The bells are ringing, it’s coming. Christmas is here! There are lights and colour everywhere, as cities are invaded by Christmas spirit. But where exactly can you find it? WowTrip can tell you about the 10 best Christmas markets in Europe where you’ll feel like you’re in a Christmas fairy tale.
Strasbourg, the capital of Christmas
Strasbourg is known as “the Capital of Christmas.” Of course, in every corner of the city you can find another different Christmas market!
Each one has its own unique charm with spectacular decorations, but all of them offer little stalls full of delicatessen like the famous raclette and ham baguettes, or some of the best mulled wines. Enough to have your mouth watering!
What’s more than these delicious foods, this Christmas Capital has a rich history. The Baby Jesus Market is one of the oldest in Europe, dating back to 1570. Christmas lovers and curious passing tourists alike are all greeted by lights and sweet treats.
You can find out more about Strasbourg’s markets on this page: https://noel.strasbourg.eu/en/les-marches-de-noel
Strasbourg Christmas Market
- From 22nd November to 30th December
- 22nd November: 2 pm-9 pm.
- 23rd November to 30th December: 11am-8pm every day
- 24th December: 11 am-6 pm.
- 25th December closed.
Montreux, the Artist’s Christmas
Montreux, the city that has dazzled the most genuine artists, such as Freddie Mercury himself. This city inspired him to write many of his songs, like the famous A Winter’s Tale. Montreux stole a piece of his heart, and he decided to spend his last years there. As the Queen vocalist once said: “If you want to find peace, go to Montreux.”.
What’s more, if you get closer to the edge of Lake Geneva, you can see Father Christmas in his sleigh, pulled by his nine reindeer. This chubby little guy flies over the special Christmas market in this incredible city.
On a weekend getaway you can enjoy this magical atmosphere of baubles and wreaths, along with the freshness that the mountains around Montreux have to offer.
If you’d like to find out more about the market in this cosy city, all the information is here: https://www.montreuxnoel.com/
Montreux Christmas Market
- 21st November to 24th December
- Monday and Tuesday: 11 am-8 pm.
- Wednesday and Thursday: 11 am-9 pm.
- Friday: 11 am-10 pm.
- Saturday: 10 am-10 pm.
- Sunday: 10 am-8pm.
Nuremberg, a city with centuries of tradition
An excellent little German Christmas market can be found in the cosy city of Nuremberg. They’ve been celebrating the same traditions for four centuries, what makes it one of the other oldest markets in Europe.
Its Medieval streets, shop windows, and squares will drench you in light. We’re sure this market can bring out your more tender side through the atmosphere filling the air. You can also enjoy one of the local specialities: toasted almonds. They’re so good! They are little biscuits decorated with Christmas themes, made from spices and honey, called Lebkuchen.
You have the whole story just one click away at: www.christkindlesmarkt.de
Nuremberg Christmas Market
- 29th November to 24th December
- Monday to Sunday: 10 am-9 pm.
- 24th December: 10 am-2 pm.
Munich, to the tune of Christmas Carols
Christmas is coming to Marienplatz, singing all the way! Christkindlmarkt is its famous market in which you can find live music, where they play Christmas Carols that mark the arrival of Christmas.
Whilst you enjoy traditional music, you can taste one of the special mulled wines, served in a ceramic cup decorated with Christmas design.
But if you’ve been bad, the Krampus, Santa’s wicked brother, will punish you. In the streets of the Bavarian capital there’s a fun parade full of Krampuses who won’t stop pranking naughty children. If you’ve been good, you won’t have to worry. Don’t be scared, they won’t hurt you!
Only if you’ve been good, check it out here: www.muenchen.de.
Munich Christmas Market
- 27th November to 24th December
- Monday to Saturday: 10 am-9 pm.
- Sunday: 10 am-8 pm.
- 24th December: 10 am-2 pm.
Cologne, 25m above Christmas
When someone says Christmas, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? Presents, Father Christmas, holidays, but above all… Christmas trees!
In Cologne they take Christmas very seriously. In front of their impressive Cathedral, they erect a 25m Christmas tree. Around it you can find nothing less than 160 wooden huts, where you can enjoy German specialities whose smells linger in the city centre.
It would be a great weekend break for wandering around the stalls whilst admiring the jaw-dropping cathedral, which was the tallest building in the world until 1884. You’ll definitely be able to find a souvenir for a loved one in this Christmas market.
Cologne Christmas Market
- 25th November to 23rd December
- Monday to Wednesday: 11 am-9 pm.
- Thursday to Friday: 11 am-10pm
- Saturday: 10 am-10 pm
- Sunday: 11 am-9 pm
Prague, a Fairy Tale Christmas
This city already looks like something straight from a Disney film, so imagine what it’s like at this time of year! The Czech Republic capital dresses up in the best of its green, red, and gold. Its market will transport you to a fantasy fairy tale, where you can get carried away in all the Christmas Spirit. Go on a romantic break with that special person and become the main characters of the story.
Having said that, if you enjoy indulging, lots of little stalls are full of the sweet cinnamon and sugar rolls called trdelník. You can enjoy them whilst admiring the beautiful light emanating from the castle.
If you want to investigate Prague’s charm, here is the website: https://www.prague.eu/en/events
Prague Christmas Market
- 23rd November to 6th January
- Monday to Thursday: 9 am-6 pm.
- Friday to Sunday: 9 am-7 pm.
Vienna, enjoy some warm punch in this little market
In Vienna, they don’t do things in halves. Christmas is key in this spectacular little Christmas market. The little huts surround the beautiful town hall with Christmas warmth.
What’s more, you’ll find an enormous ice rink where you can skate with friends or your partner. But if you’re very cold-natured or just a bit clumsy, you can always enjoy the traditional warm punch with its cinnamon notes keeping you warm. Don’t you think this would make for the best weekend getaway?
You can find out about this market’s activities here: https://divinaart.at/en/
Vienna Christmas Market
- 22nd November to 23rd December
- Everyday: 12 am to 8pm.
Copenhagen, a Trip Down Memory Lane
Spending the holidays in the Danish capital might be one of the best ideas you ever have. Why? Because you can travel back to your childhood in the Tivoli theme park, where you’ll find the amazing Christmas Market. Rides, lights, sweet treats, and that Christmas smell that will take you back to your childhood when you only had to worry about being good to get presents!
You be lucky to visit Santa’s Grotto and ask for all the Christmas presents you can think of. If you can’t find him, his elves will make sure he gets the message! Among all the stalls that surround this huge park, you’ll be able to find someone to help you.
You can find out more about the Christmas elves here: www.tivoligardens.com
Copenhagen Christmas Market
- 16th November to 5th January
- Sunday to Thursday: 11 am-11 pm.
- Friday and Saturday: 11 am-12 pm.
Budapest, the 2 in 1 Christmas
As much in Buda as in Pest, they take Christmas very seriously. The Hungarian capital will impress you any day of the year, but this time of year above all, when Christmas Spirit is alive and well.
Multiply the shining lights by a thousand, and the city fills up with cute little colourful stalls. The smell of tarts, chocolate, and traditional lángos bread waft through the city, all the while facing the huge St Stephen’s Basilica.
This capital will make you feel like you’re in a magical tale where you can eat traditional kurtoskalacs, and cinnamon cones very similar to the ones in Prague.
Christmas makes the city shine more than ever, and Budapest would be the perfect Christmas getaway.
Decide on your destination at: www.budapestchristmas.com
Budapest Christmas Market
- 22nd November-1st January
- Monday to Thursday: 10 am-8 pm
- From Friday to Sunday: 10 am-10 pm
- 24thDecember :10 am-2 pm
- 25th-26th de December: 10 am-6 pm
- 31st December: 10 am-3 am
- 1st January: 11 am-6 pm
Brussels, much more than chocolate at this Christmas market
The Belgian capital doesn’t just have chocolate and classic comics, but also lots of Christmas spirit. You can get lost among more than 2km of cute little wooden huts decorated with lights, baubles and wreaths. Walking through the city over the red carpet is a great way for tourists to have an original visit.
The market known as “Winter Pleasures” goes hand in hand with an enormous Christmas Tree that crowns the Grande Place. There is also a giant Ferris wheel from which to view all the decorations of the city.
But we are sure that the best part would be to enjoy Saint Nicolas’ chocolates, wandering between its shops and admiring the lights.
If you don’t want to get lost among the stalls, find more information here: https://www.plaisirsdhiver.be/
Brussels Christmas Market
- 29th November – 5th January
- Everyday: 12 am-10 pm.
- 24th and 31st December: 12 am-6 pm.
Surprise trip, the best gift this Christmas
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