6 Best Christmas Markets in Europe

The most awaited festival, Christmas is around the corner, and we can't keep calm. Do you know why? Because Christmas is a time for family and #friends, but that doesn't mean you have to celebrate at home. Visit a Christmas market, eat well, warm yourself at a spa or enjoy crispy ski turns on the slopes.

And what are the best places in Europe to experience the Christmas carols? In Europe, Christmas is considered to be the most favorite time of the year. Celebrating Christmas on the most celebrated destination can be an eye-opening way to experience how other countries and cultures celebrate one of the most treasured festivals. Treat yourself to a little time off before Christmas.

Christmas roots come from the Roman harvest festival Saturnalia, to the god Saturn. And with the arrival of Christmas in a few days, there are plenty of markets in Europe for Christmas that are decked in red and white colours, huge trees, with the prettiest decor. Now if you are visiting Europe on Europe honeymoon package, you must delve into a Christmas retreat and hear the carols in the air *happy sighs*!

Best Christmas Markets in Europe

On that note, we have scouted the best Christmas markets in Europe where you can witness and sample the sweet aroma of mulled wine and cinnamon spice, and experience the Christmas Carols. Take a look!

1. Budapest, Hungary

When - Between 22 November to 1 January

Make sure to visit the Advent Feast at the Basilica in Budapest which is listed among the finest markets for Christmas in Europe. You will get to witness the never seen charm of Christmas at this market since the organizers of the event go extra miles to make Christmas spirit sparks.

Advent Feast at the Basilica in Budapest is where Santa Claus himself goes shopping. From delightful gifts to drool-worthy Hungarian and international cuisine to flavorsome burgers, guests can have fixed their cravings. Also, if you have kids with you, make sure they have their hands-on ice skating, skateboarding in a central rink that surrounds a magical Christmas Tree.

There are good places available so you can stay in one place. Choose the Pest side. Prices for food and liquor are much lower than the rest of Europe with plenty of good restaurants, bars, and kebab shops for late night. It's OK to take beer to the parks and drink as long as you don't act like an idiot. There's a place outside of town where you can drive a TANK! There are excellent Escape Rooms, Thermal baths. Ruin Pubs are awesome!

2. Strasbourg, France

When - From 22nd November to 30th December

Voted as the most awesome European market for Christmas for decades, Strasbourg in France is also among the oldest one in Europe. The specialty of this market is that it is tucked in the heart of the Grandelle, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Make sure to check out the Strasbourg market on your France visit.

This place is also considered the birthplace for a marvelous Christmas celebration since ages. Pack your bags and hear Christmas carols and head to Strasbourg, France to discover the intriguing journey to marvel around 300 wooden chalets.

3. Vienna, Austria

When - From 15th November to 26th December

If you intend to visit a European destination with your family or friends or soulmate, then Vienna in Austria could be your Christmas base camp. Guest could witness the enchanting Christmas setting at the Vienna’s prettiest square or Vienna Magic of Advent. This market is known for offering guests the best experience and ambience, and you will spot plenty of Christmas trees, sweets, warm drinks and much more.

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4. Erfurt, Germany

When - Between 26th November to 22nd December

Erfurt, Germany is one of our favorite markets for Christmas in Germany and is situated in the medieval town of Erfurt. If you will visit this Christmas market in Germany, make sure to open the magical advent atmosphere at The Cathedral Square area where you would get access to fun attractions and amazing sights.

Also, you could shop till you drop and purchase the traditional handmade crafts, drool-worthy treats and fancy a selfie with the towering Candle-Lit Christmas Tree.

5. Krakow, Poland

When - Between 29th November to 26th December

Fabulous, beautiful and well preserved hospitable fairy tale city of Krakow in Poland attracts more tourists than ever. Medieval architecture and classic cafes are crowded with a modern folklore. Pastel Renaissance buildings and Gothic masterpieces are vying for your attention. Add a large dose of the Christmas spirit and the experience is complete!

6. Barcelona, Spain

When - Between 26th November to 23rd December

Meet Tió de Nadal, the Christmas log. Tió de Nadal is made from a hollow log, with stick legs, a smile, and a red hat. Every evening between December 8th when Catalans celebrate the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, and Christmas Eve, the children feed the log small treats with water, and leave him under a blanket to keep him warm.

On Christmas Eve, things get weird. Children are tasked with beating the log with sticks while singing traditional songs. Once all the songs are sung and the log has been given a good beating, the children lift the blanket to find what the log has pooped out, typically small gifts and trinkets, nougats, dried fruits and candy.

After Tió de Nadal has discharged his gifts, he is pconsidered useless, thrown in the fire for warmth. The next morning, ashes are scattered on the fields to ensure a good harvest the following year.

Nativity scenes in Catalonia – known as pesebres – tend to represent pastoral scenes reminiscent of the local countryside, with large country houses and depictions of rural life.Catalonian nativities have one special figure that separates them from the rest- Caganer, a crouched man more or less relieving himself im proximity to Mary, Joseph, and the Three Wise Men.

Tradicionally, the caganer wears a barretina (typical Catalan hat) and holds a pipe in his mouth, but over the years this tiny fellow has evolved to the extent that nowadays we find models of celebrities, politicians, actors, musicians and football players, as well as caganers dedicated to towns, to distant traditions, to jobs, and to animals.

The exact origin of the Caganer is unknown, but the tradition has existed since at least the 18th century. Most people in Catalonia have no idea how Caganer became part of the Christmas tradition, but each house buys a figure every year. How he entered the nativity scene is uncertain, but according to one theory this has to do with the fact that Catalans traditionally referred to new-born babies as caganers because they do little else other than eat, sleep.

So, with the Christmas season in full swing, which Christmas market in Europe you will bookmark? We would like to hear from you in the comments.

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