Christmas markets in Europe

This Christmas, explore Europe's best traditional Christmas markets

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Russ Sanchez

Russ Sanchez
HomeAway travel expert


Christmas MarketAh, the magic of Christmas: when crowds of crazed, foaming-mouthed shoppers descend, en masse, into shopping centres – everywhere – in search of this year's must-have toy. Charming, right? But, by St. Nicholas' beard, all is not lost! Don't allow this year's Christmas shopping to dampen your spirits – Europe's many and varied Christmas markets can make shopping for Christmas, dare we say it, a genuine pleasure, what with their lights, local flare, and breathtaking range of artisan-crafted gifts. Not to mention opportunities to pause for a glass of mulled wine (or even mead!). Read on to find out how to make this Christmas your mellowest, and most memorable yet.

Indeed, adorned in lights and decorations, and with traditional music drifting through the air, there is perhaps no better time of year to tour Europe's capitals. And luckily, as Christmas markets occur out of high season, prices on both travel and accommodation can be low, allowing you to save more for your shopping budget. The only question left, then, is where to head? Let HomeAway (and your conscience, of course) be your guide, with our list of top Christmas market holiday destinations.


 

Top five destinations for European Christmas markets


   

Christmas markets: Prague Christmas markets: Prague

An unforgettable experience: the timeless, picturesque Czech capital hosts its Christmas market in its main square (whose name is a bit of a mouthful: Staroměstské náměstí). An early dusk means that for much of the afternoon, the city is lit by soft candle light, with Czech festival music and the mouth-watering scents of traditional foods like goulash, barbecued sausages and sweet pastries filling the air.

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Christmas markets: Bruges Christmas markets: Bruges

A Christmas market trip to Bruges is quite close to home, and yet seems a million miles away; in another world. A leisurely tour of the twinkling Christmas market should be followed by a bit of skating on the open-air ice rink, or a tour of the gorgeous and distinctive architecture for which Bruges town is internationally renowned.

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Christmas markets: Salzburg Christmas markets: Salzburg

A visit to Salzburg's Christmas markets is a truly magical experience. Often covered in snow, the beautiful architecture of Mozart's birthplace is surrounded on all sides by stalls selling fine crafts, jewellery and one-of-a-kind wooden toys – you won't come back from this city empty handed (even if you try to)!

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Christmas markets: Berlin Christmas markets: Berlin

German Christmas markets are probably the most famous in the world, and – forgive the cliché – but there's little wonder why: elaborate décor, hearty German food and delicious beers are a hard combination to beat wherever found. But Berlin Christmas markets are without a doubt the jewel in Germany's Christmas crown. Consisting of more than 50 individual markets, they cannot be reduced to a single description: you'll need to allot a few days to making the Christmas market circuit. But you'll be glad you did.

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Christmas markets: Vienna Christmas markets: Vienna

Vienna's Christmas markets are a traditional affair in the most delightful, almost archetypal sense: roasted chestnuts and mulled wine stalls line the streets, while the parks become filled with garlanded, decorated trees, and snuggly, be-mittened couples stroll through the crisp evening air, taking it all in. And of course – lights, lights everywhere! The entire city, at night, seems to be made of gold.

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Christmas Markets Accommodation

Lovely 2-Room Apartment in Berlin Charlottenburg - 1082

This gorgeous, calm and luminous 2 room vacation apartment is situated on the 4th floor of a well-kept old building without elevator in Berlin-Charlottenburg. The vacation apartment is very charming and offers you the comfortable characteristics o...

Bright And Modern Apartment For 4 People In Berlin -7625

Apartment on Schwiednitzer street (it is not allowed to smoke), central location between the fairground and KaDeWe, 56m² with sufficient space for 4 people after a busy day in Berlin. Animals are not admitted. The arrival time is only between 14 a...

central, spacious, sunny, old Berlin charm, 3 min to underground station

Step back in time, make a holiday with a difference. Enjoy living in a leafy vibrant district of a modern city, deeply routed in its past. The recently refurbished 3d floor apartment brings you back to the first half of the 20th century with its...

Super apartment in the old city center with cathedral views in a very central location

Treat yourself to something special! Enchanting, idyllic, romantic - these are the first thoughts that you have in Freiburg im Breisgau, when you enter the city. And also we want to inspire our guests. Built before 1460 our house is in Freiburg, ...

Apartment in Berlin Mitte close to the metro (250 meters), sleeps 4, WIFI

Our apartment, fully furnished and renovated in 2012, is located in a quiet street in the district of Mitte (Wedding), on the fourth floor of a historic building in 1905 and can accommodate up to four people. The apartment has a large room with hi...

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