Best Christmas Markets in Europe – opening dates

The Origins of the Christmas Markets 

Christmas markets, which I personally love so much, have a rich history that dates back centuries. The tradition is believed to have originated in Germany in the Late Middle Ages, and the first Christmas market took place in Dresden in 1434. Initially, these markets were an opportunity for locals to stock up on supplies before the long winter months. Over time, they evolved into celebrations of the holiday season, featuring stalls selling handmade crafts, delicious food, and festive decorations. On this article I’ve prepared a list with Best Christmas Markets in Europe and their opening dates.

Vienna Christmas Market

When it comes to European Christmas markets, Vienna is undoubtedly a top contender. The Austrian capital is known for its opulent architecture, classical music, and refined tastes, making it the perfect backdrop for a magical winter wonderland. The city’s main market, the Vienna Christmas World, is located in front of the City Hall and offers an enchanting atmosphere.Visitors can browse through over 150 stalls selling unique gifts, traditional handicrafts, and mouthwatering treats.

There are also a lot of other smaller Christmas markets which, in my opinion, definitely are worth a visit. PRO TIP : Don’t miss the chance to try a warm mug of Glühwein (mulled wine) as you soak in the festive ambiance.

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Prague Christmas Market: A Fairytale Setting

Prague, often called the “City of a Hundred Spires,” is a fairytale destination year-round, but it truly comes alive during the holiday season. The city’s main Christmas market is held in the historic Old Town Square. Here, you’ll find an array of wooden huts offering traditional Czech handicrafts, handmade ornaments, and delicious Czech pastries. Personally, I LOVE the festive atmosphere that it’s in Prague during the Christmas season. 

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Salzburg: Mozart and Christmas Charm

Salzburg, the birthplace of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, is a city steeped in history, culture, and charm. During the holiday season, Salzburg’s Christmas markets add an extra layer of magic to its already enchanting streets. The main market is held in the historic Cathedral Square, overlooked by the iconic Salzburg Cathedral. Here, what I personally loved the most is that I could browse through a huge variety of stalls offering handmade crafts, traditional Austrian delicacies, and delightful Christmas decorations.

If you are a fan, then you should not miss the opportunity to attend a concert featuring Mozart’s music while in Salzburg, and add a touch of sophistication to the already festive celebrations.

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Budapest: A Treasure Trove of Christmas Markets

Budapest, the capital of Hungary, is a treasure trove of Christmas markets that captivate visitors with their festive spirit. The city’s main market, the Budapest Christmas Fair, is held in Vörösmarty Square and features over 100 stalls selling unique handicrafts, delicious traditional food and sweets. The market is also known for its lively cultural program, with daily concerts, dance performances, and folklore shows. As you explore the market, be sure to warm up with a cup of spicy mulled wine and sample some chimney cake, a sweet pastry rolled in cinnamon sugar.

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London Christmas Market: Winter Wonderland

London is known for its festive Christmas markets, which pop up throughout the city during the holiday season.

The Christmas season in London is a magical time. The city transforms into a winter wonderland as the streets and iconic landmarks are adorned with dazzling Christmas lights. London’s famous shopping districts, such as Oxford Street and Regent Street, are adorned with elaborate and enchanting displays, creating a breathtaking sight for both locals and visitors. Don’t miss London during holiday season, it’s something MAGICAL.

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 I really  hope this article was helpful for you while you plan your magical winter trip. Also you can read my other articles related to Tallinn , Valencia, London and many more.

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