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European Christmas Markets That Will Knock the Grinch Out of You

By Leanne McGinley

 

Longing for all things festive? Why not treat yourself to one the many beautiful European Christmas Markets! Europe is steeped in tradition and history and city has its own way to celebrate Christmas which makes it so hard to just pick one! Do not fret though! We have rounded up the top 5 Christmas markets that you should go to this winter!

 

1. Cologne - 26th November to 23rd December 2018

 

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Every year, the city of Cologne is touched by the magic of the festivities in the run up to Christmas. As one of the most popular Christmas Markets in Germany there is plenty to do! you can talk a fairy-tale walk through the stalls selling Christmas Gifts and crafts, watch a live music performance or sample some traditional Germany and Christmas foods. You’re sure to be charmed!

 

2. Brussels - 30th November 2018 to 6 January 2019

 

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While Brussels may not be the first place that comes to mind when thinking of Christmas markets, the city’s Winter Wonders event offers a Ferris wheel, merry-go-rounds and ice rink in the Place de la Monnaie as well as the more traditional stalls and atmospheric light show that fills the Grand Place.

 

3. Budapest - 9th November 2018 to 01 January 2019

 

Happy Hump Day! It's very grey here in Dorset, so here's a colourful sky pic from a few years back when Family TSH visited the Budapest Christmas Markets. The sky was on fire every night we went out. It was a spectacular backdrop to these lovely lights in the trees at the market. Colour lovers delight! . . #thestitchinghour #pocket_colors #pocket_sky #pocket_trees #pocket_sunset #pocket_world #inthedark_hp #pocket_family #igersbudapest #tv_silhouettes #tv_travel #tv_allskies #tv_community #tv_clouds #tv_colorsplash #tv_europe #tv_trees #colorcolourlovers #jj_sunsetlovers #jj_mobilephotography #jj_skylove #jj_community #nothingisordinary_ #girlscreating #rainbow_wall #rsa_light #gramoftheday #ig_creativephotography #sky3_nio #jj_mobilephoto_146 iPhone 4s

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Budapest is another destination that comes to life in the run up to festive season. From the end of November, Vörösmarty Square, located at the heart of Budapest, turns into something magical bursting with vibrant stalls that are full of Hungarian handcrafted goods. A trip to Budapest is the perfect way to start your festive season.

 

4. Prague - 01st December 2018 to 06 January 2019

 

Prague Christmas markets are a winter wonderland for visitors to soak up the festive atmosphere, browse the stalls and enjoy everything Prague has to offer. From Christmas carols to hearty food and hot wine, you’ll never want to leave this dreamlike Christmas destination!

 

5. Krakow - 30th November to 26 December 2018

 

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Krakow’s Christmas market always takes place on the city’s Rynek Glowny. Treat yourself with traditional hand-painted glass that is a Polish speciality or help yourself with a glass of mulled wine. Christmas markets in the city sometimes get extended until 6th January for the Epiphany Festival which is always good news to Christmas market lovers.

 

So what are you waiting for? Check out our latest Christmas market city breaks or call us on 01 8047150 and talk to one of our agents about your festive trip this Christmas!



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