Gendarmenmarkt, Berlin, Germany
Against the background of the impressive buildings Deutscher Dom and Französischer Dom loom, small wooden benches make a very beautiful open-air market. It also offers delicious food, mainly sausages and mulled wine. In the evenings there is usually a concert from choirs to jazz.
2. Strasbourg, France
It is considered the capital of Christmas as it hosts the oldest Christmas market in Europe, since 1570! Today in the city there are 10 markets with 300 stalls. Visitors should definitely go to Kleber Square to see the huge Christmas tree. Every year the city “hosts” an area. In 2016, Portugal is the guest, so there are stalls that sell traditional products, such as Porto wine and pastéis de nata tarts.
3. Rathaus, Vienna, Austria
Few cities have such a festive atmosphere as Vienna! It has about 20 markets but the one that definitely stands out is in front of the impressive town hall building. 151 benches with gift ideas and Austrian sausages and drinks, a huge ice rink, a reindeer ride for children and the classic manger compose a unique Christmas setting.
4. Le grand marche de noel, Montreal, Canada
It is being held for the second year and is inspired by European markets. 60 wooden benches with handicrafts and hot drinks, and activities for children such as elf workshop, sleigh and igloo. This is where the celebration takes place on New Year’s Eve.
5. Central square and Wenceslas,
Prague Czech Republic
Prague’s two largest Christmas markets, Old Town Square and Wenceslas Square, are just a 5-minute walk away and you can easily see them. Benches with ornaments, gift ideas and incredible delicacies. The klobása, a Czech sausage with a glass of Pilsner Urquell Czech beer, stands out. Markets are open every day until January 6, even on Christmas Day.
6. Piazza Santa Croce, Florence, Italy
Florence’s annual Christmas market is open until 18/12 in the spectacular Piazza Santa Croce. With the stunning church in the background, about 50 counters sell holiday gifts. To see the manger and the Christmas tree you have to go to Piazza del Duomo.
7. Krakow, Poland
For anyone dreaming of a white Christmas, Krakow is the perfect destination. The market takes place in the huge central square of the city, Rynek Glowny. You will find many local specialties, hand-painted Christmas balls, antiques, candies and much more!
8. Frankfurt Christmas Market, Birmingham, England
The most traditional Christmas market in England, in standard German, takes place every year until 29/12 in Victoria Square. 180 benches with ornaments, toys, jewelry and gifts.
9.Tivoli Gardens, Copenhagen, Denmark
A huge theme park-amusement park that becomes even more enchanting at Christmas. In addition to the stalls with the ornaments and the various objects, there are three different shows with lights while a traditional band plays festive songs. Do not miss the sparklers 25-17 / 12 and 31 / 12-3 / 1.
10.Winter Wonders, Brussels, Belgium
A big celebration in every square in the city – Bourse, Place de la Monnaie, Grand Place, Place Sainte Catherine and Marche aux Poissons, where you will find an ice rink, a wheel, a light show and a huge Christmas tree. More than 200 chalets offer glühwein, Belgian beers and waffles.