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European Christmas Market Destinations

Treat yourself to an early Christmas present, and enjoy a festive break at one of the continent’s most famous yuletide markets. These fabled fairs, full of twinkle and cheer, are brimming with seasonal traditions, and are the perfect place to pick up that unique gift. Carol singing floats across the frosty air, chestnuts roast and fairy lights twinkle: welcome to the most magical Christmas attractions on earth. 

Tallinn

Tallinn

Estonia’s capital is a fairytale city of medieval towers and grand palaces. In the historic centre, the Christmas market is draped in decorations. Don’t miss two of the more traditional Tallinn treats: the marvellous marzipan and the crunchy gingerbread. When the city is lined with snow, follow the footprints into hubbub of its live music venues, before seeking out the creative heart of Telliskivi and the modern architectural splendour of Kumu Art Museum.

Cologne

No fewer than seven christmas markets can be explored in this fitting fairytale city adorning the banks of the River Rhine. Winter evenings are dominated by the dramatic backdrop of Kölner Dom and its iconic twin spires, beneath which the largest christmas tree in the region sits alongside an assortment of inviting wooden pavilions.

Enjoy original christmas infused mulled wine within a festively decorated scene, while a range of local delicacies are seasonal treats can be sampled from further markets such as Neumarkt Christmas Market and Christmas Market on the Rudolfplatz. 


Cologne
Prague

Prague

The biggest christmas market celebration in the Czech Republic is a discerning christmas period destination for travellers wishing to delve into the city at it's culturally attuned best, with locals and tourist coming together under a decorative gastro and traditional feast.

Renowned across the continent, christmas festivities take place across the city from Old Town through to Holešovice Exhibition Grounds. Smaller markets are seemingly scattered around every corner, leading to a truly immersive festive shopping and revelling experience.




Vienna

Mid November sees the christmas festivities already in full swing in the Austrian capital.

Vienna's romantic leanings are amplified during a christmas period where traditional theatrical and musical performance at the heart of the city's culture is at the forefront celebrations taking place in market locations near the City Hall and St. Charles Borromeo church. Piercing aromas of delicious local treats from candy to chestnuts add to this warming location amidst the winter chill.

Families visiting the city during the festive period will delight at the winter wonderland scene created in the Rathausplatz, where a raft of stands selling sweets and warm drinks sit beneath brightly lit treetops.

Vienna
Strasbourg

Strasbourg

The Strasbourg Christmas markets are brimming with nostalgic wonderment, mostly due to the fact they have been a permanent fixture since the city hosted the first iteration of a christmas market back in 1570.

Suitably named the 'capital of Christmas', a warming Alsatian style Christmas ties in with a medieval past influenced by French and German gothic influence. A giant Christmas tree rises 30 metres in the air at the heart of the city as an illuminating festive beacon, with decorations and food and drink available in over 300 stalls spread across various city locations. 

Verona

Regarded as having some of the finest Christmas markets in Italy, Verona plays host to the Nuremberg Christmas market in the city centre each year.

Based on the traditional German-style Christmas markets as the earliest forms of the festive themed gathering, vibrant and brightly lit wooden stalls sell local ware alongside mulled wine and bratwurst for a truly engaging Christmas extravaganza.

Verona

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