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Number 6 - Budapest Christmas Market
Where: Vorosmarty Square
When: 11/11/2018 – 06/01/2019
Features: With 122 stalls selling items approved by a special ‘Folk art jury’ there is bound to be something that will take your fancy and with a live Bethlehem scene, Christmas tree decorating competitions and a visit from Santa there’s fun to be had for all of the family.
Of course Budapest is one of the most interesting European cities, a must to visit.
Number 5 – Prague Christmas Market
Where: Old Town Square & Wenceslas Square
When: 26/11/2018 – 01/01/2019
Features: Comprised of 2 main markets roughly 5-minute walk from one another, you can go gift shopping and choose from a variety of local handmade gifts like jewelry, scented candles, and wooden toys or wander around the various food and drink stalls offering traditional Czech dishes.
Why not try a Trdelnik (hot sugar coated pastry) or a Klobasa (barbecued sausage) all of which can be washed down by one of the many famous Czech beers on offer?
Prague has plenty of sites and is an excellent starting point for different short trips around the city.
Number 4 – Munich Christkindlmarkt
Where: Outside Munich Town Hall
When: 28/11/2018 – 11/12/2018
Features: As one of the oldest Christmas markets around with origins going back as far as the 14th century, Munich Market has lots to offer for everyone. Upon visiting the market, you can look forward to live festive music played from the balcony of the town hall at 17:30 or take the ‘Glitter, Gifts and Gingerbread’ tour around the market.
The heavenly workshop offers activities for children from 14:30 – 16:30 daily between 28/11 – 11/12 and with Santa visiting the market every afternoon there is plenty of opportunity for a photo with jolly old saint nick.
Number 3 – Manchester Christmas Market
Where: Multiple sites over Manchester City centre
When: 10/11/2018 – 20/12/2018
Features: Unlike the other Christmas markets featured in our top 6 Manchester Christmas Market is spread over 10 sites dotted around the city centre. With nearly 350 stalls offering a combination of both local and European wares there promises to be something for everyone.
Pick up Christmas gifts from a variety of items including everything from fine amber jewellery and handcrafted leather bags to handmade Belgian kitchenware and French soaps housed or visit the many food and drink stalls offering a range of both sweet and savoury treats.
Number 2 – Fira De Santa lucia (Barcelona)
Where: Avenida de la Catedral, Barcelona
When: 25/11/2018 – 23/12/2018
Features: Not only is this Christmas market the oldest in Barcelona having run for 300 years it is also the largest. With over 300 stalls there is a wide variety of items on offer ranging from traditional hand crafted seasonal decorations to a variety of gift options many of which are also hand made.
You can also pick up the markets most popular nativity figure the ‘Caganer’, on certain dates traditional activities are held for children to participate in like ‘Caga Tio’
Number 1 – Ljubljana Christmas Market (The Merry December in Ljubljana Old Town)
Where: Ljubljana City Centre
When: 25/11/2018 – 01/01/2019
Features: set along the banks of the river the Ljubljana Christmas fair has lots to offer from the traditional food and drink like Honey Schnapps and other locally produced spirits, sweets and biscuits and a variety of grilled dishes.
Alongside this you can find a large array of gifts available from semi-precious stones, blown glass and sheep/Goat skins to handmade wooden objects and Ghee made from local cow’s milk as well as local fashion from young designers (usually not available in shops).
Once dubbed as the loveliest middle size European capital, by no other than former US ambasador Warren Zimmerman, it does live to the expectations.
Ljubljana is not far from some of the best ski resorts in Slovenia. Krvavec and Kranjska Gora should both have snow in the late December. And don't worry about equipment as you can rent it, also ski instructors.
On the other hand you can go on a Day trip to the Slovenian coast and catch sun in Portoroz.