Can you tell your ‘caganer’ from your ‘nisser’, your ’pepparkakor’ from your ‘lebkuchen’ or your ‘glὅgg’ from ‘glὕhwein’! The festive season is upon us and winter in Europe is a wonderful time to visit the most beautiful Christmas markets. Markets, whether large or small so often reflect the culture of the region with the food, drink, music, art and crafts that are on offer.
The choice is immense! You can discover some of the most beautiful Christmas markets within easy reach of London on the Eurostar – Brussels, Lille, Cologne, Strasbourg. There are some great alternatives to Berlin, Munich such Dresden and Nuremberg, while Aachen makes for a great twin-city with Liege or Brussels. Let’s not forget the magic of Christmas in the United Kingdom with the Christmas markets in London, Bath and Manchester.
If you are looking for Christmas presents and dream of festive food, Christmas carols and some beautiful hand-craft decorations then contact us for the perfect pre-Christmas break.
Here some of our top favourites.
Zagreb, not usually in the Top 10 choice but for authenticity and special Advent atmosphere it is an absolute delight. The city streets allow to sample traditional delicacies while the squares around the city centre are themed with all kinds of entertainment. 26Nov to 8th Jan
Strasburg for being one of the oldest market in Europe, the first one being held in 1570. 12 locations throughout the city centre form am Alsatian tradition maintained through the centuries. The city showcases stalls, Advent concerts, a living Nativity and cultural events. 25Nov to 31Dec.
Aachen because this glorious fair is set up with such care and style that it is a delight for all ages. The streets and squares around the Cathedral are full of lights, colours, sounds and smells offering a huge choice between original and stylish goods. 18Nov to 23Dec
Brussels, easy to get to on the Eurostar for an enchanting festive encounter with colourful stalls, fantastic gift ideas, original tasting sessions and perfumes! With an ice-skating rink, merry-go rounds, a traditional Ferris wheel it is a great city trip. 25Nov to 01Jan
Dresden, rather than Berlin! If you like Christmas you’ll love Dresden, with its romantic and festive charm alongside the river Elbe. The 11 markets are a real treasure trove for traditional hand-made crafts such as Christmas pyramids, candleholders from the local Erzgebirge Mountains and blown glass decorations from Lauscha. 24Nov to 24Dec
Lille is northern France oldest Christmas market and only 1 hour 22mins from London. Lille offers a melange of French and Flemish culture with traditional wooden chalets full of gifts, decorations and festive food. Regional specialities offer arts and crafts from Russia, Poland and Canada! 18Nov to 30Dec