The Christmas spirit is still embraced in many cities, towns and villages throughout Europe, where many Christmas Markets can be traced back to the Middle Ages. Their streets are lined with lights, décor, and all sorts of local, unique, seasonal items. Let these cities transport you to a Christmas wonderland!
Three Christmas Markets to Consider
You don’t want to miss the enticing aromas of mulled wine, irresistible pretzels, and traditional gingerbread. While there be sure to climb the stairs of the Church of Our Lady and get a wonderful view of the lights, the stalls, and the amazing Christmas themed decorations. (November 29 – December 24)
Rathausplatz Market , Vienna
This is where you want to be for delicious hot punch, Christmas ornaments, candles, and mouth-watering bites. (November 16 – December 26)
And for a really unique experience, visit the Christmas Market in Budapest. Here you’ll find authentic Hungarian folk art and traditions instead of commercialized Christmas gifts. Talk about really feeling like a local! (November 23 – January 1)
While most markets begin the last week of November and run through December, each market does have its own start and end date. So be sure to schedule accordingly.
Keep in mind, there are various ways to explore the many markets within a region. Consider a bus or train tour which will allow you to visit multiple markets and cities while relaxing between destinations. Or perhaps a river cruise, where your hotel travels with you.
The holiday season really is a magical time of year. What better way to experience that season than exploring the Christmas Markets of Europe! If this is the experience you’re looking for, contact us to plan the perfect European holiday adventure for you.
**If you’re interested in visiting Christmas Markets but don’t want to go as far as Europe, join us in New York City this December, where we’ll be experiencing them throughout several NYC parks!