Best Christmas Markets in the World: Christmas is coming soon and with it its famous Christmas markets. In Europe they have proliferated both in quality and quantity, which is why it is worthwhile to take a trip just to visit them, because these days offer us the unique opportunity to enjoy a warm and colorful atmosphere, with its Christmas decoration, food stalls street, (without forgetting) the hot wine, the shops of crafts, the music or the choirs of children singing own songs of these dates.
We know that there are many, but we wanted to make a selection of what we consider are the 10 best Christmas markets in the world.
The 10 Best Christmas Markets in the World
In the Alsace area, in the north of France, we have been able to enjoy one of the best Christmas markets in the world. Its villages with medieval air with charming little streets, their fairy tale houses dressed in a thousand colors and flowers, to which in this season they add a beautiful Christmas decoration, make this place a paradise for Christmas lovers.
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On our trip to Alsace, we visited many of these towns where, at this time, the protagonists are incredible Christmas markets, such as those in Mulhouse, Obernai, Riquewihr, Ribeauville … even those in the beautiful town of Colmar and the more than ten we can find in Strasbourg, the capital of Christmas .
Dates: Between November 20 and December 31
Most cities and towns in Switzerland have beautiful Christmas markets. Starting with Basel, with one of the most beautiful Christmas markets in Europe, located on the Barfusserplatz and around the historic church of Barfüsserkirch, right in the historic center. Also, you can not miss the one in Zurich: the biggest covered market in Europe, which you can find in the Central Station.
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The market of the beautiful Lucerne is another essential, in the square Franziskanerplatz, full of stars, cookies, cakes and crafts of all kinds. Montreux is also a must-visit with the more than 150 stalls of its Advent market, which form a small town.
Dates: Between November 22 and December 24
Arriving in Brussels and seeing the more than 250 stalls around the Grand Place, with its big Christmas tree, already make it worth the trip. Its ice rink in Sainte-Catherine and the atmosphere that is created in the city at this time is incredible.
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You should also take into account that by train you can go to Bruges, one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, with a Christmas market in the center and many shops where you can buy anything related to Christmas. You can not forget Ghent, Antwerp or Leuven, which are also spectacular at Christmas and which is very easy to access by train from Brussels. Without a doubt, Christmas is one of the best things to see in Belgium.
Dates: Between November 25 and January 1
Prague is another city where you can find some of the best Christmas markets. In the Plaza of the Old Town, with its spectacular astronomical clock, you will find the most beautiful, with a large manger, surrounded by small shops and hot food stalls, with typical products of the region, which we are sure, you will not be able to resist trying. You can not miss in the stands, the hot wine, which will make you much more pleasant and less cold.
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In Wenceslao you will also find another of the city’s main markets, as well as smaller ones that are spread throughout the city, such as Vinohrady or Plaza de la Republica.
Dates: Between November 29 and January 6
5. New York
The Christmas in New York is something to be lived at least once in life. The city cannot be more spectacular with Christmas lights and decorations and if you find it snowed, the visual spectacle can be even greater. Skating on the ice rink in Central Park, watching the Rockefeller Center tree light, touring the more than 100 craft stalls in beautiful Bryant Park or the Union Square flea market, seeing the lights on Fifth Avenue and the shop windows Malls such as Macy’s, Bergdorf Goodman and Bloomingdales are just some of the many things to do at Christmas in New York .
Dates: Between October 30 and January 2
6. Bavaria, One of the Best Christmas Markets
The area of Bavaria in southern Germany also has some of the best Christmas markets in Europe. You can fly directly to Munich where you will find one of the most beautiful Christmas markets in the spectacular Marienplatz. In this square re-gathering more than 150 wooden stands with handicrafts, Christmas decorations, toys, candles …
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The Nuremberg market is another of the most famous Christmas markets in Germany, with one of the largest pedestrian areas in Europe full of lights and Christmas decorations that unite the two main markets: the Christmas Market of the Child Jesus and the Christmas Market for Children.
Dates: Between November 23 and December 24
7. The Tyrol
If you fly directly to Salzburg you will find one of the best Christmas markets and one of the most beautiful in Europe. The Christmas market of the Child Jesus is mounted at the foot of the Hohensalzburg fortress, in the Cathedral square and in the La Residencia square.
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One of the best options is to rent a car and go to the area of Tyrol where you can enjoy the Christmas atmosphere by visiting fairytale towns such as Seefeld in Tirol or Hall in Tirol. Innsbruck is the capital of this area, with a beautiful old town decorated with a huge Christmas tree and several markets, where you can get lost and enjoy one of the most beautiful places to spend this time of year.
Dates: Between November 17 and December 26
Tallinn is one of the most beautiful medieval towns in Europe, also known as the ” little Prague “. If you go at Christmas you have many chances to see it snowed, something that we assure you, it is magical. Its old town, one of the best preserved in Europe, surrounded by walls makes it the ideal place to visit its markets and celebrate Christmas. The main market is formed in the Town Hall Square, which dates back to the 15th century, and where you can enjoy more than 50 stalls selling local food and handicrafts.
Dates: Between November 18 and January 7
Stockholm is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe with a beautiful historical center, Gamla Stan, in which at this time of the year several Christmas markets are distributed, such as the Old Town in the beautiful square Stortorget, full of toys and typical gastronomy of these dates.
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Also worth mentioning is the Skansen Christmas Market, an open-air museum located on the island of Djurgården, as an essential visit at this time. Strolling through its decorated streets, drinking a hot wine or skating on the ice rink are some of the activities you can do in Stockholm at this time.
Dates: Between November 19 and December 23
Budapest, the jewel of the Danube and one of our favorite cities in the world. The Christmas atmosphere is extraordinary in the market of Vörösmarty Square with its more than 100 wooden stands with typical products of Hungarian cuisine, crafts and a large Christmas tree, as well as a huge Advent calendar.
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You can not miss the one that forms around the Basilica of San Esteban with an ice rink and a great decoration of lights. A final recommendation is to climb the Buda Hill and enjoy Budapest illuminated from the Fisherman’s Bastion.
Dates: Between November 28 and January 1