COLOGNE, GERMANY - DECEMBER 23: People enjoy the Christmas market in front of the Cologne cathedral on December 23, 2012 in Cologne, Germany.
14th October 2015

Jingle All the Way: The Big Fat Christmas Market Guide

Hear that? It’s the distant sound of sleighs bells. In cities all across Europe, tinsel is being unravelled and snow globes are being polished in preparation for this year’s Christmas market season. So you don’t miss out on any of that Glögg-based action, we’ve got a round-up of the best places in Europe to get your festive on…

Edinburgh

 

It doesn’t get much more Christmassy than tartan, shortbread and whiskey. Fill up on all three at Edinburgh’s Christmas market which takes place in Harry Potter-esque surroundings, just below the iconic Mound. Knick-knack laden stalls run the length of East Princes Street Gardens as far as the Scott Monument.  And the festivities don’t end there.  Zig-zag your way around the ice-rink, ride the helter skelter or get a birdseye view of the twinkling lights from the top of the big wheel.

Where else should I shop in the city?

Head to Princes Street and check out the window displays and ginormous Christmas tree at the historic Jenners department store. You’ll also find all the leading high street stores along this street where you can cross just about anything else off your Christmas list.

Amsterdam

 

amsterdam ice-skating

 

Amsterdam pulls out all the stops when it comes to spreading festive cheer. From old-school Dickensian markets that hark back to the Victorian era to hip food festivals inside former factory buildings, there’s a Christmas market for every type of Christmas shopper. Most of the markets take place in the centre, but if you venture a little further you’ll find plenty more glitter and baubles in Haarlem, Lelystad and Keukenhof.

To experience a real-life winter wonderland, make your way over to the ice-rinks on Leidesplein and Museumplein where there’s a village of wooden chalets waiting to serve you hearty festive food and hand-warming drinks.

Where else should I shop in the city?

The pedestrianised Kalverstraat cuts right through the city centre and is home to two large shopping malls, Kalvertoren and Magna Plaza and several big department stores including Bonneterie and V&D.  Amsterdam local Bart Van Poll recommends Haarlemmerstraat as a good street for shopping, with cool designer shops, small specialty shops, a few international chains and lots of stops for good coffee in between.

 

Strasbourg

strasbourg christmas market1

 

Not only does Strasbourg’s market consistently top lists of Europe’s best Christmas destinations, but it’s also one of the oldest in Europe. It’s said to date back to around 1570, when it was known as “Christkindelsmärik” (market of the infant Jesus). Browse the fairy-lit stalls in and around place Broglie, rue de la Comédie, place de la Cathédrale and rue des Hallebardes.  Keep cosy with cups of vin chaud (mulled wine) while you stock up on traditional santons (clay figurines), wooden toys and gourmet treats.

Where else should I shop in the city?

Two major department stores – Galeries Lafayette and Printemps  are both within a short walk from place Kléber. Strasbourg local Julien Renouef recommends La Place des Halles et Rivétoile, a huge shopping mall with plenty of clothing stores and places to eat. He also suggests taking the tram to the Rivétoile neighbourhood on the docks, where you’ll find many more stores and restaurants.

Brussels

 

Stalls filled with swirling snow-globes, scented candles and mouth-watering chocolates stretch on for two whole kilometres in Brussels. The atmosphere all around the market is just as amazing. Once you’ve got your shopping done and dusted, check out the famous  light and sound show, cheer on the traditional Christmas Parade or get your skates on and take to the ice.

Where else should I shop in the city?

Rue Neuve is one of the longest shopping streets in the city and is home to high-street favourites. Stock up on glossy boxes of pralines and truffles for your nearest and dearest at chocolate shops such as Neuhaus on the Grand Place and Galler, just off the square at Rue au Beurre.

Cologne

 

With over 160 fairy-lit wooden huts and one colossal Christmas tree (the largest Christmas tree in the Rhineland area, no less) Cologne is a Christmas destination to be reckoned with. Its angelic carol singers, Glühwein (mulled wine) and roasted chestnuts will leave you with a warm, fuzzy glow, while the cute puppet theatre and traditional Santa’s grotto would melt even the grinchiest of hearts.

Where else should I shop in the city?

Running between Hohe Straße and Neumarkt, Schildergasse is the city’s main shopping street and is home to just about every leading retailer in Europe.  On Breite Straße in the centre, you’ll come across independent stores as well as shopping malls such as DuMont-Carré and Opernpassage. For hip local design and unusual finds head to Ehrenstraße or the Belgian Quarter.

 

Prague

prague christmas market

 

Prague’s Christmas markets are a feast for both the eyes and the belly. Prepare to indulge in traditional barbecued sausages, Trdelník pastries, mulled wine and hot chocolate, before falling for the charms of wooden huts dotted throughout the Old Town Square and Wenceslas Square. Stock-up on beautifully crafted gifts including embroidered lace, wooden toys, Christmas tree decorations and cute traditionally-dressed dolls.

Where else should I shop in the city?

For even more shopping options, cross over to the city’s New Town. On Václavské námesti (Wenceslas Square) and the pedestrianised Na Příkopě. Here you’ll find a wide selection of clothing and gift stores.

 

 

Berlin

 

They don’t call Berlin the capital of Christmas markets for nothing. One of the best markets is located at the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church where over 170 twinkling, tinsel clad stalls will seduce you with their unique decorations, ornaments, toys and handmade crafts. Stave off the cold with warm fruity ciders, traditional glazed fruit and sausages straight from the grill.

Where else should I shop in the city?

Kurfürstendamm, and the department store known as KaDeWe, is heaven for shopaholics, while high-end and high-street shops flank Schlosstrasse (also home to the Berlin Boulevard shopping centre). Hackescher Markt is great for unusual gifts. For a good selection of independent stores, head to Oranienstrasse and Bergmannstrasse.

Copenhagen

copenhagen christmas

 

Where better to experience a fairy-tale Christmas than in the land of Hans Christian Andersen – Copenhagen. Soak up the magical atmosphere at the city’s Tivoli Gardens. Wander the stalls, sip Glögg (spicy red wine) and treat yourself to a traditional Aebleskiver (apple slice).  If you’re travelling with the little ones, don’t miss the chance to meet Santa at Tivoli’s ‘Land of Elves’.

Where else should I shop in the city?

Copenhagen is home to Europe’s longest pedestrian shopping street, Strøget, where you’ll find most major high-street brands as well as historic department stores such as, Illum, and Amager Torv. At Kongens Nytorv, check out Scandinavia’s largest department store, Magasin du Nord. For something a bit more unique, Copenhagen local, Rebecca Thandi Norman recommends the Værnedamsvej area.

Budapest

budapest christmas

 

Alongside over 100 twinkling huts on Vörösmarty Square, Budapest comes to life with Christmas concerts, festive laser shows, ballet performances and a glittering ice-rink. Fill up on Kürtőskalács – sweet, spiral-shaped pastries, roasted meats, fried sausages, freshly baked strudels and roasted chestnuts while you shop the stalls.

Where else should I shop in the city?

Head to the Pest side of the city for the best choice of shops and boutiques.  Váci Street (Váci utca), is  Budapest’s main shopping street and runs from Vörösmarty Square to Vámház körút (Central Market Hall. Here you’ll encounter big-name brands as well as a good selection of restaurants and cafés.  If you still can’t find what you’re looking for, hotfoot it to WestEnd City Center, central Europe’s largest shopping mall.

Bruges

 

Just a short hop from Brussels by train or car, indulge your inner Hansel or Gretel with a trip to Bruges’ Christmas market. The story-book surroundings of this UNESCO World Heritage site make this city a magical place to visit at any time of the year, but the city turns things up a notch over the festive period. Experience the warm glow of fairy-lights in the Gothic centre, take a ride in a horse-drawn carriage or sip hot chocolate as you browse the colourful stalls.

Where else should I shop in the city?

For fashion boutiques and big name brands, check out the streets  between ‘t Zand and Markt Square. If you’re in search of fancier gifts, you’ll find artisan chocolate shops scattered throughout Steenstraat, Geld Montstraat and Jakobstraat.

 

Krakow

 

Go and see the Krakow’s Rynek Glowny come alive with thousands of lights this Christmas. Eat your fill of hearty Polish food and mulled wine, buy some charming handmade decorations and enjoy wrapping up against the wintry Polish weather. What is really interesting about this market is Krakow’s Szopki – intricate, handmade, multi-coloured glittery ‘Christmas Cribs’ on display. On the first Thursday of December, Christmas gets serious when the crib-makers gather to find out who wins the great Krakow crib-off.

Where else should I shop in the city?

Check out Kazimerz and the open air markets – particularly Plac Targowy. Pick up typical souvenirs at the Cloth Hall in the centre of the main square including glasswork, lace, amber, wood carvings, local sweets and stuffed dragons. Krakow local Gabriela Francuz recommends  Galeria Kazimierz and Galeria Krakowska for anything you can’t find at the markets.

 

Munich

 

Munich’s Christmas market tradition can be traced back to the Nicholas Market’ which first took place at the city’s Frauenkirche in 1642.  Look forward to tucking into tasty treats such as Lebkuchen (traditional gingerbread) and grilled bratwurst and picking up hand-crafted souvenirs including Cristmas tree baubles and wooden and ceramic nativity figurines.  The gay Christmas Market on Stephansplatz is a fun recent addition –  pink Christmas trees and drag-queen carol singers are the order of the day here.

Where else should I shop in the city?

The area between Marienplatz and Karlplatz is the heart of shopping in Munich. Here you’ll find the best choice of shops, from luxury brands to high-street labels.  One of Munich’s newest shopping centres,  called Fünf Höfe (Five Courts) is located just off Odeonsplatz. For traditional Munich souvenirs such as beersteins and Bavarian teddy bears, head to Orlandostraße and the streets surrounding the Hofbräuhaus.

 

Gothenburg

 

gothenberg christmas

 

We know this Christmas market is in an amusement park, and we know what you’re thinking – but really, this is a lot more than a few shoddy ring toss stalls with a bit of tinsel on. No, in Gothenburg they don’t mess about. The Liseburg amusement park is turned into a proper, bona fide, sparkling, captivating, magical winter wonderland every November. Over five million fairy lights adorn the trees that are happily growing throughout the park. There are fire pits, actual roaming reindeer, an ice rink, and all the hot Glögg you can drink.

Where else should I shop in the city?

Avenyn is Gothenburg’s main shopping thoroughfare. You’ll also find Swedish and international brands at the Nordstan shopping centre, as well as the Nordiska Kompaniet (NK) department store. For quirky vintage buys, check out the The Haga district.  Pick up up Swedish handicrafts as well crafts made by the indigenous Sami people of Swedish Lapland in the shops of Victoriapassagen.

Nuremberg

nuremberg christmas

 

Just a 90-minute drive from Munich, Nuremberg Christkindlesmarkt is one of the oldest and largest of Germany’s Christmas markets. It’s known as ‘the little town of wood and cloth’ (awww!) and pops up its stalls the day before advent begins. Fairy-lights fill the Nuremberg night, along with the sweet smell of mulled wine, roasted nuts and Nuremberg’s famous gingerbread. There’s even a special ‘Kinderweihnacht’  area for kids, with carousels, a steam train, and stalls where they can make their own gingerbread men, candles and more.

Where else should I shop in the city?

Michael, an Into the Blue reader suggests the following: “The most popular shopping districts are in the inner city the Karolinenstraße, Breite Gasse and Königsstraße. If you are looking for smaller shops, better go to the district of “Gostenhof”. Creative people, little shops.”

 

Got some of your own Christmas market tips to share?  Leave a comment below, we’d love to hear from you!

Fiona Hilliard

Fiona Hilliard

A love of new cultures is what drives Dublin travel writer Fiona Hilliard to explore the cities of Europe and beyond.

85 Comments

  • Fiona Hilliard
    Fiona Hilliard

    Thanks for your comment Dorothy, this has now been amended 🙂

    27th October 2015 at 8:11 am
    • Louise Borba

      Hello which are the days that the markets in Brussels and Bruges happens? Me and my husband are going in 29th december…

      10th November 2016 at 12:45 pm
  • Chris

    Brugge Christmas market is pretty good. Such a beautiful city.

    Köln has a good Christmas market too.

    Another one to try is Aachen

    1st November 2015 at 7:07 pm
    • Fiona Hilliard
      Fiona Hilliard

      Agreed! Bruges is very pretty, like stepping into a Brothers Grimm fairytale…will definitely look into Aachen for volume II 😉

      5th November 2015 at 8:24 am
      • Paddy

        Cheers

        16th October 2016 at 10:18 am
      • Tony

        Hi Fiona
        Do Ryan air do flights from Alicante Spain to the markets at Bruge Markets

        17th October 2016 at 2:33 pm
    • Walter

      Aachen is my favourite one for over 20 years 🙂

      14th October 2016 at 6:16 pm
  • Aneta Hey ho!

    Hey, all cool, but what about Vienna?!

    4th November 2015 at 9:44 pm
    • Fiona Hilliard
      Fiona Hilliard

      Vienna is a great one – and under an hour from Bratislava too 🙂

      5th November 2015 at 8:17 am
      • John

        And Bratislava also has a beautiful Christmas Market and is much cheaper than Vienna

        5th November 2015 at 1:43 pm
  • Val

    To add to your list, most of which we have visited I would like to add a couple more. Salzburg has a Christmas market and in winter is a magical destination and Hamburg which has a big one in the main square (had live music and great food) and lots of smaller ones and good shopping areas,

    5th November 2015 at 6:37 am
    • Fiona Hilliard
      Fiona Hilliard

      Hamburg and Salzburg sound amazing – I think a bigger, fatter Christmas market guide may be on the cards….:)

      5th November 2015 at 8:20 am
      • Richard

        And how about Baden Baden it’s amazing Mast visit! ?

        14th October 2016 at 1:54 pm
        • Vlad

          Rudesheim not far away from Baden-Baden, but small and very pretty! Like a small fairytale town 🙂

          21st October 2016 at 1:46 pm
  • Tracy

    Please tell me which market is likely to be covered in snow. Silly question I know but that would make it also for me ? Thanks

    5th November 2015 at 9:26 am
    • Fiona Hilliard
      Fiona Hilliard

      Hi Tracy

      I guess it would depend on when you’re planning to travel – the chances of snow would be greater in late November and December – Krakow or Munich might be good bets (I’ve experienced snow in Munich in early November) , but there’s no guarantee I’m afraid! 🙂

      5th November 2015 at 10:13 am
      • Tracy

        Thanks Fiona it will be early December I will look at Krakow or Munich and keep my fingers crossed

        6th November 2015 at 11:35 am
        • Maryisha

          There are no flights to Krakow during the dates of the markets. This is the second posting I have done but were not passed through for possible information to this advert. Shame on you Ryan Air for advertising a market that you do not provide flights for.

          8th November 2015 at 11:37 am
          • Fiona Hilliard
            Fiona Hilliard

            Hi Maryisha, as Into the Blue is aimed primarily at a UK/Ireland audience, we endeavour to include destinations that are accessible to travellers from both of these countries. As it happens, there are flights from Ireland to Krakow during the dates listed in the guide. In the meantime, Ryanair is always expanding its network so keep an eye out for news of new routes 🙂

            9th November 2015 at 8:19 am
      • Conor

        Hey

        Im from Ireland also just wondering has anybody been to Munich during December?

        25th October 2016 at 3:11 pm
    • Danny

      Hi, you may want to take a look at the lovely Xmas Markets in the Italian part of South Tyrol… Bolzano, Merano, Brixen.. Lovely old towns barely a 70 minute drive from Verona airport and just over two hours from Milan Bergamo… they are all nestled in lovely Alpine scenery, among Dolomites snowy peaks, and offer lovely architecture and amazing food.. Great for a romantic and wintry getaway!

      5th November 2015 at 3:19 pm
      • Fiona Hilliard
        Fiona Hilliard

        These all sound lovely, worthy of a dedicated post themselves!

        5th November 2015 at 3:49 pm
  • Jacqi

    Hi can I ask are the markets on mid week as I have to work over the weekends

    5th November 2015 at 2:02 pm
  • John O'Connell

    What about the large and close Christmas Market in Birmingham? This is also convenient to good department stores!

    5th November 2015 at 3:47 pm
    • Anne Marie

      Are the markets in Birmingham good John?
      Where else would you recommend?
      Thanks
      Anne Marie

      14th October 2016 at 10:14 pm
      • Candice

        I went two years ago with girlfriends had a lovely day,loads of gift ideas,plenty of food and mulled wine ; ))

        25th October 2016 at 9:48 am
  • Adam Keith

    Surely there would be Scotch whisky available in Edinburgh as well whiskey from other countries.

    5th November 2015 at 5:39 pm
  • Liz McG

    Want to take my mother in law away as a surprise to a Christmas market as she loves this time of year not too expensive as i have to consider flight (from the west coast of Ireland) and accommodation would really appreciate your help many thanks (been considering Bratislava ? )

    6th November 2015 at 4:00 pm
  • Michael

    Regarding Nürnberg, i quote: “The Südstadt District from Kopernikusplatz to Aufsessplatz is the city’s most popular shopping district.”….ehhm…no??!
    There are hardly any shops in this disctrict.
    Most popular shopping districts are in the inner city the Karolinenstraße, Breite Gasse and Königsstraße. If you are looking for smaller shops, better go to the district of “Gostenhof”. Creative people, little shops.

    7th November 2015 at 1:57 pm
    • Fiona Hilliard
      Fiona Hilliard

      Thanks Michael – we have included your tip in the post 🙂

      9th November 2015 at 8:20 am
  • Leona Rogers

    I went away to Budapest last December from the 3rd too the 7th we came home , it is a gorgeous city and highly recommend it for city break even Christmas shopping , Also recommend the BO18 hotel to stay in staff are amazing and so comfortable . I went with my mother in law , her sisters and her daughter and nieces . I am hoping to go back again soon .

    10th November 2015 at 10:18 am
  • Lillian

    I went to Zagreb / Croatia Last December it has wonderful . Christmas markets is spread over main city squares : Tomislavov Trg (beautiful ice skating rink ) Zrinjevac , Trg Bana Jelacica where they decorated fountain as an Advent wreath , Cvjetni Trg mostly bars and food ( outdoors with heaters ), Kaptol (big stage for entertaining ) and you can use little sightseeing train if your tired to walk or for more romantic travel between markets take a horse ridden carriage …….. needless to say loads of food and drinks everywhere very festive experience

    27th August 2016 at 12:25 pm
  • R Thomas

    Kraków has a lovely Christmas Market I have been twice in mid December and early December but didn’t experience any snow in fact in seemed quite mild. I can recommend a very nice hotel within walking distance of the old town
    Bratislava has a nice compact Christmas market
    Prague has another beautiful Christmas market but spread around different parts of the city. No experience of snow.
    This year I will go to Berlin and see what it is like.

    27th August 2016 at 4:10 pm
    • Edel M

      What’s the name of the hotel?

      16th October 2016 at 11:46 am
  • JP

    My favourite Christmas market is in Essen. Not only can you enjoy the market but the Essen Motor Show is on from November 26 to December 4, 2016. This is one of the wackiest motors shows outside of America with exhibits from mainstream manufacturers plus hot rods, bikes, low riders that jump up on hydraulics, racers and lots and lots of traders. Good food and music too.
    Essen is easy to get around and many hotels offer a free travel pass to show attendees that you can use on the local trams and underground.
    Ryanair fly from Stansted to Weeze Airport (Niederrhein) – which is quite an interesting building in its own right – it used to be the submarine pen at Bremerhaven and was dismantled and moved to Niederrhein when the commercial airport took over from the RAF.
    There is a bus service to the railway station and regular train services to Dusseldorf and then on to Essen.

    30th August 2016 at 10:35 am
    • Alison

      I would love to go to the Christmas market in Essen and my husband would love the motor show. Any tips on a good place to stay? How long does it take to get to Essen from Weeze airport? Any other tips and advice much appreciated.

      3rd September 2016 at 4:36 pm
  • Shauna

    Any recommendations for child friendly trip? Would rather a smaller airport/less transfer time to city and buggy friendly city? I would love Bruges but would rather fly straight into somewhere. I have only been to Brussels market which was lovely.

    14th October 2016 at 10:33 am
    • maxi

      i think krakow will be very good.

      14th October 2016 at 3:49 pm
    • Astrid

      Check out Nürnberg! Its airport is not too far from the City and has direct access to the Underground, which brings you to City Center in about 15 minutes. The Underground is Automatic, so the Kids can sit in the front – mine love that 🙂
      And the childrens market is really beautyful …

      8th November 2016 at 6:05 am
  • Richard

    How about Baden Baden it’s. amazing ? most visit

    14th October 2016 at 1:56 pm
  • John

    I see Düsseldorf and Essen missing from list, they are pretty cool too

    14th October 2016 at 2:19 pm
  • ip

    My favourite Christmas market is in Tallinn. Lovely small city apecially in Chritmas time

    14th October 2016 at 2:29 pm
  • Lynn

    Hey! Thanks for that! Great resource!
    I also believe there’s a nice market in Warsaw! At least, this is why I booked Ryanair tickets to Warsaw in December 😉
    Is it possible to add the starting-ending dates of the Christmas markets?

    Thank you 🙂

    14th October 2016 at 3:35 pm
  • Umetski Ivan

    Christmas in Copenhagen is like going back to childhood !!!
    With the heat from Minsk)

    14th October 2016 at 4:50 pm
    • Anne Luddington

      For those wanting snow in November ,there was Plenty in Copenhagen!! Tivoli gardens really are a winter wonderland. I purchased a 2 day pass ticket for 500 kroner. 50 quid at the time 2015.For this you have inclusive entry to Tivoli,all bus metro and train travel and free entry to almost all of the many museums.
      Just remember to bring wareprooftrousers, ski coat and boots!!! Also went on a canal trip and saw the Little Mermaid. Drank Glug and felt very Christmassy!!!Just watch out for general prices 1 year ago (pre-brexit) Everything cost X 4 to the pound. I had a hotel which included a good buffet breakfast.

      23rd October 2016 at 11:28 pm
  • Thomas vissenseo

    Great.. now I have to many cities to decide where to go on Christmas

    14th October 2016 at 5:05 pm
  • Aisling

    Hi I’m interested in Cologne for the Christmas Markets and some shopping / sight seeing …. Anyone been ?? Any feedback would be great .

    14th October 2016 at 9:46 pm
    • MikeT

      The Christmas markets in Cologne are great. When we visited there were about six different markets, some of them quite large. We flew to Cologne Bonn Airport and caught a train to central Cologne and stayed in a small central hotel. It is normally cheaper to do this that book an organised trip. The nightlife is great and the Christmas Markets really come to life after dark.

      17th October 2016 at 11:49 am
  • Imelda Spain

    Did I miss Basel? Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg airport is close by with easy transport. Cheaper accommodation on the French or German sides of the border. Market starts at the end of November. And Basel is a beautiful town to stroll around, not forgetting the walks along the Rhine. Lots of museums and galleries too. And a short train ride to Strasbourg (in France) and Freiburg (in Germany) Christmas markets if you want to glut out on Christmas before Christmas.

    15th October 2016 at 6:35 am
  • Dubravka

    My favorite Christmas market is in Zagreb! Last year it was the best Christmas destination in Europe! What do you think about?

    15th October 2016 at 7:41 am
  • James

    Don’t forget Tallinn, Estonia. Beautiful old town market….

    15th October 2016 at 4:50 pm
  • Deborah

    The Christmas market in Tallinn, Estonia was moderate to small but very enjoyable and several stalls sold the most beautiful thick woolen socks with snowflake designs , which made wonderful gifts. We also came home with an armful of lovely jumpers. Prices were very reasonsable compared to Finland where we had just been.
    Well worth a visit.

    16th October 2016 at 11:24 am
  • Claire

    St James Centre in Edinburgh is closed at the moment as being totally redeveloped. George Street running parallel to Princes Street has excellent shopping though, as has Multrees Walk just off St Andrews Square.

    17th October 2016 at 8:28 am
  • Shaun

    Try Gdansk old Town markets.
    A wonderful feeling of Christmas in a beautiful setting.

    17th October 2016 at 9:13 am
  • Dudley

    St James Mall in Edinburgh is closed for next year or so for refurbishment so the only shop open is John Lewis

    17th October 2016 at 9:55 am
  • Vickie

    My friends and I are off to vilnius at the end of November. Do you know anything about it

    17th October 2016 at 10:37 am
  • Ryan Christopher James Burke

    Went to Prague last year with my partner. Lovely city and great Christmas market.

    17th October 2016 at 11:10 am
  • Claudia

    Dresden? Where is Dresden? 🙁

    17th October 2016 at 11:18 am
  • MikeT

    I’m surprised that there has been no mention of Valkenberg Christmas Markets. Valkenberg is located in south Nederlands. The markets are held in caves and are magical. The town of Valkenberg is picturesque and they have a parade too. It can get crowded at weekends so visit midweek if possible. Another advantage of this location is that it is close to Maastrict and also accessable to Aachen and Cologne.

    17th October 2016 at 11:42 am
    • Aj

      Netherlands? Are you sure? As far as I know dutch people dont celebrate Christmas, and thats why many people run away to these markets. It is a surprise to me indeed!

      19th October 2016 at 1:33 pm
      • Jelle

        Haha, we Dutch don’t celebrate Chrismas? We even have TWO Chrismas day’s! The 25th AND the 26th. 🙂

        22nd October 2016 at 1:54 am
    • Jelle

      Valkenburg you mean. I live in The Netherlands, but never been to the markets in the caves, but that must be spectaculair I heard. And it’s close to Maastricht-Aachen Airport as well.

      22nd October 2016 at 1:56 am
  • Katherine jackson

    What about the. Dublin Chris,Tomas market. We are traveling by Ryan air in November and have been told there is a market there at that time. Can you give us any information

    17th October 2016 at 12:02 pm
  • Janis

    Which is the best market for shopping for warm clothes. is the german markets the best for shoppingand nice fashion shops. I love shopping .

    17th October 2016 at 1:49 pm
    • Jelle

      If you like luxurious shopping you must go to Düsseldorf. If you like shopping from cheap to expensive you go to Belin. Lot’s and lot’s of shopping area’s and malls there, plus Berlin is always a good idea. Very nice city. I go to Berlin every summer since 2009. Lol.

      22nd October 2016 at 2:06 am
  • Trevor Hunter

    Salzburg should be on the list surely? Whilst there catch the bus to St.Wolfgang for it’s Advent market.

    17th October 2016 at 2:07 pm
  • Aishling Soulis

    Stockholm Sweden has Fabulous Magical Christmas Markets! 🙂

    17th October 2016 at 8:44 pm
  • Heli

    There is a big and beautiful Christmas Market in Tallinn as well.

    18th October 2016 at 9:53 am
  • Jenny

    Hi. Please can someone advise which markets are best for beautiful traditional Xmas decorations & dates please
    Thank u

    18th October 2016 at 8:03 pm
    • Eli

      Hi, I have visited Koln’s and Aachen’s markets. I really loved the traditional Christmas decorations – scents, tree decorations, beautiful small Christmassy houses, candle holders…. ahh.. So many hand-made little treasures. Absolutely wonderful! I will definitely visit both markets this year again. Highly recommend to someone who is into Xmas.

      19th October 2016 at 6:56 pm
  • Avrupa

    Bruges is magical! i love the market there. And some Romanian towns have amazing Christmas Markets, too.

    19th October 2016 at 5:35 pm
  • Dragos

    I’m sure Hanover has beautiful Christmas markets, i’m going there this Christmas 🙂

    19th October 2016 at 6:38 pm
  • Diana

    we were considering Christmas shopping in London this year mainly due to the low currency, do you have any suggestions where to go to do some cheap but exciting shopping? We have been to London once before, amazing city but very expensive too.
    br
    Diana

    19th October 2016 at 7:09 pm
  • Marco

    I am missing Basel who has one of the biggest and nicest xmas markets in Europe. Also the illuminated Downtown with the longest light chain in Europe.

    19th October 2016 at 7:36 pm
  • Quisquater Arnold

    Where is the Christmas market in the marl-caves of Valkenburg

    20th October 2016 at 3:00 pm
  • Jack

    I recommend flying into Leipzig and going to the Christmas market in Dresden (think it’s the oldest Germany and definitely one of the biggest), Chemnitz (smaller but more homely, and the mediaeval market is lovely), and the one in Leipzig itself. The traditional decorations there are brilliant and unique to the east of Germany.

    21st October 2016 at 5:15 pm
  • Kentishcat

    One of my favourites is Stuttgart. It has about 4 Christmas markets across the city centre. A 15 minute train ride away will take you to Esslingen, where they have the most amazing ‘medieval market’, beautiful stalls with stallholders in traditional medieval costume. Lots of street processions too. For car lovers, Stuttgart is all about the Mercedes motor car – with the huge Mercedes star protruding from the roof of the main railway station, visible to all people shopping along the Konigstrasse. Both the Mercedes and Porsche museums are well worth visiting and a sightseeing tour which includes the Killesberg wine growing suburb and the Japanese tea garden is a must!

    22nd October 2016 at 6:20 am
  • David

    Great review. Wouldbe helpful to know when they all start so we can work out where to go and wheb

    22nd October 2016 at 8:52 am
  • Gabriela

    I would like to invite all Christmas fans to Slovakia – you can visit Bratislava Christmas market (from 18th Nov till 22nd Dec) and Trnava Christmas market (from 25th Nov till 31st Dec).

    23rd October 2016 at 2:30 pm
  • Anne Luddington

    I meant ask you about Venice. I am going there in November this year. Which would be the nearest Christmas Market please,if any. I don’t mind taking a train journey. Or is it better to just pop over the border to Austria?If so are there any Christmas markets in southern Austria. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks ⛄?

    23rd October 2016 at 11:41 pm
  • Merry

    What are the Christmas Markets in Tallinn like?

    25th October 2016 at 6:26 pm
  • Ss

    I would recommend Salzburg, it’s simply stunning and plenty to do and see, you can’t guarantee snow but it’s an easy bus ride to the mountains where there is snow and even more beautiful small Xmas markets, it’s perfection, only issue is flights are difficult, none from midland areas I don’t think

    25th October 2016 at 7:07 pm
  • Graham

    I can thoroughly recommend Munich as a Christmas market destination. It is a magical city. Do the Christkindlmarkt at Marienplazt but then head over to the Winterfest at Tollwood – Theresienwiese, just one or two stops on the German underground from the main rail station, or a short walk from the city centre. It truly is wonderous, there are huge tents with all kinds of international gift ideas, a huge food hall serving food from all around the world and outside there are the traditional Christmas market stalls selling food, gluhwein and of course Chrimbo decorations and candles etc. If you are in Munich for a day or two, why not purchase a cheap Bavaria pass and jump on the train and go to Garmisch-Partenkirchen, a pretty, hour or so journey from Munich and take the cog-wheel train and cable car upto the highest peak in Germany, the Zugspitze. You can ski, sledge or just enjoy a meal and the spectacular views on the year round snow covered glacier. It is a very easy and amazing day trip from Munich. Another alternative is to visit the Chitty Chitty Bang Bang castle at Neuschwanstein, also just over an hours train journey from Munich!! and lastly (I promise), you can also hop on the train and goto the beautiful city of Salzburg. I’ve done them all many times and love them all equally. Christmas really is the most magical time of the year and Munich for me is one of the most magical places to re-kindle the excitement and wonder that we all felt as little boys or girls.

    1st November 2016 at 8:37 pm

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