Best Christmas Markets in Europe
Discover your selection of the Best Christmas markets in Europe (ranking based on +374,000 votes of worldwide travellers).
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It is for the third time elected Best Christmas Market in Europe! The Advent Basilica, winner of the Best Christmas Market in Europe award 2020-2021-2022, is without doubt one of the most beautiful Christmas fairs in Europe.
Where love takes your hand - with this slogan, the Advent Basilica, Budapest's uniquely beautiful Christmas fair, opens its doors again. From 18th November to 1st January 2023, until the first day of the new year, in front of St. Stephen's Basilica in one of the most impressive, beautiful and breathtaking squares of the Hungarian capital.
True to the tradition of this year's 12-year-old Advent Basilica, it promises a unique festive atmosphere around 120 domestic craft exhibitors, real gastronomic adventures, heart-warming programs with so much more surprises. The real, authentic Christmas spirit will move again into the heart of Budapest into the St. Stephen square!
As Christmas is the holiday of love and caring, organizers felt needed to include several charity organizations into their program, thus living up to their motto and to Christian values by helping the less fortunate and those in need.
Opening dates: From 18th November 2022 to 1st January 2023
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.
The Gdańsk Christmas Fair is considered to be one of the most beautiful in Poland. You elected it on the podium of the best Christmas markets in Europe, making it the most voted Polish Christmas market since the creation of this competition in 2009.
The amazing ambience of the Christmas Fair is mostly created by its unique and mood-setting scenery. The Three Wise Men, angels and saints look at you from Angel Mill, high above. You can ride a horse or take a spin on a fabulous Venetian carousel or find a moment of solace at the Holy Family Shrine.
During the Fair, the streets of the historic heart of Gdańsk turn into a Christmas town. Yuletide decorations, stalls with remarkable products and an extensive artistic program ensure that everyone finds something for themselves here.
The Fair feature 120 stalls with unique gifts, decorations and treats. There is regional products based on carefully preserved family recipes: unique handicrafts, home decorations, natural cosmetics, warm winter accessories and spices to keep you warm.
Book your flights, accommodation and tours and activities at the best prices in Gdansk such as a "Gdansk: City Sights and History Guided Walking Tour."
This is the first year that a Romanian Christmas market has joined the podium of your best Christmas markets in Europe. With an exceptional cultural program, entertainment for young and old, an ice rink, amazing Christmas cottages and among the most beautiful Christmas lights in Europe, Craiova offers the best of Christmas in a family atmosphere.
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. They are linked together by magical illuminations (over a million led bulbs) making Craiova not only one of the best Christmas Market in Europe but also the best Christmas Lights Destination in Romania.
What is amazing in Craiova are the Christmas cottages, magical painted and original carved with different characters from fairy tales by the most talented artists from Romania. The city creativity and audacity of the whole concept of Christmas Market transforms Craiova into a unique and amazing Christmas destination for everyone.
Book your flights and your accommodation at the best prices in Craiova and discover one of the most beautiful Christmas destinations this winter. Let yourself be carried away by the fairy-tale atmosphere of Craiova at Christmas time.
Usually, from mid-November to Christmas, Vienna’s prettiest squares transform into magical Christmas markets. The aroma of Christmas bakery items and hot punch creates a pre-Christmas atmosphere.
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 awaiting you as well as a carousel and craft fun Christmas Workshops for kids. The trees of the surrounding City Hall park are festively decorated and radiate in a sea of lights - a Viennese experience, you'll definitely don't want to miss!
Another hot spot before Christmas is the cultural and Christmas market in front of Schönbrunn Palace. It offers sheer romance in front of an imperial backdrop, and is converted into a New Year's market after Christmas. The atmospheric market offers traditional handicrafts, hand-made Christmas decorations, Christmas concerts and an extensive children's program, including Christmas workshop..
Montbéliard is in the top 5 of the Best Christmas Market in Europe and on the first position of 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 140 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.
It is the Best Christmas market in Germany and in your top 5 of the Best Christmas markets in Europe!
When fragrant mulled wine warms your hands, the smell of freshly roasted almonds fills the air and a festive glow hangs over the entire Essen city center, it can only mean one thing: The Essen International Christmas Market has started again. From November 12 to December 23, look forward to one of the largest and most beautiful markets in the country, which will make your pre-Christmas season that much more beautiful and magical.
The Christmas market stretches all over the city center, and you only have to walk a few steps to get from square to square. The centerpiece is Kennedyplatz. Here you can stroll relaxed along the stalls under a twinkling net of lights and be inspired by the variety of goods. As the name promises, the traders come from around 190 countries all over the world.
Unlike many other Christmas markets in Germany, the organizers in Essen still attach great importance to the fact that you will receive gifts and beautiful things and not just consumables at the majority of the festively decorated stands.
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 18 November 2022 until 8th January 2023 the small town of Valkenburg, situated on the river Geul in Zuid-Limburg, turns into ‘Kerststad Valkenburg’. In 2022 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!
Incredible throughout the year, Madeira and Porto Santo are simply magical for the end of the year celebrations. Imagine two islands of rare beauty adorned with a thousand lights to celebrate Christmas and the New Year.
The traditions of this island, the climate, the local gastronomy and the main events of this festivity, will surely surprise you. Madeira, a Portuguese island, celebrates to the fullest the arrival of Christmas season, with a traditional Christmas market, held in Avenida Arriaga central walkways, at the heart of its main capital – Funchal.
Discover the variety of products in display, exotic flowers and other traditional souvenirs, while experiencing and tasting some of the typical delicacies and drinks of this season, while enjoying the merriment and a very welcoming ambience. Partake in the glee of this season festivities, enjoy the daily activities and entertainment shows, such as Christmas Carols and performances by folklore groups.
In the mist of this charming ambiance pay a visit to the Blandy’s Wine Lodges, taste and discover the history behind the iconic and awarded Madeira Wine.
Funchal Municipal Garden, grants you the chance to admire Christmas decorations, a venue that invites toddlers to discover hideaways, while playing and having fun in this Christmas setting.
9. Govone & Asti
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.
Book your flights to Turin (1h15) as well as your accommodation in Govone for an unforgetable Christmas in Italy. Select the "free cancellation" option and plan your next winter vacation without obligation.
The fair gathering antiques, artworks and collectibles is coming back to Madrid once again this year with more than 12,000 items. Collectors will find thousands of reasons to visit Madrid Christmas Market: vintage pieces from the 1960s to the 1980s, archaeological pieces, paintings and miscellanea.
Also, you’ll find pieces of furniture from different styles and periods, such as tables, chairs, stools, trunks, mirrors, home bars, lamps, desks, etc.
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.
Capital of Europe, Brussels has also for several years been one of the Christmas capitals with Strasbourg, Budapest and Vienna. The teams in charge of this event set the bar higher every year to offer you moments of pure magic. The great classics are all awaiting you: magnificent Sound and Light shows at the Grand-Place, a majestic tree, a life-sized manger, a skating rink, magical lights and many exhibitions which dot the event and, of course, amazing Christmas markets bursting with treasures which will delight the curious and titillate the gourmets’ taste buds.
Now in its 43rd 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.
Select the "free cancellation" option and pre-book your Christmas holidays in Trier at the best price.
World-renowned Edinburgh's Christmas celebrations will spread the festive cheer across the Scottish capital between 25th November 2022 and 3rd January 2023. From mulled Irn Bru to vegan pigs in blankets, from Harry Potter-themed gifts to local handmade produce, the stunning Christmas Market in East Princes Street Gardens will offer treats for all! Santa Land will return to East Princes Street Gardens with rides for people of all ages to enjoy, whilst Santa’s Grotto once again will take residence on Castle Street.
Already awarded the title of the most beautiful Christmas market in Europe 3 years ago, Tallinn has become a must-see destination at Christmas. The Tallinn Christmas Market delights everyone with its coziness, historical location, centuries-old buildings and long traditions.
Every year, more than half a million people from close by and far away come looking for magic at the Tallinn Christmas Market. Children will love the carousels and Santa Claus who distributes candy in his little house to those who are better at reciting verses. You will be spoilt for choice: high-quality handicraft, practical winter accessories and all sorts of nick-nacks too; and your tummy will enjoy gingerbread and hearty Christmas roasts.
The Christmas markets in Old Town Square in the centre of Prague are the biggest project of its kind in the Czech Republic. Set in the very heart of the city is a traditional Czech marketplace, where, in dozens of wooden stalls, merchants offer typical Christmas goods such as traditional Czech blown glass balls, products made of glass pearls or straw, hand-embroidered tablecloths, wooden toys, biscuit cutters and many other things.
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.
Glittering lights, twinkling stars, beaming children’s faces, mulled wine, the scent of gingerbread, and Christmas carols – Dresden’s Striezelmarkt boasts a unique character, despite being in its 587th year. Regional specialities, such as Ore Mountain wood crafts, Lusatian blue-printed fabrics and Moravian stars, are particularly popular. And a piece of Original Dresdner Christstollen fruit loaf in the light of the step pyramid from the Erzgebirge (Ore Mountains) is of course another must.
Everyone who loves the typical Dresdner Stollen, the 26th Dresden Stollenfest on the 8th of December 2021 is exactly the right place to go. A big festival dedicated to the unique Dresden baking tradition, with historic pageant and giant Stollen, weighing several tonnes. The Stollen is cut up at the Striezelmarkt and sold for a good cause. The festival will also feature the “Dresdner Stollenmädchen”, the brand ambassador for Dresdner Christstollen and patron of the festival
For your next winter holiday, explore one of the UK's largest and most beautiful Christmas markets. The most original, biggest and - arguably - the best Christmas markets in the country, Manchester Christmas Markets are an ideal destination for a festive outing.
Arriving in the city in 1999, the first Christmas market in the UK has grown every year since, now attracting more than nine million visitors each year. Some 300 beautifully crafted stalls located across the city, 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 its own distinctive character, the Manchester Christmas Markets have something to offer every festive visitor.
Book your flights to Manchester as well as your accommodation and tours and activities, such as a Manchester food tour with a local guide. Select the "free cancellation" option and pre-book your accommodation without obligation now.
The romantic city of Bruges has one of the most beautiful Christmas Markets in Europe and you are guaranteed to fall under its spell during your stay. From the end of November, the historic city centre of Bruges will be transformed into a giant Christmas market.
In addition to a wonderful atmosphere and plenty of seasonal jollity, you will also be able to find that unusual last-minute present for someone special.
The Bruges Christmas and winter market will be located on the Markt and Simon Stevinplein, in the cosy city center. There will be a good range of stalls offering all kinds of scrumptious local food and drinks. Home-made hot chocolate, ice-cold jenever, spiced glühwein... along with Belgian beers, cheeses and hearty dishes. There will be something for everyone.
Select the "free cancellation" option and pre-book your accommodation at the best price, without obligation.
The smell of “white” mulled wine and roasted almonds, the illumination by thousands of fairy lights and the festive music provided by local brass bands…
Once a year, the medieval town of Rothenburg ob der Tauber transforms itself into a fairytale winter wonderland. Ever since the 15th century, the festive time prior to Christmas has been accompanied by a delightful Christmas Market. Looking back on over 500 years of tradition little has changed over the years and the historical customs have been closely followed.
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.
Book your flights to Nuremberg (1h) Frankfurt (1h30) or Munich (2h), book your accommodation in Rothenburg as well as your activities and tours in Rothenburg as a "Day Trip Romantic Tour to Rothenburg from Frankfurt".
The Christmas Market on Cathedral Square is truly a romantic market with a long history. Its origins go back to 1491, making it the oldest market in Salzburg.
Spending the Advent season in Mozart's city is like walking into a fairy-tale. The Fortress sits high above the city and the Cathedral serves as a magnificent backdrop for the sales booths while the tempting fragrance of bake apples, incense and cotton candy wafts through the air.
With over 90 events, the Salzburg Christmas Market offers visitors a varied social and cultural programme. These include an exhibition of Christmas mangers, exciting processions of Perchten in their frightening masks and costumes, as well as genuine folk song and dance performances. One of the highlights is the Advent Brass Concert.
Not to forget: Salzburg is the birthplace of the most famous Christmas carol of all time “Silent Night, Holy Night”.
Advent in Zagreb
European Best Christmas Market 2016-2017-2018
In 2016 Zagreb was voted the Best Christmas Market in Europe by worldwide travellers and to prove it was no one-off fluke, Zagreb was again named Best Christmas Market in Europe the following year. And the year after that. Three years in a row.
The Croatian capital's Advent programme expanded rapidly, reaching all corners of the city, with a rich programme of events, concerts, gastronomy, ice skating, kids’ activities, and more, all tastefully lit up with festive lighting.
This year it's the return of the magical offer that made it the very best in Europe three years in a row, and which had hundreds of thousands of tourists heading to Croatia. The return to Advent Zagreb in all its glory is perhaps best symbolised by the return of the popular ice skating rink on King Tomislav Square, a magnet for the little ones and a great socialising point for parents watching their kids skate.
Lower Town, Upper Town and several other parts of the city will once again welcome back the food and drink kiosks, filling the cooler evening air with spicy aromas and an opportunity to catch up with friends at every corner.
Music and art are central to the soul of Zagreb, and this year's Advent will have an exceptionally rich programme of concerts and exhibitions, both indoor and outdoor.
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