The Most Beautiful Christmas Markets in Europe

 The Most Beautiful Christmas Markets in Europe

Visiting Christmas markets have become an important part of the festive season for much of Europe. The trend has grown massively in the last decades, and traditionally modest markets have grown to take over entire cities. With so much choice, it’s hard to know which are the most beautiful christmas markets in Europe. So hopefully, this will give you a bit of a guide.

Bath, UK

Mentioned in our post about why London is the ultimate Christmas destination, we had to include it here. This market has all the classics – roasted chestnuts, apple cider and snow (just not necessarily real). Carols meet in front of the abbey to wish all the visitors a Merry Christmas. This market is set in the beautiful city of Bath, in the West of England. This city was home to the famous author Jane Austen, who took much inspiration for her novels there. To add to the romance of this market, the beautiful sandstone buildings and rolling hills make a wonderful backdrop for this iconic market.

Strasbourg, France

Considering itself the capital of Christmas, The Strasbourg Christkindelsmärik is the oldest Christmas market in France, dating back to 1570. The market runs from the end of November all the way through December. Placed in Cathedral Square (home to the second most it is the second most visited cathedral in France after Notre-Dame) it is as picturesque as Christmas markets get. Wrap up and treat yourself to a Vin chaud and some Bredeles whilst you browse this historic market.

Nuremberg, Germany

Since it was the no.1 market we pointed out in our Christmas travel bucket list, we had to include it here. Make sure you catch the Nuremberg Christkind, she’s particularly distinctive with her golden dress and blonde curls. In fact, the whole market (Christkindlesmarkt) is named after her. Each year, the market takes place in Hauptmarkt, the central square in Nuremberg’s old town. A square characterised by the facade of it’s Gothic church – the Frauenkirche, commissioned by Emperor Charles IV in 1352

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Vilnius, Lithuania

This Christmas market has 48 stores that centres around a grand 25 metres tall Christmas tree. Lights line the top of the stalls and make for a beautiful spectacle. To add to the magic – you are almost definitely guaranteed snow at Christmas in Lithuania, as temperatures drop below 0 °C. You’ll also be able to go ice skating in Town Hall Square, so wrap up warm! There’s plenty of time to see this beautiful market, as it runs all the way through December until the beginning of January. 

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⠀ Christmas Market in Vilnius, Lithuania ⠀ Festive lights, a magical Christmas tree, New Year's performances, delicious Lithuanian specialties – all this you'll find at festive Vilnius fairs. ⠀ A Christmas tree at the Cathedral Square has been gathering crowds of tourists for several years. Last year, the European tourist portal Europe Best Destinations called the Vilnius Christmas tree the most beautiful in Europe, and the US travel portal Conde Nast Travaller included it in the list of the 15 most beautiful ones in the world. This year, the atmosphere of the Christmas fair is no less charming. ⠀ Holidays will last until January 6 Location: Cathedral Square (Katedros aikštė) in the center of Vilnius, Lithuania ⠀ — ⠀ Рождественский рынок и ёлка в Вильнюсе, Литва ⠀ Праздничные огни, волшебная рождественская ёлка, новогодние представления, вкусные литовские сладости… Все это на праздничных столичных ярмарках. ⠀ Рождественская елка на Кафедральной площади уже несколько лет собирает вокруг толпы туристов. В прошлом году Европейский туристический портал «Europe Best Destinations» назвал вильнюсскую рождественскую елку самой красивой в Европе, а туристический портал США «Conde Nast Travaller» включил её в список 15 самых красивых в мире. В этом году атмосфера центральной ярмарки не уступает прошлогодним. ⠀ Праздники продлятся до 6 января Место: Кафедральная площадь (Katedros aikštė) в центре Вильнюса, Литва ⠀ Photo: Saulius Ziura, @gintariukaz, @moommymamagintariukazs, @brigeboo ⠀ #visitbalticsnet #visitbaltics #visitlithuania #lithuaniaVB #balticstates #прибалтика #литва #рождественскаяелка #вильнюсрождество #рождествоввильнюсе #вильнюс #вильнюсратуша #wheretogoinvilnius #vilnius #vilniuschristmastree #vilniuschristmasmarket #christmastree

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Copenhagen, Denmark

Copenhagen is particularly charming at this time of year. Tivoli Gardens is an infamous Christmas attraction, as there are decorations in every nook and cranny they could fit. The trees and buildings are covered in lights to create a real festive atmosphere. If we haven’t convinced you of the beauty of this destination already, this year features a ten-metre tree decorated from top to bottom with 3,000 Swarovski crystals. 

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Julen nærmer sig med hastige skridt. 🎅🎄✨ I dag er der kun en uge til, at vi slår portene op for Jul i Tivoli. Du kan glæde dig til alt fra lucialys i mørket og julestue hos julemanden. Hyggelige juletoner og fortryllende lysinstallationer. Du kan også nyde en tusmørketur rundt i Haven, der som altid glimter med tusindvis af smukke julelys, julekugler og snefnug på grantræernes grene. Vi ses snart! • 🇬🇧 In seven days, we open the gates for Christmas in Tivoli. We provide beautiful decorations everywhere—thousands of twinkling lights offer warmth in the cold winter darkness, and the Christmas tree in front of Nimb glitters with beautiful Swarovski crystals. We look forward to seeing you in Tivoli!

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Hopefully we’ve inspired you to take a last minute Christmas weekend away. If you think we’ve missed any markets out of this list, please let us know in the comments below!

Katie

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