Cinnamon cookies, Mulled Wine and German Bratwurst Sausages – nothing quiet welcomes the festive season in like the Christmas Markets. Here is our round-up of the best destinations in Europe to visit this year for market merriments!
Munich - Germany
Despite Berlin usually being festive lovers go-to for a traditional Christmas Market, Munich actually boasts one of the continents best-loved markets for all things Christmasy. Surrounded by snow topped log cabins and twinkling stalls, Munich deserves to be at the top of the list for relighting your Christmas spirit.
Top tip: Year on year, British Airways have a section of their website devoted to Christmas Markets, so you can grab yourself a great deal if you book early.
When: From November 27th until December 24th, 2017
Lille - France
Imagine a lifesize version of a Christmas Cookie House. Lille is literally like a scene out of Elf at this time of year, with all the candy canes and pretzels you could only dream of. You will find everything from artwork to wooden crafted toys. This traditional market should definitely be a contender on your bucket list this year.
Top Tip: Be mindful of which day you chose to travel. Thursdays and Fridays are usually when you can bag yourself the best deal.
When: From Friday 17 November to Wednesday 27 December
Stockholm - Sweden
The weather usually makes or breaks your experience at an outdoor market during the Christmas season. If you head to Stockholm, your almost always guaranteed a winter wonderland. Add a little Scandinavian magic to your winter holiday with traditional treats like Swedish meatballs and pear cider all on offer.
Top Tip: Ryan Air usually provide some super cheap deals to Stockholm, don’t miss out!
When: 18 December – 23 December.
Zagreb - Croatia
Make December one to remember this year by traveling somewhere further afield, Voted two times in a row “European Best Christmas Market”, the capital of Croatia is for sure the best destination to celebrate Christmas in Europe.
When? From 2nd December 2017 to 7th January 2018
Vienna - Austria
Pretty regardless of the time of year, Vienna is especially picturesque at Christmas. One of the most well-known Christmas Markets is the traditional “Vienna Magic of Advent“, which turns the City Hall Square into a shining fairytale land. Christmas gifts, tree decorations, sweets and warming drinks are awaiting you as well as a carousel and craft fun Christmas Workshops for kids.
Top Tip: Make the most of your hand luggage, the majority of airlines offer free hand luggage when you fly, perfect for short trips away.
When: From 13th November to 23rd December