Best Christmas Markets in Europe
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Beautiful Christmas lights, a gigantic Christmas tree, local and tasty food, mulled wine and gingerbread, a beautiful ice rink, original and handmade Christmas gifts, Christmas concerts, here are the ingredients for your next Christmas holiday, in family, with friends, alone or with your loved one.
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The Advent Basilica, the most beautiful Christmas fair in Europe, will open on November 20.
In love, and safety - with this slogan, the Advent Basilica, Budapest's uniquely beautiful Christmas fair, opens its doors. Last year, in the online voting of the European Best Destinations, the series of events chosen as the most beautiful Christmas market in Europe awaits its visitors from November 20 until the first day of the new year in front of St. Stephen's Basilica in one of the most impressive squares of the Hungarian capital.
True to the tradition of this year's 10-year-old Advent Basilica, it promises an unparalleled festive atmosphere, quality pastimes, a special gastronomic offer and a more colorful program than ever before - all with safety measures that allow for cloudless celebrations during a coronavirus epidemic.
More than 100 artisan and gastronomic vendor offers its portico, the latter in addition to the popular fair food, as well as many delicacies available only here. The spectacularly decorated atmosphere of the fair itself is completed by the highly successful lightshow projected on the Basilica in recent years. The organizers will once again set up the interactive self-point, which debuted with great success last year. Entrepreneurial shoppers can conjure a unique pattern on the facade of the Basilica to then take a photo and post the work they have created themselves.
In addition to a number of family and children's programs, a free ice rink with skates can be set up for children from 20 November.
Organizers place great emphasis on coronavirus epidemic prevention. Mandatory use for hand sanitizers and masks which willbe available at several exhibitors, disposable socks for rink users, a thermal camera to monitor the fair as a whole, and qualified medical staff and a covid tent are planned for a safe stay.
Opening dates: From 20 November 2020 to 1st January 2021.
Where to stay: Kempinski Hotel Corvinus situated close to Saint Stephen’s Basilica. Probably the best hotel in Budapest.
For smaller budgets Meininger Budapest Great Market Hall is one of our top picks in Budapest.
Vienna is every year on your podium of the best Christmas markets in Europe. 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!
It is probably the most romantic Christmas market 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.
Winter Wonders is your favourite Christmas market in Belgium followed by Ghent, Antwerpen, Bruges and Liege. With its 2.5 million visitors, Winter Wonders is the unmissable end-of-year event in Brussels which, for the occasion, dons its festive costume and pulls out all the stops on the menu.
The great classics are all awaiting you: magnificent sound and light at the Grand-Place, the majestic tree, the life-sized manger, the skating rink, the magical lights, the various exhibitions which dot the event…and the Christmas markets, bursting with treasures, which will delight the eyes of the curious and the tastebuds of gourmets.
Did you know that the Grand Place Christmas tree was ranked among the most beautiful Christmas trees in Europe?
Montbéliard is the most beautiful Christmas market in France. World famous for the beauty of its illuminations, this Christmas market is traditional and authentic. Located in Franche-Comté (Eastern France), the town of Montbéliard – well known for its hospitality- turns into a pure enchantment a few weeks before Christmas.
During the time of Advent, Montbéliard revives the tradition of Württemberg and organizes a Christmas market like no other with 170 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.
Basel has a deep-rooted tradition as Switzerland’s most beautiful and largest Christmas market, 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.
Roughly a hundred tall pine trees border the streets and stand like brightly lit sentinels pointing the way for the visitor. Particularly recommended is the Christmas market, which is being held not only on Barfüsserplatz, but also on Münsterplatz – one of the most beautiful squares in Basel.
The Basel Christmas market can be found on Barfüsserplatz and Münsterplatz, right in the centre of the city and at the heart of the festively decorated Old Town. A magnificent Christmas tree stands on the Münsterplatz, with ornaments by the well-known decorator Johann Wanner.
Get into the spirit of the festive season and enjoy the warmest of welcomes as you visit the Christmas markets on the city’s six main squares. Find hand-crafted gifts in the Christmas pyramid and taste the finest gingerbread around.
Take a turn around the open-air ice-rink, then warm up cold hands around a mulled wine or hot chocolate.
Let the illuminations chase away the dark winter days, and enjoy traditional treats like the merry-go-round, a walk through the magical "Sentiers des lanternes" or take the chance to stock up on gastronomic Christmas essentials at the city market hall.
Next to the Cathedral, the big wheel adds to the leisure activities for young and old alike. The boutiques and shops are also open on the 4 Sundays before Christmas, so you can enjoy the sights, smells and tastes right up to the last minute on city breaks.
Opening dates: From 20th November to 30th December 2020.
Where to stay: "Hôtel La Citadelle MGallery by Sofitel" set in the heart of Metz. The perfect location to discover the town centre and its many attractions.
Cluj-Napoca Christmas market is the best in Romania. Every year you also classify it among your favourite Christmas markets in Europe.
What best describes the Cluj-Napoca Christmas Fair? It is the celebration of the whole family - FAMILION in Romanian, made up of children, parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, friends that are like family, family pets and so on. It’s a really friendly time and place to be in. As you enter the gates of the Fair, a world of fairy tale opens up ahead of you, in a beautiful setting guarded by the majestic church of Saint Michael.
The little white houses that charm your eyes with their clean lines host the most amazing selection of seasonal vendors. The sparkling ice of the skating rink invites you for a ride around the statue of Matia Corvin. Every evening, caroling and seasonal music concerts draw you towards the main stage for a good dose of Christmas spirit.
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! Underground, you can visit the unique Christmas markets in the Gemeentegrot (Municipal Cave) and Fluweelengrot (Velvet Cave).
In Winter Wonderland, at the Wilhelminagrot (Wilhelmina Cave), you can be amazed by beautiful sand sculptures by artists from all over the world. Be sure to be back above ground in time to watch the fascinating Christmas Parade with its illuminated floats and beautifully costumed dancers and enjoy a stroll through Santa’s village. Having an appetite? The culinary walking tour ‘Route d’Amuse’ takes you to the best restaurants of Valkenburg.
Although Novi Sad was competing for the first time you already ranked it as one of the best Christmas market in Europe and the best in Serbia. Winterfest in Novi Sad, the second largest city in Serbia and the capital of the Province of Vojvodina, is the first and oldest Christmas Market in the country.
The biggest attraction is the big Singing Christmas Tree, where children and adult choirs from all over Vojvodina perform every day. The province is multicultural, therefore the choirs sing in 10 different languages (Serbian, Hungarian, Slovakian, Ruthenian, Croatian, Ladin, Yiddish, English, German and Russian).
Around 50 wooden chalets are set up in the historic centre of Novi Sad - Liberty Square. There is also the hay bales play area where city kids eager for natural materials can play carefree. After 30 years, organizers of the Winterfest have brought “fijakers” and horse-drawn carriages back to the streets of Novi Sad.
Now in its 40th year, the Trier Christmas market will again be one of the loveliest in all of Germany. 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.
For the first time, the program for the entire family changes almost daily – from historical puppet theatre to star tenor and songsmiths. The Trier Christmas Market is often described by travel organizers as “romantic with wonderful ambience.” Germany’s only Mulled Wine Queen Sarah Schmitt is looking forward to the international guests in Trier. A large selection with delicious specialties such as the “Original Moselle Vintner Mulled Wine” and festive arts and crafts attracts visitors from all over the world.
The Prague Christmas Market is the best Christmas market in the Czech Republic and one of the most beautiful in Europe.
In the heart of the city is a traditional Czech marketplace, where, in dozens of wooden stalls, merchants offer typical Christmas goods and accessories such as traditional Czech blown glass balls, products made of pearls or straw glass, hand-embroidered tablecloths, wooden toys, biscuit cutters and many other things.
Both little and grown-up gourmets will enjoy a taste of typical mulled wine, Czech Christmas cookies, hot roasted chestnuts, gingerbread cookies or typical Czech grilled sausages and skewered food.
Govone can proudly bear the title of the most beautiful Christmas market in Italy. This event, created by enthusiasts, is the most important Christmas event in Italy
"Magico Paese di Natale” takes place in the little village of Govone, on the hills of Langhe-Roero, the wine region in Piedmont – Unesco World Heritage Site. In winter time, the entire village of Govone turns into the magic kingdom of Santa Claus, with a lot of cultural and gastronomic attractions.
There is the wonderful Christmas market, with artisans selected all over Italy. There is a Street Food area and a Magic Kingdom Wine shop, where visitors can find all the traditional local delicacy. But the unique experience is obviously the amazing musical show of Santa Claus, hosted every day in the scenographic Savoy royal castle of Govone.
Winchester Cathedral’s Christmas Market is one of the best in Europe, renowned for its bustling atmosphere and stunning location in the shadow of Winchester Cathedral. Inspired by traditional German Christmas Markets, you’ll be captivated by the sights, sounds and smells of the Christmas Market, with tempting seasonal treats and delightful Christmas gifts.
Discover 112 chalets filled with high quality exhibitors, hand-picked for their unique and exclusive products. At the heart of the Christmas Market you'll find a spectacular covered ice rink, the perfect winter playground!
Amiens Christmas Market is the most beautiful and largest Christmas market in Northern France.
Visitors, young and old, have been visiting the Amiens Christmas Market since 1997. With its 130 chalets that stretch for over 2 km, it has a great choice of gifts; craftsmen from France and all over the world offer a variety of handmade gifts, Christmas decorations and delicious delicacies.
Every Christmas decoration in shops is handmade with natural products, vegetables and flowers. All of them are created in the spirit of Christmas.
Once a year, the medieval town of Rothenburg ob der Tauber turns into a fairytale winter wonderland. Ever since the 15th century, the festive time prior to Christmas has been accompanied by a delightful Christmas market.
Everything your heart desires can be found at this charming market, may it be the traditional Christmas pastries or the mulled wine. Gadgets and treasures as well as lovingly crafted Christmas decoration can be found in a variety of booths and are sure to serve as a token of appreciation for loved ones at home as well as a welcomed reminder of your time spent in Rothenburg.
Several Christmas markets in Cologne have plenty to offer, from selected gifts and individually crafted artisan handicraft to culinary specialities.
Cologne’s Christmas markets attract millions of visitors from all over the world every year. You too can savour the unique atmosphere of this metropolis on the Rhine at this special time of year. You’re sure to be enchanted!
Leipzig Christmas market dates all the way back to 1458. Its six areas are set in chime with the fascinating historical scenery of the Leipzig city centre. With more than 250 twinkling stalls embedded harmoniously in the historic centre, Leipzig Christmas market is not only one of the oldest but also one of the largest Christmas markets in Germany. Visitors are offered a multitude of festive delights: indulge in numerous culinary delights or explore the city’s traditional medieval market.
Traditionally, the main area of the Christmas market is Marktplatz (market square) where visitors can marvel at a Saxon spruce Christmas tree as high as twenty metres, and enjoy a wide variety of performances at the market square stage. On Augustusplatz square a 38-metre-high ferris wheel offers seasonal views from a lofty height.
After an autumn packed with cultural events and great gastronomy comes the most romantic period of the city. The cold weather or snow do not stop the locals and the visitors from filling the streets and squares which turn into ice rinks, beautiful decorated alleys and traditional Christmas markets. The magical atmosphere is crowned with delicious smell of local goodies.
The folk songs and dances are introduced on the stages of Christmas market throughout November and December. Winter in Bratislava is musical with its great concerts, opera and ballet performances in the Slovak national theatre. Experience the pleasures of ice skating on the city centre squares.
Regularly voted amongst the most popular events in the UK, the 18-day Christmas shopping extravaganza is the biggest Christmas Shopping event in the South West and consists of more than 170 beautifully decorated wooden chalets in the heart of Bath’s World Heritage Site.
This year there will be lots of new and exciting stallholders from across the South West. In keeping with Bath Christmas Market’s tradition of being distinctively British, each chalet will be selling a variety of high-quality artisan products.
Over 70% of stallholders are businesses from Bath and the surrounding region, and 60% of goods available at the market are handmade in the UK. Products include handmade Christmas decorations, personalised gifts, hand-made toys, festive food and drink, local artwork and designer jewellery to name but a few.
Advent in Zagreb
European Best Christmas Market 2016-2018
Hundreds of thousands of you voted for Zagreb and made it the best Christmas destination of Europe in 2016, 2017 and 2018! In accordance with our regulations Zagreb was out of competition this year. The capital of Croatia is however more beautiful than ever and will welcome travellers around many events, several Christmas markets, a skating rink and many chalets.
Don't wait for Santa sitting by your fireplace, find him in the city! Make sure you polish your boots before you go because we have in store for you a number of pleasant surprises, including the musical program which will make you want to dance all night long!
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