Christmas in Europe is a time for elaborate pastry creations, magical Christmas carol concerts in medieval churches and giant Christmas trees to be decorated in market squares, along with many other unique local Christmas traditions. Therefore, it’s easy to see why Europe is home to some of the best Christmas Markets in the world.
Here is our top three Christmas Markets in Europe:
23rd November to 23rd December 2016
Dating back to 1692, the Stuttgarter Weihnachtsmarkt is one of Germany’s best-known Christmas markets. Held in the heart of the delicate city, the air is filled with spiced wines and boughs of fresh pine, along with Christmas spirit. Over 300 stalls line the compact, cobbled streets decked out with beautifully bright ornaments, intricately designed wooden toys and carefully crafted gingerbread to interest even the youngest of visitors.
But fear not adults, there is lots in Stuttgart for you to enjoy too! Make sure you look out for the handmade Black Forest specialties, which include artisanal fruit brandies, or watch the classic carol concerts that are held in the Renaissance courtyard of the Old Palace and the steps of the Town Hall.
6th December 2016 to 8th January 2017
It may not seem like the most obvious choice for a Christmas market, but the Dalmatian Coast definitely pulls out all the stops over the festive season. The Christmas Market is held in the beautiful 13th Century atrium in the Convent of St. Claire, featuring traditional Croatian handicrafts, Christmas ornaments, candles, toys, ceramics and more- the perfect Christmas gifts!
If the traditional gifts don’t interest you, then maybe you will love the Christmas cookies and sweets and traditional Dubrovnik delicacies like the quince cheese ‘Kontonjata’ that are popular in Croatia over the festive period.
25th November 2016 to 1st January 2017
Take a stroll through the picturesque city of Bruges, Belgium and be transported back in time to an idyllic, medieval village filled with Christmas spirit. Bruges’ main square is host to one of Belgium’s most popular Christmas markets where, just under the Belfort bell tower, wooden cabin stalls sell everything from leather goods to handmade jewellery- the perfect, unique gifts to take home to the family!
Try ice-skating on the beautifully decorated ice rink where you can spend the afternoon romantically skating hand-in-hand- or trying not to fall over! And then to celebrate the night, finish with some braadworst and glühwein (mulled wine) from the market square’s traditional delicacies stalls to warm you up.
Now, it’s officially December what better time to book your trip to one of Europe’s finest Christmas markets! Don’t hesitate to get in touch with us at 0800 530 0621 and we can sort out your festive break this winter.