Christmas markets

Europe’s best Christmas markets

It might be too early to go up to the loft in search of the Christmas box however it’s the right time to think about exploring a European Christmas market. Jump on a flight or hop onto the Eurostar to experience the European spirit of Christmas.  Here’s a low down of some Greenstar favourites:


Munich is Germany’s most beautiful city, thriving with art and culture and home to a wonderful opera house. The beautiful gothic Marienplatz is the backdrop for the traditionally Bavarian Christmas market which takes place between 27th November and 24th December.


One of the oldest markets, the Viennese Christmas market, takes place throughout the city and dates back to 1294. Buy traditional handicrafts in the historic Spittelberg quarter, experience festive concerts at the Schonbrunn Palace and visit the classic “Christkindlmarkt” at Rathausplatz.


Krakow’s Christmas market takes place in Rynek Glowny, one of the largest mediaeval town squares in Europe. Colourful stalls are laden with traditional foods, such as the country’s famous honey cake, as well as local handicrafts including sculptures and embroidery.


Traditional Danish yuletide is celebrated until 22nd December at the famous Tivoli Gardens and at Nyhavn. Thousands of lights decorate the ice-rinks, stalls groan under the most beautiful gifts and restaurants offering traditional Christmas fayre.


The Dutch capital sparkles at Christmas with festive Christmas stalls, ice skating at Museumplein and the light festival which lights up the whole city until January, including the canals.


The main Christmas market in Stockholm is held daily in the colourful mediaeval maze of the old town or Gamla Stan. The weekend market at the Skansen is the world’s oldest open air museum on Djurgården island and has been running since 1903.

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