Not only is Europe a beautiful continent with hidden gems containing an abundance of character, but it is a continent that glows over Christmas time. Small towns are decked out with Christmas markets and decorations whilst major cities have shopping centres filled with Santa Clauses and fake snow in almost every window (or real if you are lucky to see it).
Europe in winter on a good day is freezing cold, but if you have clothes to fight against this then step out into the historic world of markets. Originated in Germany, Christmas markets are beyond the realm of picturesque as you feel as though you have stepped into a classic christmas novel as the aroma of hot chocolate and icy air fill the atmosphere. European Christmas markets attract people from all over the globe as families, couples and solo travellers trek to Europe in hopes to catch the spirit of Christmas amongst these spectacular markets.
The Best Christmas Markets
The city of love and the city of the eternal frostbite! Paris in December is extremely cold, but so worth it because you are in Paris throughout the most festive time of the year. Right under the Eiffel Tower and across the street, Christmas markets are lined up with traditional French desserts and wooden carved Christmas Ornaments. Experiencing these markets with the Eiffel Tower in the background is a travellers dream.
Avignon is a tiny French town about 6 hours drive from Paris. The town feels like you are in a real Christmas wonderland as surrounding cities are no where in sight. Don’t be fooled by the size of these markets nor the tiny town. These markets are extremely festive with entertainment such as carols along with merry-go-rounds and hot chocolate machines from end to end.
Hyde Park at Christmas time is like you are living inside of a snow globe. There are rows and rows of stalls selling wooden crafted toys, ornaments, home Christmas decorations and a heap more. Besides this, there is ice-skating, cuisine from around the world, carnival games and rides as well as live entertainment. Hyde Park at Christmas time is a travellers bucket list destination, bringing the Christmas spirit to life.
Florence, Italy any time of the year is alluring in it’s detail, and even better so through the month of December. The Christmas markets in Florence have everything one needs when shopping for Christmas, from the worlds best hot chocolate sitting under the Piazza Santa Croce.
Rothenburg Ob der Tauber, Germany
Oh my Rothenburg Ob der Tauber, how you have done it again! This German village is one of my favourite villages throughout all of Europe. Whilst this village takes you back in time to medieval fairytales, you will also be struck by the beauty of this ancient town through the time of Christmas. Held alongside the Christmas markets are cultural events and activities whilst adults can sip to a glass of mulled wine. Want to know more about this historical town? Read here.
Located in the Cathedral Square of Salzburg, you will immediately be immersed within the festive season by exploring the Christmas markets. Whilst you can sit and listen to the beautiful Austrian choirs singing your favourite carols, you can breathe in the cold winter air as you enjoy local wines and appetisers. Fairy lights fill the markets by night making one feel as if they are in the centre of the universe.
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