The Best Christmas Markets by Sage Fitzpatrick

Once the winter jackets come out and the countdown has commenced you know well and truly that Christmas is on its way. What’s better than getting in the Christmas spirit by going to a Christmas market, selling amazing foodstuffs, decorative ornaments, and of course mulled wine. And this is not just limited to the UK. All around Europe people are taking part in this festive tradition of visiting their local Christmas market. And if you wanted to try a market not so close to you this year, then here are a few of the best European Christmas markets around.

Nuremberg, Germany
(28 November to 24 December)

Located on the central square Hauptmarkt, this ‘Christkindlesmarkt’ is held in the Bavarian city of Nuremberg each year. This medieval setting is home to almost 180 wooden stalls filled with a number of German delights. The smell of cooking Nuremberg sausages and fruit loaves will fill the air, while you can amble through the market trying not to purchase the ornate Christmas decorations, craft stuffs and many types of gingerbread that are on offer.

Edinburgh, Scotland
(22 November to 5 January)

A little closer to home is the excellent Christmas market of Edinburgh. As part of the cities vast Christmas programme the capital plays host to three Christmas markets, one of which is suitable for families and children. The other is a European Christmas market located on East Princes Street and Mound Precinct. For visitors there is also a traditional Scottish market, which serves Scottish brewed craft beers, traditional butter biscuits and also portions of fish and chips if they take your fancy.

Budapest, Hungary
(27 November to 31 December)

In the heart of the Budapest lies Vörösmarty Square, where this annual Christmas market takes place. Take the time to savour the mulled wine and honey cookies on offer. Or if you are feeling a little more adventurous why not try some Hungarian delicacies that are also available at the markets. If you have a sweet tooth then Chimney Cake is for you. Or if savoury is more your thing, why not try the stuffed cabbage or the goose thigh.

Lille, France
(19 November to 30 December)

This Christmas market located on the Place Rihour in Lille is another spectacular location for this list. With 80 chalets, visitors are spoiled by many traditional Christmas items and gifts, as well as regional foods such as Maroilles cheese, macaroons and babeluttes. What’s more the market is filled with sounds of carol singers and overlooked by an 18 meter high Christmas tree and of course a big wheel for all the thrill seekers among you.

Bruges, Belgium
(21 November to 2 January)

This medieval town plays host to this magical Christmas market. Grab yourself a warming hot chocolate in the Grote Markt before losing yourself among the many stalls and streets surrounding the area. Once the foods and trinkets that Bruges’ Christmas market has to offer overcome you, why not take a spin on the ice rink? Or if you’re feet aren’t up to the task enjoy a horse and cart ride and take in the stunning architecture that surrounds you.

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