Popular Christmas Markets in Europe & the UK from Last Year
- Edinburgh, UK
Edinburgh, Scotland's historic capital, whose pretty cobbled streets play host to plenty of festive events you're sure to enjoy! The globally acclaimed Christmas market will take place at the famous East Princes Street Gardens and guests can expect to enjoy a host of market stalls selling European food and drink, fairground rides such as the famous ferris wheel, Santa's Grotto and an alpine ice rink!
- Manchester, UK
Manchester's Christmas Markets usually have over 300 beautifully crafted stalls to explore! Piccadilly Gardens tends to be at the centre of the action. Usually you can find yuletide bars, food stalls, live music and DJs! As well as smaller markets away from the city centre if you fancy something a little quieter.
- Prague, Czech Republic
Prague's Christmas Markets are a truly magical experience, lighting up the city with brightly coloured huts that sell all manner of local delicacies, treats and crafts. Typically set in the beautiful medieval Old Town square in the centre of the city, the markets are the largest in the Czech Republic and hundreds of thousands visit every year to sample its festive delights.
- Birmingham, UK
Birmingham's authentic Frankfurt Christmas Market is the largest of its kind in the UK - with lots of traditional German festive food and drink to enjoy like schnitzel, gluhwein and bratwurst (spicy sausage)! While the traditional wooden huts will sell handmade gifts, exciting toys and crafts for all your Christmas shopping needs. But the fun doesn't stop there! With an ice rink and funfair big wheel to cast your eyes over the festive lights of Birmingham!
- Tallinn, Estonia
Often overlooked by tourists in favour of more traditional European winter destinations, the fairytale capital of Estonia hosts one of the most beautiful Christmas markets thanks to it's stunning Medieval architecture! Set in the UNESCO-listed Old Town, the market is centered around a huge Christmas tree - a tradition which dates back to the 1400s - with stalls selling traditional goods including furs and festive food. It's chilly here during the winter, with a good chance the city will be blanketed in a crisp coating of snow that of course adds to the festive magic- so make sure you wrap up warm and grab a glass of hot mulled wine!
- Vienna, Austria
Austria's pretty capital hosts some of the largest and oldest Christmas Markets in Europe, with over 20 to explore across the city! The most famous of them all is the traditional Vienna Magic of Advent market based in the City Hall square, with the majestic building offering a unique backdrop to dozens of stalls selling Christmas gifts, warming food, drink and classic Viennese sweets! The square also plays host to international choirs singing Christmas carols, providing an unforgettable festive atmosphere.
- Strasbourg, France
Strasbourg considers itself the capital of Christmas, and it's easy to see why this beautiful Alsatian city attracts millions of tourists every winter. Their Christmas Market is one of the oldest in Europe, dating back to the 1500s, and is now set in the heart of Grande Ile - a UNESCO world heritage site! The city's romantic buildings are covered in twinkling lights that create a magical atmosphere, and the market is spread around different historic squares in the city - meaning there's plenty to explore!
- Vilnius, Lithuania
Vilnius's Christmas Market is the highlight of the festive season in Lithuania! The market is set in the city's World Heritage listed Cathedral Square, where a huge Christmas tree is decorated in Lithuanian style with white ornaments. Make sure you don't miss the Vilnius Christmas train that takes tourists across the city to see all the festive sights!
- Budapest, Hungary
From the main festive fair in Vorosmarty Square to the famous Advent Feast at St Stephen's Basilica, Budapest's Christmas Markets are not to be missed! The city's awe-inspiring gothic architecture, idyllic green parks and plenty of street-side cafes mean it is often referred to as the 'Little Paris' of Central Europe. Alongside a host of market stalls selling regional festive food such as Goulash and handmade crafts, visitors can enjoy free concerts played by Hungarian bands daily!
- London, UK
London is home to an incredible range of events over the Christmas period, with festive markets spread across every corner of the UK's capital! The most famous is Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park, a cross between a Christmas market and funfair complete with Bavarian style bars and rollercoasters! London's Southbank also hosts one of the most popular markets, where you can stroll along the Thames river surrounded by twinkling lights - trying delicious street food and shopping to your heart's content!