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10 European cities to visit for their Christmas markets

Posted: 19 November 2023

The twinkling lights, the aroma of mulled wine, and the festive cheer – there's something undeniably enchanting about European Christmas markets, and we are so lucky that most are just a short flight away!

Here’s our guide to the top 10 European cities to visit for their Christmas markets this year.

Brussels, Belgium

Dates: Late November to Early January

Winter Wonders in Brussels transforms the city into a winter wonderland. Explore over 200 stalls, enjoy a giant Ferris wheel, and glide on an ice skating rink. The Grand Place, with its stunning light show, is a must-visit.

Copenhagen, Denmark

Dates: Mid-November to Late December

Tivoli Gardens Christmas Market in Copenhagen is pure magic. The park is adorned with thousands of lights, and you can enjoy festive treats while you pick out Danish crafts for all the family.

Amsterdam, Netherlands

Dates: Early December to Late January

Amsterdam's Christmas markets offer a unique Dutch twist. Check out the ice skating rinks, browse the charming wooden stalls, and sip on Dutch hot chocolate while you take in the magic.

Prague, Czech Republic

Dates: Late November to Early January

Prague's Old Town Square Christmas Market is straight out of a fairytale. Admire the beautifully decorated tree, shop for handcrafted gifts, and indulge in delicious Czech pastries.

Vienna, Austria

Dates: Mid-November to Late December

Vienna's Christmas markets are legendary, but the Rathausplatz market, in front of City Hall, is a standout. Enjoy classical music performances, artisanal goods, and Austrian delicacies.

Stockholm, Sweden

Dates: Late November to Late December

The Swedish capital comes alive with festive markets during the holiday season. The Skansen Christmas Market is particularly charming, offering traditional Swedish crafts and food.

Berlin, Germany

Dates: Late November to Early January

Berlin boasts multiple Christmas markets, but the one at Gendarmenmarkt is especially enchanting. Explore beautifully adorned stalls and savour the city's culinary delights.

Budapest, Hungary

Dates: Mid-November to Early January

Budapest's Christmas markets are known for their charm. The most popular market at Vörösmarty Square offers handmade crafts, mulled wine, and a has an ice rink for everyone to enjoy.

Krakow, Poland

Dates: Late November to Early January

Krakow's Main Market Square transforms into a beautiful Christmas wonderland. Discover Polish handicrafts, enjoy live nativity scenes, and make sure you try traditional Polish cuisine.

Dublin, Ireland

Dates: Late November to Late December

If you want to try somewhere a little closer to home, Dublin's Christmas markets are perfect. Visit the festive stalls at St. Stephen's Green or enjoy the cosy atmosphere of the Docklands Christmas Market.

If we’ve got you feeling festive, we're now taking reservations for our Christmas Cookery Experiences, enjoy a Christmas dinner with traditional trimmings, a Gingerbread House Challenge, or our new Festive Mystery Box Challenge. All experiences include complimentary cocktail making. You can contact us here.

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