The Crème de la Crème: Best Christmas Markets in Europe

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It’s that time of year again. When beautiful European cities transform into winter wonderlands. If you’re after heavenly seasonal treats, unique artisanal goods, and a joyful and cosy atmosphere then let me share with you the best Christmas markets in Europe. These cities sell out fast so don’t wait to plan your magical winter right away!

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Best Christmas Markets in Europe

#1 Dresden, Germany:

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The Striezelmarkt Christmas market is one of the oldest you need to visit. Stroll among local products, decorations, and traditional delicacies. For the little ones, there are rides, a small train, a fairy tale house. Ooh magical.

Date:  November 29th – December 24th 2023

#2 Strasbourg, France:

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Strasbourg is home to one of the oldest and biggest Christmas markets in France. Wander through the 300 chalet booths amongst the scent of “pain d’epices” and chestnuts. Look up and admire the iconic Notre Dame Cathedral overlooking the city’s Alsacien architecture. A guaranteed “Dépaysement total”.  

Date: November 24th – December 24th 2023

#3 Vienna, Austria:

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Vienna’s Christkindlmarkt at Rathausplatz is one of the most stunning Christmas markets. Located in front of the stunning City Hall, there are over 150 chalet booths for you to discover. You can even find awesome attractions for kids like: a reindeer train and an ice skating rink. Don’t miss the tree of hearts- a popular attraction for lovebirds.

Date: November 10th – December 26th 2023

#4 Brussels, Belgium:

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The Winter Wonderland is back in the capital of Belgium. Put on some skates (or you know rent them) and head to the ice skating rink at Place de la Monnaie. Then go for a spin at the Ferris wheel and enjoy the view of the city with the gorgeous twinkling lights. Best of all: Head to the Grande Place for an amazing Light Show to end the evening.

Date: November 24th – December 31st 2023

#5 Frankfurt, Germany:

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This impressive market is another of Germany’s greatest Christmas markets. Admire the massive Christmas tree and enjoy the dozens of booths offering yummy seasonal food and drinks.

Date: November 27th – December 21st 2023

#6 Copenhagen, Denmark:

Christmas at Tivoli Garden in Copenhagen

It’s time to spend a Scandinivina Christmas in Copenhagen at the Tivoli or should I say the oldest amusement park in the world. During the holidays these gardens totally turn into a winter wonderland with festive lights, and decorations. You will be welcomed by the Orchestra of Tivoli Park, with the sound of Christmas pieces. Walk through the different stalls and make sure you don’t miss the fireworks show right above the Tivoli Gardens.

Date: November 17th – December 31st 2023

#7 Brugge, Belgium:

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Brugge is a small and charming town that truly transforms itself during the Christmas holidays. Wander around the different booths, enjoy the food and grab some gifts for your loved ones. Don’t miss the chance to go ice skating on the Minnewater, also known as the Lake of Love.

Date: November 24th – January 7th 2024

#8 Prague, Czech Republic:

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Decked out the old town square, the Prague Christmas market is set against the backdrop of the city’s charming architecture. You can find handmade crafts, local foods, and traditional Czech Christmas decorations. Be sure to tune in to the Christmas carols at the mini concerts that take place every day at the main stage.

Date: December 2nd – January 6th 2024

#9 Stockholm, Sweden:

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The Old Town Christmas Market in Stockholm, also known as Gamla Stan, is famous for its festive atmosphere. You’ll be able to enjoy Christmas decorations, handmade Swedish products and yummy delicacies.

Date: November 24th – December 17th 2023

#10 Zurich, Switzerland:

Festive Christmas markets in Zurich at night

The Christkindlimarkt in Zurich is one of the biggest indoor markets in Europe with 150 chalet booths. Walk through the different booths and admire the big Christmas tree.

Once you’re done walk outside guided by the twinkling lights and head to the second outdoor market: the Wienachtsdorf. It is situated right in front of the opera house. You’ll find more stalls with goodies to keep you warm. Enjoy a warm drink then head to the ice-skating rink or take a ride on the merry go round. You can never be too old. Forrealz.

Date: November 23th – December 24th 2023

#11 Nuremberg, Germany:

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The Nuremberg Christkindlesmarkt is one of the most traditional markets in Germany. Wander through the 180 chalet booths offering Christmas biscuits, handmade local items immersed in this medieval charm.

Date: December 1st – December 24th 2023

#12 Budapest, Hungary:

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The Budapest Christmas Fair at Vörösmarty Square is a popular market for the holidays. It’s got an unmissable ice skating rink  as well as traditional Hungarian crafts and seasonal foods you will love. Don’t miss the projection of animated movies on the basilica’s façade.

Date: November 17th – January 1st 2024

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