The Christmas market season has officially arrived across Europe, so you may be in doubt where to go this year. Today, we are bringing to you 5 of The Best Christmas Markets that you should visit this year. These destinations are the perfect festive getaways, where you can get a high street shopping experience. The streets are most often lined with quaint wooden huts, decorated with wonderful Christmas lights and the air is filled with the sound of traditional carols and the smell of yummy chestnuts and mulled wine. Scroll down to find out which are the 5 destinations that we have chosen for you and choose which one you will visit. Enjoy!
Prague, Czech Republic
The Christmas markets are a popular tradition in Prague. Ever year, they are bringing many visitors together, both locals and tourists, to experience the magical Christmas spirit. The Old Town Square and Wenceslas Square are the spots for the main markets and also there will be held Open Air concert performances in the Old Town Square. The Christmas markets in Prague start on 28th November 2015 and will last till 1st January 2016.
Christmas is always a good time for visiting Brussels. The Winter Wonders is the main event in Brussels during this festive season. It takes place at the Grand-Place in Brussels and around the Bourse, the Place de la Monnaie, the Place Sainte-Catherine and the Marché aux Poissons. This great event includes a magical Christmas market with more than 200 chalets, a Christmas tree, great fairground attractions and an ice rink for skating. So, if you want to be part of this festive event, visit Brussels from 27th November 2015 to 3rd January 2016.
If France is on your list for visiting this Christmas, you may want to head to Lille. There is a warm festive atmosphere on Place Rihour, where more than 80 chalets are placed, offering wonderful Christmas gifts, decorations and delicious festive food. The Christmas magic in Lille starts from 18th November and will last till 30th December 2015.
There are seven Christmas Markets in Cologne that attract almost two million visitors every year. The four big are located on the Rudolfplatz, on the Alter Markt, on the Neumarkt and at the Cologne Cathedral. The Christmas Markets in Cologne start from 23rd November and will last till 24th December 2015.
The Vienna Christmas markets date back to the Middle Ages, when in 1298 Albrecht I granted Vienna’s citizens the privilege of holding a December Market or “Krippenmarkt”. Nowadays, there are over 20 Advent Markets in Vienna, where you can find everything you need, from wonderful gifts and decorations to delicious treats. The Vienna Christmas Market has started on 13th November and will last till 26th December 2015.
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