The holidays are drawing near and what better way to get into the festive spirit than by strolling through a cosy, snow covered Christmas market. To help you choose where to head, we have put together a list of the best christmas markets in Europe.
Germany is after all the birthplace of Christmas markets with a history dating all the way back to the 15th century. Every December Berlin transforms in to a Yuletide fest when the city host no less than 60 different markets! So whether you are into traditional markets, home made food, gospel choirs, organic products, ice rinks, roller coasters or handicraft you are bound to find something in this delightful capital!
Recently named the cheapest Christmas market in all of Europe this is the perfect place if you are on a budget. The market, however, will give you anything but a cheap feeling. Located in the heart of Budapest the market offers a piece of true Christmas spirit. The small wooden houses, the smell of Hungarian honey cookies and the traditional Langos will lure you in to this world of magic. A giant advent calendar covers the facade of the Gerbeaud building and with over 100 stalls, live music and puppet shows Budapest is sure to bring you into the holiday feeling.
Snow covered cobalt streets, the smell of mulled wine and roasted almonds. Latvia’s capital offers a magical fair where you can pick up traditional Christmas sweets, delicious smoked meat products and locally made handicraft. From the stage you will hear traditional Latvian Christmas songs together with the classic Christmas melodies. There are workshops where you can learn the art of stitch craft, a stall from which you can send your Christmas cards and the spectacular UNESCO protected old town gives the market the ultimate Christmas ambiance. For more information about Christmas Markets in Riga check out this post.
Tallinn’s Christmas market is like a living fairy tale where anything is possible. Live animals, pony rides, snow sculptures created in front of your eyes, the glimmering lights and Christmas trees and this stunning medieval town which offers the perfect backdrop. The Christmas dwarf will lead the children to Santa’s workshop where they can tell him their wish lists and visit his reindeers. For the grown up there’s a great selection of traditional Estonian Christmas food to be tried and hot, alcohol filled drinks to keep you warm.
The gigantic lit Christmas trees and the small wooden stalls in contrast with the gothic skyline of the city makes this market truly magical. Take a stroll around the stalls, pick up a handmade gift for your loved ones, try the traditional barbecued sausages or the sweet pastry ‘Trdelník. Although there is plenty of mulled wine to go around, what would Prague be with out its beer? So enjoy a Pilsner Urquell, Staropramen, Budvar or any of the other delicious brews this country has to offer. Visit baby Jesus and the three wise men at the Bethlehem scene, and get into the holiday spirit with the Children Christmas choir’s sweet voices filling the cold, crispy winter air.
Travel Out There can organise a City Code Game around one of these markets for you and your colleagues! Effectively gamifying your christmas shopping! If you are looking for some festive ideas to celebrate christmas with your colleagues – please do check out our Christmas Incentive page.