Christmas in Europe is all about tradition, family, crisp weather and cosy fireside nights. There’s no better way to get into the festive mood than to wrap-up warm and go to one of Europe’s many great Christmas markets. So here are five of the best to tempt you out of your holiday apartment and embrace the spirit of Christmas yet to come.
Head to the iconic Southbank of the Thames, under the London Eye, for a traditional Germanic Christmas market. There’s plenty to eat, toys and gifts to buy, and activities for the children – a great day out from your London apartment.
Vörösmarty Square is home to a hugely popular Christmas market. It really is as much about delicious warming Hungarian food as it is about shopping for gifts: but if you can pull yourself away from the lure of the open kitchens, there is a huge selection of unique gifts to make Christmas truly special.
Not much chance of snow but the traditional Christmas market is centuries old and has over 300 stalls with decorations, handicrafts and much more. Plenty of seasonal music, a lovely Nativity scene in Plaça Sant Jaume and the kids can win a prize and let off steam by beating caga tió with a stick!
When your city has Wenceslas Square as a jewel in its tourist crown, it would be plain wrong if it didn’t have one of the best Christmas markets on the continent. The setting is magical, snow is almost guaranteed and the colourful market has everything from hand-crafted stocking fillers to stunning Bohemian crystal: there is no shortage of seasonal food, drink, Christmas music and daily carol singing. Perfect.
The only problem with a seasonal break in Berlin is deciding which of the many of Christmas markets to go to? Well, the most popular is also the most contemporary feeling and clusters around the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church. Of course there’s tradition here but modern artworks, decorations and up-to-the-minute jewellery satisfy the most modern of tastes.