Christmas is coming and the markets have been put up! In many countries, the Christmas markets are something to behold and wonder. From crafted gift ideas both big and small to mulled wine and warm Churros, the markets are full of festive cheer and can bring in a lot of people out. Although the theme of these markets is similar across Europe, the design and execution of these markets vary massively. There are some markets you shouldn’t miss out on!
We’ve brought together a few of our favourite Christmas markets you can use as an excuse for a quick festive getaway.
Starting with the heartland of Scotland. Edinburgh boasts one of the biggest and brightest markets in the UK. Open between the 16th of November and the 4th of January Edinburgh’s Christmas Market is back at East Princes Street Garden. It comes with many attractions including mulled Iron Bru, magical streetlights and the amazing funfair rides with the iconic Ferris wheel towering over the markets giving you an outstanding view of the city.
After the 21st of November, London becomes a magical Winter Wonderland. For 6 weeks Hyde Park is transformed into a Christmas haven for shoppers, tourists and everyone else. The Winter Wonderland has a lot going on in those 6 weeks from the residential attractions such as The Magical Ice Kingdom this year hosting A Christmas Carol with many amazing and beautifully crafted sculptures depicting Dickens’ famous story, the UK’s largest outdoor Ice Rink and around 100 chalets full of food, gifts and treats for all to enjoy. They also hold special events and performances across their time in Hyde Park from the thrilling Cirque Berserk to a delightful Paddington on Ice. This extravagant wonderland is the perfect mini Christmas break for the whole family to enjoy.
When looking at for the best Christmas Markets you cannot forget Central Europe. They love to celebrate Christmas time and the winter months. Once Oktoberfest comes to a close there is not much of a break before the Christmas stalls are opened. This year, Dusseldorf’s Market is changing, with the addition of their 1,700m2 Ice Rink added on and the Fairy Tale Market making the market a lot more family-friendly with a tent especially made for children’s activities and events. Placed in front of the old town hall the Dusseldorf Christmas Market mixes the beautiful old traditions with modern-day features to make this a great place to spend your Christmas holiday.
For a European getaway, Vienna would be a great option. If you’re after a getaway then this should be on the top of your list. The build-up to Christmas allows Vienna to receive a magical makeover. The streets and squares are transformed, decorating the city in festive lighting and magical Christmas markets, filling the air with cinnamon and warm punch you can’t help but be overwhelmed with Christmas Spirit. The atmospheric market offers traditional handicrafts, hand-made Christmas decorations, concerts and an extensive children’s program, including Christmas workshop.
Over the festive period there can be a lot of stress trying to find nice, affordable hotels to stay in these amazing cities and in many cases, these can be filled up and ruin plans. As an alternative, we suggest Airbnb, when looking for a place to stay you’ve got so much to choose to suit any family or party with the ability to get a real feel of the city, you’re staying in. If you need more information or require to speak to someone from Airbnb you can visit our Airbnb customer services page where you can get in touch.