The countdown to Christmas is winding down. The children are anticipating opening all their shiny, packaged gifts early in the morn’. The smell of goodies is wafting from all the bakeries and kitchens you pass. Twinkle lights line the street and store fronts. Cheer fills the air.
But if you want to feel the full extent of all the holiday festivities, you should visit Europe’s most popular Christmas Markets. They’re magical – the Winter Wonderlands of Europe. Luckily, many of the Christmas Markets can be found in European cities in which Loving Apartments offers affordable accommodation to make you comfortable during the holiday season.
Market at Kaiser Wilhelm Gedächtniskirche
The Christmas Market at Kaiser Wilhem Gedächtniskirche is one of the most celebrated Christmas Markets in Berlin, which is something to boast about because Berlin hosts around 60 Christmas markets each holiday season. This market is chockfull of holiday decorations, ornaments, wreaths, toys, jewellry and oodles of gift options. But you’ll probably be most enticed by the wonderful scents of all the Christmas treats – hot cocoa, roasted almonds, mulled wine, fruit glazed sausages and so much more. Millions of lights surround the Breitscheidplatz, and in the middle of the square stands a majestic Christmas tree at 20 metres high. You’ll leave the market with your Christmas shopping completed, your stomach satisfied and your heart warm.
Fira de Santa Llucia
The Fira de Santa Llucia makes its home in front of Barcelona‘s cathedral and dates back to the 18th century. This Christmas market has become the most classic market in Spain to pick up all your festive decorations and gifts. The market is especially famous for its many stalls of mistletoe, Christmas trees and caga tiós. Caga tiós is a special tradition of Catalan Christmases and can be translated as “poo logs.” The log has a painted smiling face, and children take care of the log by covering it by a blanket or feeding it every day from December 8 to Christmas. That way, on Christmas Eve, the Caga tió will be sure to plop out lots of Christmas goodies.
Christmas Markets in Old Town Square and Wencelas Square
Prague has been declared to be a “winter wonderland” setting, uniting both the locals and tourists in festivity in its Christmas markets. The most popular markets can be found in the Old Town Square and Wencelas Square. The markets have become mostly famed for their beautiful choir music that rings out as you peruse all the toys, winter wear and homemade goods. You can enjoy your Czech beer as you salivate over the spit-roasted pigs, barbecued sausages and all the pastries. A tree from the Krkonose Moutains is spotlighted in the middle of the Old Town Square in a flurry of lights and ribbons. You can find a hearty Christmas tree in the middle of Wencelas Square as well.
Vörösmarty Square Christmas Market
Every year Budapest hosts a holiday market in Vörösmarty Square, in the heart of the city. What better place to celebrate this joyful season? There is a special program at the market almost every day whether it be a concert, play, folk dancing or a puppet show. You’ll also find a wide array of artisan products and traditional Hungarian Christmas foods. You’ll be lured into the market by stuffed cabbage in roasted goose thigh, pork knuckle and grilled sausage and meat. Not only is the market a lighthearted Christmas hub, but also a cultural hub for Budapest.
Campo Santa Stefano
The Christmas Market in Campo Santa Stefano in Venice is unique because it only sells local Venetian products – masks, nativities, wooden toys, handmade stationary, winter greens, lace, linen, glassware and too much more to list. These artisan items will make the perfect gift for your loved ones to unwrap on Christmas day. The square of the market fills up with little wooden cottage fronts, creating a quaint ambiance for your shopping and celebrating. You’ll want to go to the market at night to see it ablaze with fairy lights and to catch one of the late night concerts that this Venetian Christmas Market is known for.