Nothing quite says Christmas like a Christmas market and now that November is drawing to a close it seems like its a good time to talk about some of the best markets out there. There’s something about the smell of Bratwurst cooking, the music, the endless stalls of beautiful Christmas decorations and of course the piping-hot Glühwein that can’t fail to make even the least festive amongst us excited.
With so many options in the UK you don’t have to travel far to get your festive fix, but if you fancy making a weekend of it there are some amazing options just a short flight away. This list is where we think the top 10 Christmas Markets in Europe are happening this year.
This Christmas market has consistently been voted the best Christmas Market in Europe and it's easy to see why. It’s the perfect combination of traditional vs. modern and with a flight time of around two hours it's easy to reach from most of Europe.
With streets lined with twinkling lights, every square filled with stalls serving traditional street food and the scent of gingerbread heavy in the air it's definitely the sort of market you could get lost in for more than a day.
There’s enough of a chill in the air to add to the Christmas feel but it won’t leave you racing for your hotel as darkness falls. Zagreb is definitely worthy of a top spot on our list.
Open from the 30th November 2019 until the 7th January 2020.
Whilst this is definitely one of the colder destinations on our list Tallinns’ Christmas Markets claim to fame is that they had the first ever public Christmas tree. Over 600 years later they still proudly display a beautiful Christmas tree at the centre of the market year after year.
With breathtaking medieval architecture, delicious local flavours and performances from communities from across Estonia this market really does have something for the whole family to enjoy.
Open from the 15th November 2019 until the 7th January 2020.
If you fancy something a little closer to home Edinburgh is definitely the market for you. Nestled right in the heart of Edinburgh city centre with stalls selling everything from local produce to bespoke gifts it’s a festive treat that is sure to delight visitors of all ages.
If you fancy a break from all the shopping this Christmas market also boasts dozens of rides and carousels and an even ice rink for if you're feeling a little more adventurous.
Open from November 16th 2019 until the 4th January 2020.
When it comes to Christmas markets Munich really know how to please the crowds. Munich hosts one of the most varied mix of markets to be found in Europe, 11 of them if you're counting.
For handmade crafts from around the world then head to Sendlinger Tor or, if history is more your thing, then there’s a 600 year old medieval Christmas market with an incredible array of hand carved wooden decorations.
Of course no German market would be complete without copious amounts of Bratwurst and Glühwein all of which Munich has in abundance. In terms of Christmas market magic Munich really is a force to be reckoned with.
Open from November 27th 2019 until December 24th 2019
Whilst this one isn’t as well known as some of the other German Christmas markets and doesn’t have quite as much to see it’s still a contender as far as we are concerned.
If you’re looking for some Christmas spirit but aren’t a fan of the crowds that the other Germa markets draw then this is definitely the one for you. The Christmas lights that line every street are incredible and the market itself is under a huge canopy of twinkling lights. It also opens in the middle of November, making it one of the earliest Christmas markets in Europe, perfect for those of you that can’t wait to get the festivities started.
Open from November 15th 2019 until December 23rd 2019
The Christmas markets inVienna truly are an age-old tradition, celebrations here date back to the Middle Ages when in 1298 Albrecht I granted Vienna's citizens the privilege of holding a December Market or "Krippenmarkt". Things have changed a little since then with Vienna now holding over 20 Christmas markets all selling mouth-watering treats and seasonal gifts.
Vienna is a stunning city anyway and its beauty only adds to the Christmas experience, with streets filled with the smell of roasting chestnuts and the bars doing a roaring trade in delicious punches, if you can’t find your festive spirit here then you never will!
Open from 22nd November 2019 until 26th December 2019
We’ve given Edinburgh their dues already but Manchester knows how to hold its own in the Christmas market stakes if you are looking for something this side of the border.
This market is as much about eating and drinking as it is shopping and this year marks Manchesters 20th year as a Christmas hotspot. This year there will be almost 350 stalls and 10 different markets for you to enjoy and with a great selection of bars and restaurants on offer you can really make a night of your visit.
Open from 8th November 2019 until December 22nd 2019.
When you think of Belgium you automatically think chocolate and their Christmas market doesn't fail to deliver with its steaming mugs of boozy hot chocolate. There's an incredible mix of food here too, as well as all the delicacies you'd usually expect to find at a Christmas market why not treat yourself to some salmon smoked over open fires or their traditional raclette?
With over 250 wooden chalets spread across the city for you to choose from there’s bound to be a gift for everyone here.
Open from 29th November 2019 until January 5th 2020
If you're looking for an authentic Alsatian Christmas then Strasbourg is the market for you. Explore the Petite France quarter and shop for wooden toys and blown glass candles at over 300 wooden chalet style stalls.
This market is famous for its local produce and crafts and traditional decoration but whilst you’re here the majestic Cathedral in the centre is definitely worth a visit.
Open from November 22nd 2019 until 30th December 2019
Rounding off our top 10 is Copenhagen. During the festive period Copenhagen is literally steeped in festive spirit which is evident in the numerous Christmas markets you can choose from. A real highlight for us is the Hans Christian Andersen Market where each stall is named after one of his fairytales and themed to suit.
With countless lights, fireworks in the evening and the oldest wooden roller coaster in the world on offer there is endless fun to be had in Copenhagen this Christmas.
Open November 15th 2019 until December 21st 2019
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