Showcasing the spirit of the festive season in all of its tinsel-strewn, glühwein-scented glory, Christmas markets have become a fundamental part of Europe’s culture.
Every year visitors arrive in their droves to savour the seasonal delights, admire the elaborately decorated stalls and, perhaps, purchase some of the traditionally hand-crafted trinkets on offer.
Try as we might to resist, the festive season is fast approaching. Christmas lights are being put up across town centres and shops are displaying their Yuletide wares.
So, we figure, if you can’t beat them, join them – which is why we’ve put together a list of some of our favourite Europe Christmas market destinations.
Europe Christmas Market Destinations
24th November – 30th December 2017
France’s very own ‘Capital of Christmas’, Strasbourg plays host to a number of Christmas markets throughout the festive season. Chief among them, however, is Christkindelsmärik. Founded in 1570, it’s one of Europe’s oldest and draws around two million visitors every year, with hotels and hostels filling up weeks in advance. For many, it represents the defining event in the city’s Yuletide calendar, so if you’re looking to spend Christmas in this stunning region, it doesn’t get much better (especially with a steaming cup of vin chaud clasped in your hands).
27th November – 23rd December 2017
Germany’s second-largest city takes on a distinctively fairytale-esque quality come the festive season. The most iconic of the markets has to be the Weinachtsmarkt, located in front of the Town Hall, but with such a variety on offer, there’s something to cater to every taste. One of the most popular attractions is Schrottwichteln, a variation on Secret Santa where visitors give away their least-liked presents. Donors needn’t worry about feeling guilty, however, as all proceeds go to charity!
25th November – 24th December 2017
A Christmas fair of global repute, Nuremberg’s Old Town undergoes a magical transformation, turning this enchanting medieval city into a Yuletide destination that sets the continental benchmark. Seasonal specialities include freshly toasted sugar-glazed almonds and the traditional gingerbread, lebkuchen – mouth-watering delicacies that are a must-try for any visitor.
24th November – 24th December 2017
Germany’s oldest Christmas market, Dresden’s Striezelmarkt appears little-changed in nearly 600 years. Named for the Middle High German word for stollen, a traditional festive fruit bread, the market is renowned for its handcrafted wooden ornaments, including the 19th-century räuchermann (smoking man) and traditional nutcracker, made famous by Tchaikovsky’s ‘Nutcracker Suite’.
18th November – 26th December 2017
As the Advent season begins, Austria’s capital becomes home to some of the world’s greatest Christmas markets. Showcasing skills passed down from generation to generation, traditional craftsmanship stands side-by-side with culinary delicacies, delighting the millions who visit every year. For a timelessly romantic experience, however, the Weinachtsmarkt held in front of Schönbrunn Palace can’t be beat.
2nd December 2016 – 6th January 2017
In the Czech Republic, Christmas markets are a fundamental part of the seasonal festivities, a fact best represented in the capital’s Old Town. The giant Christmas tree stands at its heart, ablaze with lights and decorated with masterfully-wrought ornaments of metal and glass. And there’s plenty to tantalise those taste buds too – trdelnik, a sweet pastry, and svařák, warm spiced wine, are particular favourites!
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