Top 5 Christmas markets in Europe

Le 14 December 2017

Christmas preparations have finally begun, so we have taken the opportunity to dream up a Top 5 list of the best Christmas markets in Europe.  From the most beautiful to the most authentic and the most romantic, discover our selection that will make you want to travel and give you ideas!

 

1-    Strasbourg – France From November 24 to December 30

 

Strasbourg is THE benchmark in terms of Christmas markets.  It is the largest in France and is most frequently elected the most beautiful Christmas market by European Best Destinations. Anyone who has ever been there knows that its reputation is unsurpassed.  Stroll through more than 300 cottages that sell a wide variety of wares from local products to Christmas goodies, all in the city centre with a superb view of the cathedral.

 

2-    Nuremberg – Germany When is the time to go there? From December 1st to 24th, 2017

 

Undoubtedly the best-known Christmas market in Germany and also one of the most beautiful, the Nuremberg Christmas market pays careful attention to maintain an aspect of yesteryear quite appropriate for Christmas, as it has done for over 4 centuries. In addition - and it in no way spoils your enjoyment - you will find almost exclusively Christmas craft objects made in the city.

 

3-    Copenhagen – Denmark When is the time to go there? November 17 – December 22, 2017 (Nytorv) November 10 – December 23, 2017 (Nyhavn) November 18 – December 31, 2017 (Tivoli) November 17 – December 23, 2017 (Axeltorv)

 

The most magical of them all, located in Tivoli in an amusement park built 160 years ago, which brings out its best lighting for the occasion. This decor, worthy of a fairy tale, will let you discover the Danish Christmas culture and be lulled  by Andersen's tales. The evenings are embellished by three light shows that you will be able to admire while strolling among the 60 booths set up for the occasion.

 

4-    Tallinn – Estonia When is the time to go there? From November 17, 2017, to January 6, 2018

 

The Tallinn market in Estonia is the least known of this ranking, yet it is one of the most charming. In addition to letting you discover Baltic Christmas specialities, you will be able to stroll along all the booths that offer clothing and accessories in pure wool, glassware and other local handicraft objects. While it is definitely not the largest Christmas market of this ranking, it is very much worth having a look!

 

5-    Prague – Czech Republic When is the time to go there? From November 25 to December 24, 2017

 

The Christmas market in Prague is the most romantic of all.  It is held in the historic district between Wenceslas Square and the Old Town Square, giving it an almost surreal authenticity in 2017. We recommend taking a walk through the Saint-Mathieu Church where the gingerbread crib is really worth a visit. Christmas concerts take place all over the city, allowing you to stroll freely and make a few stops to rest while listening to the music.

 

Here are what we believe are the best Christmas markets in Europe.  Are you planning to visit one of them during the holidays? Do you know of other markets that deserve to appear in this list? Tell us in the comments!

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