Brno, the second-largest city in the Czech Republic, has been selected as the European Christmas Capital for the year 2024 among cities with a population exceeding 100,000, according to a recent announcement on The European Capital of Christmas website.
The decision from the international jury highlighted Brno’s creative Christmas charm, emphasizing the city’s ability to convey its touristic and Christmas appeal with significant social and micro-macroeconomic consequences for the urban structure. Simultaneously, the Irish city of Waterford was recognized as the best European Christmas city among settlements with a population of less than 100,000.
The jury praised Brno for its Christmas aesthetics and harmony, achieved through the organization of festive markets, lighting arrangements, and the preservation of local intangible cultural traditions.
A special mention from the jury was bestowed upon the municipality of Almansa in Spain, recognized as the best tiny Christmas destination, given its population of just around 600 people.
Earlier, tourists had raised concerns about “exorbitant” prices at Christmas markets across Europe this year. Some cities experienced a sharp increase in prices compared to previous years.
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