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Market leaders: 10 of the best Christmas markets in Europe

Market leaders: 10 of the best Christmas markets in Europe

Light up your life with a little sparkle. As autumn turns to winter and the darkness draws in, imbibe the Yuletide spirit in serious quantities with a trip to one of Europe’s Christmas markets. Skyscanner introduces ten places for a glorious last-minute getaway for under £100 so you can get festive – Euro-style!

1. Nuremburg, Germany

Think Christmas markets, and you think of Germany. Perhaps it’s just that lovely word Glühwein? So why not try Nuremburg which hosts one of Europe’s biggest and most famous festive markets. Dating back to the mid-16th century, the market now attracts over two million visitors each year. Pay homage to the home of lebucken – gingerbread biscuits – and purchase traditional ‘prune dolls’ for your lucky relatives. Find flights to Nuremburg

2. Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Pick your perfect festive fir in Amsterdam; the city’s floating Bloemenmarkt boasts a stupendous selection of Christmas trees. While you’re there, Westergasfabriek ‘culture park’ hosts special festive editions of the Funky Sunday Markets, while another must-do is the massive Albert Cuyp street market in The Pijp district. Find flights to Amsterdam

3. Krakow, Poland

Snow is the icing on the Christmassy cake so check out Krakow. The wonderful white stuff should be settling on the spires that are the setting for Krakow’s Christmas market. Fuel shopping and sightseeing with lovely local treats like fried oscypec cheese – served best in a Polish sausage sarni. Find flights to Krakow
4. Zürich, Switzerland

Zürich boasts not one but five fantastic Christmas markets, including the Christkindli-Market – the biggest covered market in Europe. Held in the massive main hall of the city’s main train station, its centrepiece is a Christmas tree covered in 5000 Swarovski crystal ornaments. The Christmas market at Werdmühleplatz square hosts the ever-so-slightly surreal Singing Christmas Tree. Find flights to Zürich

5. Brussels, Belgium

Brussels’ thoroughly modern Christmas market is only 11 years old. It promotes an ethical goods policy so pick up a green gift for an eco-conscious auntie. Brussels is brilliant for dining and drinking, so munch on mussels at Bij den Boer and reward yourself after all that shopping with a Belgium beer or two. Find flights to Brussels

6. Salzburg, Austria

Head to the grand old city of Salzburg for a classic combo of atmospheric old town and traditional Christmas market. Very traditional, in fact – the Salsburger Christkindlmarkt dates back to the 15th century. Glug some glogg (punch) and soak up the atmosphere in the tower and spire-laden Dom and Residenz Squares. Find flights to Salzburg

7. Paris, France

Shopping trip to Paris? Forget fashion houses. Check out the cool Christmas markets on the Champs-Elysées, which is the biggest in the city, stretching all the way to the Place de la Concorde, or in the business utopia of La Défense. Take a trip in the infamous lift up La Grande Arche de la Défense for a view of Paris as it glitters. Find flights to Paris

8. Prague, Czech Republic

Fulfil your festive fantasies in Prague’s winter wonderland. The captivating Czech capital has two main Christmas markets, held in Old Town Square and Wenceslas Square. Make sure you indulge in the Czech version of mulled wine, svařené vino, which translates as ‘boiled wine’. It’ll certainly keep you warm and fabulously fuzzy as you shop. Find flights to Prague

ChristmasMarket.JPG9. Edinburgh, Scotland

Get your Christmas market fix and a taste of Deutschland at Edinburgh’s German market. Clasp a marvellous mug of Glühwein as you drink in the stunning setting, with Edinburgh Castle looming above and festive illuminations all around. Take a spin on the Edinburgh Wheel or hit the open-air skating rink – the wine will help. Find flights to Edinburgh

10. Leeds, England

Why bother going to Germany? Leeds’ Christkindelmarkt is a massive Christmas market in the city’s Millennium Square with wooden chalet stalls selling hand-made toys, jewellery, Christmas cards, decorations, and German specialities from bratwurst to the essential Glühwein. Find flights to Leeds