The New Year is near here. Everyone expects for magic and ginger snaps. It is very interesting to watch Europe that ids preparing for Christmas: the windowsills and window shops are decorated with the garlands, magic souvenirs, tasty aromas of cinnamon and spicy mulled wine. So, where are the best Christmas fairs in Europe? The magic is waiting!
WeihnachtsZauber Gendarmenmarkt, Berlin, Germany
More than 600 000 of people come to the main Berlin square every year to immerse in the atmosphere of beauty and fairy. If you want to see the shiny tops of the festive pavilions you may climb up the roof of the Franzosische Friedrichstadtkirche. You cannot stay there for long because you will be attracted with the tasty aromas of ginger cakes and layer-cakes. If you want to warm yourself, you may drink a cup of the hot chocolate or hot mulled wine.
Dates: 27.11.2017 – 31.12.2017
Tallinna Jouluturg, Tallinn, Estonia
The Christmas fairs in Tallinn become brighter with the years. The Christmas tree on the central square is surrounded with the trade pavilions to buy souvenirs and food. The blood pudding with potato and sour-crout smells delicious. You cannot pass by. You can buy many special souvenirs here: toy house, juniperic stands, painted plates and hand-made dolls. The trade fair will be especially memorable for your kids.
Dates: 17.11.2017 – 6.01.2018
Marches de Noel, Strasbourg, France
Strasbourg is a Christmas capital. So, you shouldn’t be limited with the fair trade only. Try to visit as much places as possible. The most exciting events are waiting for you on the city square. The Christmas tree is 30 meters high. The pavilions are decorated with the sparkling lights. You should try salty cookies with beer and come back to your childhood by hunting treasure.
Dates: 24.11.2017 – 30.12.2017
Christmas on Covent Garden, London, Great Britain
The shop windows in the London Covent Garden are sparkling with the beautiful lights. The cinnamon aroma is everywhere. You are wrapped with the festive atmosphere and suddenly notice the strawberry donut in one hand and the pack of the vintage cards from the Apple Market in the other. Just take a portion of the good mood from the local pubs and take the picture of Rudolf – the Christmas deer.
Dates: 15.11.2017 – 05.01.2018
Frankfurter Weihnachtsmarkt, Frankfurt, Germany
Hire the car in Frankfurt and drive it to the main city square – Ramberg. The air smells with the fresh bakery and potato pancakes. The glass of apple wine seems to be the elixir of life. You feel happy like a kid. Don’t be lazy to climb up the top of the Mahnmal St. Nikolai to observe the festive city view.
Dates: 27.11.2017 – 22.12.2017
Wiener Christkindlmarkt, Vienna, Austria
There is a big fairy city at the city square every winter. It is decorated with the Christmas tree, tasty food, souvenirs and performances. You may try to eat burnt chestnuts, apple pies. You should also visit the Christmas concert. The cute souvenir mug for 2-3 EUR can be a good memory about the Christmas Austria.
Dates: 17.11.2017 – 26.12.2017
Nurnberger Christkindlesmarkt, Nurenberg, Germany
This is one of the most colorful and popular fests in Europe. About 2 million of people come to visit it. You can buy the sweet almond, sausages, cookies and mulled wine at every step. The souvenir shops are full of toys and bright lights. You can see the crowds of kids with the bright eyes. They dance, sing, play, make cookies and paint the Christmas cards.
Dates: 1.12.2017 – 24.12.2017
Plaisirs d’Hiver, Brussels, Belgium
The historical center of Brussels with its beautiful facades and columns decorated with Christmas lights. It looks amazing. There is a miracle at every step. Just look at the shiny city from the observation platform and make a picnic on the top: wafers, snails, chocolate desserts, wine. You can get warm and watch the sparkling lights on the city square.
Dates: 24.11.2017 – 31.12.2017
Adventi Unnep a Bazilikanal, Budapest, Hungary
The city is full of Christmas fairs in the different city districts. Just try to visit all of them. Focus your attention on tasting food. The fair food is special. You are offered to try special winter salami and fruit brandy, strawberry wine. Your kids have fun on the skating rink while you are dancing under the folk music. This is your chance to gather your family together to see the most exciting lightning show ever.
Dates: 24.11.2017 – 01.01.2018
Vanocni trhy na Staromestskem namesti, Prague, Czech Republic
The Christmas in Prague is especially tasty. So, be ready to eat different food in the old square. Locals always cook fish for Christmas, grilled sausage, pancakes, buns and jam. Everyone must have a picture at the Christmas tree. You can meet the Santa Clause at the tree or somewhere in the crowd. He gives the sweet presents to every kid he meets. That is great! You can talk to him, touch and take some pictures.
Dates: 2.12.2017 – 6.01.2018
Stortorgets Julmarknad, Stockholm, Sweden
Traditionally, you cannot stay hungry in Stockholm for Christmas. The oldest city square looks like a big table full of different food and drinks. You can taste ginger cookie, smoked meat, spicy beer and cinnamon buns. What is more, you can learn to make bread, beer, cook fish. You can take this chance right here, in the open-air museum. What about the souvenirs? You can make the souvenir with your own hands and take it home to remember. Take your kids with you.
Dates: 2.12.2017 – 23.12.2017
Mercado Navideno en la Plaza Mayor, Madrid, Spain
The main square of Madrid looks like a big fairy decoration. The square is full of trade pavilions, where you can eat something tasty: fried almond, Spanish nougat, cookies and other tasty things. There is a tradition to hide coins into the every cookie. There is an opportunity to travel over the city secret places. Try to catch special excursion bus: it is also decorated with the Christmas lights.
Dates: 24.11.2017 – 6.01.2018