Top 10 Christmas markets in Europe 2017
Winter is a wonderful time to visit some of the most beautiful Christmas markets in the World. And the perfect place to do that, is for sure Europe. It offers a lot of wonderful Christmas markets in many cities in different countries. Some of them are old, some modern and some just magical. If you are looking for a nice Christmas present and feeling a great Christmas atmosphere or the lovely sound of Christmas carols, then take a look at our selection of the best Christmas markets in Europe.
Discover the best Christmas markets in Europe such as the Austrian Christmas markets in Vienna, Salzburg,Klagenfurt or Graz, but also the magic of Christmas in Germany with the Christmas markets in Aachen, Munchen, Dresden, Cologne, Leipzig and Nuremberg. You can also go and visit some of most beautiful Christmas markets in France, with Strasbourg, Colmar, Metz and Lille. But you should not forget other Christmas markets around Europe as the Czech Prague or Ljubljana in Slovenia, Budapest in Hungary, Tallinn in Estonia, Manchester in UK, Zagreb in Croatia and many more… Below you can find our choice of the 10 best Christmas markets in Europe
1. Strasbourg, France
Strasbourg is the capital of Christmas in France and is the oldest Christmas market in Europe. Christkindelsmärik was held for the first time in Strasbourg in 1570. With its 300 stalls, spread out all over the city centre, the authenticity, generosity and warmth of the Capital of Christmas, form an Alsatian tradition, which has been successfully preserved to this day. Here you will find four great Advent concerts, a Living Nativity, a wide range of live music and cultural events. It’s the perfect opportunity to go on a cultural trip through time in Strasbourg!
When ? From 24th November to 24th December 2017
2. Vienna, Austria
From mid-November until Christmas, Vienna’s prettiest squares transform into beautiful Christmas markets. This is one of the most famous Christmas markets in Europe, the traditional “Vienna Magic of Advent”, which transforms Hall Marketplace in a nice and bright fairy-tale world. Tree ornaments, candy, Christmas gifts and warming drinks await you, as well as a carousel and fun Christmas workshops for children. Trees around Park City Hall are festively decorated with lights which illuminate the entire park – Vienna experience, you will surely not want to miss!
When ? From 18th November to 30th December 2017
3. Dresden, Germany
If you like Christmas time, you’ll love Dresden Striezelmarkt. It’s the oldest Christmas market in Germany which offers a blaze of lights, Christmas music, and traditional Saxon treats of the holiday season. The baroque city organizes a grand total of eleven completely different Christmas markets including those with merry medieval atmosphere to the après ski charm of alpine huts. Christmas tales also come to life in the city’s theatres whilst boats with lights glide along the Elbe and museums host special exhibitions.
When ? From 29th November to 24th December 2017
4. Budapest, Hungary
Every evening basilica is illuminated with colored lights and sellers of special Christmas gifts are setting up their stalls in the city center. In the fairy-tale huts on Saint Stephen’s Square, visitors can search through the exceptional products of almost eighty craftsmen, and will find unique, handmade works of folk and applied arts, ceramics and jewelry, textile and leather products with designer clothing and accessories. Also this year, the fair offers a spectacular visual experience: a new, monumental 3-dimensional video mapping will charm the admirers of the festive Christmas atmosphere.
When ? From 10th November to 30th December 2017
5. Nuremberg, Germany
It is christmas time in Nuremberg! The enticing smell of rum punch and mulled wine, roasted almonds, Nuremberg bratwurst and gingerbread fill the air. And it’s not just small tots that will have your eyes all a-glow as the Nuremberg Christkind appears on the balcony of the Church of Our Lady to open the holiday season. Friday before the first Sunday in Advent is the day when it all starts and the world-famous Nuremberg Christkindlesmarkt opens.
When ? From 1st December to 24th December 2017
6. Ljubljana, Slovenia
Each year, Ljubljana City center becomes the main attraction for visitors as well as locals who refer to the scene as “The Marry December in Ljubljana Old Town”. Decorated green stalls offer traditional products and gifts delight even those who can not wait to taste the local variety of mulled wine, sausages, grilled specialties and honey. A number of festive events took place close and create a lively and cheerful atmosphere. Christmas concerts, Street performers, or even Grandpa Frost parade and Lights Switch-on are popular events that together create one-of-a-kind atmosphere of the holiday season.
When ? From 1st December 2017 to 2nd January 2018
7. Lille, France
In the heart of winter in December, Lille sparkles and glows with joie de vivre! With the wave of a magic wand, the city takes over a festive atmosphere and invites you to a winter wonderland. On Place Rihour, more than 80 chalets teem with Christmas decorations, nativity figurines, festive food and gift ideas. You can find regional specialties here, arts and crafts from Québec, Russia and Poland, as well as products from Native America.
When ? From 17th November to 27th December 2017
8. Prague, Czech Republic
Christmas in Prague has an amazing and unforgettable atmosphere. Christmas mood in Prague begins when the city is festively decorated, and at many places, especially at historical squares, Christmas markets are held. The unique atmosphere of the medieval center of Prague makes the Christmas market on the Old Town Square very popular. Unlike some of the major markets across Europe, Prague Christmas market is sort of familiar, which makes the whole experience more intense.
When ? From 2nd December to 23rd December 2017
9. Graz, Austria
Discover Graz and its Christmas markets, that are all located within walking distance! The oldest Christmas market in Graz takes place around the Franciscan church. Styrian crafts and arts, regional agricultural products, mulled wine and hot punch warms your heart. Close by is also the Christmas market in front of City Hall with a giant Christmas tree. You also need to watch out for the arrival of a large calendar on the facade of the town hall.
When ? From 17th November to 24th December 2017
10. Zagreb, Croatia
During Advent, Zagreb offers a special atmosphere, which must be experienced. An increasing number of tourists choose the capital city of Croatia as a destination at that time of year. Zagreb Streets and squares invite you to let your hair down and participate in dancing, singing and other types of entertainment with friends and family. You can also try traditional delicacies alfresco or enjoy themed programs that take you down the memory lane.
When ? From 2nd December 2017 to 7th January 2018
Other Great Christmas markets in Europe:
Aachen – Germany
Metz – France
Rothenburg ob der Tauber – Germany
Brussels – Belgium
Cologne – Germany
Madeira Islands – Portugal
Manchester – United Kingdom
Helsinki – Finland
Lille – France