Best Christmas markets in Europe this year
Updated: Jan 15
For a lot of people, December is the best time of the year because of Christmas and New Year. And what they like more is the magic atmosphere that Christmas markets can give wherever they are. It really seems like a fairy tale with food stalls, wooden markets and a festive mood that is loved by everybody.
“I Need Tours” is happy to introduce you a list of some of the best Christmas Markets you shouldn’t miss this end of year.
This city is housing more than 70 Christmas markets, attracting a lot of tourists. The biggest one is in the old town of Spandau. For a more central option, check out the stalls in Gendarmenmarkt for the classic German Christmas market experience. Try to visit Alexanderplatz too, where there’s a medieval market with fabulous views.
2- Copenhagen, Denmark
The wonderfully over-the-top Tivoli Gardens gets even more delightfully kitsch when the Christmas market takes over. As well as checking out the food and gift stalls, you can have a whirl on the ice skating rink. And if you happen to be in Copenhagen on 13 December, you can catch the Santa Lucia floating parade of kayaks on the canals.
3- Vienna, Austria
Elegant Vienna gets a glittering makeover as 14 markets pop up around the city. If you want a full-on traditional Christmas, stroll around the market in front of the Schönnbrunn Palace and the Christmas Village taking over Maria-Theresien-Platz. Join the ice skaters on the rink at Vienna Christmas World in Rathausplatz after you’ve sampled all the Austrian culinary treats.
4- Bruges, Belgium
Bruges too is a special city to go for Christmas. The artificial ice rink let you and your familiars enjoy skating. Back in the Markt, you’ll still find craft and food stalls, with more pop-up bars and stalls around the corner in Simon Stevinplein.
Croatia’s capital goes into a six-week festive frenzy, when at least a dozen Christmas markets take over Zagreb. They’re everywhere – in parks, along hilltop paths, in tunnels, in squares and pedestrianised streets. Not surprisingly for Croatia, you’ll find many more food stalls than gifts.
France’s oldest and biggest Christmas market turns this exquisitely pretty city into something quite extraordinary. Once you’ve marvelled at the Christmassy scene in front of the towering cathedral, browse the 100 or so stalls in Place Broglie before tasting Alsatian delicacies in the market in Place du Marché-aux-Poissons.
The citizens of Budapest like to kick off the Christmas season very early, where food and gift stalls pop up in Vorosmarty Square as early as 8 November. The square in front of St Stephen’s Basilica also joins in the fun, with ice-skating and more luscious Hungarian food and trinket stalls, along with smaller markets in Deak Square and Fovam Square. Just follow the scent of cinnamon cake with mulled wine.