The best of Christmas Markets!
Christmas markets in Europe have become increasingly popular of late. After a wet Autumn, you can get into the festive spirit and secure your Christmas shopping early.
Sing along to Christmas carols, sample fresh mulled wine and enjoy local delicacies in a variety of special locales all across the continent from the end of November all the way until Christmas Day.
Whether it's unique gifts, arts & crafts, handmade products or roasted chestnuts you are after - why not visit a European market this year?
Barcelona's Fira de Santa Llucia Christmas Market - Spain:
This popular market in the Catalan capital has been running for 224 years. Located in front of Barcelona's cathedral in the Gothic Quarter, it offers almost 300 stalls selling everything and anything from festive figurines to gifts, arts and crafts. If that isn't enough, then head down to La Rambla, Barcelona's most famous street and soak up the vibrant festive atmosphere.
Copenhagen Christmas Market - Denmark:
Denmark's most famous market can be found at Tivoli Gardens, in it's capital Copenhagen. Experience true Danish flavours at this unique fair and 'shop 'til you drop' in true Christmas style. The glittering lights and seasonal festivities will be sure to get you into the Christmas spirit.
Prague Christmas Market - Czech Republic:
Christmas markets are a must in Prague adding to the Czech festive season, something to be enjoyed by both tourists and locals alike. The city comes alive as colourful lights shine in a true 'winter wonderland' setting. Enjoy exploring the wooden hut stalls selling traditional products, handicrafts, hot wine and local specialities. Don't miss out on carol performances by local and international choirs in the old Town Square!
Munich Christmas Market - Germany:
This market dates back to the 14th century and has a great ambience to get everyone, young and old into the festive season. Held on Marienplatz in the heart of the city, this market offers an exciting mix of live music, drama and live performances as well as delightful German cuisine.
Paris Christmas Market, 'Marche de Noël' - France:
Lights, decorations and an exhilarating atmosphere fill this city in the run up to Christmas. The 'City of Light' lives up to its name as buildings, streets and even the Eiffel Tower come alive in a blaze of luminous glory. Enjoy fresh regional delicacies and explore the market's numerous stalls of gifts, ornaments, exotic foods and much much more! This is one Christmas break not to miss; cheese and wine anyone?
Basel Christmas Market - Switzerland:
One of Europe's most exciting regions at Christmas; get into the spirit and seasonal festivities with a few days away in Basel. This traditional market, located in the Old Town, is full of energy with festive shopping, numerous concerts and home to the longest illuminated Christmas street in Europe. Well worth a visit!
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