The most wonderful time of the year is getting closer every day! It doesn’t matter how old you are, everyone should know how many days are left till the most special day of the year. Don't hesitate to check out the Xmas Countdown Clock to see how much time you have left to get into the Christmas spirit!
If you want to experience some Christmas Magic, spend your winter days wandering around all of Prague’s festive markets. The well-known Old Town Square and Wenceslas Square never fail to impress with their selection of Christmas wares and gingerbread men, the beautifully-decorated Christmas tree and the petting zoo, a favourite for the whole family.
Visiting Brussels between the end of November and January 1st, you will not only find yourself in the middle of a shiny Christmas market along the Place Sainte Catherine but you will also have the chance to experience an elegant sound-and-light show on the Grand Place. Christmas wares and beautiful handmade souvenirs can be found all over the market’s 240 wooden chalets – but be sure not miss out on the traditional Belgian waffle, as well.
As the capital of Germany, Berlin has much to offer its visitors - not only when it comes to sightseeing but also around Christmas time. Walking around the city’s more than 60 different Christmas markets will give you the right giggles and jiggles the season requires. All of them are unique and charming in their own way and have their own bit of Christmas magic. Charlottenburg Castle and Gendarmenmarkt are two favourites in Berlin that will give you a taste of the classic winter wonderland.
Vörösmarty Square is the place to go if you are visiting the Hungarian capital between Novemner 10th and the 1st of January. Stop by and experience why this one is one of the most popular Christmas Markets in Europe. Be sure to walk among the stall shutters, but don’t stop there - take a look at the huge advent calendar on the Gerbeaud building and look for live entertainment along the way.
Festive lights, Christmas decorations and gingerbread men everywhere - these are just a few ways the city of romance gets you in the right mood around Christmas. There are several places to visit throughout the city if you are looking for some Christmas fun. Stop by Champs-Élysées to spend time in the Christmas Village or in the Latin Quarter to see Santa's Village. For a real winter wonderland don't miss out Trocadero Gardens.
With more than 150 stalls just in the heart of the city, in Rathausplatz, Vienna's Christmas Market is a huge one, decorated with amazing Christmas lights. When you are visiting the market of the Austrian capital, don't forget to look for gingerbread hearts with sweet messages, and of course, beewax candles should be on every shopping list. If you get thirsty - or just want to warm up while walking around in the snow - give Weihnachtspunsch a try!
Christmas markets are not exclusive to northern Europe, as some of the most festive can be found in the Mediterranean region. Bologna's two Christmas Markets are the oldest in the whole country. Walk among the stalls either at the Fiera di Natale or the Antica Fiera di Santa Lucia, and you will surely find some Christmas decorations to treasure. Stuff your tummy with tasty Christmas delights, such as specially shaped marzipan and nuts.
When Christmas time comes around, Sweden gets its locals ready with some glögg and pepparkakor. Sipping mulled wine while chewing on thin ginger biscuits is a typical Swedish way of celebrating the most wonderful time of the year. Don't miss out on the amazing Christmas Market in the capital - step into the winter wonderland that is Stockholm. Visit the beautifully-decorated stalls right in front of the Nobel Museum, where your children can happily play on the tombola for just a few cents.
At the heart of Trondheim you will not only find stalls but also traditional tepee-style tents where you have the chance to buy your very own woollen jumper - a great way to experience the real Christmas-feeling that spreads around Norway. While munching on some berry-flavoured cheese, hop on a sleigh and let the horses take you for an amazing ride in the beautiful snowy surroundings.
Just a short drive away from the Swiss capital, you will find a Christmas market that will set your heart abuzz. St Gallen has the tallest Christmas tree in the country, which is decorated with countless lights. To top off the experience, you can hear the songs of carollers around the clock. During your stay in St Gallen, try out the local specialities, such as biberli and feuerzangenbowle, just the treats to get you in the right mood.
Vilnius has a different take on Christmas trees - they decorate the 550-ft high Vilnius Television tower for the holiday season and hang a bunch of Christmas lights all around it. While strolling among the beautiful sites of Vilnius, sip some karstas vynas (mulled wine) and buy a pair of woollen gloves to keep warm. Find the perfect handmade gift from among the many Christmas decorations and candle holders. And be sure to do all this while munching on some raguolis (a traditional Lithuanian pastry)!
Spending a winter break in London is an excellent choice. The Christmas lights in the city light up ceremoniously already in November, so if you are around, don't miss out on the parade either. For the holiday season, Hyde Park turns into a real winter wonderland, offering not only the traditional stalls but also the largest outdoor skating rink of the city. Strap on your skates and head out onto the ice. Wander around the different Christmas markets of London, stop by a Christmas concert or experience the carol sing-along at the Royal Albert Hall.
Senate Square is the place where you have to go if you are looking for a huge Christmas Market in Finland. The capital of the country will not leave you hanging - visit the market's more than 100 beautifully decorated Christmas stalls for real Finnish crafts, hand-made Christmas decorations and much more. If you feel like it is getting chilly, buy a pair of woollen gloves or warm up with some glögi (traditional Finnish spicy mulled wine) at the Food Yard.
During the holiday season, Riga is a magical place to visit if you are seeking to spark the festive spirit within you. Latvia’s capital and largest city celebrates Christmas in the Old Town with a huge Christmas Fair offering not only the creative Latvian handcrafted decorations but also several concerts and different workshops to please visitors, both the old and young. And if you haven't met him yet, you will now have the chance to see the one and only Santa Claus!
The Christmas Market in Gdansk is not only a traditional market but an attraction as well. Besides meeting Santa Claus, riding a carousel horse and skating around the ice rink, visitors can explore the traditionally decorated Christmas trees from all over Europe that are exhibited at the fair. Don't worry about your tummy either - cakes, chocolate covered fruit and different roasted nuts are just a few of all the culinary delights waiting for you in Gdansk.
In the middle of the city, right on University Square, you will find around 65 wooden Christmas stalls gathered from the end of November till the end of December. While you are strolling around looking for a bit of Christmas treasure - such as beautiful handicrafts, ceramics, Christmas decorations - make sure to stop by Santa Clause's house. The festive season wouldn't be real if you couldn't go on a Christmas carousel ride - so visit Bucharest and have a blast!
What could be better than celebrating the holiday season with Santa and his reindeer? When visiting Tallinn at Christmas time, you will have the chance to put a huge smile on your and your children's face while wandering around the Christmas Market in the Town Hall Square. Meeting Santa, shopping in the little huts, and petting animals in the tiny zoo are just a few of the activities to choose from. Get warm by sipping a cup of hot chocolate and listening to some Christmas music.
During the weeks of Advent, Zagreb celebrates the holiday season with a huge Christmas market that takes place in different streets around the Jelačić Square. Look around and find yourself among hundreds of gingerbread hearts with the sweetest figures and pick a beautifully-decorated and locally-produced seasonal souvenir. You will not only be shopping around but also entertained by local choirs, dancers and live music.
Deep in the Black Forest, but just a few minutes from Freiburg, you will find an extremely romantic Christmas Market that is located right under a viaduct. Just beneath the Ravenna Gorge viaduct there are more than 40 stalls offering local, handmade Christmas crafts and some fun programmes for children and adults. Visit this market to experience a real romantic and rustic vibe while getting in the perfect holiday mood.
Velvet Cave Christmas Market, or as some call it, Santa's Cave, is an excellent choice if you are looking for an extremely unique Christmas Market this year. Just under the castle of Valkenburg you will find a beautifully decorated Christmas Market that will definitely give you the Christmas chills with its unique festive atmosphere - in a cosy cave!
If you are looking for the largest Christmas Market in Sweden, don't try to find it on a street or a square - it is in an amusement park! The second largest city of the country, Gothenburg awaits its visitors with a real adventure and experience when it comes to the holiday season. After you have wandered around the more than 80 stalls located right in the middle of Liseberg, go ahead and jump on a ride to enjoy the real atmosphere of a Christmas Market in an amusement park.
If you are a lover of rivers and boats, visiting the floating Christmas Market in Vilshofen is the way for you to make the most of this upcoming holiday season. Not only the boat but also the Danube promenade is transformed into a festive Christmas market offering handcrafted decorations and Christmas delights. If you decide to spend your holiday break in Vilshofen, don't miss the largest wooden manger scene in the world!
Are you looking for the real winter wonderland? You have just found it. The capital of Lapland, the official hometown of Santa Claus is open year-round offering you and your family an unforgettable way to celebrate the holidays. The elves' toy factory and the Santa Claus photography service are among the most beloved attractions for children. Don't forget to also look around the shelves - as a souvenir, buy some real Finnish-designed products or send a postcard from the Santa Claus Main Post Office.