Despite originating in Germany, Christmas markets have become a winter tradition across Europe. These markets are great for really getting into the festive spirit, the perfect way to spend the cold winter nights in the center of a city. For those of you who haven’t been to a Christmas market and don’t know what to expect, we suggest wrapping up warm and getting ready to enjoy live, festive music with a glass of mauled wine. There are usually plenty of carnival games and food, such as Crepes or German Bratwursts. You may also find Ice Skating and rides at some of the bigger markets. They also make great places to buy unique presents, as there are plenty of one-of-a-kind handcrafted gifts available, perfect for a last minute shopping.
The largest of all Christmas markets is of course in Germany, but there are plenty of other Christmas markets in all major cities across Europe and they are a great way to explore a country’s Christmas traditions. Have a look below for our list of the best in Europe.
Viennese Christmas Market – Vienna – 13th November to 26th December
Brussels Christmas Market – Brussels – 27th November to 3rd January
Tivoli Christmas Market – Copenhagen – 19th November to 31st December
Helsinki Christmas Market – Helsinki – 3rd December to 22nd December
Strasbourg Christmas Market – Strasbourg – 25th November to 31st December
Christmas Markets in Bordeaux – Bordeaux – 27th November to 27th December
Cologne Christmas Market, 21st November to 23rd December
Weihnachtszauber at the Gendarmenmarkt – Berlin – 21st November to 31st December
Striezelmarkt – Dresden – 30th November – 21st December
Maastricht Christmas Festival – Maastricht – 26th November to 27th December
Budapest Christmas Fair and Winter Festival – Budapest – 11th November to 6th January
Christmas Market on Piazza Navona – Rome – 1st December to 31st December
Christmas Markets – Luxembourg City – 22nd Nov to 24th December
Christmas Fair – Warsaw – 9th November to 8th December
Old Town Christmas Market – Stockholm – 19th November to 23rd December
Christmas in Leicester Square – London – 11th November to 8th January
Bath Christmas Market – Bath – 24th November to 11th December
Edinburgh’s Christmas – Edinburgh, Scotland – 12th December to 7th January
Whether visiting in your home town, whilst on a trip or going specifically to experience some Christmas magic, Luxwing want to wish you a merry Christmas and hope you enjoy your Christmas market experience. If you need help getting there or perhaps fancy taking a tour of some of the best markets across Europe – we can help, call us and we will organise every aspect of your trip today!