If you really want to experience that Christmas feeling, going to a Christmas market will do the trick. Germany is of course the undisputed number one when it comes to Christmas markets, but there are many more European cities that are worth a visit. These are our personal favorites!
Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen
Drink a cup of glögg (mulled wine with spices) and enjoy the thousands of lights ánd hundreds of Christmas trees while in Copenhagen. The Tivoli Gardens are a magical place in the Danish capital. It’s an amusement park where your family can enjoy special attractions such as the Elf Train and The Milky Way Express from mid-November to the first week of January. The big lake in The Gardens has been transformed into an ice rink.
Greatest pleasure in Brussels
Anybody who has visited a Christmas market, knows that wooden chalets are the most important thing. In the chalets you will find the talented people who are selling their products. The Christmas market in Brussels has over two hundred chalets, where you can get the best products. But even more popular are the delicious dishes, such as waffles. The Brussels Christmas market can be found at the Vismarkt, Grote Markt and Sint-Katelijneplein.
A classic Christmas market: Strasbourg
If you want to go to a classic Christmas market, consider going to Strasbourg in France. The Marché de l’Enfant Jésus (the Market of the baby Jesus) will settle in the old town between November 22 and December 30. The city of Strasbourg calls itself: Strasbourg, Capitol or Christmas. The houses, walls, windows, balconies and churches are decorated with thousands and thousands of light. In the old city center, on Place Kléber, you will find the huge Christmas tree and the obvious ice rink. Every evening at five o'clock the Christmas tree show starts with the lights and music. The Strasbourg holiday market is very suitable for families: there are even special shows for children.
The magic of London
The most magical Christmas atmosphere can be found in New York City. But if you don’t have the time or money to go to the city that never sleeps in December, there is always London: a lot closer and just as much fun. There are countless Christmas markets in London, but our favorite is Winder Wonderland in Hyde Park. Its a large Christmas market, or we should call it a Christmas experience actually. There are ice bars, Christmas markets and even a circus. There are over hundred festive attractions. Some are so popular that it is smart to make a reservation, like the ice bar and ice rink.
Berlin Christmas markets
Last but not least: Berlin. Because when it comes to Christmas markets, Germany is the ultimate number one. Berlin has over hundred Christmas markets every year. Our favorite is the Weihnachtszauber at the Gendarmenmarkt. Every year around 600,000 people gather at the market in front of the Konzerthaus. You can try special delicacies such as white chocolate milk or fried apple. And the gifts are also unique: people from all over the world come to this Berlin Christmas market to sell their products.