No other place in the world exudes the Christmas spirit as well as the thematic markets which are organized every year at the approach of December. Almost any city can boast of having one, but in France, those organized in Strasbourg, Colmar, Paris or Reims are the most spectacular. What’s happening on a larger scale? What are the breathtaking party places worth visiting. Head for the most beautiful Christmas markets in Europe, to fill up with festive mood.
Strasbourg – the French capital of Christmas
Giant chandeliers, a crystal tree, a play of thousands of twinkling lights on the facade of the cathedral – the city of Strasbourg is once again the capital of Christmas. Its market has existed since the year 1570, which makes it the oldest in France. Last year, more than 300 wooden chalets occupied Cathedral Square and Borgile Square. We sold small craft decorations, wonderfully painted balls, blown glass candle holders, like the traditional bredeles of the Alsatian region. For children, there are plenty of arts and crafts workshops and an ice rink on Place Kléber.
Dates: From Friday, November 25, 2022
Meet on the cathedral square in Strasbourg to inaugurate the festivities
The Christmas market in Zagreb, Croatia
The Croatian capital is charming and full of people around the end of year celebrations. In the wonderful chalets bordering the few festive alleys, we sell a bit of everything. From knitted scarves to caramelized almonds and Christmas decorations – get ready for a 360° festive experience. Don’t miss the Zrinjevac park, where you will find great handcrafted gifts, such as specialties of the local cuisine. The krpice sa zeljem (cabbage pasta) and the apple strudel are a real must. You can find them at the food stalls located next to the bandstand. The current 2022 edition of the market is dedicated to the theme of toys. You will find augmented reality machines all over the city. They will take you back in time to discover the golden age of the Biserka toy factory.
dates : Saturday November 26, 2022 – Friday January 6, 2023
Zagreb – the party capital of the Balkans
The Tivoli Gardens Christmas Market in Copenhagen, Denmark
The historic Tivoli Gardens amusement park turns into a wonderland as Christmas approaches. This, thanks to more than half a million twinkling lights, 70,000 Christmas balls and 1,000 decorated trees. Festive tunes are played by the Tivoli Youth Guard Orchestra to awaken the festive spirit. In addition, there are around sixty Scandinavian-style wooden huts that are installed in the Christmas village market. In 2022, a Christmas tree will light up for the first time in the middle of Lake Tivoli.
dates : Friday November 18 – Saturday December 31, 2022
Tivoli Square in all its fairytale glory
Salzburg market Chriskindlmarkt, Austria
In the heart of the old town, a cathedral in the background, a hundred stalls make up an age-old Christmas market that stretches between two neighboring squares – Domplatz and Residenzplatz. From gingerbread and schnapps to beautifully hand-painted baubles – you’ll find everything commonly associated with Christmas here. To amuse the crowds, a special program takes place throughout the day. Gospel or a capella songs, concerts, folklore shows, readings of Christmas stories for children in the afternoon – seek boredom elsewhere.
dates : Thursday November 17, 2022 – Sunday January 1, 2023
The Salzburg market – a market like in fairy tales
The market in Cologne, Germany
A long-time festive destination, Cologne is home to several Christmas markets, the largest of which is in the city center, right next to the cathedral. The Markt der Engel offers moments of real magic with the starry path of lights, woven above the heads of passers-by and the angels flying over the stage. Nikolausdorf (the village of Saint Nicholas) is a place especially dedicated to children, where the real story of Saint Nicholas is told. This, against the backdrop of the Hahnen Gate which rises majestically in the background. There are even special markets devoted to mythical gnomes and maritime history, where you can hear the songs of pirates and sailors. If you fancy something more traditional, head to the Heumarkt outdoor ice rink.
dates : Monday November 21 – Thursday December 23, 2022
The Cologne market – the square with a thousand stars
The market in Budapest, Hungary
When it comes to the market in Budapest, there are two places vying for the title of the best Christmas market in the Hungarian capital: Vorosmarty Square and the Basilica. The first is located in the heart of the city and houses the oldest Christmas market in the country. Here you will find many food stalls, craft shops and free concerts. The second offers all the amusements just listed, plus laser projections on the facade of the basilica and a large ice rink around a huge Christmas tree.
dates : Saturday November 19 – Sunday January 1, 2023
Panoramic view of Budapest Market – the heart of the capital
The Market in Prague, Czech Republic
Worthy of a postcard, the city of Prague offers an excellent welcome for the end of year celebrations. Do like the locals and prefer the glass of grog (rum, water, lemon, sugar) to that of mulled wine. The atmosphere is spectacular – on one side the twin spiers of Our Lady of Tyn and on the other – the city’s famous astronomical clock. You can find wonderful gifts here, but also – hand-decorated Christmas balls and other unusual handmade decorations.
But it’s probably the food that will keep you around. Sausages still warm and delicious, delicate pancakes, flat breads with garlic and cheese, all washed down with a glass of svarak – a local, lemony version of mulled wine. The scent of cinnamon fills the space. If you have children, be sure to take them to the square of the old town where sheep, goats and a donkey await curious little visitors.
Dates: Monday November 21 – Sunday January 1, 2023
The Prague market – a market that is worthy of a postcard
The market in Berlin, Germany
For a modern take on tradition, the hip vibe of the streets of Berlin is just the ticket. The city center has around 80 Christmas markets (including a dog market), so feel free to visit them all. If the largest among them is that of Splandau, the most sublime would be that of Weihnachtszauber, on the Gendarmenmarkt square. There you can find a multitude of arts and crafts. If you are a fan of winter sports, go to Winter World on Potsdamer Platz. Tobogganing, curling or skating rink – do what you want and have fun galore. Note that children can take advantage of free lessons. Go around 10 am when it’s less crowded.
Dates: Monday November 21 – Sunday January 1, 2023
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