Best Christmas Markets in Europe
Which are the Best Christmas Markets in Europe? Like every year, tens of thousands of you have voted for the most beautiful Christmas markets. After Strasbourg, Zagreb, Tallinn and Budapest, awarded in previous years, discover your selection of the 20 best Christmas markets in Europe.
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It's official, Basel is not only the best Christmas market in Switzerland, it's also your favourite Christmas market in Europe!
In recent years, more and more of you have voted for this authentic Christmas Market with a unique atmosphere.
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 is the well-preserved Old Town radiant in the warm Christmas light, but the shops and facades of many buildings glitter with a golden glow.
Around a hundred tall pine trees line up the streets and stand like brightly lit sentinels guiding 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.
This year again Budapest is on your podium of the Best Christmas Markets in Europe.
In 2021, discover an even more festive, more dazzling, more exceptional Christmas market. Advent Feast at the Basilica in Budapest is your favourite Christmas market in Hungary but also for the third year in a row, one of your 3 favourite Christmas market in Europe! The organizers of this event work hard every year to offer you what is certainly one of the most beautiful Christmas markets in the world. Did you know that Santa Claus himself does some of his shopping during the Advent Feast at the Basilica?
The Christmas spirit sparkles in front of Budapest's grandest cathedral during the Advent Feast at the Basilica. This open-air festive season market welcomes everyone with delightful gift items, delicious Hungarian and international food such as the favourite "flódni" the Hungaricum chimney cake, mouth-watering burgers and a range of fish dishes.
Opening dates: From 29th November 2021 to 2nd January 2022.
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.
This is your favourite Christmas market in Poland as well as your best Christmas city break in Europe. The Poznan Christmas Market will take you to a magic winter land of ice, snowflakes and Christmas attractions, and all of it thanks to original arrangements that will be located on the Old Market Square and Plac Wolności (Freedom Square) during this magical time.
Get lost among the wooden stalls, try winter delicacies or look for inspiration for Christmas gifts. Jump on a Ferris wheel on Freedom Square and enjoy spectacular views of Poznań s historical parts.
Do not miss the International Ice Sculpture Festival that will take place on Poznań Old Market Square. Contestants from all over the world will turn massive blocks of ice into works of art before your very eyes.
Like every year, Vienna is at the top of your list of the best Christmas markets in Europe. Vienna is a must-see destination for Christmas. Considered a safe destination for families, it is also popular with lovers and is awarded among the best romantic destinations in Europe but also the best destinations for a marriage proposal.
From mid-November to Christmas, Vienna’s prettiest squares transform into magical Christmas markets. The aroma of Christmas baked food and hot punch creates a lovely 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 won't want to miss!
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.
Once again you have classed the Trier Christmas Market among the best Christmas markets in Europe. Now in its 42th 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.
The Trier Christmas Market is often described by travel organizers as being “romantic with wonderful ambience.” Germany’s only Mulled Wine Queen Sarah Schmitt is looking forward to welcome 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 the world over.
Select the "free cancellation" option and pre-book your Christmas holidays in Trier at the best price.
It is one of the largest and most authentic Christmas markets in Germany. Each year you rank it among your favourite Christmas Markets in Europe.
It was first mentioned in 1434 when it was held to provide the citizens of Dresden with the meat for the Christmas meal. Since then, it has become a huge event with over 200 stalls which attracts 3 million visitors a year from all over the world.
Christmas tales also come to life in the city’s theatres whilst museums host special exhibitions and boats bejeweled with lights glide along the Elbe. If only Christmas could last more than just a few weeks…
Book your flights to Dresden (20 min by car or public transport) Leipzig (1h30) or Berlin (2h30) as well as your accommodation and your tours and activities as a historic walking tour of the "Florence on the Elbe".
Select the "free cancellation" option and pre-book your stay today.
Opening dates: From 26th November to 24th December 2021.
Nearest airports: Book your flights to Dresden (20 min by car / public transport) or Berlin (2h30).
Where to stay: "Steingenberger Hotel de Saxe" stay in the heart of Dresden by booking your room at the best price at the Steingenberger Hotel de Saxe.
Considered the safest Christmas destination in Europe (during the Covid-19 pandemic), Madeira is also awarded the title of “Sunniest Christmas Market in Europe” and "Best Winter Sun Destination". Madeira is THE destination for an unforgettable Christmas holiday.
Madeira celebrates to the fullest the arrival of the Christmas season with a splendid traditional Christmas market held in Avenida Arriaga central walkways, at the heart of its main capital Funchal.
A great variety of products are on display, including exotic flowers, traditional souvenirs and, of course, typical delicacies and drinks of the season all adding to the merriment in 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.
Book your flights, accommodation and tours and activities and discover the best Portuguese destination for a magical Christmas. Select the "free cancellation" option and pre-book your stay for the next edition of the Christmas market.
The Capital of Georgia is a must-see destination at any time of the year. Awarded among the Best European Destinations but also the Safest Destinations in Europe (Covid-19), Tbilisi must be at the top of your wishlist for Christmas. Christmas markets are held almost in every corner of the capital city, where local entrepreneurs and start-ups sell their handicrafts, souvenirs, Christmas treats, Georgian candies, yummy street food and mulled wine.
Set up on First Republic Square, near Rustaveli Avenue, the place hosts visitors of all ages for theater shows, music performances, puppet theater, open-air movie-show, a gorgeous Christmas tree, wooden huts decorated with colourful bright lights and so much more. The annual Christmas events usually last throughout December.
Still hesitating? Pre-book your accommodation without obligation by selecting the "free cancellation" option.
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 Govone Christmas Market is the most beautiful Christmas market in Italy. For the second year in a row, you have also ranked it among the most beautiful Christmas markets in Europe. “Magico Paese di Natale” takes place in the little village of Govone in the hills of Langhe-Roero, the wine region in Piedmont, a Unesco World Heritage Site.
This is one of the most important Christmas events in Italy, a magic experience in a very special place. In winter time, the entire village of Govone turns itself into the magic kingdom of Santa Claus, with many cultural and gastronomic attractions.
There is, of course, the wonderful Christmas market with artisans selected all over Italy. You will find a Street Food area and a Magic Kingdom Wine shop where visitors can find all the traditional local delicacies. But the unique experience that singles out this incredible Christmas village from the rest, is the amazing musical show of Santa Claus hosted every day in the Royal Castle of Govone.
Book your flights to Cuneo (1h by car / public transport) or Turin (1h15) as well as your accommodation in Govone. Select the "free cancellation" option and plan your next winter vacation without obligation.
For 4 consecutive years you have classed Vilnius as the destination with the most beautiful Christmas tree in Europe. Much more than that, the whole city of Vilnius is adorned with fabulous Christmas decorations.
Its authentic Christmas market located at the foot of the Christmas tree, is considered one of the most beautiful Christmas markets in the world. The capital of Lithuania is seen today as a must-see, a safe and authentic destination for unique experiences. Here you will find Christmas delicacies sweetening winter evenings - gingerbreads, honey cakes, teas, home-made cheeses, colourful sweets and all sorts of pastries… So, hurry to the bustling streets, take photos by the Christmas tree, admire the decorations which wrap the Old Town and stop by in the Christmas Town to taste Christmas delicacies; do look around because Santa Claus has been spotted there before, not to mention the Three Wise Men or elves whizzing past by train!
Pre-book your accommodation at the best price for the 2021 edition by selecting the "free cancellation" option.
Already awarded the title of the most beautiful Christmas market in Europe 2 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 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.
One of the most romantic cities in Europe awaits you this winter. 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.
World-renowned Edinburgh's Christmas celebrations will spread the festive cheer across the Scottish capital between 14 November 2021 and 2nd January 2022. 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.
The Rothenburg ob der Tauber Christmas market is one of the best Christmas markets in Germany and probably one of the most romantic and authentic too. Everything your heart desires can be found at this charming market, whether 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 stalls and are sure to serve as a token of appreciation for loved ones at home as well as a welcome reminder of your time spent in Rothenburg.
As soon as you arrive, the enticing aroma of gingerbread, mulled wine and grilled sausages hits you at the Nuremberg Christkindlesmarkt. First mentioned in 1628, its roots probably go back to the time of Luther, when the tradition of giving children presents at Christmas evolved.
Traditional wares such as handmade Christmas decorations and culinary treats have been offered ever since by the 180 wooden stalls decorated with red and white canvas. Take a stroll through the festively lighted lanes between the stalls and discover the enchantment of a totally unique atmosphere.
Book your flights to Nuremberg (20 min by car or public transport) Munich (2h) or Frankfurt (2h30) as well as your accommodation and your tours and activities such as a 1.5-Hour Culinary Walking Tour.
Whereas Manchester is considered one of the UK's largest Christmas markets, Bath is often considered one of the finest. 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, personalized gifts, hand-made toys, festive food and drink, local artwork and designer jewelery to name but a few.
Book your flights to Bristol Airport (50 min by car / public transport) or London Gatwick (2h30) as well as your accommodation in Bath and your tours and activities in Bath such as a day trip to Stonehenge.
For your next Christmas holiday, forget about the snow and the cold. Instead of skating on a frozen lake, swim in the Mediterranean. If there is one thing that epitomizes the spirit of Christmas in Málaga, it is without a doubt the city’s Christmas lights. Each year, hundreds of people wait excitedly in Larios Street for the switching on of the lights, marking the start of the Christmas season, a period which local residents and visitors live with great passion.
The spirit of Christmas imbues every corner of the streets of Málaga and in the centre there are daily light and music performances to captivate all those who enthusiastically gather there.
Still hesitating? Select the "free cancellation" option and pre-book your accommodation for free.
Advent in Zagreb
European Best Christmas Market 2016-2017-2018
Wouldn't it be nice to experience our life as we used to live it before, even for a short time?
The good news is that you can, as the award-winning Advent in Zagreb WILL take place this year, offering plenty of seasonal cheer, while respecting the realities of the current situation, as the Croatian capital will once more offer the festive atmosphere which saw Zagreb voted the best Christmas Fair in Europe three years in a row.
If there is one thing tourism has learned about the new reality, it is that innovation and new approaches to attract tourists to a destination are vital. Some tourists want to experience the sights and smells of the festive season, others are more cautious and would prefer to observe online for now, building up their desire for a visit when things are more normal.
Advent in Zagreb 2021 embraces both approaches superbly, offering a mix of traditional and tangible festive cheer, while also reaching a wider audience online with a host of concerts and cultural events which will be streamed online.
For those looking forward to the romantic walk through the central green squares of the city, from King Tomislav Square to Ban Jelacic, the romance will once again be there with the traditional stunning display of Christmas lights and decorations.
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