It’s finally time to start getting excited about Christmas. We’re less than a month away meaning Christmas shopping should be in full flow and those work Christmas parties are starting to take place.
One of our favourite things about the Christmas holidays is the Christmas market and there are hundreds of amazing markets to visit around Europe. Whether you’re looking for authentic, traditional stalls in Germany or great shopping opportunities in England, there’s something for everyone.
We have put together a list of some of the biggest and best Christmas markets from the continent so you can plan a visit somewhere different this year (or next!).
Austria - Innsbruck
Innsbruck has your Christmas shopping covered in the incredibly picturesque shadows of the mountains, With four different markets on offer within the same city, you can pick up everything from baked goods to handmade gifts. With markets located in the historic part of the city, the market place, off the main road and one in the Innsbruck castle itself you’ll be spoilt for choice.
Germany - Frankfurt
Dating back to 1393, it is one of the oldest Christmas markets in Germany. Packed full of tradition, the market has over 200 beautifully decorated stalls to capture the attention of visitors. The buildings surrounding the Frankfurt market create an extremely festive atmosphere, and if that isn’t enough to get you in the spirit, the hundreds of lights that decorate the Christmas tree are sure to!
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England - Bath
An award winning festive shopping experience set in the beautiful English city of Bath, this Christmas Market sees 170 traditional wooden chalets line the streets offering everything from freshly baked mince pies to handmade soaps. Boasting a pop up après ski bar, santa’s grotto and an ice rink – there’s something to keep the whole family entertained.
Spain - Madrid
Plaza Mayor is based in the Capital of the country. Being one of the oldest markets in Spain, tradition dates back to the nineteenth century. Potters, jewellers, leather workers, carvers and toy manufacturers alike gather at the market annually to present their handy work to the festive goers. Highlights include traditional Spanish nativity scenes.
Sweden - Stockholm
Festive punters are spoilt for choice in Stockholm with 11 different Christmas markets to choose from, ranging from traditional to more of a modern affair. The most popular, traditional markets of Stockholm are located in the Old Town. The beautiful surroundings of the city are sure to get you in the festive spirit whichever your market choice.
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France - Strasbourg
Officially the oldest Christmas market in France, the Strasbourg market dates back to 1570! The 300 stalls are spread across the city centre making it one of the largest in Europe. You'll find all kinds of Christmas goods there, including craftwork, food and drink and traditional Alsatian festive decorations.
Switzerland - Basel
At the centre of Europe's most exciting Christmas market region, this market is particularly special for its place alongside the Rhine. The market is split between two of the most picturesque squares the city has to offer, each square has around 190 stalls selling traditional arts and crafts.
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Denmark - Copenhagen
Many Christmas markets take place in Copenhagen but none more spectacular than that in Tivoli Gardens, light shows and illuminations over the lake are particularly popular attractions. With stalls selling variations of food, sweets, hot drinks, Christmas decorations, knitted products, leather products, crafts, deli items and more – you needn’t look further afield to complete your Christmas shop.
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