13 Best Christmas Markets in Europe to visit this Christmas
The Christmas is celebrated all over the world, but it has a special attraction to it when it comes to Europe. Come Christmas season, every city will present a spectacular selection of beautifully decorated Christmas markets to pick up beautiful local handmade gifts, and a wide assortment of sweets for your gift hamper. Many cities feature Christmas parade, shopping, music and entertainment with local flavor to the celebrations.
Here are some of the best Christmas markets in Europe that are famous for Christmas flavor and ambience.
Bologna is the oldest Christmas markets based in two locations: The Fiera di Natale market and Antica Fiera di Santa Lucia. It is famous for Christmas traditions of making figures to depict the birth of Christ and also offers a wide choice of gastronomic delicacies.
A Munich Christmas market is held in the heart of the city, Marienplatz. It is one of the most famous Christmas markets in Europe, with snow-capped shops with well-lit market stalls offering traditional Bavarian and unique Christmas gifts.
Strasbourg, the capital of Christmas is the oldest Christmas market in France. The market with around 300 stalls spread over 11 sites is one of the largest and most celebrated markets in Europe. It offers the famous Bredle along with a variety of traditional items, sweets, Christmas tree decoration and nativity scenes.
This is the highest Christmas market in Europe and is also one of the most beautiful as well. This is the only market where you can do shopping as well as snowboarding. Local handicrafts are quite popular as gift items.
Christmas assumes different proportions with very large numbers of stalls that has everything to offer that you may wish for during Christmas. It has a giant Ferris wheel all decorated, standing in the center of the market glowing with light.
This is considered as the epicenter of all Christmas markets in Europe with multiple markets arranged in different parts of the city. The most sought after market is in front of the awe-inspiring Schonbrunn Palace, which is all lighted up and provides a glowing background to a large number of stalls that extend traditional crafts and food, with a giant Christmas tree in the middle that is traditionally decorated.
It is one of the most extravagant Christmas markets in Europe, with its 550 ft T.V. tower is decorated to look like a Christmas tree and markets are decorated around the old Cathedral Square in City Hall Square and Bernardinai Gardens with stall showcasing traditional handicraft goods, local food items which includes cakes and pastries.
It assumes the festive color during Christmas season when Christmas markets come up with great decorations and displays, lighting the city’s UNESCO world heritage sites. The fair held in beautiful atrium of the Convent of St. Claire which features traditional craftsmen, Christmas cookies and traditional sweets “Kontonjata” with other authentic Croatian food. The Christmas fair opens from St. Nicholas’ Day to January 8th.
At the Old Town Christmas Market in Stockholm one can find a lot of Swedish Christmas and other specialties that include Glogg, Christmas sweets, knitted caps, range of Swedish handicrafts and much more. Stockholm assures you of White Christmas, everyone cherishes for and its markets have a Scandinavian touch to your Christmas vacations, offering Swedish meatballs and pear cider.
With the weather being warm, it offers a great Christmas vacation as the city is decorated with impressive displays and festival buzz all around the city. Also Madrid is a great place for food lovers, as we all know. This year, the Madrid Christmas market will include antiques, artworks, vintage pieces from the 1960s to the 1980s, archaeological pieces, paintings and furniture from different styles and periods.
Berlin boasts between 50 and sometimes up to 100 Christmas markets to satiate your festive hunger, offering seasonal delights. Winter World on Potsdamer Platz in the City Center becomes a paradise for lovers of winter activities. Some well known Christmas market in Berlin are the Gendarmenmarkt , Alexanderplatz , Red Town Hall and Opera Palace.
Come Christmas season, Verona is decorated with lights all around to host a Big Christmas market that has traditional handicrafts and local food items. Piazza Navona in Rome or smaller Italian Christmas Markets in the Italian Alps, elaborate crib displays and nativity scenes are a pride of Italy.
It has some great Christmas markets that offer traditional goods and food items. A La Defense market with more than 300 Chalets is the biggest market offering traditional French Christmas Sweets.