So it's "that" time of year again and you are based in the Med... so you are just a flight away from experiencing enough Christmas spirit to last you a lifetime.
These are THE places to be for Christmas markets, and most still running all the way through January. Here's our top 5 not to miss !
#5 Strasbourg - France
This renowned Christmas market also named Christkindelmärik is one of the oldest in Europe (1570).
impressive Christmas tree ! Every year, Strasbourg welcomes more than 300 chalets, installs kilometres of amazing bright garlands, and creates every single year one of the most magical sights.
Mulled wine and the famous Christmas Strasbourg’s cake, Christmas carols, magical lights and animations... Let yourself be carried away by the Christmas Magic of Strasbourg !
When? From the 23th of November to the 30th of December 2018.
#4 Dresden, Germany
Beyond their typical amazing German cake and unique versions of mulled bevvys, Dresden is a must feature in the list of the best European Christmas Markets to see and is above all the most original one !
Every chalet has a different amazing decoration on their roof top. From Santa Claus to the Polar express, every owner tries to be different, artistic and creative !
Before reading this, you probably didn't know the city of Dresden but I can assure you, it’s really one of the most typical and fantastic Christmas Market in Europe !
When ? from the 24th of November to the 24th of December
#3 PRAGUE CHRISTMAS MARKETS (Yes there is more than one !)
Actually, there are more than five Christmas markets in Prague!
This is the exciting thing, the entire city is full of different Christmas markets in every other street. But do you even need any more reasons to visit this amazing city, right ? The hit list : * Old Town Square (Staroměstské náměstí) * Wenceslas Square (Václavské náměstí) * Republic Square (Náměstí Republiky) * Peace Square (Náměstí Míru) * Holešovice Exhibition Grounds (Výstaviště Holešovice)
Must EAT and DRINK: You are in for a treat with the Czech specialties from the Vanocka (traditional sweet bread roll of deliciousness) to original gingerbread and traditional pastries while drinking a glass of a glass of Medoniva (Honey Liquor from Prague) - and as they say = it's not the mead to save for a special occasion, it's the mead that IS a special occasion.
Prague is also the best shopping markets with an array of artisanal things such as marionette's (wood puppet toys) or the wonderful Bohême Crystal! Winner for most romantic place with the Charles bridge over the frozen rivera add some swans to the mix and then a shower of Christmas sparkles.
When ? From the 1st December 2018 to 6th of January 2019
NB: Climb on the top of the city hotel, you could have a panoramic view on the city, just breath taking!
#2 Stockholm, Sweden
Stockholm has a different Christmas market for each area of the city and each place is with different atmospheres and different magic. That’s probably why Stockholm is so famous for its Christmas spirit.
From original, authentic to an organic one, creative and maritime, there is a Chrissy market for what ever tickles your fancy. There is even Reindeer dishes!
Two pieces of advice, bring some warm clothes and try a glögg (the Swedish version of Mild Wine).
When ? From the 24th Of November to the 23rd Of December
#1 Copenhagen, Denmark
In the heart of Tivoli’s Park we found one of the Magical Christmas Market.
Everything is done to live the magic spirit in an enchanting place that reveals even more its beauty at night when all the lights shine ! The park is pomponned and pampered with thousands of decorations, garlands, fires and illuminations. The sparkles will have you buzzing! The Village of Tivoli Park is made up of dozens of little cabins looking like cute little chalets where craft meets culinary specialties. Swap your gluhwein for glogg, and gingerbread for æbleskiver (yummy apple doughnuts).
Here is the hit list : * Freetown Christiania Christmas market ( the green light district ) - in one word - Mindblowing - during Christmas Period the fairytale comes true !
* Christmas market in Nyhavn harbour.
* Cozy Christmas market at the renaissance castle Kronborg.
* The Christmas market at Kongens Nytorv.
* Hans Christian Andersen Christmas market.
* Christmas Market at Højbro Plads.
* Visit Carlsberg Christmas Market.
But the winner is the Christmas market in Tivoli Gardens!
So with this magic just a flight away from you right now ( and literally on the other side of the world to Oz, NZ or SA) get your fix of Christmas to last you a life time! And cross your fingers for snow !