Christmas Markets

Visit the best Christmas markets in Europe. Find dates, specialties and things to do while on your Christmas holiday break
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Strasbourg Christmas Market 2021
Strasbourg Christmas Market is known as Christkindelsmärik in the local Alsatian dialect. It is one of the most popular Christmas markets in Europe thanks to its fairytale location and world-famous mulled wine. It’s also the oldest Christmas market in France. In Strasbourg old town, you’ll find pretty canals lined with half-timbered houses, grand squares and cobblestone streets where events and markets are held.
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Zurich Christmas Market
Zurich is the largest city in Switzerland and one of the most popular with visitors. You’ll experience a wonderful combination of urban and nature while in Zurich. The city has a gorgeous historic old town that sits on the shores of Lake Zurich while surrounded by snow-capped mountains. Zurich Christmas Market is one of the highlights of a city break in Zurich in winter.
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Basel Christmas Market
Basel is Switzerland’s cultural and Christmas capital. Basel Christmas Market takes place across two main squares in the Old Town but the rest of the city is also decorated with Christmas decorations and pretty lights. Basel is a wonderful destination for a short winter break with the highlight being the incredible Swiss specialties.
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Colmar Christmas Market
One of the truly magical winter destinations in Europe, Colmar Christmas Market takes over this historic old town from late November until late December. Fairy lights cover many of the street trees, the famous half-timbered buildings are festively decorated and almost every square is lined with Christmas stalls and wooden chalets.
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Tallinn Christmas Market
Although Tallinn’s first Christmas tree was erected in 1441, Tallinn Christmas Market is a modern festival that has taken place since 1997. It is held in the centre of Tallinn’s Medieval old town at the Town Hall Square, known as Raekoja plats in Estonian. It’s a beautiful, historic square that is surrounded by narrow cobblestone streets filled with wonderful small cafes, restaurants, bars and boutique stores.
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Dublin Christmas Market 2021
Dublin city centre is buzzing with locals and visitors eating, drinking and shopping in the lead up to Christmas and New Year’s. There is a lot going on and Dublin Christmas Market is one of the most popular events in December and it is known locally as Mistletown Christmas Festival.
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Budapest Christmas Market
Budapest has one of the best Christmas markets in Europe leading the city to be a popular winter break destination. Most visitors tend to stay 3 or 4 days but there are more than enough things to do to keep you occupied on a longer visit. The main Budapest Christmas Market and Fair is open from November and past Christmas Day until New Year’s Day.
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Amsterdam Christmas Market 2021
You might be surprised to learn that Amsterdam is one of the most festive cities in Europe. The Amsterdam Christmas Market isn’t just one market but there are actually more than 12 Christmas markets in Amsterdam and the surrounding region. This guide will help you plan your Christmas break in Amsterdam with details on where to go, dates, locations and local specialties to look out for.
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Funky Xmas Market
Amsterdam has a number of very popular Christmas markets but unfortunately, some of them have been cancelled in 2021. Funky Xmas Market, however, is going ahead and will run on one Sunday in December 2021. Details of dates and locations are below as well as what’s on during this special funky Christmas event.
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Hotels near Brussels Christmas Market
The main tourist sights and attractions in Brussels are spread over a number of different neighbourhood quarters. You’ll most likely want to use the Metro to visit the different areas but if you want to be in the very centre near Grand Place, then we can recommend a number of hotels near Brussels Christmas Market. This is a convenient location allowing you to walk to many popular places but also making it easy to hop on the Metro at the Bourse or Brussels Central when you need to.
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Brussels Christmas Market 2021
Brussels is home to great museums, concert venues and incredible art nouveau architecture. Many people visit Brussels purely for the food, whether that means eating out in top restaurants, enjoying street food like Belgian frites or treating yourself to the best chocolate in the world. Brussels is also home to one of the most beautiful squares in the world, the Grand-Place and this is the location of Brussels Christmas Market, a wonderful winter event that takes place in November and December.
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Ghent Christmas Market
When you think of Flemish cities in Belgium with beautiful architecture, picturesque canals and delicious food, you’ll more than likely think of Bruges. But what you might not know is this also perfectly describes Ghent, another of Belgium’s wonderful, historic cities and one you might like to visit this winter. There are many things to like about the city and the Ghent Christmas Market is just one of them.
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Bruges Christmas Market
Bruges has a reputation as one of the most beautiful small cities in Europe and is a hugely popular destination in Belgium. only second to the capital Brussels. It’s a wonderful historic city with incredible Hanseatic architecture, the famous Rozenhoedkaai, Market Square and of course the canals. Bruges (Brugge) is a fun city break at any time of the year but is particularly enchanting during winter. From late November you can visit Bruges Christmas Market as part of the Winter Glow Festival.
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Vienna Christmas Market 2021
Vienna is one of the most beautiful Christmas destinations in all of Europe. The historic architecture, wonderful museums, pedestrianised streets, all look stunning under Christmas lights and occasional snow. The main Vienna Christmas Market is held in front of the Town Hall, a stunning backdrop to one of the oldest Advent events in Europe. But there are many other festive Christmas markets in Vienna and in this guide, we list the best.
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Best Christmas Markets UK 2021
Almost every city in the UK has a Christmas market or Winter Wonderland type festive event. The Christmas markets are ideal places to meet with friends and family to connect over a mug of mulled wine or hot chocolate. While there are common themes to every Christmas market, each has a unique atmosphere that offers a different experience. Although it’s completely subjective, we have created a guide to what we believe to be the best Christmas markets in the UK.