Brno (Czech Republic) and Waterford (Ireland) winners of the European Capital of Christmas and European City of Christmas 2024 awards


Brno (Czech Republic) winner of the European Capital of Christmas 2024 award

Brno (Czech Republic)

Waterford (Ireland) winner of the European City of Christmas 2024 award

Waterford (Ireland)

Special mention for Almanza (Spain)

The jury unanimously wanted to make a special mention to the candidacy submitted by the small municipality of Almanza (León), which has shown how a town with a smaller population (approx. 600 inhabitants) can create a high-level Christmas project.

Participants of
European Capital and City of Christmas

All cities and towns that are part of the 27 Member States of the European Union, as well as Andorra, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, Switzerland and United Kingdom will be able to participate in the Call.

The same city may submit to the Call only one single Project in the corresponding category, which will include all the proposed activities, in order to be assessed by the jury.

Call for proposal

Two categories are established according to the size of the city:
for cities with more than 100.000 inhabitants.

for cities with less than 100.000 inhabitants.

How to
present a candidature

An individual person or representative of the cities foundations, companies,
associations or other legal entities can be registered by sending the signed letter in PDF to with the information bellow:


– Identification details.


– If it is an entity, the whole name.


– Register office, postal code (including locality, province and country), telephone number and email address.


– Name and Surname of the legal representative.


Free registration for all participants

Winner Cities

European Capital of Christmas  &  European City of Christmas

European Capital of Christmas

European City of Christmas

International Jury

This international jury will be constituted by a number between five and seven experts in the different aspect involved,
preceded from the different Member States of the European Union.


Prof. Dr. Danuta Hübner (Poland)
Minister of Foreign Affairs of Poland (2001-2004)
European Commissioner for Trade and Regions (2004-2009)

H.E. Mr Iñigo Méndez de Vigo
Minister of Education, Culture and Sport of the Government of Spain (2015-2018)
Member of the European Parliament (1992-2011)

H.E. Mr Francisco Fonseca Murillo
Director of the European Commission Representation in Spain (2009-2015)
Professor of International Public Law University of Valladolid

Ms. Marisol Garmendia
Councillor of the Donostia City Council

Ms. Ainhoa García Jabonero
Member of the Regional Parliament of the Community of Madrid

Mr. Massimo Ruggero
Marketing Management Genoa

Mr. Alberto Gutiérrez Alberca
Spanish Senator and President of the Organization

Ms. Mercedes Guillamón
Cultural Manager and Actres

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