7 best European Christmas markets

Christmas in Europe means snow-covered cathedrals, hot chocolate and colourful decorations. Here are out 7 best European Christmas markets.  

1.) Prague

There are a few Christmas markets to explore in Prague, but the most famous can be found at Old Town Square. The Old Town Square Market is known for its vibrancy, live carol concerts and dance performances. Sip spiced mulled wine while you look for gifts. Don’t miss the mouth-watering barbecued pork or trdelnik – a hot cake wrapped around a stick, rolled in cinnamon and sugar, then cooked over a grill.    

2.) Strasbourg

The French town of Strasbourg transforms into the capital of Christmas over the festive period, dazzling visitors and locals alike with twinkling light displays, three majestic Christmas trees and dozens of festivities. You’ll find concerts and choir performances wowing crowds along the cobbled streets well into the night.    

3.) Nuremberg

Although there are several German markets that could be included in this list, Christkindlesmarkt in the medieval city of Nuremberg can put forward a worthy case for being the best in the country. Dating back to 1628, the main market in the city’s largest square, Hauptmarkt, hums with visitors enjoying the colour and music. Mass-produced merchandise is forbidden so you’ll only find the best quality, locally made goods. As you peruse the stalls, keep warm with glasses of Glühwein and spicy grilled sausages.    

4.) Zagreb

Once upon a time, the Zagreb Christmas Market was one of Croatia’s best kept secrets, but over the past few years, the town’s festivities have grown in popularity. Lanterns light up the avenues of trees in Zrinjevac Park, and European Square holds music events each evening.