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Mulled wine and wonders of the best Christmas markets in Europe this 2018

10.12.2018

So the Christmas tree is up, the mood is ON, you have already bookmarked your favourite Christmas songs list; what’s next? One of the best ways to wait until Christmas Eve, besides crazy shopping and dieting, is to stroll around your local Christmas market. But if you are planning a cheeky break just before the gatherings with the relatives, there’s nothing better than embracing in full the festive spirit with checking out some of the best Christmas markets out there.

What to expect to find in a Christmas market? Not only craftsmanship stalls and wooden huts, where you can buy anything from handmade wooden toys to highly perfumed natural cosmetics, locally sourced and locally produced, to the best Christmas street food you will ever taste. It will be hot, jolly and romantic, as long as you are willing to find the little kid who gets marvelled by Christmas lights and the magic of it all – plus, the little help of one or two hot punches to get the spirit even jollier.

Berlin Christmas market

Classic mulled wine is what you can taste at Berlin Christmas market: but not just that. There’s about 80 different Christmas markets scattered around the city: from the romantic setting at The Charlottenburg Palace to the iconic Winter World at Potsdamer Platz, the load of magic and fun is just up for grabs.

 

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Prague Christmas market

Large hams roasted on spits (Pražská Šunka) and tasty barbequed sausages (klobása) are amongst the naughty delicacies you can find at Prague Christmas market: open every day during the festive season, the many Xmas markets are held in the Old Town square as well as Wenceslas Square. This year theme will be ‘Fairy tales’, so we are sure that kid in you will eventually be awaken

 

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Edinburgh Christmas market

More than a Christmas market, Edinburgh Christmas market is actually a Christmas festival: the huts will be held as usual at East Princes St Gardens, which will be open from 10am to 10pm, but the festive party goes on even with other free events such as the ‘Light Night’ and the 24 Doors of Advent.

 

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Glasgow Christmas market

George Square and St Enoch Square is where Glasgow Christmas market is held and if you are looking for extreme Christmas warmth, this is surely one of the best Christmas Markets in Europe: hog roast, crisp duck and of course the unmissable German bar, make it a very special venue to visit during the festive season.

 

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Amsterdam Christmas market

In the Netherlands the arrival of Santa is a little bit different: it all happens all on December the 5th during the Dutch feast of Saint Nicolas: but don’t despair, traditional Christmas markets are still a hit in Amsterdam. Amsterdam Christmas market takes place at Museum Square, where the pond is transformed into an ice-rink. Or you can get yourself to Haarlem Christmas Market, where 300 stalls will be offering the best traditional food. Finally, don’t miss the Floating Market, probably one of the most original and best Christmas market in Europe; it is held in Leiden.

 

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Vienna Christmas market

A long lived tradition is the soul of Vienna Christmas Market, a tradition started in 1298 when Albrecht I granted Vienna’s citizens the privilege of holding a December Market or “Krippenmarkt“. The backdrop to this winter wonder his stunning and unique.

 

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Budapest Christmas market

Budapest Christmas market is held over two main venues, but there are plenty of markets spread around the city, they are: Vorosmarty Sq, which also holds free concerts and the Basilica, where you will be able to admire light projections on the façade of the building.

 

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Copenhagen Christmas market

Copenhagen Christmas market happens at Freetown Christiania and it stands as one of the most original and best Christmas markets in Europe, with its Yuletide fair which resembles an Oriental bazaar.

 

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Dublin Christmas market

There are plenty of things to do at Christmas in Dublin, but one of the events you shouldn’t miss is the Designer Christmas Market at College Green. Here you will find very good gifts for your family and friends, anything from clothes to design all rigorously made in Ireland.

Paris Christmas market

Marchés de Noël are the words you will have to look for when hungry for Parisian festive spirit: the Champs-Élysées Christmas Market is under the name Le Magie de Noel and is the biggest one coming back after its closure last year.

 

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York Christmas market

York Christmas Festival is one of the most charming Christmas markets in Europe thanks to its medieval vibe: not only stalls, here you will be able to immerse in the most dense of activities type of Christmas celebrations, starting with St.Nicolas Fair, the playful panto and nipping in at the Small Business Christmas Market.

 

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