Explore Holiday Traditions With Rick Steves

Watch Rick Steves’ European Christmas at 1 p.m. Dec. 4 or 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 12 on Wisconsin Public Television.

My favorite part of the holiday season are the traditions that we celebrate year after year. While many of those traditions — big dinners, colorful lights, caroling — are almost universally familiar, each family creates their own favorite Christmas moments. In my family, one of those quirks that has become an essential part of each year’s celebration is our annual Christmas Eve fireworks display. What all started years ago when a cousin found a box of sparklers left over from the Fourth of July has turned into a brightly colored exhibition that finds family members stocking up on all kinds of pyrotechnic devices specifically for Dec. 24.

In this special, Rick Steves explores many of the widely diverse traditions and celebrations across Europe. Travel along to learn how the people of England, France, Germany and Switzerland celebrate the season.

Watch a preview segment from London in the clip below.

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