information on Rick Steves' European Christmas — including the European Christmas DVD, Blu-ray, Music CD and Book — visit https://www.ricksteves.com.

    • 10 min
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    Part 3: France

    Part 3: France

    In the dark of winter, Paris' best loved icon, the Eiffel Tower, brilliantly heralds this happy season, its biggest department stores dress up the streets, and all along the Champs Elysees a festive force of twinkling trees light the grandest boulevard in Europe. From Paris to Burgundy, Christmas is the stuff of dreams, where rich sounds of medieval carols abound, simple rituals are shared by families and friends, and where, when days are short and nights are long, it's customary to leave a light in the window. For more information on Rick Steves' European Christmas — including the European Christmas DVD, Blu-ray, Music CD and Book — visit https://www.ricksteves.com.

    • 9 min
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    Part 2: Norway

    Part 2: Norway

    In small-town Norway, Christmas is celebrated with a unique intimacy and a Scandinavian flair for community. Rick travels to Drobak, Norway's self-proclaimed capital of Christmas, for Santa Lucia Day, and enjoys a Norwegian Girls' Choir concert in Oslo. For more information on Rick Steves' European Christmas — including the European Christmas DVD, Blu-ray, Music CD and Book — visit https://www.ricksteves.com.

    • 7 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
60 Ratings

60 Ratings

Oceanri ,

Yearly Tradition

One of my traditions is to watch this every year since it aired, Christmas wouldn't be the same without it! This version is better, as I downloaded the Amazon Prime version and there were small scenes skipped in each Country!

kkedziora ,

Fantastique

I was born in Poland and lived for ten years, watching this has brought back so many wonderful memories, I can still remember all those wonderful times when Christmas was less commercial and more about spending time with family.

dennydw ,

Brought back memories

Having lived in Rome for two years and having travelled in Europe during Christmas, this video brought back wonderful memories of the ways in which this holiday is embraced and celebrated. Less emphasis on commercialism and more on family and the spiritual are what European Christmas’ are about. LOVED the video with its depiction of what I enjoyed about my European experience.

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