The Best Christmas Markets in Europe

There is nothing like visiting Christmas Markets to get into the holiday spirit. While Christmas markets were originated in Germany they are now held all over the world. If you live in Europe or are visiting this holiday season you must visit at least one of the best Christmas Markets in Europe. Check out our amazing list below for all the details on where and when they’ll be open this holiday season.

The Budapest Advent Feast at the Basilica, Hungary

Awarded the best Christmas Market in 2020, and Europe’s second most spectacular holiday fair, this feast will not disappoint. Families, friends, and coworkers can come out and enjoy the wonderfully lit St Stephan’s square Budapest decorated in Christmas splendor. Delight in the holiday spirit and enjoy the smell of warm gingerbread, mulled wine, and the sound of ice skates in the skating rink. Explore handcrafted products that would make great gifts and be amazed by the 3D light show at the façade of the Basilica.

Open: November 19, 2022-January 1, 2023More information here.

Basel Christmas Market, Switzerland

The Basel Christmas market on Barfüsserplatz and Münsterplatz is considered to be one of the prettiest and largest in Switzerland. Enjoy the variety of Christmas delicacies and unique items that you can only find at this time of the year. Explore 155 stands at this holiday market where you’re bound to find something for everyone. You’ll find tasty Christmas cookies, hot drinks, and mulled wine at the Christmas pyramid. With its 13 meters in height, it is visible from afar and looks amazing at night. You can even enjoy the view of the beautifully lit Christmas Market from the Basel Cathedral.

Open: November 24, 2022- December 23, 2022More information here.

Craiova Christmas Market, Romania

With food stands, an ice skating rink, concerts, creative workshops, and so much more, the Craiova Christmas Market is a wonderful place to visit for the holiday season. This year the city of Craiova is opening up the Christmas market with The Artist Awards. This is a spectacular show featuring some of the most talented Romanian artists. Craiova Christmas Market is not only one of the best Christmas Markets in Europe but also said to be the best Christmas lights destination in Romania. Enjoy the magical illuminations created with over a million light bulbs.

Open: November 11th 2022-January 2023More information here.

Trier Christmas Market, Germany

You can’t have a list of the best Christmas Markets in Europe without having one listed that is held in Germany! Holding the title for “Best Christmas Market as a Travel Destination in 2022”, the Trier Christmas Market is well worth the visit. The main market and cathedral square are decorated in uniquely handcrafted Christmas décor. Treat yourself to local authentic German specialties as you stroll through the various vendors throughout the market. Visitors from France and Belgium particularly appreciate the original “Winzermulled Wine” from the Moselle and the “Glühviez” from apple trees in the Eifel.

Open: November 18th-December 22ndMore information here.

Edinburgh’s Christmas, Scotland

There is so much to do during the holiday season in Scotland. They host plenty of winter festivals and have many Christmas events lined up. From St Andrew’s Day celebrations, a Magical Christmas, the Hogmanay and Burns Night festivities, Scotland knows how to have a festive great time. Edinburgh’s Christmas Market offers unique entertainment, holiday shopping, Christmas crafts, and an outdoor ice rink, mulled wine and more. You are sure to find something you enjoy here.

Open: November 19th-January 3rd 2023More information here.

Plaza Mayor Christmas Market, Madrid

Every year for Christmas Madrid’s main square turns into a sparkling market filled with nativity scene figures, toys, lights, and hosts 104 vendors. This hundred-year-old fair is one of the city’s most beloved traditions. At this market you can find figurines that make great holiday gifts, Christmas decorations, and other festive trinkets. If you’ve never been to Madrid before check out our Madrid itinerary for other activities to do on your visit.

Open: November 25, 2022-December 31, 2022 – More information here.

Hyde Park Winter Wonderland, London

Kickoff your holiday festivities at the ultimate Christmas destination in London. The Hyde Park Winter Wonderland is located in the heart of London and is known as the ultimate festive party of the season. Offering a wide variety of attractions, activities, foods, and drinks, there is something for everyone to enjoy. This Christmas extravaganza is perfect for families. Take in the dazzling Christmas lights and the smell of hot chocolate as you make your way through this magical wonderland. There is so much to do in the Winter Wonderland. Activities include an ice skating, a Magical Ice Kingdom, the Giant Wheel, an ice slide made of real ice, the Zippos Christmas circus, sculpting workshops, Arctic Lodge bar, and so much more. The festivities are almost endless here.

Open: November 18, 2022-January 2, 2023More information here.

Krakow Christmas Market, Poland

The Krakow Christmas Market is one of the most popular of its kind in Poland. Stroll through the variety of wooden huts and enjoy the smell of delicious grilled foods, smoked specialties, and warm, hearty soups. Throughout the market you’ll find interesting holiday crafts, and handmade toys and decorations that make thoughtful Christmas gifts. This market is said to be one of the more affordable Christmas markets in the area. Additionally, it is a great place for a younger crowd.

Open: November 25, 2022-December 26, 2022More information here.

Strasbourg Capital of Christmas, France

Whatever your age, experience a magical Christmas at the Strasbourg Capital of Christmas. There are so many different things going on at this event including the Advent Village and Christmas market. Louise Weiss Square is transformed and you’ll be able to walk through over 300 stalls under a beautiful stretch of fairy lights. Snap a photo by the majestic Great Christmas Tree, and grab a good spot to watch the dazzling live concert.

There is also a market for delicacies including traditional bredele, mannele and gingerbread. For the little ones, a manufacturing and tasting workshop is held every Wednesday afternoon. France is one of the most beautiful places to spend your Christmas, so this lively holiday market is a great option. We’ve been quite a few times and if you’ll be in Paris be sure to check out our 48 hours in Paris itinerary, our things to do in Paris with kids itinerary and the best places to take photos with the Eiffel Tower list.

Open: November 2022More information here.

No matter where in Europe you live or are visiting this holiday season I hope you get to make it to one of the best Christmas Markets in Europe. Did you find this article helpful? If so, please share it!

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