The Best Cities in Europe to Visit for Their Christmas Markets
A good Christmas market is a great way to get yourself in the holiday spirit, and whether you are visiting to buy a range of traditional decorations and ingredients for Christmas Day or just want to enjoy a lovely festive trip, this is a great way to start. There are some beautiful cities around Europe which make for great places to visit, and if you are planning a winter break then these cities can provide a great destination.
From ice skating rinks and impressive light displays through to festive food, drink and great gift ideas, one of these Christmas markets is a wonderful way to kick start your festive season:
The Hungarian capital is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, and standing on the banks of the Danube the surroundings make for a wonderful location for the Christmas market, with Vorosmarty Square at the heart of the city being full of atmosphere and crammed with festivities. The range of wooden stalls provide plenty of gift ideas and wonderful food and drink, while the scent of honey cookies and mulled wine floats through the air. There are also two open stages and there are regular musical events and entertainment to make the market a wonderful place to spend some time.
Home to the oldest Christmas market in Europe, Strasbourg markets itself as the ‘Capital of Christmas’, and in the shadow of the Cathedral there are over three hundred stalls that are lit up by the thousands of lights that adorn the city during the festive period. One of the interesting aspects of the festival is that every year there is a small area set aside to welcome guests from different countries, with displays showing how Christmas is celebrated in the guest country, while the local crafts and wonderful range of food and drink provide plenty of refreshment too.
This huge market in the northern English city is one of the biggest in Europe, and is spread over several sites in the city centre, with the beautiful architecture of Cathedral Gardens and the Corn Exchange complementing the main hub of the market in Albert Square. The grand Christmas lights provide an impressive backdrop, while the range of products on offer make it a great place for shopping, with traditional sweets and wonderful drinks among the attractions.
This market is hosted in the Tivoli Gardens theme park, which is Europe’s oldest theme park, and during the six weeks leading up to Christmas the area is transformed into a wonderful Christmas wonderland drawing hundreds of thousands of people each year. One of the Danish delicacies that is particularly popular here is the apple pancakes, while the stalls have plenty of variety, with gifts on sale including the distinctive Christmas jumpers that are almost a Danish icon.
The market in the historic city of Prague is hosted in the Old Town Square and Wencelas Square, and with a good chance of snow and plenty of amusements it is a lovely place to be during the festive period. Food and drink are among the highlights of what the market have to offer, with beer, mulled wine and mead all among the tasty treats for the adults, along with barbecued pork and Czech muffins among the culinary delights to enjoy.
The German cake ‘stollen’ has become a part of the Christmas tradition in many countries, and this city in the east of the country is home to the oldest and largest of the Christmas markets in the region, which is named after the tasty treat. There are plenty of traditional gift ideas and decorations that can really brighten up your home, while the Christmas arch is beautifully decorated with hundreds of candles every year. This is a beautiful place to visit, and with plenty of German beer and traditional food and drink to keep you warm, you will soon have a festive glow!