The best Christmas markets in Europe this year

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The best Christmas markets in Europe this year

Christmas markets take place all over Europe, from small towns to central European squares capitals. Some of them are especially popular with social media users.

Colmar, France

This year's Colmar Fair officially opened on November 24th and will run until December 29th.

In Colmar, the atmosphere of the Old Town reigns, and guests feel like in a fairy tale. The city center is full of unique pieces of architecture, enhanced by specially designed lighting.

Prague, Czech Republic

This year, Christmas markets in the capital of the Czech Republic are open from November 26 to January 26. Fairs in Prague — the largest in the country. Visitors are treated to mulled wine, traditional Czech Christmas cookies, gingerbread, chestnuts and various types of meat snacks.

The main Christmas festivities in Prague take place in the very center of the city — on the Old Town Square, as well as on Wenceslas Square. Small markets are opening up elsewhere.

In addition to food, visitors can purchase local handicrafts, jewelry, wooden toys, and dolls dressed in traditional clothing.

Strasbourg, France

The Strasbourg Christmas market is traditionally one of the top ten markets that you should definitely visit during the winter holidays. 

It is one of the largest and most beautiful markets in Europe — there are more than 300 luminous houses, a real tree 30 meters high, hotels with teddy bears, an illuminated Notre Dame Cathedral, angels along the streets and a sea of ​​hot mulled wine.

The stalls in this market are open every day for a whole month — from November 24 to December 24.

Europe's oldest Christmas market was first held in Strasbourg in 1570, and since then the city has continued its tradition, remaining one of the best places to visit during the Christmas period.

Tallinn, Estonia

The Tallinn Christmas Market is open from November 25, 2022 to January 8, 2023. This market was recognized as the most beautiful European Christmas market three years ago and is now one of the most visited on the continent.

Christmas festivities in Tallinn take place in a historical place surrounded by old buildings and have a long tradition.

It is estimated that every year about half a million visitors come to Tallinn during the winter holidays. This year, the “heart” was chosen as the decoration of the fair.

As with other Christmas markets, visitors will be able to taste different dishes, buy handicrafts and have an unforgettable time.

Budapest, Hungary

Budapest Christmas market already opened its doors in front of St. Stephen's Basilica on November 18 and will remain open until January 1, 2023.

For two years — in 2020 and 2022 — The Budapest Christmas Market was recognized as the most beautiful in Europe.

Tourists are waiting for a light show, various musical performances, a 12-meter Christmas tree and an ice rink.

Bruges, Belgium< /p>

The Christmas market in Bruges is open from November 25, 2022 to January 8, 2023, and during this time everyone can experience a wonderful atmosphere. The central place for the event in Bruges this year will be located on the Markt and Simon Stevin Square, and dozens of stalls will offer guests all kinds of food and drinks.

From other Christmas markets in Europe, we note Basel (Switzerland), Metz ( France), Vienna (Austria), Trier (Germany), Brussels (Belgium) and Edinburgh (Scotland).

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