The most beautiful Christmas markets in Europe
One of the most well-known Christmas Markets is the traditional “Vienna Magic of Advent“, which turns the City Hall Square into a shining fairytale land. Christmas gifts, tree decorations, sweets and warming drinks are awaiting you as well as a carousel and craft fun Christmas Workshops for kids. The trees of the surrounding City Hall park are festively decorated and radiate in a sea of lights – a Viennese experience, you’ll definitely don’t want to miss!
Another hot spot before Christmas is the cultural and Christmas market in front of Schönbrunn Palace. It offers sheer romance in front of an imperial backdrop, and is converted into a New Year’s market after Christmas. The atmospheric market offers traditional handicrafts, hand-made Christmas decorations, Christmas concerts and an extensive children’s program, including Christmas workshop.
Christmas Fair in Helsinki, Finland
Ask any Finnish will get in your way and will proudly answer that Santa Claus comes from Finland and is found at the Helsinki Christmas Fair that takes place in the Senate Square. You’ll probably find him busy up to his head to fill the wish lists of everyone. Once you have expressed your wishes for it, serve yourself with some gloggi (boiled, of course). If wine does not do its job, brass music groups, Christmas lights and a visit to the old Dutch carousel should complete the experience. Examine carefully the 133 stands and fill your despair with everything your heart likes, from handicrafts, to traditional ornaments or local goodies.
Birmingham has the largest authentic German market in Europe outside of Germany and Austria, with 5.5 million visitors in 2014. Consisting of the Birmingham Frankfurt Christmas Market and the Craft Market, the market has grown from just 24 stalls in 2001 to 180 this year, covering New Street, Victoria Square and Centenary Square. The Frankfurt Market offers a wide range of products, including Christmas decorations, handcrafted jewellery, carved wooden toys, sausages, beer and pretzels, while Christmas Craft Market will offer handmade crafts, soaps and candles by local artisans, as well as a wide range of unique and quirky items imported from around the world. Additionally, visitors can enjoy the popular ice rink and big wheel.
Let’s go to Colmar, a city where the magic of Christmas can be experienced in its purest form for six entire weeks, since 17 years. Your way will be drawn by illuminations linking to the city’s five Christmas markets, in a labyrinth of small streets lined with century old half-timbered houses.
Nestling in town squares with their own special architectural features, these islands of togetherness are like the city itself: intimate and authentic. Each market is a mini-village, highlighting passionate and enthusiastic craftsmen. Most of them are from Alsace and have been chosen for the quality and the uniqueness of their products.
Next to that, you are invited to participate to a wide range of activities, making the Christmas in Colmar an uncommon experience: guided tours, wine-tastings, children animations, exhibition of traditional toys, as well as many shows and concerts.
The, original, biggest and – arguably – the best Christmas market in the country, Manchester Christmas Markets is the ideal destination for a festive outing.
Arriving in the city in 1999, the first Christmas market in the UK has grown every year since, now attracting more than nine millions visitors each year.
Some 300 beautifully crafted stalls offer mouth-watering international food, drinks and finely crafted Yuletide gifts in the heart of the buzzing city centre.
Spread across 10 individual sites – each with distinctive own distinctive character – Manchester Christmas Markets has something to offer every festive visitor.
This year the market will also introduce a designated family site for the first time with fun rides and entertainment throughout the season, including: LED light performers, magicians and street theatre – with spectacular views of the Manchester Cathedral and National Football Museum.
London’s spectacular Christmas destination – Hyde Park Winter Wonderland returns on 20th November for six exciting weeks of winter festivities with FREE admission and even more entertainment than before. With more than 100 rides and attractions on site, there’s something for everyone.Open from November 22 to January 6, Angels Christmas Market takes the Christmas Market to a different level and turns into an irreversible magnet for anyone crossing the threshold. You are offered here the opportunity to climb up a rope ladder, follow the artisans, be blacksmiths or sculptors, in full inspiration, or take in all the delightful stalls (from Belgian goats, hot chocolate, boiled wine and until salmon on the grill). Careful! More than 200 wooden sailboats will try relentlessly to tempt you with all sorts of Christmas gifts and decorations and so will the carousels or the ice rink. Something hard to find elsewhere will be the Ice Kingdom – a huge sculpture, a forest, an ice castle, and a host of fantastic creations.
For those Christmas shoppers, there’s the traditional German Christmas market with over 200 chalets. The Angels Christmas Market offers unusual and handmade gifts and crafts, including ceramics, candles, jewellery, wooden toys, nativity scenes and Christmas decorations.
Like a sequoia tree, the Dresden Fair goes for 600 years, and the nearby craftsmen give a lift, raising 250 stands, ready to serve you with whatever you want (wooden ornaments, nut breakers and traditional pyramid candles ). And because we are sure you have already tried to name it to see if it comes out, it also tells you that it draws its origins from Strüzel or Stroczel, a fruit cake weighing 3 tons. Among the other jams and soups are already the usual Glühwein (boiled wine) and Pulsnitzer Pfefferkuchen – jam with chocolate covered chocolate, Rahmklecks – baked bread filled with cheese and German specialties Bratwurst (slices) hand-made with pretzels (pretzels) .If you like Christmas, you’ll love Dresden. A grand total of eleven completely different Christmas markets, from the by no means Dark Ages to the après ski charm of alpine huts, makes for wonderfully conflicting decisions.Holiday sounds fill the air throughout the city. From the many oratorios, Advent, organ and gospel concerts, Dresden’s churches brim with festive insider tips. Christmas tales also come to life in the city’s theatres whilst museums host special exhibitions and boats bejewelled with lights glide along the Elbe. If only Christmas could last more than just a few weeks…Aachen
Every year before Christmas, markets and streets around the Cathedral and Aachen City Hall is transformed into a paradise of lights and colors, festive sounds and smells. Christmas Fair fascinate both the young and the old ones.
The Stortorget julmarknad, in its understandable name, is the Stockholm Christmas Fair and takes place in the heart of the Old City Center. Seeing the light of the day in 1837, Sweden’s oldest Christmas fair, along with all 40 small red stands, is set as a glove in this historical context. Come here, warm yourself around a hot cup of red wine seasoned with aromatic spices (you will identify it, either by smell or by the name of “glögg“), and you are always looking for some traditional Swedish Christmas delicacies: Gingerbread (” pepparkakor “), saffransbullar (corn-shaped martini) and, why not, reindeer, reindeer and smoked sausages.
Come and see for yourself why is the Croatian capital visited by an increasing numbers of tourists during the time of Advent; get to know its idyllic side and partake in themed programmes which take place on the streets and squares around the city centre.
During the time of Advent, Zagreb offers a special atmosphere which simply must be experienced. An ever growing number of tourists choose the capital of Croatia as their destination at that time of year as good fun is had by all literally every step of the way. The city streets and squares invite you to let your hair down and partake in singing, dancing, and other kinds of entertainment with family and friends. You can also sample traditional delicacies alfresco or enjoy themed programmes which take you down memory lane.
Welcome to Tallinn Christmas Market! The fairy-tale atmosphere of the Christmas market, which is held on the Town Hall Square in Tallinn, makes anything possible! At the heart of it all – apart from Santa and his reindeer, who are eternal favourites with the kids – is Estonia’s most famous Christmas tree, surrounded by little huts selling their wares. Here you will find handicraft specialists with their work, and seasonal Estonian food and drink.Tallinn’s Medieval Old Town takes on an especially magical quality during this time of the year as a fresh powdering of snow covers its gabled rooftops and outdoor candles fill its cobblestone lanes with a flickering glow.
Tallinn is also the home of the world’s first Christmas tree. This tree was erected on Tallinn’s Town Hall Square and was the focal point of a ritual, that began in 1441, and involved unmarried merchants singing and dancing with local girls around a tree, which was then burnt. The tree was the first public Christmas tree ever put on display in Europe by the Brotherhood of Black Heads guild. The tradition has now been revived.
Christmas Market in Sibiu – Great Square
Tale of Copenhagen – Tivoli Gardens
The Danes have a word – “hygge” – and we would like to give you a synonym, but we can not find anything shorter than “an inner, profound and absolutely good state.” Well, the Copenhagen Christmas Market, organized in the world’s second oldest amusement park, has everything it takes to blow up a whole planet with “hygge”. Aligned with rows of fir trees in which hundreds of lights glow, Tivoli Gardens embrace an air that smells of the smell of roasted almonds, and if you put in the landscape and frozen lake and turned into a skating rink, you only have to start writing stories with fairies. Do not let go of one of the stalls crafted with handmade art, nor the lips of the jam with jam and sugar. Do not get drunk until you refuse without leaving the sandwich with roast pork and red cabbage. But do it before and after you get into The Star Flyer, a 80-meter tower (the highest in northern Europe) where you can overlook the entire Danish capital.
Against the backdrop of the majestic St. Basil’s Basilica and the imposing walls of the Kremlin, the winter of Winter, Red Square and one of the most beautiful Christmas fairs are to be seen. However, unlike the enormities we have talked about so far, this market sums up 20 stands selling Christmas decorations and local souvenirs (matryoshka dolls and Khokhloma toys are pampered). The market somehow surrounds the largest ice rink in Moscow, and here you can also happily take the younger family, taking them in small bands. Among the traditional Russians are baked potatoes with mushrooms and pickles or caviar pancakes. And for the taste of Christmas that melts in your mouth and slips on your throat, you find boiled wine and sweet Russian cake. The Russians celebrate Christmas on the 7th of January and, in order to be in line with the Christian tradition through this part of the world, the fair remains open until its end.
When it comes to Christmas fairs, Prague has a hard word to say because the city is full of markets and holiday mood. But the cake on the cake is undoubtedly in the Old Center. Here, rows of sympathetic wooden huts scattered around the giant Christmas tree, sell souvenirs: jewels, candles, crystals, all the wonders of glass-made objects and wooden toys. The culinary offer begins with the traditional pork grid and sausages served in the blood, and for the Czechs. Turn off your thirst with a mouthful of mead – a refreshing wine with honey added.