There's nothing in the world quite like the holiday season in Europe, and if you’re happen to be there from early december through the New Year, it’s easy to see why. So if you’re planning a Christmas city break? Check out our 5 Best Christmas Markets In Europe for a December to remember...
With a noticeable gothic scenery surrounded by castles, churches and towers. Christmas markets (Vanocni trhy) are a key ingredient of the festive magic in the Czech Republic, and the Prague markets are the most impressive in the country. They light up the city, bringing locals and tourists together in a true 'winter wonderland' setting.
The markets are mainly located in the Old Town Square and Wenceslas Square, just five minutes apart by foot. You can also find smaller markets perched in Prague as well.
Let yourself be delighted by the memorable and festive atmosphere of this wonderful city. With its many years of history, this authentic market has so much things to offer, you need more time then just a couple of hours. The tempting aroma of roasted almonds, mulled wine, bratwurst and gingerbread fill the air
Everyone is watching as the Nuremberg Christkind show up on the balcony of the Church of Our Lady to open the holiday season. Friday before the first Sunday in Advent is the day it all begins as she opens the world-famous Nuremberg Christkindlesmarkt. Be part of this one-of-a-kind atmosphere and enjoy the magic of the Nuremberg Christmas Market.
Stockholm’s Christmas markets are a must if you’re looking to add a little Scandinavian magic to your winter holiday. And the greatest thing: snow is almost guaranteed in the Swedish capital.
The Christmas market in Stockholm's old town can’t be missed. This is the most well-known, and traditional Christmas Market in Stockholm. it´s situated in the middle of the Old Town at Stortorget square, close to the Royal Palace. The petite red stalls sell Swedish Christmas pastries, smoked sausages, reindeer meat and other Christmas delicacies, glögg and a range of Swedish handiwork and decorative arts of high-quality craftsmanship. Open daily between 11 AM and 6 PM.
Not a big fan of the blistering cold winds and looking for something a little different this year? Why not put a bit of a Spanish twist on your Christmas city trip. Madrid might be the best option for you.
Spain’s tumultuous capital is a awesome option for a winter holiday; it’s also relatively mild considering the time of year. As glimmering lights, Christmas decorations and shining window displays convert the city, magic fills the air and Madrileños prepare to celebrate their beloved holiday of the year.
From december till the beginning of January, the city’s streets, buildings and squares twinkle with colourful lights created by graphic designers, spanish designers and architects.
Last year there were new designs beautify the whole city, from the outskirts to its most popular areas. Sky-scraping Christmas trees are put up around the city, in places like Puerta del Sol, Plaza San Juan de la Cruz and Plaza España, Red de San Luis (Gran Vía-Montera), Calle Fuencarral, Plaza de Callao and Plaza de Colón (Calle Génova)
Madrid is a great choice for food lovers as well, with a delicate selection of Spanish cuisine, mulled wine and Spanish lagers. Swap the turkey for chorizo, and the Christmas pudding for tasty churros.
It’s not everyday that you can enjoy Christmas Markets in a cave! During the Christmas Season, the citizen of Valkenburg convert their remarkable caves under their town into magnificent Christmas Markets. Visit the charming and cosy underground Christmas Market in the Velvet Cave between 16 November and 30 December. This twentie-first edition of the Christmas Market is improved and extended. The market is bigger than ever with over more than 50 shops.
A visit to the Christmas Market in the Velvet Cave is more than beautiful decorations alone; on your tour of the cave you can enjoy the impressive mural paintings, sculptures, the unique 18th century chapel, market stalls with Christmas and gift items, ancient trades and a cosy catering establishment. Experience the festive Christmas atmosphere at the Christmas Market in the Velvet Cave!