As a family man I find Christmas really enjoyable. My wife and kids all love getting into the Christmas spirit, and we
often take a short break to Europe to see some of the best Christmas markets on offer. Many of the towns with the
best Christmas markets are places which are packed with history and culture, so even if you’re a bit of a scrooge,
you’ll find something interesting to discover! Take a look at my list of Europe’s most popular Christmas markets
and see which ones you’d like to visit this winter.
Strasbourg Christmas Market
One of Europe’s most popular and historic markets, the Strasbourg Christmas market is one of my personal favourites. The market is overlooked by Strasbourg’s
stunning cathedral, which features stunning Gothic-style towers. When visiting, remember to go inside the cathedral
and see the astronomical clock – my kids love pointing out all the different zodiac signs. The market itself is vast,
with over 300 chalets spread over 12 city locations. The market sells everything from traditional Alsatian decorations,
to delicious food, such as choucroute garnie, gingerbread and Baeckeoffe.
The Strasbourg Christmas Market will take place between 27 November and 24 December 2015.
Vienna Magic of Advent
Vienna boasts a few different Christmas markets, but there’s one which draws me back time and time again. Located on
Vienna’s Rathausplatz, each year the Vienna Magic of Advent puts on a charming Christmas market, with over 150 stalls. Transforming
the Rathausplatz into a fairy-tale wonderland, this market is great for children, with a fun selection of activities
for them to get involved in, such as pony riding, a merry-go-round and baking workshops. Stroll around the market,
tasting roasted almonds and chestnuts and listening to live choirs and musicians as they play festive songs from
around the world.
Vienna Magic of Advent will take place between 14 November and 24 December 2015.
Lille Christmas Market
Lille’s Christmas Market has become popular across Europe as it lasts a whole month, giving you more time to visit during the busy festive
season. Located in northern France, Lille is the ideal day trip, and I’ve been there several times with my family.
My kids love going on the Big Wheel, which stands proudly over the market at 50-metres high, and the Grand Place
square features a huge Christmas tree, the perfect centrepiece for a festive setting. Treat yourself to festive sweets,
like hazelnut chocolate-filled doughnuts, and fresh crepes, and enjoy the festive buzz as you mingle with French
Lille’s Christmas Market will take place between 18 November and 30 December 2015.
Prague Christmas Market
Prague is a fantastic destination to visit around Christmas, as it boasts several markets and festive events. My family
and I often take a stroll around the scenic Old Town Square (Staromestské námestí), which dates back to the 12th
century, and holds the city’s main Christmas market. With a huge Christmas tree lighting up the historic square, it’s easy to spend
an entire afternoon or evening enjoying the festive delights that are on offer. Enjoy traditional treats, such as
Trdelník – a warm pastry, coated with sugar – and mouth-watering hams which are roasted on large spits. My kids particularly
enjoy the animal stable at the Old Town Square, and there’s even a nativity scene in a large wooden stable.
Prague’s Christmas Market will take place between 28 November 2015 and 06 January 2016.
Inspired by our selection of Europe’s most popular Christmas markets?
With Eurotunnel Le Shuttle you can travel
from Folkestone to Calais in just 35-minutes, so you’ll have more time to enjoy Europe in the festive season!