Where: Rue des 3 Cailloux Search Queries: +27,000 per month. Your guaranteed Christmas markets in Warsaw are in the Old Town, on Market Square; and in the Barbakan area of the city. What time: 11am-8pm (Mon-Wed), 11am-9pm (Thu-Sat), 11am-5pm (Sun) More than 300 unique individual stalls are spread across 10 sites in the northwestern city, offering food, drinks, crafts and gifts in a winding trail that takes in a lot of the city’s main streets. When: Nov 22-Dec 23 There are also Christmas activities that will attract young and old alike, from a daily programme of entertainment to fairground rides. If you’re inspired and want to travel with this information offline, I’ve created a free travel guide on Pearlshare which you can download straight to your phone so you don’t forget where your favorite markets are! From mid-November to Christmas, Vienna’s prettiest squares transform into magical Christmas markets, an age-old tradition which dates back over seven hundred years. Basel Christmas Market is spread across three sites: the largest is on Barfüsserplatz in the old town; Münsterplatz, in front of the historic cathedral in one of the most beautiful squares in Basel, and a smaller market on the right bank of the Rhine. What time: 11am-10pm (some markets open at 10am, while one or two begin at 2pm) There’s more to Oxford than universities – come December, the British city’s historic Broad Street becomes a hub of celebrations, festivities and the hustle and bustle of Christmas shopping. For exploring Christmas markets, take the European approach. What time: 10am-9pm (Mon-Thurs); 10am-10pm (Fri-Sat); 12pm-9pm Sundays We usually try to publish these posts in November since people plan their travel a little earlier :). When: Nov 15-Jan 2 Committed to bringing you the best in adventure travel from all around the globe, there is no mountain too high, and no fete too extreme! The Christmas market sells a selection of goods, from local arts and crafts to aromatic roasted chestnuts and mulled wine, Christmas ornaments and gifts. Popularity: ★★★ Search Queries: +52,000 per month. 25 November – 24 December The Capital of Christmas in Strasbourg is Europe’s oldest market and a wonderful feast for eyes, transforming the French city with mesmerizing illuminations. Thanks Lance! What time: 10am-8pm (Sun-Wed); 10am-9pm (Thur-Fri); 10am-10pm (Sat) Prague’s Christmas markets are a highlight in the Czech Republic’s festive calendar, open every day from December 1st to January 6th, including Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. What time: 10am-10pm When: Nov 15-Dec 23 What time: 10am-6pm (Sun-Wed), 10am-8pm (Thu-Sat) Thanks! Christmas markets by themselves and experiencing a holiday abroad is a ton of fun! Search Queries: +21,000 per month. After that, it’s Christmas carols and twinkling lights aplenty – the lovingly decorated stalls around the historic, restored market square offer arts, crafts and jewellery from Germany and around the world, as well as Christmas snacks and warming drinks. But we survived and lived to tell the tale. They open during the last week of November and run until Christmas Day or even New Year’s Eve. When: Dec 2-Jan 6 Search Queries: +88,000 per month. What time: 10am-8pm (Mon-Thu), 10am-9pm (Fri-Sat), 11am-8pm (Sun) Oooh I LOVED Bath when we visited during summer a few years back, so I can only imagine how magical it would be come Christmas time – I’ll have to try and get back to take in the markets there. Where: Market Church, Ballhofplatz What time: 11am-9pm What time: 11am-9pm (Sun-Thurs); 11am-10pm (Fri-Sat) Of course, you may have an incredible, must-see Christmas market in your city or town, that may have fallen outside of the top 500 in terms of population; or, there may be a Christmas market in the say Netherlands, or Denmark, which receives a huge number of searches but, sadly, not in the five languages we relied on for our data set. Where: Market Square in the historic Old Town Hear about new posts on Facebook: Please click “like”! Of course, there are thousands of Christmas markets in Germany, almost in every village. Where: Rathausplatz, Franziskanerstraße, Unterlindenplatz and Kartoffelmarkt Love Christmas Market! Popularity: ★★★★ When: Nov 9-Dec 23 Top tip: the white mulled wine on sale at Munsterplatz is rumoured to be the best in the region. Each Christmas, the Belgian capital comes alive with Plaisirs d’Hiver at Brussels’ Grand Place, a sprawling winter wonderland of more than 200 rustic winter cabins selling everything from vintage clothing and gifts to ornaments, food and festive drinks. Wooden chalets – more than 100 of them – pop up to sell artisan perfumes, local wine and delicacies, as well as gifts, arts and crafts. PIN THIS TO YOUR TRAVEL PINTEREST BOARDS ↓. Search Queries: +57,000 per month. Where: St Mary’s Church Keep an eye out for the 10-metre-tall lilies – the symbol of the Wiesbaden coat of arms – guiding the way to the city’s Christmas markets, and the Christmas tree, directly in front of the town hall and illuminated with 3,000 environmentally friendly lightbulbs. During the Advent season, the town and market are illuminated in festive splendour – it’s the perfect time to truly explore the historic city and see everything it has to offer (mulled wine in hand). Popularity: ★★★ The oldest Christmas market in France, Strasbourg Christmas market dates back to 1577, and plays host to over 2 million tourists every year who flock to witness hundreds of miles worth of glittering Christmas lights, themed events, a giant ice rink, and the famous 100 foot ‘Great Christmas Tree’. Breathe in deep for the aroma of mulled wine and cinnamon-laced baked goods. Thanks for the tip on Wroclaw Sia, sorry to hear you were a week out from the markets in Berlin. Search Queries: +54,000. Festive accommodation fills up faster than the Christmas markets! I would like to see more Christmas Markets from other European Countries. Popularity: ★★★ What time: TBC Where: Place Royale and Place du Commerce Amiens’ Christmas market is the largest in Northern France, spanning two kilometres of the city’s streets, with its focal point on Rue des 3 Cailloux. Search Queries: +34,000 per month. I clicked this cause christmas is coming! Search Queries: +66,000 per month. There’s also an extensive programme of entertainment including Christmas parades, workshops, a Nativity scene and an ice rink. Don’t leave without sampling the hot deep-fried churros – a perfect Christmas treat! I think getting to any of the markets on the list would mean that it was a good xmas! Popularity: ★★★★★ You will have memories for a lifetime and bring back home the best traditional Christmas presents. It’s a mere 15 minutes from Frankfurt Airport, making it one of the easiest German Christmas markets to get to and now has copycat German markets across Europe, trying – but failing – to replicate its beauty. Where: Schlossplatz Dresden. What time: 11am-7pm (Mon-Thu), 11am-8pm (Fri-Sun) Popularity: ★★★ The best place to soak up the atmosphere is at one of Copenhagen’s many Christmas markets. While the central European Christmas markets get the most eyeballs, the south of Europe can also be a charming place to spend the winter holidays. What time: 12pm-9pm (Sun-Thu); 12pm-10pm (Fri-Sat) What time: 11am-8pm Outdoor Christmas markets line main squares in all major cities across Europe. Stephanie Vermillion. Attracting children of all ages, there’s an extensive programme of events and activities – and, as well as the contemporary Christmas market, selling all sorts of local and international food and drink, there’s a historical Medieval market with more traditional fares and wares. It’s a time, too, for Edinburgh’s Christmas markets to make an appearance – enjoy food, drink and crafts at the Scottish Market on George Street; pick up unique gifts at the European Market in the Mound Precinct, or pick out presents for the kids in the Children’s Market, part of Santa Land in Princes Street Gardens. And as they say, its either a good time or a good story. No wonder Strasbourg won the title of “Best Christmas Market in Europe” last year.”. Brussels is one of my favorite cities! Officially one of Europe’s most spectacular Christmas markets, the Wiener Weihnachtstraum (Vienna Christmas Dream) spreads loads of charms. Popularity: ★★★ As well as shopping opportunities, there’s live music, fun family activities and a ceremony to switch on the city’s Christmas lights, with a host of festive surprises! Share: The history of the Christmas market is a story of necessity, rather than festive celebrations. Sheffield’s Christmas market is spread across Fargate, Tudor Square, Peace Gardens and the Town Hall Square, with loads on offer including gifts, arts, crafts and, of course, festive food and drink. There’s loads for children, too, with a giant slide, children’s carousel, a big Ferris wheel and glass cases containing characters from well known fairytales. Touch call! One of those that do is a visit to a Christmas market (German: Weihnachtsmarkt) in Vienna. Popularity: ★★★ Popularity: ★★★★ Search Queries: +45,000 per month. https://www.staycity.com/blog/top-100-Christmas-markets-Europe When: Nov 24-Dec 26 Search Queries: +39,000 per month. Where: Grand-Place, the Bourse, Place de la Monnaie, Place Sainte-Catherine and Marché aux Poissons The Safest Christmas Markets/Destinations in Europe were chosen on the basis of the following criteria: number of Covid-19 cases per million inhabitants, number of … What time: 10.30am-8pm (Sun, Tue-Thu); 10.30am-10pm (Fri-Sat), 2pm-8pm (Mon) Use the list below to find your way around the different markets, which provisionally start opening from mid-November in 2021. The most awe-inspiring part of Prague’s Christmas market festivities is the enormous Christmas tree in Old Town Square, covered in twinkling lights, which are turned on each day at 4.30pm to the sound of ceremonial classical music. Glittering lights cascade from trees and buildings on to the 130 beautifully decorated stalls, not to mention an incredible 750 Christmas treets throughout the city. Breathe in deep for the aroma of mulled wine and cinnamon-laced baked goods. What time: TBC Thanks for sharing! What time: 10.30am-9.30pm (Mon-Sat); 10.30am-7.30pm (Sun) When: Nov 23-Dec 30 Where: Zurich Opera House, Zurich Old Town, Zurich Main Train Station Leipzig’s Christmas markets go back all the way to 1458, today being one of the highlights of the German city’s festive calendar. There are daily concerts on St Johanner Markt Square, and at weekends there’s a traditional puppet theatre at 2pm. Galway's Continental Christmas Market runs from 21 November to 22 December, with traders from Ireland and across Europe, live music, and workshops for children. When: Dec 1-Dec 24 There’s everything on offer, from crafts and jewellery to mulled wine and festive treats – and there’s even a 400m² ice rink in town, at the Kuhtor gate. The UNESCO World Heritage Site of Bern, Switzerland, offers a unique setting for its annual Christmas markets – against a backdrop of Bern’s medieval streets. This German style Christmas markets has decorated traditional huts, brightly lit and decorated and selling traditional festive food, crafts, decorations, ornaments, cribs and specialities including mulled wine, German stollen and lebkuchen cakes, bratwurst and more. You’ll find gifts, Christmas decorations and festive foods, along with arts and crafts from international makers – including Russia, Canada and Poland. We then cross-referenced these cities and towns with those that hold Christmas fairs and markets, and built queries for each of these first in the English language, such as “Vienna Christmas market”, “Vienna Xmas market”, “Vienna Christmas Market 2018/9” and so on. Its Christmas market is equally enchanting, running from November 16th to December 22nd. Wish we had time to explore the rest of these. You’ll find sellers with festive wares including bratwurst, burgers, crepes and pick ‘n’ mix – along with Christmas ornaments, gifts, handmade crafts and edible presents. Search Queries: +102,000 per month. Where: Broad Street At the foot of the French Alps, Grenoble is a beautiful setting for a sprawling Christmas market – there are four, held in different locations across the city centre. Popularity: ★★★ Since I’m now living in Belgium, I guess I should check the Bruxelles one :). Where: Fargate, Peace Gardens, Tudor Square and Sheffield Town Hall Just means you have an excuse to plan a trip back right!! It would be difficult to find a setting for a Christmas market that is more awe-inspiring than the steps of Milan’s Duomo, the largest church in Italy. There’s also an ice rink at Friedensplatz, as well as a daily programme of Christmas events to choose from. What time: 10am-6.30pm (Sun-Wed), 10am-8pm (Thu-Sat) Keep in mind that many of the ticketed events sell out before December. Bournemouth Square is brightly lit for Christmas, with twinkling fairylights lighting the way between the town’s two main shopping streets, and providing the perfect backdrop for the town’s Christmas markets. Where: Friedrich-Ebert-Platz on the Hohenzollernstraße and the Passage Volkspark to Volkspark, ending at the Adolf-Nassau-Platz or Theaterplatz There’s also an ice rink at Sechseläutenplatz, the city’s oldest Christmas market at Niederdorf in the Old Town and daily concerts at the Christmas market at Werdmühleplatz. Wishing you a very Merry Christmas as well :). Where: Town Hall Search Queries: +66,000. Where: Market Square, Barbakan Popularity: ★★★ What time: 11am-8pm I have always wanted to do the Christmas markets, and didn’t know where to start. But seriously, totally agree with the other markets, they are truly amazing :). Using a selection of seed lists , the top 25 Christmas markets from these lists were then transferred into this document and the Christmas markets were searched for on Instagram which revealed the number of times the hashtag was used worldwide. Popularity: ★★★ The largest French Christmas market is found in Strasbourg. Please, do let us know if you have been to a Christmas market we absolutely have to visit – or if your town is host to a Christmas event that deserves top billing! York’s Christmas markets are one of the highlights of the Yorkshire Christmas calendar. “Half-timbered houses sport giant red-and-white hearts; stars, angels and snowflakes garland the cobbled streets. As well as that, each Saturday during Advent there’s a Christmas parade that runs through the city, with Santa and his reindeer making an appearance at 4pm, 6pm and 8pm. Popularity: ★★★★ I visited there many years ago when I lived in Germany and it is a great place to spend the day. Thanks for the heads up on Manchester Vicki! What time: Old Town and Market Square: daily 11am-9pm; Maria-Theresien-Street: daily 11am-9pm; Hungerburg: daily 1pm-7pm; opening at noon on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays; Wiltener Platz: 4pm-8pm (Mon-Fri), 2pm-8pm (Sat); St. Nikolaus: daily 4pm-9pm Search Queries: +26,000 per month. What time: various times When: Nov 15-Dec 24 When: Nov 27-Dec 23 Why we love it: Voted the best Christmas market in Europe in 2016, 2017, and 2018, Advent in Zagreb is pure holiday magic, mixed with a healthy dose of spectacle. When: Nov 18-Dec 23 (slight variation for different markets) Designed by Elegant Themes | Powered by WordPress. When: Nov 26-Dec 22 Paris is spectacular, yes, but if you have the choice, definitely start with Strasbourg :) Happy travels! The International Essen Christmas Market does exactly what it says on the tin; each Advent season, you’ll find a Christmas market with goods from all over the world, from African sculpture to Russian crafts, Cuban figurines and all of the latest toys making waves in the US. Plus, the Christmas carousel is sure to enchant the kids! What time: 10am-8.30pm (Mon-Sat), 11.30am-7.30pm (Sun) Each market takes place against a spectacular backdrop, with snow-covered mountains surrounding the city, and in total there are 200 stalls to choose from, selling traditional gifts and crafts as well as local food and drink. 240 wooden chalets/market stalls extend along the streets from Grand’Place to place Ste-Catherine each year in a Christmas market (Winter Wonders) which covers almost 2 kilometers.Quaint wooden-roofed huts sell handmade arts and crafts, souvenirs, and Belgian delicacies – visitors can pick up pots of moules (mussels), scrumptious … There is an array of different stalls, some of which are occupied by local storekeepers, selling their handmade artisanal goods, from gifts and decorations to food, drink and local specialities. What time: 11am-9pm (Sun-Thurs); 11am-10pm (Fri-Sat) Search Queries: +20,000 per month. Search Queries: +73,000 per month. What time: 11am-9pm daily Metz’s Christmas markets are spread over six different squares in the French city – Place de la République, Place Saint Louis, Place de la Gare, Place Saint-Jacques, Place de Chambre and Place d’Armes. Popularity: ★★★ You could concentrate on Munich and visit Augsburg, Regensburg, Passau, and Nuremberg. What time: 10am-8pm (Sun-Thu), 10am-9.30pm (Fri-Sat) We’re talking gifts, crafts, food and mulled wine, as well as fairground attractions and “apres-ski” nightlife. When: Nov 28-Dec 22 Why we love it: Düsseldorf's Christmas market is actually made up of … Where: Place de la Réunion Popularity: ★★★ Popularity: ★★★ Krakow’s Market Square, the location of its stunning Christmas markets, dates back to the 13th century – and has a history that’s perfectly fitting with the festive feel of the decorated market stalls. Popularity: ★★★★★ Where: Dr Ruer-Platz Square In Italy, the Christmas season begins on December 8th, a day that’s dedicated to decorating the Christmas tree. Hope you have the chance to take in a Christmas market or two :). You’ll find a selection of nicely decorated stalls selling Christmas gifts, a selection of handmade crafts from local makers, and Christmas delicacies. The German city of Halle is no stranger to markets, holding a daily market (not Sundays) throughout the year. Where: Various locations Today, Christmas markets pop up in a plethora of European cities. Given the cynical over-hyped world we live in, there are few experiences today that really live up to their image. There’s a historical Christmas market at Hamburg’s Town Hall; the Santa Pauli market in the city’s red-light district; the Christmas market at the Gansemarkt; and the White Magic Christmas market at the Jungfernstieg, and that’s just for starters. Someday I’ll get myself to a Christmas market. Need more inspiration? If you’re inspired and want to travel with this information offline, I’ve created a free travel guide on Pearlshare which you can download straight to your phone so you don’t forget where your favorite markets are! The medieval city of Rothenburg is about as Disney as it comes. We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites. Plus you can enjoy a bit … You’ll find a Christmas ferris wheel, a beautiful festive trail of lanterns, an ice exhibition at Place de la République with more than 80 ice sculptures from a variety of artists, along with the sweet festive treats, Christmas ornaments and gifts we’ve come to expect from the best of Europe’s Christmas markets. Popularity: ★★★ Birmingham’s Christmas market attracts an incredible 5.5 million visitors annually – with over 120 stalls of festive treats to enjoy. 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