5 excellent Christmas markets and events in Europe

Go traditional with your choice of Christmas gifts this year by visiting any one of these beautiful Christmas markets in Europe.


Now we are well into November, Christmas is quickly looming [VIDEO]. When choosing gifts for friends and family, why not try out some of the traditional Christmas markets, held all over Europe? With mulled wine, traditional mead, tasty snacks and a wide variety of arts and crafts, “Santa” certainly won’t go home [VIDEO] empty-handed this year.

Also included is a spectacular light and sound event held in Málaga, the capital city of the Costa del Sol in southern Spain.


Munich, Germany – 27 November to 24 December 2018

Munich is the Bavarian capital and actually holds 24 Christmas markets each year. Try the traditional medieval market in Wittlesbachplatz where traders wear costumes and serve traditional mead in beautiful goblets. As noted by the Evening Standard, each market serves mulled wine, so have some tasty Christmas snacks along the way. Take a stroll around the huge Tollwood Winterfestival or head to the central market in Marienplatz to choose from a dizzying array of arts and crafts.


Salzburg, Austria – 22 November to 26 December 2018

Up in the northern Alps, you have a good chance of experiencing a white Christmas. Festive markets have been held in the city since the 15th century. The largest market is held in Cathedral Square where you can often hear choirs performing outside the Cathedral. While exploring Salzburg, other, smaller markets can be found, including the Hellbrunn Courtyard where children can ride in a sledge drawn by reindeers or the charming market in the Hohensalzburg Fortress overlooking the sparkling city.


Zagreb, Croatia – 1 December 2018 to 6 January 2019

The festive market is held in the massive main square of Zagreb with sparkling lights, Christmas music and open-air concerts. Besides the market stalls, there are food marquees and plenty of entertainment for the children. A large Christmas tree keeps you in the festive spirit, while a light display transforms the fountain. As noted by The Street, for those feeling the chill, there is a heated conservatory where food and drinks can be enjoyed.


Bologna, Italy – mid-November to late December 2018

Besides the gastronomic delights of the city, Bologna throws a beautiful Christmas market each year. One must-have gift (buy some for you as well!) is the Italian nougat, or “torrone.” Other tasty delights include citrus peel dipped in chocolate and there is a variety of crib figurines and other crafts on sale. If you stay in the city until New Year’s Eve, visit the street market in Piazza Maggiore that night where an effigy is burned to destroy negativity before the New Year.


Málaga Christmas lights, Andalucía , Spain

Going off the market theme, one of the most spectacular festive scenes can be enjoyed in Málaga. Each year music and lights entertain the crowds in the main shopping street, Calle Larios as the city’s Christmas lights are turned on. The street leads to the Plaza de la Constitución, the central square of the city, with its massive Christmas tree. Get a taste of the event from the video below. The event will be held from 17h00 to 23h00 on 30 November 2018. Merry Christmas!

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