There’s no place like home Europe for the holidays! If you find yourself lucky enough to be taking in all of the holiday cheer that a wintery European country has to offer, grab your warmest coat, mittens and scarf because you’re heading to the Christmas Markets! Don’t worry, there will be enough glühwein (mulled wine) to keep you warm all night.
Whether you’re a Scrooge or Buddy the Elf himself, the markets have something for everyone. We’ve compiled 10 incredible Christmas markets around Europe so you can make the most of this merry season! ☃️
Christkindelsmärik, STASBOURG, FRANCE
23 November to 30 December
First taking place in 1570, Strasbourg, France is home to one of Europe’s oldest Christmas markets. Christkindelsmärik is comprised of 300 stalls filled with food, drinks, crafts, handmade gifts and more - it’s no wonder why Strasbourg claims itself to be the ‘Capitale de Noël.’ Oh what fun…
VIENNA CHRISTMAS MARKET, VIENNA, AUSTRIA
16 November to 26 December
With over 20 Christmas events, Vienna truly knows how to bring the Christmas spirit. The largest and most renown of Vienna’s festive markets is the Vienna Christmas Dream on Rathausplatz, with 150-plus traditional stalls backdropped by the neo-Gothic City Hall. The wintery chill will be bearable with a scene like this!
OLD TOWN SQUARE AND WENCESLAS SQUARE, PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC
1 December to 6 January
Prague brings you two delightful Christmas markets — just a 5 minute walk over a picturesque bridge away from each other. For maximum holiday cheer, visit both Old Town Square and Wenceslas Square. The city’s wooden huts are filled with klobása (Czech sausage) and Pilsner Urquell - you surely won’t leave hungry.
KRAKOW CHRISTMAS MARKET, KRAKOW, POLAND
30 November to 26 December
Krakow’s main square, Rynek Glowny, will most likely be painted white with snow around the holiday season, so bundle up and enjoy the festive sights! Get all of your holiday shopping done in one go, as you’ll find hand-painted Christmas baubles, inexpensive antiques and merry bric-a-brac for everyone on your list.
CHRISTKINDLESMARKT, NUREMBERG, GERMANY
30 November to 24 December
For the ultimate yuletide vibe, check out one of the oldest and best-loved German festive markets in the old town’s iconic Hauptmarkt. Nuremberg Christkindlesmarkt has a strict ban on modern, mass-produced goods, so the rows of red-and-white-striped awnings, are filled with truly traditional goods.
WINTER WONDERS, BRUSSELS, BELGIUM
30 November to 6 January
More of a festival than a market, Winter Wonders rings in holiday cheer for Brussels, Belgium each year with more than just their famous beer, chocolate and waffles. The event is spread out across the Bourse, Place de la Monnaie, Grand Place, Place Sainte Catherine and Marche aux Poissons, with ice skating, a Ferris wheel, light shows and a huge Christmas tree. 🎄
BUDAPEST CHRISTMAS FAIR AND WINTER FESTIVAL, BUDAPEST, HUNGARY
23 November to 1 January
Budapest serves as a perfect wintery backdrop for your festive celebrations, and the Christmas fair will provide jolly gifts and crafts, with traditional Hungarian food and mulled-wine aplenty from 100+ stalls. Grab your food and drink of choice and position yourself to watch the entertainment in form of light shows, folk dancing and live music.
SKANSEN’S CHRISTMAS MARKET, STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN
Weekends 24 November to 16 December // Christmas at Skansen 24 November to 6 January
A genuinely traditional open-air museum on the island of Djurgarden in the center of Stockholm, Skansen Christmas Market is as close to the North Pole you can get. You can expect the full spread: Swedish craftsmanship, homeware, decorations and Christmas treats, all adorned with twinkling lights.
BASEL CHRISTMAS MARKET, BASEL, SWITZERLAND
22 November to 23 December
Home to some of the greatest art from around the world, Basel, Switzerland adds to its repertoire with its delightful Christmas village. Christmas “cabins” line the village with candle making, glass firing, jagertee (tea), glühwein and jus chaud (hot juice in orange or pomegranate), and chestnuts roasting on an open fire. What more could you ask for?
MANCHESTER CHRISTMAS MARKETS, MANCHESTER, UK
9 November to 22 December
Only being around since 1999, Manchester Christmas Markets has acquired international recognition very quickly, and is now considered the UK’s favorite Christmas market - attracting over nine million visitors annually. Currently with over 300 stalls, the market provides a warm atmosphere for a chilly stroll, glühwein in hand, of course.
It’s the most wonderful time of the year!