The Best Christmas Markets in Europe

With its festive atmosphere, delicious seasonal snacks and crisp, cool winter weather, there’s never been a more perfect time to explore Europe. Below, we share ten of Europe’s best Christmas markets you should visit this holiday season. Strasbourg If it’s a traditional, charming market you’re looking for, Strasbourg’s Christkindelsmarik is the one for you. It’s […]

  • November 13, 2019

With its festive atmosphere, delicious seasonal snacks and crisp, cool winter weather, there’s never been a more perfect time to explore Europe. Below, we share ten of Europe’s best Christmas markets you should visit this holiday season.

Strasbourg

If it’s a traditional, charming market you’re looking for, Strasbourg’s Christkindelsmarik is the one for you. It’s been around since 1570, with its cobbled streets, fir trees, timber houses, and fairy lights. Don’t miss out on the bredele, a traditional biscuit that comes in flavours like orange or cinnamon.

Prague

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Going shopping and snacking at the same time? Pick up some traditional Czech pastries such as vánocvka and vosí hnízda’ or sip a cup of medovina, a local honey liquor. For souvenirs, you can check out the glass ornaments or the Czech marionettes on sale. Kids will delight in the nativity scene at the Old Town Square where they can pet animals like the Christmas donkey, goats and sheep.

Brussels

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Considered as Belgium’s biggest market, it features the nightly Sound and Light show, marching bands and traditional concerts. Over 250 chalets sell seasonal souvenirs underneath a huge Christmas tree and a Ferris wheel – keep an eye out for the Belgian chocolates!

Edinburgh

Keep the kids busy with the Christmas Market at Santa Land, where they can participate in crafts and art sessions or run around the Christmas Tree Maze leading to the elves’ workshop. There’s also a double carousel in St. Andrew Square, or the Big Wheel in the city centre.

Nuremberg

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Enjoy the sights and sounds of Germany’s most famous Christmas market, where handcrafted goods reign supreme and mass-produced items are strictly forbidden. Munch on spicy grilled sausages or freshly-baked gingerbread biscuits, then beat off the cold with the local specialty, gluhwein.

Vienna

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The city is brimming with Christmas markets, with 10 of them running annually. There are beeswax candles, leather clothing, wooden toys and woollen hats for sale, along with ceramics, handblown glass, and silverware. Looking for something more luxurious? Christmas wares fit for royalty are sold in front of the Schðnbrunn Palace.

Copenhagen

Visit the amusement park Tivoli Gardens for beautiful light installations, then snack on iced doughnuts filled with black currant jam and glogg, the Danish mulled wine with almonds,  cinnamon sticks, cloves and raisins steeped in schnapps. In the Nyvahn, you can also check out the crafts market located along a canal.

Rome

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Visit the Piazza Navona, where its Bernini fountains are surrounded by Christmas stalls selling handmade toys, Nativity figures and Babbo Natale dolls. You can also participate in carnival games, nibble on ciambelle or dinner plate-sized donuts, and peanut brittle. Keep an eye out for the locals’ take on the precepi or Nativity scenes, with life-size version on the Spanish Steps.

Stuttgart

300 stalls are all dressed up for Christmas, each of them gunning for the title of “best decorated”. Walk around and feast your eyes on fruit brandies, knitted hats, and even real horsehair brushes. Don’t miss out on the free concerts held in Old Palace courtyard or on the Town Hall steps.

Gothenburg

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Also known as Scandinavia’s Christmas city, it dials up the festive season to 10 out of 10. There’s the Lane of Light, with its 3km illuminations and installations and the four main Christmas markets with their festive snacks, sweets and decorations.

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