What could get you more in the festive spirit than experiencing some of the best Christmas Markets Europe has to offer? Stroll through snowy cities, enjoy tasty delicacies and traditional handmade crafts.
The Christkindlmarkt in Vienna is one of the longest running Christmas markets in Europe, dating back to the middle ages. Vienna’s Christmas markets are known for unique Christmas gifts, so why not treat a loved one to something a little bit different? You’ll find everything from handmade gifts, pretty little trinkets, as well as lots of Christmas souvenirs which you can hang on your tree for years to come. If you’re feeling a bit peckish, you’ll be spoilt for choice as there’s countless food stalls here, from traditional roast chestnut stalls to a wide variety of sausage, ham and pretzels. If you’ve got a sweet tooth, indulge in some sugary delights which Austria is well known for.
What Barcelona lacks in snow it most definitely makes up for in stylish Spanish-flavoured shopping. The Fira de Santa Llúcia Christmas Market is probably the most well-known and classic market in Spain. A large number of the stalls sell fabulous Christmas decorations, from trees to mistletoe. Don’t forget to buy your Christmas Caga Tió; a log with a smiley face on, this is a unique part of Catalan Christmases. On two Saturdays during the Christmas market season, Santa Claus will pay a visit to the markets to collect letters from children and hand out cookies and balloons.
Towards the end of November Vörösmarty Square turns into a festive market place located in the heart of the city centre. There are more than 100 wooden stands selling high quality gifts such as jewellery, candles, Christmas decorations, and other items which can’t be found anywhere else. After shopping, enjoy a lovely mug of spicy mulled wine. You can even take home a Christmas Fair mug — a nice little keepsake which gets a new design each year. If you’re travelling with children, be sure to attend a puppet show and play areas where they can enjoy Santa Claus games.
You don’t have to travel too far as some of the best Christmas markets can be found in the UK. The largest authentic German market located outside of Germany and Austria is located in Birmingham, and it’s one of the UK’s favourite Christmas Markets. Here you can buy traditional gifts such as jewellery, toys and Christmas decorations. Some stalls offer ethnic handicrafts from all over the world from places such as Africa, India and South America.
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