The smell of roasting chestnuts and gluhwein remind us it's that time of the year! Santa is coming to town! And here are our top Europe's Christmas markets.
This year we'll combine buying presents with travel. Well, Christmas isn't just about buying presents – the true Christmas spirit lives on the street (not in over-crowded shopping malls) – or to be exact: on the Christmas markets. Singing Christmas carolers while sipping gluhwine and watching your little one take his first bite of cotton candy – priceless. Creative crafts, arty stuff, entertainment and local traditions are waiting for you at the Christmas markets all around Europe.
Get inspiration from our list of best Christmas markets in Europe, take a city break and have a sparkling Christmas.
Christmas markets in the UK
At this special time of the year, UK offers a vast selection of Christmas markets. Some of the best one you'll find nowhere else but in the capital city. More than 15 markets are bringing the festive spirit to the streets of London. Hot cider at the East Princess Street Gardens in Edinburgh is another great idea for your holiday break. But also Manchester and Lincoln city have a lot to offer at this magical times.
Christmas markets in Germany
German's Christmas markets are all about tradition and food. Gingerbread and sausages are filling the air with pleasant aromas spreading across over 60 markets only in Berlin. At the Cologne Cathedral – a UNESCO Heritage site you'll find over 160 wooden pavilions offering local delicacies and organically certified food, mulled wine and lots of creative crafts such as ceramics, children's toys, soaps, etc.
Looking for more Christmas markets (Weihnachtsmarkt as they call it) in Germany, read about them here. You will find details about the Christmas markets in Berlin, Cologne, Dusseldorf, Dresden or Munich.
Christmas markets in Austria
Middle of November is the time when Austria lights the town. One of the oldest Christmas markets is set in Vienna City. Vienna may not be as big as Berlin, but its Christmas market is super charming, romantic and bursting with culture. Graz with its ice nativity scene and Christmas carol singing in the Rathaus will also overflow you with Christmas spirit this year.
Christmas markets in the Netherlands
Christmas market is a relatively new concept to the Dutch people, but they quickly learned how to bring the festive spirit to the streets. Christmas market in Amsterdam is a classic one – it takes place on the central square, and the goodies and handmade crafts are first-rate. Best Advent is just a car hire away.
Christmas markets in Croatia
Croats know how to play the game – last year their Christmas market in Zagreb scooped prize for the third time around. Best Advent programme in Europe with live music and pre-Christmas markets is a must for all of you who love Christmas and are ready to take the trip.
Christmas markets in Poland
One of the most expansive Christmas markets in Poland if not in Europe takes place in Krakow's main market square. Polish people take Christmas seriously which is visible in every street corner during December. Lively streets full of people, decorations, and carriage rides. Krakow truly becomes a fairytale at Christmas.
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