The festivities, the food, the sound of snow crunching under our boots... no other season is better at making us feel like children again. Naturally, skipping a Christmas market this year would be a crime! Not that we aren’t biased (we totally are), but European Christmas markets are the best for catching that magical Christmas mood, trying comfort winter food and mulled wine, and choosing presents for your loved ones. That being said, we prepared seven stunning Christmas European markets you should definitely visit. We made sure they’re insta worthy, too, so don’t forget to share these beauties with your Instagram friends when you’re there!
Prague, Czech Republic
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From the end of November until the beginning of January, Prague turns into a city from a magical fairytale. Only two years old but already a legend: Manifesto Winter Markets have created a unique, chic and very special ambiance and the count-down to Christmas can begin. It’s all about meeting with your beloved ones and spending moments together, that you will remember! Located near the city center in Smichov and Florenc, the markets are a must-visit for an ultimate food-and-culture experience, complemented by comfy heated igloos (with Veuve Clicquot champagne included if you wish) and weekly live music performances. Perfect for design lovers, the markets will immerse you in a unique atmosphere only to be found at Manifesto. Manifesto cares about sustainability and it’s the only place to pour mulled wine and hot cocktails you have never tried before in locally produced porcelain mugs!
London, United Kingdom
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You can hardly beat London in providing the ultimate Christmas market experience. “From the enormous Christmas markets at Winter Wonderland to the dazzling Southbank Centre Winter Market, find the perfect Christmas gifts for loved ones and enjoy plenty of live music, street food, theatre and entertainment throughout the festive season at London's most popular Christmas markets. Discover more than 100 wooden cabins overflowing with fantastic gifts, including handmade crafts and beautiful pieces of jewellery. You can also get your skates on at the UK's biggest outdoor ice rink, see London sparkle from the Giant Observation Wheel, or sit back and enjoy one of Winter Wonderland's top Christmas shows.”
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Sparkly decorations and a wonderful atmosphere always get Colmar’s Christmas markets to the top choice when it comes to a perfect Christmas destination. Colmar hosts not one but five markets that are connected by an illuminated route which allows the visitors to enjoy a winter fairytale in the most convenient way. Surrounded by signature half-wooden houses alongside traditional French architecture, each market is a mini village where gourmet Alsatian food, wines, and souvenirs made by local craftsmen await for the visitors.
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“Christmas is a special time of the year when Bruges, a medieval and ancient center of Belgium, becomes a beautiful Christmas-decorated holiday destination. It’s not just the city that will blow you away with its spectacular architecture, you’ll also fall in love with its holiday atmosphere.” Bruges’ Christmas markets are located right in the city center on the Market Square, and offer warm waffles, hot chocolate, and, of course, the famous Belgium beer.
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Did you know that Dresden’s Striezelmarkt is considered to be the first actual Christmas market in the world? “Dresden has the largest number of Christmas markets in the eastern part of the country and is one of the cities that are able to lay claim to the title of being the oldest seasonal event in Germany. Certainly it is one of the most traditional, with many of the customs surrounding the main city market stemming from local industries like mining, woodworking and pottery.” What can we say, Christmas in Dresden is nothing less than magic!
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“The Viennese Dream Christmas Market in front of the City Hall is an unforgettable highlight for those eager to get into the spirit of the season. The unique backdrop gives this market a charm of its own, and the delicious aromas are sure to lull all visitors into the seasonal joy. Inside the City Hall on the ground floor there is an area dedicated to children, where they can learn how to make Christmas cookies or candles. You can also listen to international choirs singing carols with free entrance on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.”
Amsterdam, the Netherlands
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“Throughout the month of December, the Netherlands overflows with Christmas spirit. Markets become more than a place to buy food and trinkets – they become a place to warm up with glühwein and oliebollen, find the perfect gifts for friends and family, and spend time with those you love.” Honestly, what can be better than this? Friendly tip: some of the best Christmas markets in Amsterdam are Amsterdamsche Kerstmarkt, a newly relocated and the biggest Christmas market in Amsterdam, Funky Xmas Market, which is a Sunday pop-up market with funky live music, and Ice*Village Amsterdam, a market full of festivities and an ice skating rink located in front of the famous Museumplein.
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