Following the previous article on Four of the Best European Christmas Markets, here are another four more top Christmas markets in Europe to whet your appetite. All across Europe, the lead up to Christmas is a veritable festive frenzy. No matter what your religious beliefs are, the Christmas markets offer a truly magical experience like no other in some of the continent’s finest cities!
Sample traditional food and drink, here local festive songs, see brightly coloured lights, and buy a whole host of great goods at these four more top Christmas Markets in Europe:
France’s romantic and cultural capital city hosts several excellent Christmas markets each year. With each one offering great produce and experiences, it is tricky to choose the absolute winner. Try a few of the different markets to really get into the festive swing. Wander the Parisian streets, and, if you are lucky, there may just be snowfall! If it does snow, you could enjoy a sleigh ride.
Delicious French food is widely available, and there are many goodies to take home with you. When you are all shopped out, pay a visit to some of the city’s iconic attractions, including the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame Cathedral, the Louvre, the Arc du Triumphe, and Sacre Coeur. The markets operate during December.
A favourite market in Hungary’s capital city is the Budapest Christmas Fair. Budapest cuisine is typically hearty, filling, and stodgy, and so perfect for this time of year. Indulge in local specialities and some hot, warming drinks. Nearly every day brings a fantastic show of folk dancing and singing in the market streets, providing a glimpse into the Hungary of yesteryear. Kids, and big kids at heart, will be delighted with the puppet shows.
On Vorosmarty Ter, the stalls are set up in small cottage style buildings, creating a sense of a mini village within the city. With around 150 stalls to choose between, you are sure to find the perfect gift for all your loved ones. Other attractions in this lovely city include museums, the Chain Bridge, the stunning Parliament Building, the Castle District, and Gellert Hill. You can visit the Budapest Christmas markets from the middle of November until the end of December.
Sweden’s gorgeous capital city is near to many small interconnected islands; in the winter months many of the waters freeze over, creating a really wintery atmosphere. Wrap up warm! The Christmas market at Skansen may only be open at weekends, but it certainly crams a lot into those couple of days of the week.
It is a very traditional market, with gingersnaps, mulled wine, smoked sausage, handmade candles, Christmas ornaments and decorations, handicrafts, and carol singing featuring high on the agenda. This market has been running in the festive season since the start of the 1900s. It operates on weekends between the 24th of November and the 16th of December.
Known in the native language as a Christkindlmarkt, the Spittelberg Market in Austria’s Vienna is amongst the fabulous markets in the city. Streets are lined with stalls selling everything that you could possibly imagine wanting, and the smells of delicious waffles and other food stuffs waft through the air to temptingly tickle your nostrils.
Bags of sweet chestnuts are another favourite snack. Bright lights twinkle and music plays softly as the melange of people make their way around the market. Vendors offer a great range of products, with some unique items that cannot be found in the other markets. It is open from the middle of November until just before Christmas Day.
With these additional four more top Christmas markets in Europe, what are you waiting for?! Book your festive fun break now!