Discover the best Christmas markets in Europe this year and enjoy shopping for unique gifts for family and friends. Get back to a traditional Christmas and stroll through snowy cities packed with stalls, entertainment and delicious food. With the hundreds of Christmas markets available all around Europe, there will be something to suit your taste.
Berlin is one of the most popular locations in Germany for Christmas markets, with over 50 markets and bazaars every year. The charming markets are dotted throughout Berlin’s stunning architectural landscape, one of the most popular being the WeihnachtsZauber market on the Gendarmenmarkt.
Germany’s crisp winter weather and picturesque landscape makes it an ideal location for festive markets. In Munich, daily concerts are performed from the balcony of the town hall, providing the perfect backdrop for the many Christmas markets that take place throughout the town. The city is renowned for being a great location to visit during the festive season, with ice skating and festivals taking place as well as plenty of markets to explore.
A city break to Cologne is fantastic with the wintertime bonus of beautiful Christmas markets. Cologne’s Christmas market on the Alter Markt, in the heart of Cologne’s old town, set against the stunning setting of the famous cathedral is a favourite. The market is idyllic and traditional with its wooden stalls, and is perfect for the kids as it offers a variety of entertainment including Santa’s grotto and a puppet theatre
Check out holidays to Germany to find that special Christmas deal.
With its breathtaking views, Prague is an idyllic destination for Christmas markets. Rows of bright wooden huts line the streets, with vendors selling everything from ornaments and toys to festive culinary fare. The markets typically run from 9am until 7pm during the festive season, with the main markets being located at the Old Town Square and Wenceslas Square
For the Gallic touch, plan a visit to France’s Christmas markets. The markets of Paris are favourites with visitors due to their vast array of festive produce. The French capital, of course, comes alive in the festive season. Check out Paris for a haven of colourful stalls, sleigh rides in the snow and sumptuous local food.
Other favourite European Christmas markets include Vienna’s Christkindlmarkt, a long-running festival that celebrates Austria’s favourite time of year. If you’re there to shop on your winter break, make sure you head to Spittelberg, the foremost shopping district with lovely narrow streets lined with every gift you could dream of, whether you’re after art, clothing, jewellery or unusual crafts. Scattered throughout the city are stalls offering delicious traditional cuisine, including sweet chestnuts, or maroni, and lots of waffeln – waffles!
Whether you’re planning a city break or a long winter holiday, be sure to visit the beautiful Christmas markets on offer around Europe. For days of Christmas shopping and cosy evenings with traditional food and wine, book your Christmas break with easyJet holidays for affordable deals on flights and hotels, and make this festival season unforgettable.