Rick Steves' European Christmas (video)
By Rick Steves
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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 www.ricksteves.com.
|1||VideoPart 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||12/22/2006||Free||View In iTunes|
|2||VideoPart 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||12/15/2006||Free||View In iTunes|
|3||VideoPart 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.||12/8/2006||Free||View In iTunes|
|4||VideoPart 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 w||12/1/2006||Free||View In iTunes|
|5||VideoPart 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||11/24/2006||Free||View In iTunes|
|6||VideoPart 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. F||11/17/2006||Free||View In iTunes|
|7||VideoPart 1: Christmas Story and England||While each European country gives Christmas its own special twist, they all follow the same story of how the son of God was born on earth, as told in the Bible and illustrated over the centuries by great artists. In this segment of Rick Steves' European C||11/10/2006||Free||View In iTunes|
Great time to visit Europe
Forget the crowds and high prices of summertime in Europe. Lower hotel rates, air fares and small crowds make it a great time to travel. Just bundle up and enjoy all the festivities. My first trip to Germany and Austria was during this season. The series should give you a great idea of the beauty of enjoying Christmas with all the fantastic decorations, music and delicious foods. Grab these free shows while you can and watch it on your way to the fantastic Christmas markets that can be found in all the major cities. A wonderful addition to iTunes!
What a wonderful way to celebrate the upcoming Christmas season! I have long been a fan of Rick's travel programs on PBS. When do we get the next one in the series?
Amazing tour through magical Europe
Rick Steves, while sometimes overly "American" in his views of his destinations, has succeesed in creating a magical (yes, magical) version of the varied Christmas traditions across Europe. I love this podcast, and I am surprised this is free!!!