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Friday, 15 September 2017

9 Fairytale Christmas Markets to Visit in Europe 2017

I love a good Christmas Market and it's my dream to visit a proper Christmas Market in Europe. It's my birthday in December and I keep hinting to Steve to take me to Belin but so far it has fallen on deaf ears!


Today I've put together a list of some of the best Christmas Markets in Europe. Let me know if you've visited any or there are any others you'd recommend.


Stuttgart, Ludwingsburg and Esslingen Christmas Markets - Germany

Credit - Exraordinay Chaos
As Extraordinary Chaos points out in this post, Stuttgart in Germany is only just over 1 hour away and with flights from Heathrow available from just £24.99, it's not an expensive place to travel to either.  There are three markets to visit in the vicinity ranging from the main Stuttgart market with it's street food and ice rink to Ludwigsburg with it's twinkling lights and gingerbread and the picture perfect Esslingen Medieval Market with street performers, craft stalls and magical candlelit evenings.

  • Stutttgart Market runs from 29 November - 23 December 2017 : Website
  • Ludwigsburg Market runs from 23 November - 22 December 2017 : Website
  • Esslingen Medieval Market runs from 28 November - 22 December 2017 : Website


Landshut's Christmas Market, Bavaria - Germany


Credit | A Bavarian Sojourn
Landshut's Christmas Market is small but perfectly formed and A Bavarian Sojourn has captured it perfectly in this post. There's plenty of festive food available as well as warm spiced wine, a children's funfair and gifts to buy. Temperatures can get chilly so wrap up warmly for this one.
  • Landshut's Christmas Market runs from 30 November - 23 December 2017 : Website


Bologna Christmas Market, Italy

Credit | Space in Your Case
I will be honest when I say that visiting Italy in December is just never an option that has crossed my mind but after reading this post by Penny from Space In Your Case, I have well and truly changed my mind. Bologna looks SO festive! From fairy lights, to Christmas trees and beautiful decorations everywhere you look, Bologna is home to some of the best hot chocolate that money can buy, fabulous street food and gifts and you'll definitely receive a warm welcome.  

  • Bologna Christmas Markets take place throughout December : Website


Berlin, Leipzig, Munich and Salzberg Christmas Markets, Germany & Austria

Credit | The Family Adventure Project
The Family Adventure Project visited four cities in their quest to experience an authentic Christmas Market and documented their journey here (well worth a read).  First stop was Berlin which they describe as the Hollywood of Christmas Markets. There are actually over 60 Christmas Markets in Berlin offering everything from tobogganing and ice skating to chocolate covered pretzels, fire pits and fairground rides.

Next up is Leipzig, one of the most historic markets in Germany. With over 250 stalls there is a fairytale forest where the trees talk, elaborate wooden stalls, a Ferris wheel and handmade gifts, it's clear to see why this market is a popular choice.

Munich Christmas Markets are super popular so expect them to be crowded. From alpine carol singers to nativity accessories for sale, gingerbread stalls and hand blown glass decorations, there is so much to see and do.

Salzburg Christmas Market is picture perfect with simple wooden huts and open courtyards. Treat yourself to a Schnitzel or Strudel and take in the atmosphere as you admire the hand crafted goods for sale. 
  • Berlin Christmas Markets run across various dates : Website
  • Leipzig Christmas Market runs from 28 November - 23 December 2017 : Website
  • Munich Christmas Markets run from 27 November - 24 December 2017 : Website
  • Salzburg Christmas Marker runs from 23 November : Website
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