Best Christmas markets to experience this year in Europe

11 October 2019

With all those delectable scents, fairy lights, joyful carols and top entertainment, for just over a month Christmas markets supply the most festive atmosphere in Europe’s top cities. 

As the end of the year draws near, we have chosen a handful of destinations that host the most popular, riveting and versatile markets which you may not have considered! Check them out and soak up the holiday vibes to the full!

London

london christmas market

Ho-ho-ho it’s time to pack your bags and head to London for a winter wonderland. Annually Hyde Park’s 'Winter Wonderland' (yes it really is called that!) offers a seasonal treat in the city’s famous park. This isn’t just a market; from thrilling fairground rides and ice-skating rinks to charming Christmas stalls and theatrical shows, there’s something for all the family. 

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Lyon

lyon festival of lights

Many of the Christmas markets in France are deeply rooted in history, and Lyon is no exception. Alongside the famous and historic festival of lights or 'Fete des Lumières', the Christmas markets in Lyon offer a great way to soak up the festive atmosphere for all the family. Look out for the Christmas market on Place Carnot; it is an absolute must for everyone visiting Lyon. There are around 140 Christmas chalets, where vendors of all kinds, from Lyon and further afield, showcase their wares. It’s also one of the most picturesque markets in France, with a carousel and a giant Ferris wheel.

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Dusseldorf

dusseldorf christmas market

Looking for your Glühwein fix? Well, Dusseldorf has no less than seven significant markets to meander! All are located in the city centre, right near the Altstadt (Old Town) area. If you want to go further afield, there are plenty of Christmas markets to visit between the areas of Benrath and Kaiserswerth as well!

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Lisbon

lisbon christmas market

'Wonderland' is one of the biggest Christmas markets in Lisbon, with hundreds of stalls selling ornate handicrafts, an ice-skating rink, a giant Ferris Wheel, Santa’s grotto, and a stage that sees many live musical events appealing to the masses. You can find this gem at Parque Eduardo VII, make sure you allow plenty of time to explore!

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Catania

catania christmas market

If you are in the Sicilian city of Catania, head to Via Minoriti. This is the area which transforms into a winter wonderland. This place is now known as being synonymous with Christmas. It’s here you will find a cacophony of very talented artisans exhibiting their handmade wares. The streets are filled with lights and colour, and plenty of stalls to peruse. Across Catania, you can also visit various nativity scenes displayed in the different churches of the city.

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Which destination will you pick this year to truly embrace the Christmas spirit? We look forward to welcoming you on board this festive season!


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