Best Christmas Parades in Europe
Discover the most beautiful Christmas Parades in Europe. Authentic Christmas Markets, Magical Christmas Markets, classified among the most Beautiful Christmas Markets in Germany, the United Kingdom, France, Switzerland, Poland, Italy, Austria, await you.
1. Valkenburg - The Netherlands
From 17th November to 30th December 2023
This year discover the Most Beautiful Christmas Parade in Europe. The rumour goes that Santa actually comes from Valkenburg aan de Geul…You see, as days get shorter, Valkenburg – in the ever so enchanting Heuvelland region in de Southern part of the Netherlands – transforms into a cosy and delightful Christmas town.
From 17 November until 30 th December 2023 the small town of Valkenburg, situated on the river Geul in Zuid-Limburg, turns into ‘Kerststad Valkenburg’. In 2023 Valkenburg can call itself European City of Christmas. In Valkenburg – immersed in a magical atmosphere, with a paradise of twinkling lights and beautifully decorated Christmas trees – you see, smell, hear and taste Christmas in everything and there are numerous things to do!
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Opening dates: From 17th November to 30th December (for the Parade).
Where to stay: Hotel Janssen. Guests love their nice breakfast and the helpful staff.
2. Brussels - Belgium
From 24th November to 31st December 2023
Brussels has one of the most beautiful Christmas markets in Europe and for sure the most beautiful Christmas Market in Belgium. At Christmas the whole city is decorated with twinkling lights and welcomes visitors from all over the world.
During your stay do not miss the Brussels Christmas Parade, one of the Most Beautiful Christmas Parades in Europe!
Come celebrate the magic of Christmas in the capital of Belgium. Come admire the famous games of lights, taste the Belgian fabulous chocolates ! We have also selected the best activities in Brussels, as for example a Waffle Making Workshop, a Chocolate Workshop or a guided walking tour.
Opening dates: From 24th November to 31st December (Confirmed).
How to get there: Book your flights to Brussels.
Where to stay: "Hotel des Galeries". In the historical heart of Brussels.
3. Gdansk - Poland
From 23rd November 2023 to 1st January 2024.
It is probably one of the most beautiful Christmas Parade in Europe. A special place has been set up so that lovers can kiss under the mistletoe and hope to live a long lasting love story.
Situated in the historical centre of Gdańsk, the Christmas Fair is like a fairy tale. It captivates both visitors and locals who are most happy to spend their winter time here. The remarkable atmosphere of the Gdańsk Christmas fair is mostly created by the unique and mood-setting scenery.
Opening dates: From 23rd November 2023 to 1st January 2024.
How to get there: Book your flights to Gdansk.
Where to stay: "IBB Hotel Dlugi Targ", perfect for a 3-night stay in the heart of Gdansk.
4. Manchester - UK
From 11th November to 22nd December 2023
The, original, biggest and - arguably - the best Christmas market in the country, Manchester Christmas Markets is one of the Most Beautiful Christmas Markets in Europe. Arriving in the city in 1999, the first Christmas market in the UK has grown every year since, now attracting more than nine millions visitors each year.
Some 300 beautifully crafted stalls offer mouth-watering international food, drinks and finely crafted Yuletide gifts in the heart of the buzzing city centre. Spread across 10 individual sites – each with distinctive own distinctive character – Manchester Christmas Markets has something to offer every festive visitor.
Do not miss to discover its Christmas Parade, voted has one of the most beautiful Christmas Parade in Europe.
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Opening dates: From 11th November to 22nd December 2023 (Confirmed).
How to get there: Book your flights to Manchester.
Where to stay: "Motel One Manchester". Guests can enjoy the on-site bar.
5. Trier - Germany
From 24th November to 22nd December 2023
Now in its 40th year, the Trier Christmas Market will again be one of the loveliest in all of Germany and will offer its visitors one of the Most Beautiful Christmas Parades in Europe. Set on the medieval Main Market and in front of the imposing backdrop of Trier Cathedral, the 95 attractively decorated booths offer a fitting framework for this wonderful event.
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Opening dates: From 24th November to 22nd December 2023 (Confirmed).
How to get there: Book your flights to Luxemburg Airport (30 min) or Frankfurt (2h).
Where to stay: "Limehome Trier Nikolaus". One of our top picks in Trier.
6. Craiova - Romania
From 17th November 2023 to 2nd January 2024
This year visit Craiova Christmas Market, 3 times awarded among the Best Christmas Markets in Europe, and discover one of the best Christmas Parades in Europe.
Craiova is a city of creative and generous people, with amazing old buildings and green spaces, good vibe and fascinating traditions and gastronomy. Craiova which is an all year round destination is simply spectacular at Christmas.
This year, Craiova Christmas Market opens on 17th of November 2023 with The Artist Awards - a spectacular show with the most important Romanian artists and lasts until 2nd January 2024.
For a successful event, Craiova Municipality has distributed the various Christmas events, markets, the ice rink, the concerts, creative workshops, food stands in four different places in the city – Mihai Viteazul Square, Old Center (Piața Frații Buzești), William Shakespeare Square and Doljana Fountain area.
Opening dates: From 17th November 2023 to 2nd January 2024 (Confirmed).
How to get there: Book your flights to Craiova.
" Where to stay: Hotel Splendide 1900". Located in the heart of Craiova.
7. Cologne - Germany
From 23rd November to 23rd December 2023
Advent is the time for Christmas markets, and Cologne is no exception. From 23 November to 23 December 2023, the magic of Christmas will be felt throughout the festively decorated city. The aroma of baked apples, cinnamon biscuits and mulled wine will waft through the alleys, and many differently themed Christmas markets will invite people to stroll, shop and explore. This year discover of the Best Christmas Parades in Europe!
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Opening dates: From 23rd November to 23rd December 2023 (Confirmed).
How to get there: Book your flights to Cologne.
Where to stay: "Excelsior Hotel Ernst am Dom" located directly opposite Cologne Cathedral.
8. Glasgow - Scotland
From 18th November 2023 to 3rd January 2024.
Glasgow is the perfect place to visit this Christmas - stylish shopping, superb eating and drinking and a jam-packed events programme against a city centre backdrop of glittering festive lights. It is also popular for its amazing Christmas Parade.
The much-loved Glasgow Christmas Markets encompass a variety of colourful stalls, offering a selection of gifts, artisan products and global cuisine set in a festive village of rustic cabins and stalls. Whether you're shopping for a special gift or looking for a bite to eat, Glasgow’s Christmas markets will be sure to please!
Opening dates: From 18th November 2023 to 3rd January 2024 (Confirmed).
How to get there: Book your flights to Glasgow.
Where to stay: "Apex City of Glasgow Hotel". Situated in the real heart of Glasgow.
9. Montbeliard - France
From 25th November to 24th December 2023
Montbéliard offfers its visitors one of the Most Beautiful Christmas Parades in Europe! Located in Franche-Comté (Eastern France), the town of Montbéliard – well known for its hospitality- turns into a pure enchantment few weeks before Christmas.
During the time of Advent, Montbéliard revives the tradition of Württemberg and organizes a Christmas market like no other with 160 lovely stalls full of authentic and high quality items. Taking a stroll down the illuminated streets, the visitors may taste the delicious gastronomic products from Montbéliard and France, marvel at the variety of art and crafts, dance to the music and the sound of choral songs.
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Opening dates: From 25th November to 24th December 2023 (Confirmed).
How to get there: Book your flights to Montbéliard or Basel/Mulhouse (1h by car, 2h by public transport).
Where to stay: "Ibis Styles Montbéliard". Perfect for a 2-night stay!
10. Dubrovnik - Croatia
From 26th November 2023 to 6th January 2024
Visit Dubrovnik Christmas Market, it has one of the Best Christmas Parades in Europe and it is one of the Best Christmas Markets in Croatia with Zagreb Christmas Market. The uniqueness of Dubrovnik is visible in the month of giving when yhe city organizes a Christmas Fair.
There will be Christmas cookies and sweets, roasted candied almonds, candied orange peels ˝arancini˝, traditional Dubrovnik sweets like the quince cheese ˝kontonjata˝, and other delicacies that are prepared for this festive time.
Opening dates: From 26th November 2023 to 6th January 2024 (Confirmed).
Where to stay: "Boutique Hotel Stari Grad". The Christmas Market is 100m away.
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