The most beautiful Christmas markets in Europe
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. The trees of the surrounding City Hall park are festively decorated and radiate in a sea of lights – a Viennese experience, you’ll definitely don’t want to miss!
Another hot spot before Christmas is the cultural and Christmas market in front of Schönbrunn Palace. It offers sheer romance in front of an imperial backdrop, and is converted into a New Year’s market after Christmas. The atmospheric market offers traditional handicrafts, hand-made Christmas decorations, Christmas concerts and an extensive children’s program, including Christmas workshop.
Christmas Fair in Helsinki, Finland
Ask any Finnish will get in your way and will proudly answer that Santa Claus comes from Finland and is found at the Helsinki Christmas Fair that takes place in the Senate Square. You’ll probably find him busy up to his head to fill the wish lists of everyone. Once you have expressed your wishes for it, serve yourself with some gloggi (boiled, of course). If wine does not do its job, brass music groups, Christmas lights and a visit to the old Dutch carousel should complete the experience. Examine carefully the 133 stands and fill your despair with everything your heart likes, from handicrafts, to traditional ornaments or local goodies.
Birmingham has the largest authentic German market in Europe outside of Germany and Austria, with 5.5 million visitors in 2014. Consisting of the Birmingham Frankfurt Christmas Market and the Craft Market, the market has grown from just 24 stalls in 2001 to 180 this year, covering New Street, Victoria Square and Centenary Square. The Frankfurt Market offers a wide range of products, including Christmas decorations, handcrafted jewellery, carved wooden toys, sausages, beer and pretzels, while Christmas Craft Market will offer handmade crafts, soaps and candles by local artisans, as well as a wide range of unique and quirky items imported from around the world. Additionally, visitors can enjoy the popular ice rink and big wheel.
Let’s go to Colmar, a city where the magic of Christmas can be experienced in its purest form for six entire weeks, since 17 years. Your way will be drawn by illuminations linking to the city’s five Christmas markets, in a labyrinth of small streets lined with century old half-timbered houses.
Nestling in town squares with their own special architectural features, these islands of togetherness are like the city itself: intimate and authentic. Each market is a mini-village, highlighting passionate and enthusiastic craftsmen. Most of them are from Alsace and have been chosen for the quality and the uniqueness of their products.
Next to that, you are invited to participate to a wide range of activities, making the Christmas in Colmar an uncommon experience: guided tours, wine-tastings, children animations, exhibition of traditional toys, as well as many shows and concerts.
The, original, biggest and – arguably – the best Christmas market in the country, Manchester Christmas Markets is the ideal destination for a festive outing.
Arriving in the city in 1999, the first Christmas market in the UK has grown every year since, now attracting more than nine millions visitors each year.
Some 300 beautifully crafted stalls offer mouth-watering international food, drinks and finely crafted Yuletide gifts in the heart of the buzzing city centre.
Spread across 10 individual sites – each with distinctive own distinctive character – Manchester Christmas Markets has something to offer every festive visitor.
This year the market will also introduce a designated family site for the first time with fun rides and entertainment throughout the season, including: LED light performers, magicians and street theatre – with spectacular views of the Manchester Cathedral and National Football Museum.
London’s spectacular Christmas destination – Hyde Park Winter Wonderland returns on 20th November for six exciting weeks of winter festivities with FREE admission and even more entertainment than before. With more than 100 rides and attractions on site, there’s something for everyone.Open from November 22 to January 6, Angels Christmas Market takes the Christmas Market to a different level and turns into an irreversible magnet for anyone crossing the threshold. You are offered here the opportunity to climb up a rope ladder, follow the artisans, be blacksmiths or sculptors, in full inspiration, or take in all the delightful stalls (from Belgian goats, hot chocolate, boiled wine and until salmon on the grill). Careful! More than 200 wooden sailboats will try relentlessly to tempt you with all sorts of Christmas gifts and decorations and so will the carousels or the ice rink. Something hard to find elsewhere will be the Ice Kingdom – a huge sculpture, a forest, an ice castle, and a host of fantastic creations.