The top 10 Christmas Markets in Europe

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The top 10 Christmas Markets in Europe

Here I plan to take you on a journey of festive aromas, beautiful scenery, winter wonders and truly bring you into the Christmas spirit with my top 10 European Christmas markets…..

1. Brussels Belgium 27.11.15 – 03.01.16

Found in the beautiful setting of Place Sainte Catherine , The Christmas market – known as “Winter Wonders” - is filled with a magical atmosphere and little wooden chalets offering plenty of festive delights. It stretches 2km, illuminated through the city centre. It offers a sound and light show, an ice rink, Ferris wheel, roundabouts for children, concerts and marching bands, so there is a little something to suit everyone. 

2. Paris – France (various dates across the markets from 14.11.15 – 04.01.16)

The French capital offers a number of "traditional" Christmas markets - Les Marchés de Noël - offering a wide array of art and craft products, and local specialities including delights for the Christmas dinner table.  The main Christmas markets in Paris are located at.... 

Champs Elysées, Saint Germain des Prés, St. Sulpice, Trocadero Gardens, Place des Abbesses, Montparnasse, the Gare de l'Est, the Gare Saint-Lazare, and the Place de la Nation. In Paris, the most popular Christmas lights are those decorating the Champs Elysées; but they are just the icing on the cake. The streets and the big shops in all the shopping areas, compete with each other to produce the most elaborate Christmas decorations and Christmas windows.   The larger stores and more high-end stores can be guaranteed to put on particularly impressive window displays.

3. Berlin – Germany

Klunkerkranich from 11/28/2015 to 12/20/2015

On all weekends in Advent (every Sat and Sun: 12(noon)-6p.m.) the Klunkerkranich in Berlin-Neukölln offers not only the possibility to take a look at the market stalls with their Christmas offers but also at the wintery panoramic views of the city. This market is set high above the rooftops of Berlin!

Christmas Market at Potsdamer Platz From early November–26 December

The winter wonderland of Berlin, (closed the 15th and 22nd of November), boasting a 70 metre toboggan run with views of the Brandenburg Gate, an outdoor ice skating rink (free lessons available for children aged 4-7years), curling and a DJ begins from 7pm! Plus from the 24th of November the market stalls arrive nearby with treats for the festive season including crafts, leather & textile products plus plenty more!

4. Innsbruck – Austria 15.11.15 – 06.01.16

Innsbruck hosts four Christmas markets across the city. The first is in the historic city, which is the most traditional market of the four, here you will find food delicacies and handmade products. Located below the Golden Roof of Innsbruck. The second located in the market place (Marktplatz), is more suited to families, with a petting zoo for the children but still offering local delicacies a Christmas bakery and Christmas presents. The third located in Maria-Theresia Road, the main road of Innsbruck, which is a pedestrian zone, offers shining lights, glass and crystals. Finally the fourth located at Hungerburg Castle, reached via cable car up into the mountains, with more offerings of tasty treats and ideas for Christmas presents!

5. Krakow – Poland 27.11.15 – 26.12.15
(to be confirmed)

Located in the central square – Rynek Glowny in the middle of the Old Town, there is plenty on offer to supress your festive appetite with nutritious dishes and mulled wine. Available from the wooden stalls of the market - seasonal sweets, edible souvenirs, Christmas decorations, gifts, toys, gadgets & gizmo’s as well as handmade crafts including pottery, embroidered tablecloths, wooden sculptures, painted glass and metalwork. With the occasional chance of free entertainment!

Budapest6. Budapest – Hungary 28.11.15 – 31.12.15 (to be confirmed)

Vörösmarty Square is transformed with over 100 stalls offering Christmas themed arts and crafts. There is also a giant advent calendar on the front of the Gerbeaud building, a window is opened daily from December 1st to the 23rd and is accompanied by light and music shows. The market also offers live entertainment, food & wine and children’s entertainment including puppet shows. You will find plenty of traditional Hungarian foods, which are bound to get your senses flowing with roasted meats, fried sausages, home-made strudels and roasted chestnuts. The magical atmosphere is bound to get you into the festive spirit!

7. Stockholm – Sweden 21.11.15 – 23.12.15

Due to Stockholm suffering shorter sunlight hours, the Christmas market is beautifully illuminated, located next to the royal palace. The market has been located here since the 14th Century in the cobblestone square of Stortorget! Here you can wander along the streets with mulled wine in hand, admiring the craft stalls, Christmas gift ideas and the aroma of their Swedish meatballs, mmmmm!

8. Madrid – Spain Dates TBC

In Spain they hold a tradition – the children excitedly await the fifth of January as the Three Wise Men leave presents in their shoes! I’m sure the Wise Men can be found stocking up their gift bags at the Plaza Mayor Christmas Market, where there are hundreds of stalls selling all Christmas goodies you could possibly need – Christmas trees, nativity scene statues, ornaments and handcrafted gifts. Christmas light canopies line the streets for you to walk beneath making a beautiful Christmas setting!

9. Basel – Switzerland 26.11.15 – 23.12.15 (11am – 8.30pm)

Set up in the old town, this Christmas market offers over 180 traders in rustic wooden chalets with fantastic ideas for Christmas gifts, along with the local cuisines of waffles, gingerbread and grilled sausages. You can also see the magnificent Christmas tree decorated by Johann Wanner ornaments! The opening ceremony is on 26.11.15 at 6.30pm, when the Christmas lights are turned on, with live music and free tea, mulled wine and soup is also provided!

10. Oslo – Norway 20.11.15 – 20.12.15

If you haven’t found your Christmas spirit yet, you are sure to find it here, centred at the Norwegian Folk Museum, with over 100 tents and stands festively decorated, you will find homemade crafts, decorations, cakes and other festive treats. Plus you can visit Santa’s workshop and see the horse drawn sledges! Here you can go back in time and see what inspired Disney’s Frozen!

If you are planning a Christmas shopping trip this year, don’t forget your travel insurance

Also if you decide to go further afield to explore the country whilst you are there and hire a car, we also sell car hire excess insurance for a bit of peace of mind to avoid any unexpected bills just before Christmas!


Date Created: 01 December 2015 by Elisa Overy