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Best Christmas Markets in Europe

Are you wondering where the best Christmas markets in Europe are? We have got you covered! 

Thousands of us enjoy the festive winter in Europe by visiting Christmas markets, whether that is locally or on a special trip abroad. Whether it is sipping on mulled wine, or shopping for gifts, the music and beauty of Christmas markets is one of our favourite things about the holidays.

Best Christmas Markets in Europe

Here are 10 of the best Christmas markets in Europe. 

Strasbourg, France

Strasbourg Christmas market at night
Photo – Strasbourg Tourism Office

 

Strasbourg Christmas market is the oldest market in France, and considers itself the Christmas capital of the country. ‘Its famous Christmas market, the “Christkindelsmärik” the Alsatian dialect name given to the traditional “Christ Child Market”, is one of the oldest in Europe.’

There are Christmas markets throughout the town including Cathedral square and Place Broglie. There is also a small producers market in Alsace market. Plus, there is an alternative market on Place Grimmeisen where you will find sustainable gifts and products to buy.

Dates: 21st November to 23rd December

Basel, Switzerland

Basel Christmas market at night

The Basel Christmas market is set in the historic town square, which makes for a quaint and charming backdrop for the festivities. ‘The Basel Christmas market on Barfüsserplatz and Münsterplatz is considered to be one of the prettiest and largest in Switzerland.’

Dates: 24th November to 23rd December

Budapest, Hungary

Budapest Christmas market at night
Photo by Krisztian Tabori on Unsplash

Budapest Christmas Market is also known as The Advent Feast of Basilica is the slogan for the beautiful Christmas fair in Budapest. With stunning decorations and light show, and over 100 stalls serving food, drinks, and crafts, all amongst the backdrop of the striking architecture of Budapest.

Dates: 18th November to 1st January

Vienna, Austria

Vienna Christmas market at night
Photo by Austria Tourist Board

Vienna Christmas market is one of many. There are several Christmas markets in Vienna. In fact there are up to 12 Christmas markets in the city in total organised and supported by the Vienna tourism authority. 

Vienna with its striking architecture is the best backdrop for the Christmas market. There is the Viennese Dream market set in front of the beautiful City Hall which has choirs singing Christmas carols at the weekends. The Christmas village at the Belvedere Palace is home to handcrafted goods. Plus so much more. 

Dates: 18th November to 4th January (varies between markets)

Trier, Germany

Trier Christmas market at night
Photo by trierer-weihnachtsmarkt.de

Another beautiful setting for a Christmas market. The Trier Christmas market in Germany is located on the old mediaeval market square. Drink some classic mulled wine made from the local wine grown in the Mosel valley.

Dates: 18th November to 22nd December

Bruges, Belgium

Bruges Christmas Market at night

Bruges Christmas market is a chilled out, smaller, and easier to get around Christmas market. All set against the romantic and beautiful city of Bruges.

Dates: 25th November to 8th January

Prague, Czechia

Prague Christmas market at night
Photo – Prague Tourism Office

The Prague Christmas market is one of the most beautiful in Europe. There you will find ‘local hand-made products, gifts, Christmas decorations, candles and refreshment such as roasted chestnuts, mulled wine, gingerbread, sausages, grilled chicken or dumplings.’

Dates: 26th November to 6th January

Tallinn, Estonia

Tallinn Christmas market
Photo by Hert Niks on Unsplash

Tallinn Christmas market is in a beautiful UNESCO World Heritage city. There are carousels for the kids, and a Santa Claus who gives out candy in his little house. All against a stunning backdrop of a historical city square.

Dates: 25th November to 8th January

 

Metz, France

Metz Christmas Market
Marché de Noël place Saint-Louis à Metz © Philippe Gisselbrecht/Ville de Metz

Often touted as the most beautiful Christmas market in France. The Metz Christmas market is gorgeous. There are lots of activities and things to see – last year there was a Christmas pyramid and Christmas chalets.

Dates: 18th November to 30th December

Zagreb, Croatia

Zagreb Christmas market at night
Photo – Zagreb Tourism Board

The Zagreb Christmas market is also known as Advent in Zagreb, the Christmas market in Zagreb is full of lights and fun. 

Dates: tbc

Which Christmas market in Europe will you visit this year?