Treat yourself to a last-minute getaway and cross the last names off of your Christmas list while you’re at it. As you wander down historic streets laced with the warming scent of cinnamon, where fairy lights twinkle from the branches of towering trees and magnificent landmarks stand over dainty medieval houses, you’ll find yourself falling in love with the festive season all over again. Here’s our pick of the best Christmas markets in France, Germany and Belgium.
It’s that wonderful time of year again – where people gather together in the chilly town squares to visit Europe’s best Christmas markets, soak up some festive cheer, see the twinkling light displays and enjoy a steaming mug of comforting glühwein. While the markets’ winter wonderland atmospheres are undoubtedly a huge draw, there are countless unique gifts to find for loved ones back home too, with artisans and vendors coming from across the world to sell their wares.
Whether you like your Christmas markets big or small, traditional or original, you’ll find your favourite festive stop in Belgium. Stroll through magnificent streets illuminated by fairy lights and the warming glow of market stalls as the scent of freshly-sugared treats fills the air. Attracting a huge number of vendors from all over the world, these markets combine local gifts with international goods, making them the perfect place to stock up for your Christmas festivities. Here’s our pick of the best Christmas markets in Belgium.
The lights of Amsterdam shine even brighter throughout the holiday season, when the cool air wafts the pleasant scents of sizzling oliebollen (sweet dumpling) and fresh stroopwafel (thin baked waffle) across the city. The Netherlands offers some of the best Christmas markets in Europe, offering a wonderfully festive experience as you hunt through unique gifts from a huge variety of independent vendors. Christmas in Amsterdam presents stunning winter backdrops and a plethora of events and activities. Here are just a few of our favourite Christmas markets to visit in the land of Sinterklaas (the beloved Santa Claus of the Dutch) this winter.
Much like in Germany, Christmas markets in France are a traditional affair, but with the added bonus of delicious Gallic treats too. Otherwise known as Marchés de Noël, city squares across the country are transformed into winter wonderlands for the festive season, with merchants travelling from far and wide to sell the very best of food, wine and gifts. Every lovingly decorated display, Christmas tree and tasty French delicacy helps to create an unforgettable experience.
We take a look at some of the best Christmas markets France has to offer.
Nothing brightens the spirits during a cold winter quite like the annual arrival of the German Christmas markets. Full of traditional treats, twinkling lights and the comfort of a warming glass of Glühwein (mulled wine), these yuletide gatherings are impossible to resist – with every city offering something different.
As the festive period is almost upon us, we take a look at some of the best Christmas markets Germany has to offer.