Are you looking for a best Christmas market? Planning a visit to one of the magical Christmas markets across Europe? Can’t decide the best place? Rumjungle’s team have selected 10 top Christmas market for you guys!
Delicious smell of the local delights, countless sparkling lights, small wooden chalets, unique handicrafts items, fabulous gifts, Christmas tree ornaments, music, entertainment for everybody… these are just a small list of what you’ll find in every authentic Christmas market.
Begin with the oldest Christmas market in Europe… of course we are talking about the Christkindelsmärik! It was in Strasbourg in 1570, that the market was first held and since that time Strasbourg has continued the tradition of the authentic Christmas atmosphere. With its over 300 chalets, a wonderful setting in front of Strasbourg Cathedral, the french market attracts over 2 million visitors during the Christmas season.
Open 27th November to 31st December 2015
( http://noel.strasbourg.eu/ )
Cologne has many different Christmas Markets throughout the town, each one has something unique and creative to offer, and a small train will take you to all the markets. One of the most picturesque is certainly the Floating Christmas Market which is literally on a boat on the river Rhine aboard the MS Wappen von Mainz. Delicious smell of cinnamon biscuits, German gastronomic delights, mulled wine, sparkling decorations are are some of the peculiarities that characterize the market and make it unique.
Visit 23rd November – 23rd December ( http://www.cologne.de/events/christmas-markets )
In Edinburgh you can find a suggestive xmas market, with over 100 stalls, the Big wheel brightens the Edinburgh skyline with outstanding views across the city and the Star Flyer provides great entertainment and not just for the children.. and finally you‘ll enjoy a ice skaters! This year seems to be the brightest Christmas festive edition you ever seen in Edinburgh thanks to the 60,000+ lights of the Virgin Money Street of Light, an architectural and spectacular installation along the Royal mile on Old town.
From 20th November – to 4th January ( http://www.edinburghschristmas.com/ )
Copenaghen during the festive period creates a wonderful atmosphere with its Christmas markets and the famous Tivoli Gardens. A visit to the gardens is a must, you’ll find a winter wonderland decorated with myriads of light and you’ll be enchanted by the magic of this site.
If your children ask you to visit the gardens .. probably they have heard that they will have the opportunity to meet Santa Claus ! Hundreds of wooden huts all around the city sell all sorts of Danish design gifts and local specialties such as the hot and spicy red wine drink Glogg, and Aebleskiver usually accompanied with a pan cake, sugar and jam.
Open: 14th November 2015 – 3rd January 2016 (http://www.visitcopenhagen.com/copenhagen/culture/christmas)
Every year the city centre of Bolzano is touched by the magic of the Christmas festivities with its decorated Piazza Walther and 80 little stalls, Bolzano is one of most popular holiday destinations in Italy and Europe during the Christmas time. Everything from the traditional delicacies (mulled wine, apple juice or the well-know Strudel) to the hand crafted objects is authentic and locally produced. During this period the city offers a wide range of kids’ entertainment, such as the miniature train or the puppet theatre.
Open from 26th November 2015 until 6th January 2016
Prague is a stunning background for its Christmas markets that attract over two million visitors every year. Around the city you’ll find various markets where the wooden huts tempt shoppers and visitors with delicious smells of traditional Czech foods such us barbecued pork, Czech muffin , the Czech Christmas potpourri called purpura or the famous Czech beers or a honey liquor called medovina . The main markets are at the Old Town Square and Wenceslas Square. The first one is dominated by a spectacular xmas tree, the wooden stalls are located around the Jan Hus statue and surrounded by a magical and medieval atmosphere. Aside from the markets, Prague offers a wide range of entertainment and sightseeing, from the concerts or the opera and ballet to marionette theatre for a unique Czech experience.
From 28th November 2015 – 06th January 2016
For almost a month festive aromas fill the streets of Vienna which is considered by some as the forerunner to the Christmas Market because it dates back to 1294 and since that time offers for everyone magic and unforgettable moments. The traditional Viennese Christmas market in front of City Hall offers unique xmas gift to take home or to decorate their houses and delicious of candied fruits or roasted chestnuts.
Open from 13th November to 26th December
Another Christmas market in Germany that you can find is in Frankfurt, in fact during the Advent period this city explodes with magical Christmas markets. Warm yourself with a cup of hot apple wine with cinnamon and cloves or try and take your time trying a rich variety of honey-based products from the food to the candles in the Honey House on St Paul’s Square. If you are a pink lover you’ll find exciting the “Pink Christmas Market” at Friedrich Stoltze Square. All the market and its little stalls blaze in bright pink.
Dates: 25th November to 22nd December
( http://www.frankfurt-tourismus.de/en/Discover-Experience/Events/Festivals-in-Frankfurt/Frankfurt-Christmas-Market )
Colmar is an authentic Christmas city, where it is impossible not to get in the spirit for the Christmas holiday season. The whole historic centre is decorated and illuminated like a fairy tale, walking throught the monuments,churches and museums you’ll surronded by the unique Christmas spirit. In Alsace, the preparation of xmas are a special moment that the Colmarians wait with enthusiasm, the respect of tradition is a priority, in fact both the illumination in the street and the design of the little stalls have been designed to perfectly harmonize and show the architectural heritage of Colmar. Place Jeanne d’Arc, Place des Dominicains and Place de l’Ancienne Douane are the place where you’ll find the main markets with its local gastronomy, jewellery or traditional handicraft.
From 20thNovember to 31stDecember 2015
( http://www.noel-colmar.com/en/ )
This Belgian town is probably one of the most beautiful city in Belgium and it deserves a visit any time of year, but, at Christmas , if it is possible , the atmosphere is even more authentic and impressive, where you’ll be hypnotized by the bright lights reflected in the canal. Stop off at the Grote Markt, where you’ll find the main xmas market with its wooden chalets and the bell tower all lit up. Enjoying a hot chocolate or a waffle with cream you can’t miss the festival of snow and ice sculpture at the Station Square and you will not have time to get bored!
From 21st November to 2nd January 2016
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