It’s that time of year again – time to dig out our festive jumpers, decorate our trees, and watch our favourite Christmas films. So why not make yourself a cup of hot chocolate, sit by the fire, and have a read about some of the best Christmas markets Europe has to offer?
Zagreb, Croatia’s capital, has been voted the best Christmas market two years running. The large advent wreath is where the magic begins, showcasing Christmas in all its glory. There’s also plenty to do, with a live nativity scene and a variety of concerts for you to enjoy whilst sipping your mulled wine. You’ll also find an ice rink and an amazing number of stalls to do last minute gift shopping for your loved ones.
In every corner of Berlin you’ll find a host of Christmas stalls and bars during the festive season. Whether you’re looking for a night by the fire or a massive shopping spree, you’ll be sure to find what you’re looking for in Berlin. And whilst you’re visiting, it’s also worth taking a trip to see some of the historical sites Berlin has to offer, such as the Berlin Wall or the Brandenburg gate.
Based at Hyde Park, Winter Wonderland is an amazing place to experience Christmas. There are daily shows on the ice rink, a world famous ice bar, and a variety of market stalls to pick up festive trinkets. It’s also worth bearing in mind that Oxford Street isn’t too far away so you can finish off any last minute Christmas shopping.
The Strasbourg Christmas Market is the oldest festive market in France, and for this reason alone it’s worth a visit. The market is spread across the town centre, selling an array of gifts and local delicacies throughout the squares and streets. Try out some local festive food, such as pretzels, knacks and bredele – and if you’re a fan of mulled wine, Strasbourg’s is like no other.
The Budapest Christmas market runs for one of the longest periods, from 10 November to 31 December. Here you’ll find the most unique gifts Europe has to offer, and it is located right in the heart of the city centre. Not only this, but the market is open on Christmas Day itself, so you’ll have plenty to do if you’re planning on being away for the big day.
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