Christmas markets have been organized over the years originating from Germany and now its popular among many European and Foreign countries. These markets are famous for wooden toys, beautifully crafted candles, ornaments, sweets, clothing and many more high quality handcrafted goods.
Apart from shopping you can also enjoy season speciality fruits, hot choclate drinks, sausages, mulled wine and loads of variety of sweets. They are mostly located near historical landmarks in the Old Towns or the Central Square where its convenient to reach and people can gather in large numbers. Ice rinks with skates are also available for hire and are becoming very famous and common during Christmas markets throughout Europe and other countries.
With places all decked up in fairy lights, christmas decorations all over and theme parks for entertainment, these Christmas Markets have so many things to do while you enjoy the festive mood and have fun with your family.
Budapest christmas markets are very popular that attract thousands of visitors every year and they usually open around mid November till the end of December and includes exclusive New Year parties.
You can find variety of products like pottery, leather goods, best quality hand crafted gifts and many more that makes it an exceptional market. The Square in the heart of the city, Vorosmarty and St.Stephen's Basilica are some popular locations in Budapest that have been helding Christmas Markets for years.
Apart from markets there are plenty other things to do which are feasible and managed like just a day's cruise on the river Danube with beautiful sights is not to be missed,Thermal bath is a bliss where you can enjoy hot spring pools, pool parties or just indulge yourselves in delicious christmas feast. Budapest has gained immense popularity along these years to host some of the best Christmas markets and its easier to explore as they start quiet early compared to others.
Poland is known to host one of the largest Christmas Markets in Krakow at the Rynek Glowny, Main Market Square which is the centre. It has a long tradition to host its market in Old Town historic district and they also sell a wide range of festive gifts, dozens of wooden stalls selling local crafts,jewellery, ceramics, candles, toys, sweets and ofcourse one can savor hot drinks and mulled wine.Traditional Polish fudge candies and caramelised nuts and popcorn make for quick snacking options. They also have local artists and children perform at the event and lots of entertainment is provided where you can just chill and enjoy the festive mood.
The annual Christmas fair commences on Nov 27 and ends on Dec 27 every year and sometimes extends upto New Year.
Gdansk is popular for its fairytale christmas fair with carriage rides and decorations in the Old Town.
People also love to take a walk down the Golden Gate to Long Market with its grand mansions, visit museums and Malbork Castle, enjoy lunch in one of the finest restaurants and not to forget the famous gingerbread and then explore the christmas markets.You can find variety of gift items, amber crafts, toys, winter clothing and many more.
Gdansk is attractive thanks to its Baltic Sea location with lights and decorations in abundance around Coal Market including a giant Christmas Tree.
The city hall square of Tallinn is always booked for Christmas markets that attracts everyone with its historical location which usually starts in late November and open until early January.
You can find great high quality Estonian handicrafts for Christmas decorations and gifts, winter accessories, sweets and many more gifts from these markets.There are many outdoor places with different Christmas-themed events and you can find a huge Santa with his reindeers and a large Christmas tree in the middle of the square. Every year thousands of people visit the Tallinn Christmas Market which makes it among one of the most popular and preferred places.
They have entertainment and kids area, special cultural programmes, lots of concerts and performances are also held and you can also go out to visit different restaurants and bars, book a day trip to Helsinki in a ferry, enjoy sightseeing cruise and explore more places whilst your stay.
Vienna is one of the best places in Europe and its Christmas Markets are held in several locations throughout the city. Many exhibitors from Austria and surrounding areas showcase their traditional handicrafts. An ice skating rink, reindeer rides and handcrafted goods make Austria’s capital one of the prime destinations for holiday festivities.
Rathauspark, Maria Thersien Platz, Belvedere Palace and Advent Market are few famous places in Vienna that hosts huge markets and offer lots of local attractions and entertainment facilities for everyone. Live music with adventure rides bring in the festive mood to the streets of Vienna.
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