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10 Magical Christmas Markets in Europe For the Best Christmas Vibes

Lights, chocolates and love everywhere! Christmas brings joy to the heart even as a word. When the whole world comes together in celebrating a festival, it is only fair that it’s as grand as Christmas is. Whatever world may it be, religions, or even realms like Narnia and the magical community, celebrate December the 25th, in all its glory. After all the years of Christmas, it has come to be the celebration of life and a season everybody waits for, as soon as it is over. Christkindlmarket or Christmas markets in Europe are such markets that come into motion months before Christmas and set up to be tiny globes of Christmas itself. That is what makes Christmas so special amidst everything. A whiff of a scent could bring you Christmas in the middle of summer, snow on any normal day, the sight of snow-capped trees being lit up, tiny little figurines placed in a certain way, thick woollen socks, a particular song about a red-nosed guy, sipping chocolaty Starbucks- it goes on. But the point is, Christmas visits you any time of the year, all you need to do is hold on to it.

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This feeling is what each of the below tries to sell. So trust that instinct and visit these Christmas markets in Europe in advance so you can wrap yourself inside the Holiday mood. Visit Pickyourtrail to book your next Europe trip.

7 Best Christmas Markets in Europe

  • Old Town and Wenceslas Square, Prague
  • Winter Wonders, Brussels
  • Viennese Christmas Market, Vienna
  • Dresden Striezelmarkt, Dresden
  • Christmas Market at Skansen, Stockholm
  • Marché de Noël Cathédrale, Strasbourg
  • Tivoli Gardens, Copenhagen
  • Malaga Christmas Market
  • Basel Christmas Market
  • Edinburgh Christmas Market

1. Old Town and Wenceslas Square, Prague:

Old Town Square Christmas market Prague
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Prague’s smug Art Noveau buildings are turned into subjects of a winter wonderland come winter. The Old Town starts business at early hours to proclaim the start of this phenomenon. With massive trees that grow up to the size of the buildings themselves, the atmosphere soon starts catching up. The animal stable is stirring with kids coming in to pet them. Classical music starts blaring in from every nook and corner of the scene while stalls start frying sausages and ham; Chimney cakes sit baking along the pancakes. Stylish huts are selling handicrafts, stockings, ceramics, lace, wooden jewellery and decorations everywhere. This image is a typical scene from the Christmas markets of Prague. One of the best Christmas markets in Europe, I would not miss it this Christmas, will you?

2. Winter Wonders, Brussels:

Winder Wonders- Brussels
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What’s in a name? Everything! Winter Wonders in Belgium is one of the best Christmas markets in Europe that comes as a fanfare. It takes up the centre of the city as it’s venue and adds so much beauty to the already sparkling place. Five weeks of Christmas fair is much more than anyone could ask for. The whole nation is fuelled by this pre-festival wonder. Kids especially will have a great time, so pin this up if you’re going to travel with your tiny-uns. Merry go rounds, giant Ferris wheels, ice skating, and lots of Christmas shopping are promised.

3. Viennese Christmas Market, Vienna:

Vienna Christmas Market in Europe
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Viennese Christmas is a beautiful nostalgic event that we’ve all been needing for a long time now. Even more so are the Christmas Markets that come to bring warmth and culture to the city. There are so many ones happening within the city, each of them distinct in their taste. The Vienna Christmas market in Rathausplatz one of the oldest in the city, with at least 150 stalls and shops is one of the best Christmas markets in Europe. Hot wine, Schnitzel and chocolate dipped strawberries accompany you all through the day of shopping. You could buy literally anything you need for Christmas and gorge on great food at the same time. Check out the markets on Belvedere, Schönbrunn and Stephensplatz too.

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4. Dresden Striezelmarkt, Dresden:

Dresden Striezelmarkt
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A square saturated with blinding festival lights being balanced out by the fierce fir trees and red shops. That’s what world’s oldest Christmas market looks in the winter most days it’s glory. Germany‘s best, Dresden’s market is named Striezel or Stollen Cake. Since 1434, the place hasn’t changed much, so the old European Christmas’s soul has been left unaltered. Every year at least a million people check into this place to witness that. Be sure not to miss the annual Stollen festival, where a giant stollen is paraded through the streets till the Christmas market and is cut up into pieces and eaten. The marketplace, on the other hand, is full of decorations, food, jewellery, crafts, pottery and festival gifts making it one of the best Christmas markets in Europe.

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5. Christmas Market at Skansen, Stockholm:

Skansen Christmas Market Sweden
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Christmas in Stockholm is signalled begun by the opening up of Skansen market. The place is filled with an unmistakable festive air and is one of the best Christmas markets in Europe. Snow arrives much sooner than Christmas does, so throughout the month, a beautiful backdrop can be seen encapsulating the premises. Spices, cheeses, leather, crockery, game, bread, cakes, fabrics and everything the land makes. You could shop as you skate on the layer of sleet too. There will always be something on the stove somewhere. So if you want to warm up, huddle next to the nearest fire and ask for a cup of cocoa.

6. Marché de Noël Cathédrale, Strasbourg:

Strasbourg Christmas Market
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Christkindelsmärik of Strasbourg is France’s oldest, dating back to 1570. Strasbourg Cathedral hosts this festival in its most elegant courtyards. Today it holds at least 300 shops during Christmas and is one of the the best Christmas markets in Europe. When you see the Christmas tree standing tall in front of you, you will be glad you came. The aroma of fresh cinnamon and peonies will lure you in as soon as you’re close by. The feeling of roaming aimlessly through the alleys under the stars, and looking for things to buy is unparalleled. Especially, when there is such a pretty Baroque church in the background. You could do all this while munching on gingerbread, sauerkraut and flambe.

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7. Tivoli Gardens, Copenhagen:

Tivioli Gardens Christmas Market
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Tivoli Gardens is world’s second oldest theme park. What’s more interesting is, it is the real world replica of Disneyland. During Christmas, it is the true depiction of a wonderland and one of the most beautiful and the best Christmas markets in Europe. Fairy lights will be glittering all around the shops, giving all the right feels. The yuletide fair is again brimming till the neck with shops of all kinds. Do not miss out on the mini pancake pops or honninghjerter. They come in tiny puffs of joy, cream and buttercream filled and coated in chocolate glaze.

Malaga Christmas Market

8. Malaga Christmas Market

Step into a winter wonderland at the Malaga Christmas Market, where holiday magic fills the air. This vibrant market offers a plethora of delights, from handcrafted ornaments to delectable treats. Browse through the stalls adorned with twinkling lights and discover unique gifts and souvenirs. Indulge in traditional Spanish delicacies like churros and roasted chestnuts, while sipping on aromatic hot chocolate or mulled wine. Live performances and entertainment add to the festive ambiance. From charming handicrafts to delicious gastronomy, the Malaga Christmas Market has everything you need to make your holiday season truly special. Immerse yourself in the joyous atmosphere and create cherished memories.

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9. Basel Christmas Market

Discover the enchanting Basel Christmas Market, where a winter wonderland comes to life. This Swiss gem is renowned for its magical atmosphere and vibrant festivities. Stroll through the picturesque streets adorned with twinkling lights and beautifully decorated stalls. Immerse yourself in the aroma of cinnamon, gingerbread, and roasted chestnuts. From handcrafted ornaments to traditional Swiss delicacies, everything you desire for a perfect Christmas is available here. Explore the artisanal crafts, enjoy live music, and sip on steaming hot Glühwein. Basel Christmas Market is a true delight for all the senses, offering a memorable and joyous experience for visitors of all ages.

Edinburgh Christmas

10. Edinburgh Christmas Market

Discover the enchantment of the Edinburgh Christmas Market, where a winter wonderland awaits you. This magical market, located in the heart of Scotland’s capital, offers a delightful array of attractions and activities for all ages. From beautifully adorned stalls offering handmade crafts and unique gifts to an array of delicious food and drinks, there is something for everyone. Enjoy ice skating in the picturesque surroundings, take a ride on the festive carousel, or warm up with a cup of steaming hot chocolate. The Edinburgh Christmas Market is a must-visit destination, offering a truly special and unforgettable holiday experience.

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