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6 of the best Christmas markets in Europe

It’s almost Christmas! Nowadays, most towns and cities boast festive markets enticing us to take time out from all that Christmas shopping and indulge in a mulled wine (or three). So without further ado, we bring you our pick of the best Christmas markets in Europe.

Just make sure you save us a mince pie!

Copenhagen, Denmark

Copenhagen is an amazing place to visit all year round, but it really goes all out for Christmas. The best places to grab a gløgg (that’s mulled wine, to us) are Nyhavn, Christiana and Tivoli Gardens, which all boast impressive Christmas markets. You’ll find beautiful stalls, handmade knick-knacks and all the Danish pastries you can eat.

You can fly direct from Gatwick to Copenhagen with EasyJet or Norwegian. What more could you ask for?

Krakow, Poland

Dreaming of a white Christmas? Then head to Krakow, Poland’s second city with a world famous festive market.

Head to the Old Town’s main square to discover hand-painted glass baubles, delicious heart-shaped gingerbreads, traditional artisan gifts and much, much more.

EasyJet flies directly to Krakow from Gatwick, so your picture-perfect Christmas market city break is just a short flight away.

Zagreb, Croatia

Zagreb scooped the prize for the European Beat Christmas Market for the past two years, so who are we to argue with the verdict of 100,000 travellers?

Tuck into yuletide treats like mulled wine and cinnamon doughnuts as you navigate this award-winning winter wonderland using its very own dedicated app.

The city is the perfect size for a city break – you can do it all on foot, yet there’s plenty of hidden treasures to be found in its charming streets.

Bruges, Belgium

Europe’s biggest and oldest medievan town, Bruges is a must-visit for city break lovers and Christmas is a great time to take that trip.

Stroll along cobbled streets and expansive squares, take in the gothic cathedral and ancient buildings as you wind your way to Market Square. Of course, a visit to Belgium wouldn’t be complete without sampling the delectable chocolates on offer. But with an festive ice rink nearby, you’ll soon burn off at least a few of those festive calories.

Salzburg, Austria

Salzburg’s Christmas markets are among the oldest in the world and can be traced back to the 1400s. How many other cities could say the same?

Traditional market stands and Salzburg’s stunning surroundings make for a yuletide trip to remember.

Mozart’s hometown really does know how to go the extra mile at this time of year, so prepare yourself for a festive extravaganza. Think carol sing-alongs, traditional wind music, children’s readings, parades, reindeer and husky rides, snowmobile safaris and Christmas-themed tours of the city.

Nuremburg, Germany

Nobody does a Christmas market with more panache than our German friends, and Nuremburg’s has been dubbed the best in Europe. So who are we to argue?

Christkindlesmarkt is certainly among the oldest and most spectacular in all the festive markets in Germany – which pretty much makes it the best in the world, right?

Warm up with a mulled with in Nuremburg’s medieval square, where you’ll find lavish stalls, sweets, decorations and the world famous lebkuchen.

Where better to toast the festive season than the home country of the Christmas market, after all?

Get your Christmas market trip off to a flying start

City breaks can be exhausting, so start your Christmas markets trip off in style by booking your meet and greet airport parking at Gatwick with Help Me Park.

We’ll meet you right outside the terminal and take your car away for safekeeping in our Park Mark approved car parks, leaving you to start your festive trip early with a pre-flight tipple.

Book here.