The most festive time of the year has finally arrived and what better way to celebrate Christmas than a post that will travel you to the most Christmassy Markets around Europe?
The majority of Christmas markets in European cities opened their doors and welcomed thousands of visitors from all around the world. Christmas lights, carols, elves, reindeers, freshly-baked cookies and a warming glass of mulled wine is all you need to get into the holiday spirit while exploring some of the biggest outdoor markets, the incredible European Winter Wonderlands!
I've already been to some of them while I can't wait to visit the rest of them – like the Christmas Market in Talin, Estonia. The one thing they all have in common? Their magical atmosphere and incredible organization.
The uniue festive setting is filled with atmospheric scents and images. Inside the Town Hall, a wonderful kids section teaches children how to make Christmas cookies and candles. And there's a choir singing Christmas carols in almost every corner!
photo via Wien Info
It is located at the Old Town Square and the Wenceslas Square and you can enjoy "carp", the traditional czech dish there.
"Grog" is also a must – the traditional honey liquer.
Fira de Santa Llucia in Barcelona
There are more than 300 stands with artisans selling their goods outside the Cathedral: Christmas decorations, mistletoe and greenery and even Christmas treesare being sold at the fair.
The traditional wooden figure, Tio, is definitely the star of the fair, symbolizing the gifts to come on Christmas Day.
You will love the parades and the traditional dances and, if you are lucky enough, you will have the opportunity to watch the reenactment of the Holy Birth.
Photo via Barcelona Turisme
The most popular choice would be the Champs Elysees Market.
Photo via Paris Info
Tivoli is a theme park that turns into a magical fairytopia during the holidays!
photo via Visit Copenhagen
Plaisirs d'hiver (Winter Wonders) in Brussels
With a market that grows each year bigger – it has reached the 2km length until now – you will find this Christmas Market nestled at the heart of the city from Grand Place to Ste-Catherine. Rent a sleigh, have fun at the ice-skating arena, admire the fair wheel of the 18.000 lights and shop around the cute wooden challet-stalls.
The highlight of Winter Wonders is the Electrabel Nights at Grand Place and the Galeries Royal Saint-Hubert.
Photo via Brussels Guide
The Tallinn Christmas Market featured the first recorded Christmas tree in the world in 1441. The Old Town of Tallinn is one of the best preserved medieval cities and an UNESCO World Heritage Site thanksto its unparalleled beauty.
The Christmas Market takes place at the heart of the Old Town in a magical setting. The visitor will find everything from traditional delicacies, crafs and many Christmas events.
Photo via Esthonian Experience
Winter Wonderland in London
Wooden rustic challets, hot mulled wine, honey bread, treats and slightly over-priced gifts under the sound of Christmas carols make the Winter Wonderland a hot destination. Christmas in London has always been an incredible experience and Christmas markets simply make it unbelievable! It might seem a bit more commercial compared to the other markets on this list but I highly suggest you visiting it.
Η Winter Wonderland είναι ό,τι πιο μαγικό μπορείς να ζήσεις φέτος τα Χριστούγεννα!
Photo via VLondon City
The market at Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gedächtniskirche is the largest and most popular with almost2 million visitors.
You will find jewelry, decorative items and works of art. Don't forget to enjoy a cup of mulled wine and some chestnuts – a combo as cliche and traditional as it may sound but oh, so cozy and perfectfor the cilly Berlin days and nights!
Photo via Germany Travel
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