What better way to enjoy the magic of Christmas than getting wrapped up and heading out with family and friends to one of Europe’s sensational Christmas markets?
From unique woodcarvings, beautiful log cabins and inviting beer halls, Christmas markets have something for all age groups. If it’s a festive trip you are after with plenty of jingle bells, mulled wine and gourmet food, these markets have more than a little sparkle…
Top Christmas Markets
Strasbourg is the capital of Christmas in France and home to one of Europe’s oldest Christmas markets. Held in the wonderful Cathedral Square setting, the market attracts over two million visitors who come and visit their advent concerts, living nativity and local culinary specialities. Not only does this market add a touch of Christmas magic, but also offers a cultural trip through time.
Prague, Czech Republic
Prague’s Christmas markets have an unforgettable atmosphere and are guaranteed to warm your heart. Held at both the Old Town Square and Wenceslas Square, these markets are the ideal place for enthusiastic Christmas shoppers and “foodies” who can taste traditional Czech food such as barbequed pork and Czech muffins. This winter wonderland is the perfect place to browse stalls, listen to Christmas carols and enjoy a local drink.
Shoppers are enchanted when they visit the spectacular Christmas market in Brussels. This market lines several streets with a 2km-long stretch of stalls (that resemble ginger bread houses), bustling bars and pop- up restaurants. The ice-skating rink, festive Christmas parades and merry-go-rounds all add to the market’s unique ambiance, not to forget the traditional Ferris Wheel that allows visitors to admire the spectacle of Christmas lights.
After being voted “European Best Christmas Market” twice in a row, it doesn’t come as a surprise that an ever-growing number of tourists are choosing Croatia as their winter destination. Be it ice-sculpture festivals, Christmas carollers or wooden toy shops– Zagreb has got it. For the younger travellers, there is even a Jolly Christmas Tram with Santa Claus and his helpers.
Few Christmas markets boast a more romantic and charming backdrop than the elegant Austrian capital. This fairy-tale like market showcases live bands, gospel choirs and even fire dancing, not to mention the diverse mix of stalls selling art, handmade toys and mouth-watering treats. When visitors are not sipping on a steaming mug of Christmas punch, they are breathing in the fragrance of countless scented candles, fresh bread and toffee apples.
Belfast, Northern Ireland
Last, but certainly not least, is the tantalising Christmas market in Belfast. This market allows visitors to experience a culinary journey from around the world, with over 30 countries represented. Passers-by can try everything from Dutch pancakes, to Spanish paella or a selection of exotic meats including ostrich and crocodile. Not only that, but Belfast’s Christmas market has an exciting selection of hand-painted pottery, bustling beer tents and Santa’s grotto. We can smell the kangaroo burgers and churros from here!
Abbey Insurance Brokers
While exploring Christmas markets in new countries is an exciting experience, it can also be an uncertain one if something happens to go wrong. That’s why we recommend always having a great travel insurance policy in place, before you go. If you would like to speak to one of our experienced advisors to arrange appropriate insurance before your travels, please get a quote online or call us on 08000 66 55 44. We’d be happy to help.