The holiday season is a time for giving, which means it’s also a time for shopping! Christmas markets are known to pop up all around Europe, providing the best handmade, original gifts and decorations. On top of vendors, many markets provide fun things to do, such as ice skating and light-up christmas tree shows! Some markets even take things a step further, like Basel, Switzerland, where they provide live music and get the community involved with a city run to start the season! Make sure you check these markets, as it’s really beginning to look a lot like Christmas!
Germany is known for having some of the biggest celebrations in the world. They celebrate Christmas well before (December 6th) and well after (January 6th) the actual date itself. In the spirit of all this Christmas celebration, markets are “the thing” to see and experience. Munich especially, has some of the best ones around. Make sure you see them all! Here, you can purchase your own Christmas decorations for your house and taste all of the spiced drinks and flavors the city has to offer. These Christmas markets in Munich are located right in the center of everything, so you’ll be able to get the best views of everything as you walk around and take everything in.
Southbank’s Winter Market is filled with the tastiest foods from around the world. Here, you can try everything from Belgium waffles to Swedish hot dogs. One of the best attractions here is the two-story cider mill, which is perfect for a chilly night. Try either a hot, orange cider or one of many flavored cold ones. At the London Christmas market, you can meet so many people from around the world. London is a very diverse city, and people come here to either widen their pallets or find a taste from home. People meet from near and far to simply share a good time, overlooking endless Christmas trees and the best view of the London Eye. Come make the trip and you’ll for sure be leaving with a full belly!
Located right in the city center of Brussels is the annual “Winter Wonders” festival, which runs every year from the end of November to the beginning of January. Here, you can experience the joys of ice-skating, Ferris wheeling, great food and more. It’s something that’s great to take the kids to but also an adult’s most secret get away. Fall in love over and over with the 230+ businesses that set up their merchandise and shop until you drop. People come from all over the world to give you the best of the best shopping selections. The light shows and parades of different Christmas mascots are fun for the whole family!
You know those famous houses that pop up in the news every year for having the most outrageous Christmas decorations? The Christmas Village Belevedere Palace is a whole market for that! Just walking around can fill your heart with holiday spirit. On top of that, 40 different vendors come in to sell the greatest products in the country and you have 6 different food stations to try out. If you just want it to be an adult outing only, drop the kids off at their own program! Let them ride in their own special railway and take painting classes so they can show their final products to the public. The joy of Christmas is all here!
If you’re in Switzerland, this is the biggest and best market you can find. Here in Basel, you’ll find the market to be set up with exquisite taste, making it one of the prettiest markets to date. The opening ceremony is accompanied with live music, free, mulled wine, tea and soap. The selection of lit up Christmas trees allows for your walk around the market to be a great one, along with different things to try out such as visiting the 190 traders and artisans or trying out the greatest gingerbread yet. Finally, put on your running shoes and take part in the city run! It’s a great way to bring the community together.
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