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All around the world, people take on the challenge of Christmas festivities. I call it a ‘challenge’ because it isn’t all as easy as people make it out to be.

But if I can make one thing easier for you, it would be finding the best Christmas markets in Europe.

Christmas markets are a really great way to get stuck into the spirit of Christmas, with home made food and cute little trinkets to buy, everyone is at home in a Christmas market. 

So without further ado… here are some of my top

Christmas markets in Europe!


Vienna, Austria

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Taking place outside the City Hall, this Viennese Christmas is one not to be missed. 

This is probably one of the most traditional Christmas markets out there, with yummy Christmas punch and classic Austrian sausages. Not to mention the countless craft stalls, and delicious treats to get stuck into, this is truly one for the bucket list.


Krakow, Poland

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London isn’t known for its white Christmasses, however in Krakow, you are almost guaranteed one. 

Running from the last week in November to the last week in December, there will be plenty of time for you to explore. Festivities bloom and the smell of traditional foods fill the air. 


Zagreb, Croatia

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One many of you may not expect to be on my list, but Croatia’s Zagreb Christmas market has definitely earned its place on my list. 

Zagreb hosts multiple events and offers numerous activities, so you will not go a second without something to do. Offering art, unique little festivities, and like any other Christmas market, an abundance of delicious food, definitely try and make it one for your Christmas list. 


Strasbourg, France

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The fairy-lit streets here are truly something out of a fairytale. Its decor is enchanting and is really a magical destination.

With over 300 wooden chalets to explore, your experience at this Christmas market will be unlike any other.


Brussels, Belgium

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This 2-kilometre winter wonderland is truly epic. Meandering through the streets of Brussels, a magical transformation occurs. A 5 week long festival of lights, stalls, food and drink flood the streets.


Tallinn, Estonia

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In another fabulous display of Christmas festivities, here in Tallinn, the market is kept very traditional. 

With over half a million visitors to Tallinn over the Christmas period, it is clear why. The lights illuminate the streets, and fill the heart-shaped market place.


If this post wasn’t enough inspiration to visit Europe for its Christmas markets, then be sure to check out European Best Destinations, for some more photos and information.

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