Best Christmas Markets in Europe
Its that time of the year again! The time to have hot Mulled wine and warm mince pies, while singing ole Christmas songs with your family. Another family thing is to visit Christmas Markets. A number of Christmas Markets sprouts up during the season to kick in the festive cheer. German cities in particular are famous for their traditional Christmas markets with mulled wine and bratwurst. But a lot of other European cities are giving tough competition.
According to European best Destinations, the top five Christmas markets in Europe are
1. Zagreb Christmas Market, Croatia
The Capital of Croatia beat other European cities to win the best Christmas Market. During Advent, Zagreb is decked up with lights, ornaments and fireworks. There are spectacular shows and variety of events to entice the visitors. Zrinjevac Park transforms into a winter wonderland, with live shows, music, food and local stalls. The Zagreb Christmas Market starts from 1st December 2018 to 6th January 2019.
2. Colmar Christmas Market , France
This charming historic city transforms into a magical fairyland during Christmas and is one of the most popular destinations to visit during the season. It is essentially a pedestrian town , so you can walk around marveling at the lit up monuments, imposing medieval structures streets, and houses. The Colmar Christmas Celebrations starts from from 23rd November to 30th December 2018.
3. Vienna Christmas Market, Austria
Christmas Markets or 'Krippenmarket' in Vienna dates back to the middle ages. The Vienna Christmas extravaganza starts from 17th November - 26th December 2018 and almost 20 markets are set up during this season. The city hall provides a dreamlike setting for the main market that glitters with Christmas decorations, handicrafts, ornaments, and bedecked food stalls. The whole city, from the historic buildings to tree lined streets are lit up to usher in seasonal cheer. The market in front of the Belvedere palace is unique for the baroque style setting and spectacular decorations.
4. Budapest,Christmas market, Hungary
Budapest Christmas market dates are from 27th November 2018 to 2nd January 2019. Budapest is a glorious sight in the winter, and the best way to take in the Christmas decorations of the city is to take a night cruise through the Danube. Visit Vorosmarty Square, to see stalls filled with exquisite handcrafted wood, glass blowing, leather goods, and also enjoy scrumptious chimney cakes, a Hungarian specialty. Another market near the Basilica is famous for its laser light show, handicrafts stalls and food stalls with various Hungarian specialties.
5. Strasbourg Christmas Market, France
The Strasbourg Christmas is an experience in itself and not limited to the markets. The whole city is decked in miles and miles of twinkling fairy lights, and the Christmas tree at Place Kléber is the center of attraction. It is truly the capital of Christmas! It is nothing short of a cultural and spiritual event in Strasbourg with live music, nativity scenes, and other cultural events. The Strasbourg Christmas markets starts from 23rd November to 30th December 2018.