Ready for Christmas? You will be once you visit a traditional holiday market in Europe. The good news is you can find one almost anywhere but here are a few suggestions (based on tips from friends and bloggers). We’re told the shopping is fun but the food is fabulous! Most markets open late November through New Year’s Day.
7 Good Christmas Markets in Europe
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Edinburgh, Scotland: Plenty of food and shopping but you can also enjoy a breathtaking view of the city from the top of the Big Wheel. Stick around ’til New Year’s for the traditional Hogmanay street party, then on Jan. 1 watch some brave souls take a freezing dip in the Firth of Forth during the annual Loony Dook. Learn more here.
Munich, Germany: The city’s Christmas markets date back to the 14th century with row upon row of hand-crafted gifts and toys including one devoted to entirely to mangers. Then try some gingerbread, hot mulled wine and of course, the fine German sausages. Lots of kid-friendly fun, too, like cookie-baking workshops.
Prague, Czech Republic: Dubbed the “most charming” Christmas market in Europe, it features thousands of tree ornaments and other decorative items plus all kinds of gifts from clothing to hand-crafts. When you need a break, refreshments range from ancient to modern; try some hot mead and sugar-coated roasted nuts but do not miss the bratwurst. When you’re tired of shopping, watch a display of sword-making or listen to carol singing amidst the lights in Wenceslas Square. Learn more here.
If you’ve found the perfect Christmas market in Europe – or anywhere else in the world – we’d love to hear about it.