Top 10 Christmas Markets in Europe

Love them or hate them, Christmas markets are slowly coming back and you’ll be up to your ears in alcohol, food and presents before you know it. This year why not venture out a bit further and see what a foreign Santa looks like and if you can add some extra special presents under your tree

Advent market in Zagreb

When you think about Christmas markets you don’t think about going to Croatia. Well, surprise! Maybe you won’t find snow in Zagreb, but instead you can enjoy live music, dance floors and amazing Croatian food! All of it happens in Jelacic Square and the streets around it.

 

When: 2 dec 2018 to 6 Jan 2019


Winter Wonderland in London
Christmas market in London is not only full of Christmas present ideas, mulled wine and Christmas tree decorations, but is also one of the only one places where you can find Christmas rollercosters!
 

Winter Wonderland takes place in Hyde Park. If you have a spare afternoon in London during Christmas time then check Kew gardens for their amazing light trail at night.
When: 23 Nov- 6 Jan 2019

 

Kraków market
Each year Kraków Christmas market takes place in the main square. You can find handmade presents ideas as well as a lot of different food – from oscypki (raditional smoked sheep cheese) to churros.

 


Your chances of experiencing snow while in Kraków are quite high, but if you want a guarantee then you can take a trip to Zakopane – the capital of the Polish mountains!

When: Starts at the end of November

 



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The whole city basically changes into one big Christmas village with 20 different markets all over the city, but the most famous market is called ” Vienna Magic of Advent” in City Hall Square. You can enjoy typical Austrian food, buy some handmade gifts and decorations or go ice skating, the choice is yours!

When: Nov 17 2018 to Dec 26 2018
 

 

Tivoli Gardens, Copenhagen, Denmark

Christmas market, music, 2 fireworks shows and the annual St. Lucia procession – that’s what is waiting for you in Copenhagen at Christmas.

 

When: Nov 12 2018 to Dec 31 2018

 

 

Berlin

The biggest market is located around Alexanderplatz, but you can find many others all over the city. You can find literally everything there – from food to paintings and handmade wooden decorations. Don’t forget to try famous mulled wine and gingerbread!

 

When: Depends on the market – usually they start in late November and some finish before Christmas

 

 

Winter Wonders, Brussels
Bussels Christmas market is the biggest one in Belgum with more than 200 huts! You can try belgum chocolate, oyesters and mulled wine all at once. And then go on Ferris wheel. Well, maybe not in that order.

After dark you can enjoy the light show on Grand-Place.

When: 30 Nov 2018 – 6 Jan 2019

 



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Prague
Prague looks amazing in winter, who would disagree? On top of that, Prague also has 2 big Christmas markets located in Old Town Square and Wenceslas Square.
 

One of the unique thing about Prague Christmas market is the stable with live animals. If you have kids, they will love it.

 
At both markets you can try Czech cuisine and, more importantly, Czech beer!
When: Late November to 6 Jan 2019
 
Tallinn, Estonia
Tallinn is a picture-perfect winter town! Even if you aren’t lucky enough to have some snow while you’re there you can still go back in time and enjoy medieval Christmas.


In market huts you can buy handmade Christmas presents for your family, try local Christmas dishes and grab mulled wine to warm you up!
When: 24 Nov 2018-6 Jan 2019

 

Rome
Just like Berlin and Vienna, Rome has Christmas markets all over the city.
 

The most popular one is the Christmas market in Piazza Navona. You can also have a peek at the Christmas tree next to the Colosseum and a huge one in St.Peter’s Square.

 
Don’t forget to say hello to the Pope!

When: Each market starts on different days, all of them are open on the 8th of Decemeber



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Anita
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Ah, Christmas markets! 😀 I want to go already. I’ve especially heard good things about the one in Berlin. My dad use to visit the one in Kiel every year. Thanks for a cosy, Christmas-y post! <3

thecheapskategirl
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They look so wonderful 🙂 It looks like they really go all out for Christmas! I’ve never been to one, but this is really putting me in the Christmas spirit and I might have to consider adding one of these to my bucket list!

susielindau
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Wow! Now I’m in the mood for Christmas and still need to unpack Halloween! Lol. Great tips!

Marielle
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I live in Belgium but I didn’t know that Brussels was the biggest one! I went to the one in Copenhagen last year and it was amazing! I couldn’t recommend it enough! I think we might try to see the one in Berlin this Christmas:)

LaRena’s Corner
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What a wonderful list. Love the information!

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