Most Popular Christmas Markets to Visit this Winter 2016 According to Survey Results
Sparkling lights, mulled wine, cinnamon pastries and trinkets galore characterise our favourite Christmas markets and it’s nearly time to enjoy them! According to our recent member survey on winter holiday plans, Germany and Belgium’s world-famous stalls are at the top of many wish lists, however, let’s start right here at home, with your number one pick!
Bath Christmas Market
Over 30% of our members can’t wait to explore the magical delights of Bath Christmas Market this year and we’re not surprised. Set in the charming streets surrounding Bath Abbey and the Roman Baths, over 170 chalets will be there waiting for you to shop till you drop! Baked mince pies, wooden toys, candles and jewellery can fill your bags, while you watch light displays and listen to carols. This year, the markets are on from the 24th of November until the 11th of December, every day.
Berlin Christmas Markets
Winter magic is on offer this year, from the 23rd of November to the 31st of December, at no less than 60 Christmas Markets in Berlin. The Charlottenburg Castle Christmas Market sees exhibitions inside the castle, the park awash in light and about 150 vendors. The Gendarmenmarkt hosts wood carvers, stonemasons, jugglers, acrobats, fire artists and dance groups. Potsdamer Platz turns into a Winter World, with lights, music, food and an ice rink.
Colonge Christmas Markets
Germany’s Colonge attracts millions of visitors every year, to its spectacular array of markets. This year, there are seven to explore, including those at the Alter Market, the Neumarkt and the Rudolfplatz. But it’s Cologne Cathedral that acts as the backdrop to the biggest and brightest of them all, with the largest Christmas tree in the Rhineland. Be there from the 23rd of November, to the 23rd of December for your slice of the sparkly action.
Prague Christmas Markets
The fairy tale city of Prague is stunning at any time of year, but Christmas adds an extra splash of magic. The Old Town Square comes alive from the 26th of November until the 1st of January, with traditional stalls selling arts, crafts, decorations, gifts and, most importantly, food! You can try local sausages, Czech muffins and, of course, you’ll wash it all down with beer.
Bruges Christmas Market
Enchanting Bruges provides the perfect medieval backdrop for Christmas cheer. With cobbled streets, horse drawn carts, lights and a skating rink you’ll be singing carols along with the performers, shopping for traditional trinkets and drinking hot chocolate from the 25th of November to the 1st of January.
Vienna Christmas Markets
If you happen to be in Vienna during the season, you’ll enjoy over 20 official advent markets. Namely, the Viennese Christmas Market in front of the City Hall, with children’s activities, choirs and delectable treats to make your mouth water. It runs from the 12th of November until the 24th of December. For traditional handicrafts, visit Christmas Village Belvedere Palace, from the 18th of November until the 23rd of December.
No matter which markets you choose this year, make sure you take extra luggage to bring your stocking fillers home, just in time for Santa!