When it comes round to December there are hundreds of Christmas markets all around Europe. In this post I'll be choosing the the best 6 that bring festive joy, great food and a wonderful atmosphere.
Cologne Christmas markets attract around 2 million visitors every year. There are 4 different Christmas markets around the city, which turns what seems like the whole of Cologne into one big Christmas festival. These markets are very tourist-friendly, with around 160 different stalls to wander past.
If you're into your cuisine, then this Christmas market may be the one for you. Brussels is famous for its great food and the Christmas market is no exception.
Vienna's classic Christmas market, 'Christkindlmarkt', is one of the best-known and most visited in Europe. The beautiful market is located in front of the wonderful town hall, bringing festive cheer to everybody!
Prague, Czech Republic
The Czech's know how to do Christmas; Prague is filled with plenty of festive activities all through December, such as cultural events, folk displays, concerts and theatre. The Christmas markets are rather family-friendly, with a lovely atmosphere for all to enjoy!
Despite this Christmas market only being run since 1991, it has a lot of festive atmosphere and romantic appeal. You're almost guaranteed snow at this time of the year, which really adds to the Christmas feeling.
The first mention of the Dresden Christmas market was in 1434, which makes it the oldest in Germany. The locals are great fans of the traditional 'stollen'; the highlight of this market is the Stollen Festival, which is always held on the 2nd Sunday of December. This consists of a giant 3,000kg is paraded all around Dresden.
.. So which Christmas market is for you?