December is a celebrating month across Europe and Santa Claus is going to ride his reindeer crossing over countries by countries, to make sure the beloved children having their Christmas gift.
In Europe, they have the best Christmas market in world, with history that goes back as far back as the late Middle Ages. I will list out a few markets that catch my eye and hope you like it as well.
1. Helsinki, Finland
St Thomas Christmas Market is held in Helsinki’s Senate Square. You can expect gingerbread and traditional cinnamon buns as well as more than 100 booths selling Finnish craft, design, foods and sweets.
As soon as you arrive in the snow-covered Grossarltal you’ll be infected with the Christmas mood. The festively decorated town creates a very special ambience.
3. Budapest, Hungary
The Budapest Christmas market turns into a real-life fairy-tale. With a magical atmosphere, Christmas lights, trees, and decorations, Budapest is the perfect place for sweet Hungarian pastries and mulled wine, whilst you stroll along the stalls.
4. Strasbourg, France
I would say, Christkindelsmärik is the best Christmas market in Europe. During the Christmas season, the historic medieval streets of Strasbourg transform into a Winter wonderland. This is the place where the oldest Christmas market was set up in 1570. It is currently the largest in Europe with about 300 stalls over 12 areas within the city.
Right in front of the Cologne Cathedral, there are over 160 stalls selling the traditional yuletide wares and their famous Glühwein (mulled wine). Traditional music fills the air, providing the perfect atmosphere for Christmas shopping. Nobody does Christmas quite like the Germans.
6. Dresden, Germany
Another Christmas Market in Germany. With accounts dating back to 1434, Dresden’s Christmas Market, traditionally known as Striezelmarkt, is the oldest in Germany.
7. Berlin, Germany
Surprise to see that 3 Christmas Market in a row? I would say that due to it’s unique beautiful half-timbered town & thousands of twinkling lights gives you a romantic, festive and charming feel.
8. Birmingham, England
Currently the largest outdoor Christmas Market in the Britain, and it’s the centre piece of the city’s annual Christmas events calendar. Pretzels, schnitzels, bratwursts, and knoblauchbrot will tempt your tastebuds, all of which can be washed down with gluhwein, weissbeer, mulled cider, or tasty hot chocolate.
9. Prague, Czech Republic
The best market is at Staromestské námestí, Old Town Square. When you’re done going through the huts selling wooden toys, Christmas decorations and traditional puppets, it’s time to warm up with hearty food. Get spit roast pork or klobasa (sausage) and trdelnik, sweet cylinder shaped pastry. Try the kind with cinnamon and eat it piping hot, all accompanied by svařené víno (mulled wine) or grog (warm sweet rum with a piece of lemon).
Denmark turns into an enchanting city around Christmas. The Christmas market is set in the Tivoli Gardens that boasts a spectacular light show. The traditional “Lucia Parade” consists of a hundred girls dressed as angels, there’s a Christmas Ensemble and a variety of fun rides.
It extends along the streets from Grand’Place to place Ste-Catherine, covering almost 2 kilometres, and it’s only getting bigger each year. Each of the 240 market stalls is a little wooden-roofed hut selling mainly arts and crafts or food and drink, all of them having a pan-European flavour.