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Top Five Christmas Markets in Europe!

November 29, 2016 4:00 pm Published by

With only a couple of days until December, Christmas market season is almost upon us!

With food, gifts and entertainment that reflects the city you are visiting; no one in the world does it like the European Christmas markets.

Who wouldn’t be tempted to avoid their local crowded high street, in favour of a mini-break filled with mulled wine and bratwurst sausage?!

Here are our top five Christmas market picks:

  • Bruges in Belgium is easy to reach from the UK on the Eurostar and here you’ll find a pretty picturesque market. Stalls can be found on Market Square where you can indulge in a warm gluhwein (mulled wine, of course!) and don’t miss the local beer down the narrow alleys off Breidelstraat. bruges-christmas-market

  • Edinburgh in the United Kingdom is the best place in the country to spend a night or two getting into the Christmas spirit! The city truly comes alive at this time of the year with the main market stretching from the Mound all along East Princes Street Gardens. There’s plenty to enjoy such as ice skating and Santa’s grotto. The stunning Street of Light is back for 2016 as pictured below  in George Street.  
    street-of-light
  • Cologne in Germany has an impressive seven Christmas markets for you to pick from! Each has a distinct character where you can find tree decorations, hats and scarves, ornamental trinkets and plenty of places to taste local gingerbread and strudels! Pick from 160 traditional stalls centred around the Cathedral to the Medieval market set below the modern Chocolate Museum on the river. (Chocolate museum wins for me!).Christmas market at the Cathedral in Cologne

 

  • Prague in the Czech Republic is a popular choice for any weekend break but it turns into a fairytale at Christmas! Enjoy an authentic market experience with roasted chestnuts, carols, mulled wine and all things magical.  Locals crafts and handmade gifts will ensure unique gifts for all the family are covered!prague
  • Gothenburg in Sweden is home to some typical Swedish festive delicacies such as smoked sausage, reindeer and traditional Christmas sweets. There are four main markets – Haga, Liseberg, Roda Sten Art Centre and Gustaf Adolf’s torg. Lisberg has to be top of the list because it is lit up with 5 million – yes MILLION – fairy lights! It is one of the busier markets welcoming up to 47,000 guests in one weekend but don’t let this put you off – the area is very well laid-out to ensure you are not over-crowded. lisberg
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