There’s no doubt that Europe is one of the best places to go for a great Christmas market break. Many of Europe’s major cities host a fantastic range of stalls, activities and traditions during the November to December period. So, when looking for a Christmas holiday, why not choose a Christmas market trip? Roam around the stalls and admire handcrafted gifts, taste a delicious bratwurst sausage, sip on some mulled wine and whizz around ice rinks. There’s so much fun to be had at Europe’s markets that even the Grinch would be captivated by the robust festive spirit. If you’d love to witness the dazzling lights and soak up the joyful Christmassy atmosphere, check out Europe’s top Christmas markets and book your trip today!
The Austrian capital has a huge range of Christmas markets to explore. What’s more, thanks to their majestic backdrops, they are some of the most stunning markets you’ll come across. Roam around the stalls whilst you admire the beautiful Schönbrunn and Belvedere palaces in the background. But, the market which steals the show is the Viennese Christmas Dream which takes place on the Rathausplatz. Located just in front of Vienna’s city hall, you’ll find more than 150 stalls selling bits and bobs as well as tasty treats. On top of that, you’ll also find Vienna’s only ice rink at the market so grab your skates and have a whizz around.
Viennese Christmas Dream market: 17th November 2018 – 26th December 2018
Christmas Village Belvedere Palace: 23rd November 2018 – 26th December 2018
Christmas market at Schönbrunn Palace: 24th November 2018 – 26th December 2018
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Strasbourg is home to one of the oldest Christmas markets in Europe. The famous Christkindelsmärik has been held since 1570 and continues to be a strong Christmas tradition in the French city. Filled with glimmering lights and festive decoration, a visit here will no doubt uplift your spirits. The markets look to entertain its visitors with a range of live music shows and Advent concerts. The Nativity is also performed, retelling the Christmas story with a fantastic show. You can expect plenty of food and gifts at the stalls too, ensuring your experience is one full of fun and joy.
Opening dates: 23rd November 2018 – 30th November 2018
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Brussels offers a wonderful Christmas experience with their annual markets. The city boasts Belgium’s biggest Christmas market as it features over 200 stalls selling a range of delicious treats and festive gifts. Don’t forget to pick up some of Belgium’s most famous export – Belgian chocolates! Aside from the fantastic range of stalls, you’ll have one of the most beautiful settings to wander about in. Taking place in the Grand Place, colourful lights and decoration enhance the look and feel of the square. Admire Brussels in all its glamour as you skate around the ice rink or perhaps you’d rather have a look from up above with a spin on the Ferris wheel.
Opening dates: 30th November 2018 – 6th January 2019
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Prague, Czech Republic
Prague’s Christmas markets are a fairy tale dream come true. With a stunning backdrop of the Old Town Square, the hustle and bustle of the market creates a buzzing atmosphere. Wooden huts serve as the stalls selling a wide variety of Christmas decorations, wooden trinkets and of course tasty delicacies. One of the favourites in Prague has to be trdelnik, this Czech treat consists of dough covered in sugar which is then roasted. So, it’s only right that you roam around Prague’s market with a trdelnik in hand.
Opening dates: 1st December 2018 – 6th January 2019
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During the Christmas period, Germany is filled with Christmas markets. There are plenty to choose from, but the German capital offers many of Europe’s top choices. Head to Gendarmenmarkt which has a ton of highlights, from its atmosphere to its famous Christmas goodies. The food at German markets is to die for, so grab a bratwurst to enjoy your full Berlin Christmas market experience. Sip on some mulled wine as you socialise with friends and then wander about the stalls to see what’s on offer.
Opening dates: 26th November 2018 – 31st December 2019
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