9 of the best Christmas Markets in Europe 2018
‘Tis the season, and there’s nothing quite like a traditional Christmas Market to fill you with that warm, jolly feeling. Although our philosophy is that any Christmas Market is a good Christmas Market, we’ve rounded up a list of 9 of Europe’s best.
1. Vienna, Austria — 17 November-26 December
The Market in Rathauspark in front of the Vienna City Hall is the city’s most famous. You won’t want to miss a chance to ice skate with the gorgeous backdrop of the ornate city hall.
2. Prague, Czech Republic — 1 December-6 January
Located in the city’s picturesque Old Town Square, this Christmas Market is one of the most famous in Europe, complete with concerts and a big beautiful tree.
3. Berlin, Germany — 26 November-31 December
Set in Gendarmenmarkt, there’s a €1 admission charge to this Market for anybody over the age of 12, but that’s a small price to pay for handmade goods, choirs, and even Michelin-starred chefs cooking up cuisine to warm you from the inside out.
4. Copenhagen, Denmark — 17 November-31 December
See Tivoli Gardens transform into a Christmas dream world, where Santa Claus and his reindeer, more than half a million lights, over 40 food vendors, festively decorated wooden houses come together to create a perfect holiday day out.
5. Budapest, Hungary — 23 November-1 January
The Basilica Christmas Market has it all, from stalls selling traditional crafts to mulled wine and ice skating. You won’t want to miss the 3D Christmas projections each night on to St Stephen’s Basilica, which can be fully appreciated with a pair of 3D glasses.
6. Brussels, Belgium — 30 November-6 January
Winter Wonders, stretching along 1.5 miles of the city’s centre, is perfect for visitors of all ages. Stunning light displays, hundreds of cheerful stalls, entertainment, and of course, the big ferris wheel with its sweeping views over the entire Market.
7. Nuremberg, Germany — 30 November-24 December
Germany is home to many amazing Christmas Markets, and Nuremberg’s Christkindlesmarkt is one of its best. Try the famous Nuremberg gingerbread, treat yourself to a ride in a horse drawn carriage, and get to know the rich history behind Nuremberg’s Christkind.
8. London, England — 23 November-6 January
Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland is an annual Christmas Market, amusement park, circus, Bavarian village, comedy club, and much more. Seriously, there’s an entire day and night’s worth of things to see, eat, and do, like take an ice sculpting workshop, belt out your favourite Christmas tunes at the karaoke hut, or perfect your triple salchow on the UK’s biggest outdoor ice rink.
9. Ediburgh, Scotland — 17 November-5 January
In the heart of Edinburgh, the traditional Christmas Market has rides for the kiddos, a Christmas tree maze, a bar for the adults, and of course, market stalls, ice skating, and all the Christmas spirit you could want.