Five of the best Christmas markets to visit this winter

Christmas1It’s never too early to start thinking about Christmas, especially if you’re planning to get away from it all and enjoy the festive season in a different location.

Christmas markets are a huge tourist attraction and some of the best are sprinkled across Europe, featuring beautifully decorated cabins, beer halls full of festive cheer and stalls boasting handmade gifts.

But which should you visit? Read on to discover five of the best markets in Europe and to find out why you should visit this winter.


Munich, Cologne and Berlin are some of the continent’s most renowned Christmas markets, making a visit to Germany during the festive season a must. Featuring beer and delicious bratwurst, as well as snow topped cabins, these three markets are among the most popular in Europe.

Booking during the school winter break may see prices increase, but if you’re going with some friends or a loved one, you should be able to bag a bargain if you book in term time.

Madrid, Spain

The Spanish Christmas market offers visitors something a little different but it is still a great choice for a winter break.

During the festive season the city is transformed with eye-catching displays and lights, whilst the market is ideal for foodies, thanks to Spanish lagers and delicious Chorizo.

Stockholm, Sweden

With a guarantee of snow and plenty of local food, Stockholm’s Christmas markets are a great choice if you’re looking to add some festivity to your winter break.

Due to its location, you can easily combine a visit to the market with tours around the famous Nobel Museum and some of the city’s best sights, including the Royal Palace, Stockholm Cathedral and historic Old Town.

Lille, France

You will be hard pushed to find a more picturesque setting than Place Rhiour town square in the middle of the festive season.

Featuring a giant Ferris wheel and hundreds of stalls, this market is full of eye-catching features as well as brilliant local French cuisine.

Just an hour’s drive from Calais, or accessible via Eurostar, a visit to the market in Lille can easily be made into an exciting road trip with a few friends or your loved ones.

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Date Created: 25 October 2017 by Questor Insurance