Best European Christmas Markets for 2016

Halloween has gone in a puff of smoke, and Bonfire Night went off with a bang so that can only mean one thing... It’s Christmas!

What better way to celebrate Christmas than with a trip to a European Christmas market?

Fancy getting in the festive spirit? Check out these fantastic European Christmas Markets, all within a couple of hours of a UK airport – ideal for a couple of days away or a long weekend.  

If you’re thinking about taking your little ones to a Christmas market then Prague is the place for you. The locals, young and old, embrace festivities and, as well as the magical market stalls, there’s traditional folk dancing and heart-warming carol singing.  What’s more, there’s a live nativity scene where you can see, and stroke, sheep, goats and even a donkey!

If you fancy a thrill ride, why not head to Berlin this Christmas? Not only will you find more than 60 Christmas markets scattered around the City, you can also experience Europe’s largest toboggan run!  Berlin is a great choice for those who like a cosmopolitan vibe to their city break, as this city is an eclectic mix of culture, young and old.

Spain’s capital city is a given for city-break lovers, but did you realise Madrid also embraces the festive magic with its own Christmas markets? The streets are decorated by some of the city’s most influential designers and architects which makes for a visual extravaganza.  As well as the markets, enjoy light walking tours or organised bike and segway tours.

Think Paris is just for Valentine’s Day? Think again... the French capital has a large number of Christmas markets, all selling traditional festive French delights.  The largest is in La Defense, whilst the most stunning has to be at the Champs-Elysees.

Barcelona is the UK’s favourite city-break destination, so why not take a trip to this iconic Spanish city in November or December and enjoy the many Christmas markets?  There are quaint market stalls selling traditional festive fare, as well as a stunning mix of classical and gospel concerts in some of the city’s most famous churches.  

Love Italy? Then you’ll love the Christmas markets in Verona. With its mix of Italian and German arts and crafts and cuisine, visitors come from far and wide to enjoy the city’s stunning illuminated streets that light the way for beautiful market stalls.  

As well as quaint Christmas market stalls, Brussels also offers visitors a bit of fun too, thanks to its ice skating rink, Christmas parade and fantastic light show – perfect to watch with a glass of warming mulled wine!

Go on, why not make the most of the festivities this year with a short break to a European Christmas market, but don’t forget to book your Gatwick meet and greet.