Most Authentic Christmas Markets in Europe
Discover the Most Authentic Christmas markets in Europe. The Most Traditional Christmas Markets in Europe with handy craft Christmas Gifts, Mulled Wines and an authentic Christmas Atmosphere, await you.
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1. Riga - Latvia
From 3rd December to 1st January 2024
Riga has been voted as the Most Authentic Christmas Market in Europe!
Be fascinated by the Christmas light trail this year in Riga! See for yourself how these places transform with illuminations when you step into this winter wonderland. Take a walk through Opera Square, Bastejkalns, and Kronvalda park where you will experience and learn about different Latvian fairytales. The music that accompanies these tales and trails will create new memories to never forget.
What’s the most important criteria that makes the difference for Christmas markets? Mulled wine, aromas of cinnamon, ginger, and roasted almonds filling the air are in every city, but special Riga’s atmosphere and vibe is unique and unrepeatable, as well as cities architecture, cultural life, cuisine, and parks.
Where to stay: "Hilton Garden Inn". Stay in the heart of Riga.
Opening dates: From 3rd December 2023 to 7th January 2024.
2. Vienna - Austria
From 11th November to 26th December 2023
Vienna is with no doubt one of the Most Authentic Christmas Markets in Europe and the Best Christmas Market in Austria. One of the most well-known Christmas Markets is the traditional "Vienna Magic of Advent", which turns the City Hall Square into a shining fairytale land.
Christmas gifts, tree decorations, sweets and warming drinks are waiting for you and have fun Christmas workshops for kids. The trees of the surrounding City Hall are festively decorated and radiate in a sea of lights - a Viennese experience, you will definitely not want to miss!
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Opening dates: From 11th November to 26th December 2023.
Where to stay: "Sofitel Vienna" in the very heart of the city.
3. Basel - Switzerland
From 23rd November to 23rd December 2023
The Basel Christmas market is one of the Most Authentic Christmas Markets in Europe.
Basel has a deep-rooted tradition as Switzerland’s most beautiful and largest Christmas city, and is well worth a visit every year. Not only the well-preserved Old Town is radiant in the warm Christmas light, but the shops and the facades of many buildings glitter with a golden glow.
A magnificent Christmas tree stands on Münsterplatz, with ornaments by the well-known decorator Johann Wanner.
Opening dates: 23rd November to 23rd December 2023.
How to get there: Book your flights to Basel Airport.
Where to stay: "Hyperion Hotel Basel", just a short walk from the Old Town; it offers a sauna and a fitness center.
4. Budapest - Hungary
From 19th November 2023 to 2nd January 2024
The city of Budapest is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe at Christmas. Each year, the city invests in the decoration of the most beautiful monuments, the most beautiful arteries but also trams, public places. Budapest is really magic at Christmas and its Christmas Market is for sure one of the Most Traditional Christmas Markets in Europe.
If you are looking for an authentic place where you can still find the spirit of Christmas, forget London and Paris and discover Budapest at Christmas. The magnificent Christmas tree in front of the Hungarian Parliament is a perfect starting point for strolling around Budapest and marveling at the beauty of the decorations and illuminations of the Hungarian capital.
Opening dates: From 19th November 2023 to 2nd January 2024 (Confirmed).
How to get there: Book your flights to Budapest.
Where to stay: "Kempinski Budapest" situated in the real heart of Budapest.
From 22nd November to 31st December 2023
This year visit one of the Most Traditional and Authentic Christmas Markets in Europe.
In the heart of winter, Lille sparkles and glows with joie de vivre! With the wave of a magic wand, the city takes on a festive atmosphere and welcomes you to a winter wonderland!
On Place Rihour, more than 80 chalets teem with gift ideas, nativity figurines, Christmas decorations and festive food. You can find regional specialities here, and you can also find arts and crafts from Poland, and Québec, as well as products from Native America.
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Opening dates: From 22th November to 31st December 2023 (Confirmed).
How to get there: Book your flights to Lille, Charleroi (1h15) or Brussels/Zaventem (1h30 by public transport).
Where to stay: "Moxy Lille City". Situated in the real heart of Lille.
6. Baden-Baden - Germany
From 23rd November 2023 to 6th January 2024.
This winter visit one of the Most Authentic Christmas Markets in Europe. Situated at the start of Baden-Baden’s world-famous green corridor, the Lichtentaler Allee, visitors will encounter small streets of festive stalls, where the romantic atmosphere is heightened by the thousands of shimmering Christmas lights.
The entire experience is capped with a choice program of entertainment, catering for both young and old.
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Opening dates: From 23rd November 2023 to 6th January 2024 (Confirmed).
How to get there: Book your flights to Baden-Baden, Stuttgart (1h15) or Basel (1h30).
Where to stay: "Hotel Alte Laterne". Stay in the heart of Baden-Baden.
7. Mulhouse - France
From 24th November to 23rd December 2023
With exceptional decorations made of a unique fabric in Alsace, festive lighting and many animations, Mulhouse is definitely one of the Most Authentic Christmas Markets in Europe.
The distinctiveness of the Christmas market of Mulhouse comes from its link to its rich industrial textile history. For this 27th edition, the star will be of course this particular fabric.
Connecting authenticity and tradition, this fabric is however constantly renewed with originality and each year, a new and exclusive Christmas fabric dresses the whole city for that time of the year.
Opening dates: From 24th November to 23rd December 2023 (Confirmed).
How to get there: Book your flights to Basel/Mulhouse Airport.
Where to stay: "La Maison Hôtel Mulhouse Centre" located in the city centre of Mulhouse.
8. Dusseldorf - Germany
From 23rd November to 30th December 2023
Once the St Martins parade has made its way through the streets of Düsseldorf in mid-November, the city gears up for Christmas. The traditional Christmas market of Düsseldorf is staged individually at various locations throughout the bustling city centre. Around the Königsallee elaborately designed theme worlds are set to lead visitors on a real discovery tour.
For five weeks, over 200 huts decorated in Christmas splendour transform the city into a winter wonderland for the whole family to enjoy. During your stay visit the Best Castles in Germany, Best Ski Resorts in Germany, Most Beautiful Secret Destinations in Germany and Best Places to Visit in Germany and discover the very Best of Germany.
Opening dates: From 23rd November to 30th December 2023 (Confirmed)
How to get there: Book your flights to Dusseldorf or Cologne (50 min).
Where to stay: "Hotel Sir & Lady Astor". This charming boutique hotel is situated in the real heart of Dusseldorf.
9. Strasbourg - France
From 26th November to 26th December 2023
Strasbourg is the capital of Christmas, often imitated but never equalled. Its Christmas Market is truly one of the Most Authentic Christmas markets in Europe.
Strasbourg is a perfect destination to celebrate Christmas. Come and discover its traditional Christmas market and illuminations. Do not resist the temptation of pastries and treat yourself to a mulled wine in this beautiful city.
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Opening dates: From 26th November to 26th December (Confirmed).
How to get there: Book your flights to Strasbourg or Basel Airport (1h by car).
Where to stay: "Hotel Rohan" 150 m from the Strasbourg Cathedral.
10. Prague - Czech Republic
From 2nd December 2023 to 6th January 2024
Prague Christmas Market is one of the Most Traditional Christmas Markets in Europe. The Christmas markets in Old Town Square in the centre of Prague are the biggest project of its kind in the Czech Republic.
Grown-ups will enjoy the typical mulled wine, and all gourmet, young and old, will enjoy Czech Christmas biscuits, hot roasted chestnuts, gingerbread biscuits or typical Czech grilled sausages and skewered foods.
Opening dates: From 2nd December 2023 to 6th January 2024 (Confirmed).
Where to stay: "Grandior Hotel Prague", located in the ciy centre.
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