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Best Christmas Markets in Europe

2020

More than 280,000 of you have voted for the best Christmas markets in Europe. 

 

The most beautiful Christmas markets in FranceGermany, the United Kingdom, Belgium, Netherlands, Hungary,... are waiting for you.

 

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.

 

If you do not have a flying magic sled, book your flights at the best price for a dream Christmas in Europe. We also offer millions of accommodations such as a magical stay in the Santa Claus Village in Finland and the best winter activities such as Christmas Markets tour in Vienna

 

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Who will succeed Strasbourg (3 wins), Zagreb (3 wins) and Tallinn (1 win)? Discover the 20 best Christmas markets in Europe.

 

 


1. Budapest

Hungary

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For many travellers the Advent Feast at the Basilica has been their favourite Christmas market in Hungary for a long time, but it’s official now, The Advent Feast at the Basilica is the most beautiful Christmas market in Europe!

 

Treat yourself to a fun afternoon on the ice rink and enjoy a glass of mulled wine and tradional Hungarian cuisine. Do not miss the lights show at night: it's the biggest 3D light show in Europe! 

 

In addition to being the most beautiful Christmas market in Europe, the Advent Feast at the Basilica deserves the title of Best Christmas market with the spirit of Christmas but also the title of Best eco-friendly Christmas market.

 

Advent Feast at the Basilica is held with a community spirit in mind: guests can enjoy charity-boosting concerts, and preserve the environment by using  eco-friendly cups, and cutlery, while leftovers are being recycled.

 

Book your flights to Budapest, your accommodation, activities and tours and discover the most beautiful Christmas market in Europe!

 

Opening dates: From 22nd November 2019 to 1st January 2020. 

 

 Nearest airports: Budapest, Vienna (2h30).

 

 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.

 


2. Vienna

Austria

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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!

 

Book your flights to Vienna, accommodation at the best price, your tours and activities in Vienna such as a Christmas & New Year Concert in St. Peter's Church and your transfer from the airport.

 

 Opening dates: From 15th November to 26th December 2019.

 

 Nearest airport: Vienna.

 

 Where to stay: Boutique Hotel Das Tigra is a family-run hotel with a very central location in a quiet street.

 


3. Gdansk

Poland

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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. 

 

Book your flights to Gdansk, your accommodationtours and activities at the best price such as a "Beer tasting tour".

 

 Opening dates: From 23rd November 2019 to 1st January 2020

 

 Nearest airports: Gdansk, Bydgoszcz (2h). 

 

 Where to stay: IBB Hotel Dlugi Targ, perfect for a 3-night stay in the heart of Gdansk.

 


4. Brussels

Belgium

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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?

 

Book your flights and accommodation at the best price as well as your tours and activities in Brussels such as a "Brussels Chocolate Tasting Tour" and discover the best Christmas market in Belgium.

 

 Opening dates: From 29th November 2019 to 5th January 2020

 

 Nearest airport: Brussels Airport

 

 Where to stay:  Hotel des Galeries. Stay in the historical heart of Brussels.

 


5. Montbeliard

France

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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.

 

 

Book your flights and accommodation at the best price for an unforgettable Christmas in Montbéliard.

 Opening dates: From 23rd November to 24th December 2019.

 

 Nearest airports: Basel (1h), Strasbourg (1h30), Metz-Nancy (2h30).

 

 Where to stay: Ibis Style Montbeliard, perfect for a 2-night stay. 

 


6. Basel

Switzerland

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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. 

 

Book your flights to Basel, your accommodation at the best price and your tours and activities in Basel such as a city tour in a vintage streetcar.

 

 Opening dates: From 28th November to 23rd December 2019.

 

 Nearest airports: Basel, Zurich (1h), Bern (1h20). 

 

 Where to stay: Motel One Basel located 100 m from the Architectural Museum.

 


7. Metz

France

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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 2019 to 5th January 2020. 

 

 Nearest airports: Metz-Nancy, Saarbrucken (1h) Luxembourg (1h30), Strasbourg (2h30).

 

 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.

 


8. Cluj-Napoca

Romania

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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.

 

Book your flights to Cluj-Napoca and accommodation at the best price guaranteed and discover the best Christmas market in Romania.

 

 Opening dates: From 22nd November to 31st December 2019

 

 Nearest airports: Cluj-Napoca, Targu-Mures (2h), Sibiu (2h20). 

 

 Where to stay: "Le Petit Paris" situated 200m from the Cathedral.

 


9. Valkenburg

The Netherlands

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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.

 

Book your flights to Maastricht, your accommodation at the best price in Valkenburg and visit the most beautiful Christmas market in the Netherlands

 

 Opening dates: From 15th November 2019 to 5th January 2019.

 

 Nearest airports:  Maastricht (20 min), Liege (40 min), Cologne (1H). 

 

 Where to stay: Hotel Janssen. Guests love their nice breakfast  and the helpful staff. 

 


10. Novi Sad

Serbia

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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. 

 

Book your flights to Belgrade, your accommodation at the best price in Novi Sad and discover the fairiest Christmas market in Serbia. 

 

 Opening dates: From 21st November to 30th December 2019.

 

 Nearest airport: Belgrade Airport (55 min). 

 

 Where to stay: Sheraton Novi Sad featuring a spa and wellness centre. 

 


11. Trier

Germany

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The Trier Christmas market is the best Christmas market in Germany but also the most Romantic Christmas market setting worldwide!

 

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. 

 

Book your flights to Luxembourg Airport and accommodation at the best price in Trier and discover the most beautiful Christmas market in Germany.

 Opening dates: From 22nd November to 22nd December 2019

 

 Nearest airports:  Luxembourg Airport (50min), Frankfurt Airport (1h20).

 

 Where to stay: Ibis Style Trier for its stunning location in the heart of historical Trier. 

 


12. Prague

Czech Republic

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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.

 

Book your flights to Prague, your accommodation at the best price, your tours and activities in Prague such as a "Medieval dinner with unlimited drinks".

 

 Opening dates: From 30th November 2019 to 6th January 2020.

 

 Nearest airport: Prague.

 

 Where to stay: Grandior Hotel Prague, located in the ciy centre. 

 


13. Govone

Italy

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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, your accommodation at the best price in Govone for an unforgetable Christmas in Italy. 

 Opening dates: From 16th November to 22nd December 2019 (weekends only)

 

 Nearest airports: Cuneo Airport (1h), Turin Airport (1h15). 

 

 Where to stay: Castello di Guarene. Offering a spa with an indoor pool and a restaurant. 

 


14. Winchester

United Kingdom

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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! 

 

Book your flights to London, accommodation at the best price and your best tours and activities in the UK and discover the most beautiful Christmas market in the UK

 

 Opening dates: From 21st November to 22nd December 2019. 

 

 Nearest airport: London Heathrow Airport (50 min).

 

 Where to stay:  The Winchester Hotel and Spa situated in the heart of ancient Winchester.

 


15. Amiens

France

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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.

 

Discover one of the most beautiful Christmas markets in Europe by booking your flights and accommodation at the best price in Amiens. 

 

 Opening dates: From 23rd November to 31st December  2019

 

 Nearest airports: Lille (1h30), Paris (1h30).

 

 Where to stay: Located in Amiens city centre, Hôtel Le Prieuré is at the foot of the Amiens Cathedral.

 


16. Rothenburg ob der Tauber

Germany

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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. 

 

Book your flights, accommodation at the best price and discover one of the most beautiful Christmas markets in Germany. 

 

 Opening dates: From 29th November to 23rd December 2019.

 

 Nearest airports: Nuernberg Airport (1h20), Frankfurt (2h).

 

 Where to stay: Hotel Reichs-Küchenmeisteris a historic 4-star hotel located in the heart of the medieval old town. 

 


17. Cologne

Germany

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The Christmas markets in Cologne are among the most beautiful ones in Germany and its beautiful Christmas tree is ranked among the most beautiful Christmas trees in Europe.

 

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! 

 

Book your flights to Cologne, your accommodation at the best price and your tours and activities in Cologne such as a « Festive City Cruise ». 

 

 Opening dates: From 25th November to 23rd December 2019.

 

 Nearest airports: Cologne-Bonn, Dusseldorf (1h), Dortmund (1h20), Maastricht (1h20). 

 

 Where to stay: Motel Öne Koln-Neuwarkt  guests love its excellent location and the buffet breakfast. 

 


18. Leipzig

Germany

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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.

 

Book your flights to Leipzig, your accommodation at the best price and your tours and activities in Leipzig such as a « Haunted guided tour ». 

 Opening dates: From 26th November to 23rd December 2019.

 

 Nearest airports: Leipzig, Dresden (1h), Berlin (2h).

 

 Where to stay: Meininger Hotel Leipzig perfectly situated in the heart of Leipzig.

 


19. Bratislava

Slovakia

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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.

 

Book your flights to Bratislava, your accommodation at the best price and your tours and activities in Bratislava such as a « City Discovery Game ».   

 

 Opening dates: From 23rd November to 22nd December 2019

 

 Nearest airports: Bratislava, Vienna (40 min).

 

 Where to stay: Falkensteiner Hotel Bratislava for its central location close to the castle.

 


20. Bath

United Kingdom

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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.

 

Book your flights to Bath, your accomodation at the best price and your tours and activities in Bath such as a day trip to Stonehenge and Roman Baths. 

 Opening dates: From 28th November to 15th December 2019

 

 Nearest airports: Bristol (50 min), Southampton (1h40), London Heathrow (2h)

 

 Where to stay: Z Hotel Bath. Located in our guest’s favourite part of Bath

 


Advent in Zagreb

European Best Christmas Market 2016-2018

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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 from 30th November 2019 to 7th January 2020 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!

 

Ready, set... Advent in Zagreb!

 

Book your flights, your best activities in Zagreb as well as your accommodation at the best price in the Capital of Croatia which is also your European capital of Christmas!

 Opening dates: From 30th November 2019 to 7th January 2020. 

 

 Nearest airports: Zagreb

 

 Where to stay: Situated in Zagreb city centre, right next to the Zagreb Main Railway Station, 5-star Esplanade Zagreb Hotel offers a fitness centre and sauna.

 


 

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