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What are the best Christmas markets to visit in Europe?

It’s likely that we’ll be celebrating Christmas quite differently this year. If you’re longing to wander around Christmas markets sipping mulled wine and buying festive trinkets – why not plan a trip for the future? It’ll give you something to look forward to and get you in the festive spirit – even if you can’t go out and about this season!

Here are some of the best Christmas markets in Europe that you can add to you bucket list to visit in the future.

Edinburgh, Scotland

Edinburgh’s a fantastic city to visit during the festive season – and its Christmas market certainly won’t disappoint. There are stalls that seem to go on forever with people selling personalised baubles, delicious Baileys hot chocolates and more. Make sure you wrap up in a big coat and boots as it’s likely to be crisp and cold!

Budapest, Hungary

This picturesque Hungarian city hosts a fantastic Christmas market, located in front of the iconic cathedral in St. Stephen’s Square. You can expect plenty of twinkling lights and stalls selling tasty treats and gifts. There’s also an ice rink in the centre which offers fun for the whole family.


Tallinn, Estonia

This famous Christmas market has become hugely popular throughout Europe thanks to its great attractions and festive charm. You can sample delicious local delicacies, visit Santa or buy beautiful keepsakes to remind you of your trip. Plus, the city itself is packed full of cultural charm, with a quaint old town, cobbled streets, inviting cafes and historic buildings dating back centuries.

London, England

The buzzing UK capital is certain to get you in the festive spirit at Christmas time. Head to the iconic Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park to explore the market, which is free to enter. There are also loads of fun attractions to enjoy such as Santa’s Grotto, ice skating rinks and roller coasters. You may need to buy tickets for certain attractions in advance – so check out the website before you visit!

Venice, Italy

If you are wanting to get away from the hustle and bustle of huge city Christmas markets then a trip to Venice is the place to do it. Venice, believe it or not, has no cars on the island and you can only get to this gorgeous city by boat. If you are looking for the best Christmas market then the one here in Venice is not to be missed. A little square is totally transformed into a mini Christmas village and you can expect to see around 30 little wooden cabins. They will be filled with all kinds of goodies, including masks, ceramics, and jewelry. These are all lovingly crafted by the people that live there and they are proud to show off their makes to tourists.

No matter which of these fantastic markets you choose to visit in future, you’re sure to be blown away. And don’t worry, soaking in the Christmas charm doesn’t need to cost a fortune, as you can often take advantage of cheap flights and budget-friendly accommodation in your chosen city. Just make sure you set yourself a spending budget at the market to avoid splashing too much cash!