Once Christmas is upon us most markets have closed already or are winding down to end before the new year. But – if you haven’t had your fill yet (or don’t have the opportunity to visit them until the new year) – some Christmas markets continue into January for your New Years visiting pleasure!
If you’re looking to adventure to some Christmas markets in January, then I have rounded up all of the festive fun still on offer into 2020.
In this complete guide to Christmas markets open after Christmas (which seems like a strange idea but should definitely be more of a thing), you can find all your markets for enjoying festive cheer after the big day.
Update in progress for 2020!
European Christmas Markets in January
While most cities have finished their Christmas markets by December 24th (with some closing as annoyingly early as December 15th like my university city of Bath), certain countries have markets that continue on into early January. Russia and other countries who were under Russian rule at one point (or who still celebrate Orthodox Christmas) often have Christmas markets that go on until the 6th or 7th of January, the date of Orthodox Christmas.
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Other countries such as Italy have Christmas markets open after Christmas until the date of Epiphany – for Italians Epiphany is the closing of the holiday season as the witch Befana brings gifts to good children. This holiday is often accompanied by a bonfire to burn away the misfortunes of the past year or to ‘sacrifice’ the old year to give life to a ‘new and prosperous period‘.
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Here you can see a map with all the Christmas markets marked out:
While most of Salzburg’s markets end before Christmas, the Sternadvent market at Sternbräu (corner of Griesgasse and Getreidegasse) continues on until the 6th January 2020! There you can continue your festive cheer while you visit the wooden huts to buy handmade arts and crafts or visit the living nativity scene.
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Henndorf am Wallersee
Located in Henndorf am Wallersee near Salzburg, the Christmas market (Weihnachtsmarkt) at Gut Aiderbichl will continue until the 6th of January 2020. Enjoy regional delicacies, delicious Glühwein, Punsch and hot chestnuts or try some Stockbrot (twist bread/campfire bread) cooked over an open fire in the inner courtyard. Gut Aiderbichl is an animal sanctuary and during the Christmas market children can meet the rescued horses and donkeys and learn how to care for them.
Entry fee: €9 for adults and €4.50 for children 4-14 years old. Children under 4 go for free.
Getting to Gut Aiderbichl: Henndorf is located a 20-minute drive away from Salzburg or is 25 minutes by bus. If coming by public transport, you’ll then have to take a 5-minute taxi from Henndorf to Gut Aiderbichl.
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Also running until the 6th of January 2020 is the Christmas market on Innsbruck’s main shopping street, Maria-Theresien-Straße. The street is lined by trees covered in tiny lights and has around 30 stalls offering winter cuisine and gift ideas. The market is open from 11am-9pm and the stalls close at 8pm. Enjoy a mug of Glühwein and try some ‘Kiachln’ – hot doughnuts laced with sauerkraut. Don’t forget to take a photo of the giant mountain crystal made out of lights!
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Belgium & The Netherlands
Valkenburg (near Maastricht)
Located in the town of Valkenburg (15 minutes away from Maastricht by car or train), the Winter Wonderland at Wilhelmina Tower continues on until the 5th of January. Take the chairlift up for views over Valkenburg or enjoy a craft beer or a Limburg sweet tart. You can also find an underground nativity scene and a sand sculpture exhibit in the cave below, as well as an outdoor toboggan run.
Entry fee: €7 for adults (€9.75 including round trip chairlift), €3 for kids under 12 or €5 with including chairlift.
The Christmas market (“Kerstmarkt“) on the Market Square in Ypres will be open until the 5th of January 2020. The market has around 30 cosy chalets offering delicacies such as apple fritters (appelbeignets), Liège waffles (Luikse wafels) and nougat, an indoor ice rink (€7 including skate hire) and a merry-go-round.
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Brussels’ “Winter Wonders” (“Plaisirs d’hiver”) Christmas market in the city centre has over 250 chalets as well as fairground attractions and a covered ice rink at Place de Brouckère. You can find a Christmas tree and even a sound and light show on the Grand-Place. The market will go on until the 5th of January 2020.
Antwerp’s Christmas market will also continue until the 5th of January with over 100 stalls, an ice skating rink at Groenplaats, a Ferris Wheel and children’s fairground rides. All in one area of the city centre in different squares, you can visit wooden huts and sample some hot chocolate or Glühwein. Don’t miss enjoying some delicious Belgian waffles or smoutebollen (fried dough, sometimes called Dutch doughnuts).
Antwerp definitely has one of the best Christmas markets in Belgium and Grote Markt looks absolutely beautiful decked out for the festive season.
Read more about Antwerp’s Kerstmarkt in Jurga’s article!
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Also continuing until the 5th of January are Ostend’s Christmas markets. “Winter in the Park” at Leopoldpark has over 50 chalets as well as skating on the lake (€8) and the market at Wapenplein is home to ‘Santa’s House’, a cosy and festive cabin that has free entry, as well as a beautiful Christmas tree.
As well as the Christmas markets, there is also a light installation on Adolf Buylstraat shopping street. There will be a 188m-long canopy of lights covering the street and consists of 232,500 lights! If this still isn’t enough for you, head to Strandplein Mariakerke (a beach!) and experience the Christmas tree maze, made up of 500 illuminated Christmas trees.
If you’re an adventurous (or crazy) soul, the 4th of January is the date of Ostend’s New Year’s Dive 2020. An Ostend tradition, get out your swimmers and dive into the sea with other brave men and women! In the evening of the 4th January, Mariakerke beach is host to the festive farewell fireworks. There will be entertainment at the beach from 3-9pm with free snacks and drinks at 5pm. The firework display starts at 7pm to bid farewell to the holiday season!
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Durbuy in Wallonia is home to a Christmas market and ice rink until the 5th of January. Durbuy may only have 350 residents (the smallest town in the world, possibly) but the Christmas market is one of the most famous in the Ardennes area. Stalls sell festive handicrafts, gingerbread and also Belgian delicacies like waffles, sausages from Ardennes and fruit fritters (beignets) as well as French-influenced food and drink like foie gras on hot potatoes, oysters and champagne.
There is also a skating rink (time to work off those waffles!) and in the evenings the market becomes Durbuy’s ‘place to party’ with bottles of sweet wine or craft beer on offer.
Getting to Durbuy: Durbuy is 40-50 minutes away from Liège or 2 hours by car or bus from Brussels. Brussels Charleroi is a 1-hour drive away.
Read more about Durbuy’s Christmas market in Paulina on the Road’s article!
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Over 150 wooden huts dot the centre of Gent from Sint-Baafsplein, along the Botermarkt and Klein Turkije to the end of Korenmarkt. The market is on until the 5th of January and has an ice rink, Ferris wheel and lots of chalets where you can buy food, drinks and souvenirs.
There is also the ‘Winter Wonder Castle’ at the Gravensteen (Castle of the Counts – €10 entry fee, free for under 19s) with a winter bar, beautifully decorated Christmas trees and a Viking atmosphere!
Sint-Veerleplein is the location of the ‘back to the 1920s’ theme and you can enjoy a ride on an antique merry-go-round or head to the 1926 carousel tent for a warm drink.
The Ferris Wheel offers amazing views over Korenmarkt, Sint-Baafsplein and Saint Nicholas’ Cathedral.
Getting to Gent: Gent is 40 minutes by train or 45-60 minutes by car from Brussels. Bruges is 25 minutes away by train and Ostend is 40 minutes away by train.
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The Hasselt Christmas market is part of the Hasselt Winterland and has an ice rink, a carousel, a roller coaster and lots of stalls selling food, drink and handicrafts. The Christmas market is located at Kolonel Dusartplein and is open until the 5th of January 2020.
The skating rink is undercover so you can skate whatever the weather and you can take a ride on the roller coaster or get scared in the Christmas Ghost House – Hasselt’s Christmas market is recommended as one of the best in Belgium for families with children.
Getting to Hasselt: Hasselt is a 45-minute drive from Maastricht (Netherlands) and Maastricht Airport or 1 hour by bus from Maastricht central. Antwerp is 1.5 hours away by car or train and 1h15 from Brussels. Brussels Zavantem Airport is around 1 hour – 1h15 away.
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The Yerevan Christmas Market, or Christmas Fair, is located in Fountain Park “2750 Years of Yerevan” and has stalls selling souvenirs, decorations, handicrafts, sweets, dried fruits and Armenian wine. This is the only Christmas market open after Christmas in Yerevan but it’s well worth a visit! This Christmas market in Yerevan will be open until the 13th of January.
On Northern Avenue (the location of the 2018 Christmas market), there is an exhibition of ‘creative Christmas trees’ so take a look at some of the sights!
Republic Square is also home to a spectacular Christmas tree with an aerial bridge connecting the edge of the square to the main Christmas tree! By the fountains at Republic Square, there is a ‘city of fairytales’, or a mini city Christmas market complete with miniature Ferris Wheels.
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Baku’s Christmas fair or “Soyuq əllər, isti ürək: Qış Nağılı”” (Cold Hands, Warm Heart: Winter Tale) is a charity fair held in Fountain Square and will be there until the 6th January 2020. All profit made from the fair go towards charity work by the Nargis Fund, a charity that helps children with disabilities and low-income families in Azerbaijan.
The profits from the 2019 Christmas Market will go specifically to covering the cost of treatment and operations for children who need them. Sponsors of the Baku Christmas Market 2019 include Muganbank and even Coca Cola! There are special activities organised at the market for children who live in orphanages – find at more on Nargis Fund’s Facebook page!
This year, Baku’s Christmas market is built in a Scandivanian style – around 50 small wooden houses on the square sell books, sweets, hot chocolate, national foods and more.
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Like in Russia, Georgia celebrates Christmas on the 7th January since the Georgian Orthodox Church uses the old Julian calendar for their festivals. However, people give and receive gifts on December 31st. The Batumi Christmas market appears to not be happening this year but you can find the Christmas tree and beautiful Christmas lights on the Boulevard until January.
Georgian food is on offer – make sure you try khinkali (Georgian dumplings), khachapuri (bread boat filled with cheese; in the Adjara region – where Batumi is located – the local type has an egg on top) and chaqapuli (a type of stew). You can also try the traditional Georgian sweet called ‘churchkhela‘, a sausage-shaped sweet made from walnuts and grape juice.
Read Tom’s blog post from when we went to Batumi last December for more information about the city!
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Tbilisi really goes all out on their Christmas lights and it looks spectacular. The Tbilisi Christmas market will continue until the 14th of January.
The markets in Deda Ena Park and at First Republic Square offers local handicrafts, food, souvenirs and, of course, Georgian wine. You will also find mulled wine and chacha, the Georgian schnapps.
The Christmas market in Český Krumlov will run until the 6th January at Svornosti Square and offers Christmas-themed products and local delicacies. It is a traditional Czech Advent market and has Christmas concerts and a live nativity scene as well.
Getting to Český Krumlov: Český Krumlov is a 3-hour train journey from Prague or around 2.5 hours by car. The closest airport is Linz Airport, around 1.5-2 hours away by car.
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The advent market in České Budějovice will also continue until the 6th January 2020 and located on one one of the largest squares in the country, Přemysl Otakar II Square. The square is filled with wooden stalls selling Czech food, Christmas products and handicrafts, such as advent wreaths, wooden toys, hand-blown glass, candles, decorations and more.
Almonds, cheeses, koblížky (doughnuts), pancakes, waffles and sweets are on offer, as well as mulled wine, mead and local beers. There is also an ice rink and merry-go-round as well! The observation tower next to the ice rink has an observation deck where people can enjoy a festive treat with views over the market.
Getting to České Budějovice: České Budějovice is 30-40 minutes by car from Český Krumlov or 30 minutes by bus. Prague is a 2h15 bus ride away or 2.5 hours by car.
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Prague’s Christmas markets also don’t end until the 6th of January. There are multiple Christmas markets (Vanocni trhy) in the city, from the main markets at the Old Town Square and Wenceslas Square, as well as smaller markets at Republic Square, Havel’s Market, Kampa Island and the square in front of St. George’s Basilica at Prague Castle.
Visit Prague’s main Christmas markets on a tour with GetYourGuide – including mulled wine, Christmas snacks and lots of stories and information on Christmas traditions in the Czech Republic.
Brightly coloured wooden huts sell local handicrafts and traditional Christmas treats, including large roasted hams (Pražská Šunka), tasty barbequed sausages (klobása), Hungarian flatbread topped with garlic, cheese and ketchup (langoš), pancakes (palačinky) and lots of sweets and cakes, such as spicy gingerbread and ‘Trdelník‘, a hot sugar-coated pastry. If you want a drink, enjoy local beer, honey wine (Medovina), mulled wine (svařák), hot chocolate (horká čokoláda) or try grog, a hot mixture of rum, water, lemon and sugar.
The theme for the 2018 market is ‘fairy tales’ so huts include imagery of people and places that appear in the tales. The Observation Bridge is also illuminated like a magical path in a princess’ castle!
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Bosnia & Herzegovina
Sarajevo’s Christmas market is known as the ‘Holiday Market’ and local artisans sell handicrafts from more than 30 stalls. The market will continue until January 13th and a giant Christmas tree stands in the centre and the PAN Winter Pub offers drinks and snacks.
There is also a Gastro Corner where you can buy drinks and food, and an amusement park with a carousel, train and rollercoaster. You can also find Santa Claus’ Village, a 400 square metre ice rink and even a Pony Ranch where children can visit ponies.
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For the past three years, Zagreb’s Christmas market has been voted the best Christmas market in Europe. There are multiple markets throughout the city, including the iconic ice rink (“Ice Park”) at King Tomislav Square. Open until the 7th of January, the fee is 15 CZK before 4pm and 20 CZK from 4pm until 11pm. Skates cost 20 koruna to rent for the session.
Advent on Zrinjevac (Nikola Šubić Zrinski Square) runs until the 6th of January and here market stalls sell traditional dishes, such as goulash, sour cabbage rolls and smoked leg of pork as well as sweet štrukli (baked dough with cottage cheese and other fillings) for dessert.
Advent at European Square is a more modern affair – until the 6th of January you’ll find concerts and DJ sets happening each night and warm cocktails and hot toddies are on offer.
Zagreb Christmas Tale (located on Central Ban Jelačić Square) also goes on until the 6th of January – kiosks sell food and drinks (including mulled wine and hot sausages) throughout the day and live bands and DJs perform in the evenings.
Grič Tunnel is home to a subterranean advent market with light installations until January 6th. The set design is ‘Winter Garden’, a magical world with a castle from a frozen fairytale.
Strossmayer Parade has four different markets – The Tale from Grič – Advent on the Vranyczany Plateau (smooth jazz and gourmet food), Advent on Stross (small Christmas market considered one of the most romantic spots), Cafe de Matoš (souvenir shops, mulled wine and live music) and Advent at the Klovićevi Dvori (with amazing views over Zagreb Cathedral), but these will finish on January 1st.
Advent on Tkalčićeva showcases traditional artisan goods and hosts workshops on traditional arts and crafts as well as having a music programme focusing on traditional sounds. This market runs until the 6th of January.
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Until the 3rd of January, Sibiu is host to “Targul de Craciun”. Sibiu City Council in partnership with Embassy of Austria hosts a festive market in Grand Square (Piata Mare) with a skating rink, amusement park and nativity scenes. The market is open from 10am until 10pm and winter landscape projections light up the buildings. Santa holds workshops for kids such as candle making, decoration making and Christmas biscuit making and there is also a Christmas train!
Getting to Sibiu: Sibiu Airport is 10 minutes away by bus or car from the city. You can fly to Sibiu from a variety of cities such as Frankfurt, Dortmund, London (Luton), Brussels, Paris, Bucharest and Madrid.
Sibiu has lots of great hotels to stay in during the market.
Skopje’s Christmas market will be running until the 13th of January. There are daily musical performances from Macedonian artists and in the evening a show with fireworks and acrobats will light up the area. Also on offer are beer, mulled wine, brandy, cookies, pastries, chocolates and German-style sausages.
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Podgorica’s first Christmas market was opened on December 20th when the lights at Independence Square were switched on. Until January 10th, wooden huts are a central holiday location selling local handicrafts as well as food and drink such as kobasice (sausages) and kuvano vino (mulled wine).
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Warsaw’s only Christmas market that continues into the new year is the jarmark at Barbakan (Jarmark Bożonarodzeniowy na Barbakanie) that doesn’t end until January 6th. Christmas trees and wreaths are everywhere and make sure you treat yourself to mulled wine, honey wine (mead) as well as smoked cheese and a wide array of meats!
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Don’t miss a wonderful festive Warsaw tour – see the best decorations around the city and visit the magical Royal Garden of Light.
The Big Christmas Fair at Kuibyshev Street 45 (until the 6th of January) is great for finding unique gifts handmade by local artisans, as well as offering hot chocolate, Samovar tea or mulled wine to keep you in the Christmas spirit.
Until the 15th of January, a Christmas market will also be held at Kolyadny Kirmash, Palace of Sports. You will find a food court with hot drinks and mulled wine, the ‘most creative Christmas tree in the country’ according to news site Scarb.by and a Christmas Fair selling local delicacies and handicrafts.
Plošča Niezaliežnasci will be a festive centre in Minsk with spectacular lighting, steaming soups, flat cakes with meat and vegetarian fillings, sausages, a pig roast and delicious desserts. Drinks on offer include punch, grog, mulled wine and brandy and there is even a Christmas tree bazaar and songs performed by Belarusian bands.
I can’t find the dates for the celebrations in Plošča Niezaliežnasci so let me know in the comments if you know them!
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Santa with his reindeers distributes candy from his hut, there are carousels for children and local merchants offer Estonian Christmas cuisine, from black pudding and sour cabbage to gingerbread and hot Christmas drinks including mulled wine (glögi) as well as local handicrafts. This month Tallinn’s Christmas market was voted the best Christmas market in Europe by European Best Destinations.
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Also running until January 7th, Vilnius is home to two Christmas markets. Cathedral Square is the biggest market in the city with mulled wine, herbal teas and sugared almonds as well as handicrafts and Lithuanian souvenirs.
Town Hall Square is home to a less busy Christmas market offering festive gifts and Lithuanian sweets and food, such as gingerbread, honey cake, homemade cheeses, sweets and pastries.
The Vilnius Christmas Train goes around the centre of Vilnius and you can see the impressive Christmas tree in front of the cathedral on Katedros aikštė.
Learn about Lithuanian Christmas traditions, explore the markets and make an amber amulet on this half-day tour in Vilnius!
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Kaunas’ Christmas market runs until the 6th January – Epiphany or Three Kings Day celebration, which marks the end of the festive season – in the Town Hall Square, where the city’s Christmas tree is also located. Enjoy hot tea and doughnuts or warm up with some karštas vynas (mulled wine).
Getting to Kaunas: Vilnius is a 1.5-2 hour drive to Kaunas. The closest airport is Kaunas Airport, a 20-30 minute drive away or 45 minutes away by bus.
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Until the 6th of January Riga is home to three Christmas markets – two in the Old Town and one in Esplanade Park. The market at Doma Laukums (dome square) offers traditional treats such as mulled wine, gingerbread, roasted almonds, Christmas tea and coffee, as well as delicious smoked meats and meat products. The fair also offers a wide range of Latvian handicrafts – patterned mittens, skillfully turned wooden candlesticks, jarred sunny-smelling Latvian honey, sweet-smelling wax candles, hats and scarfs and amber jewellery.
Want to explore a winter wonderland and meet some reindeer? This full-day excursion from Riga to Turaida Reserve is the perfect festive tour!
The market at Līvu Laukums (Livu Square) is a more modern affair with a Christmas tree made out of wood illuminated by candlelight. Jewellery, ornaments, woodwork, ceramics and more are on offer at the red, brown and blue stalls. Try gingerbread cookies (piparkūkas) and mulled wine (karstvīns) or pīrāgi, little pastries filled with chopped pork and onions.
The third market is at Esplanade Park and consists of two rows of wooden shacks, a Ferris wheel and a rabbit village with a rabbit church and rabbit houses! Mulled wine (karstvīns) and hot Black Balsams cocktails are on offer at this market, which is located right on the doorstep of Radisson Blu Latvija Conference & Spa Hotel.
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Moldova’s capital is host to a Christmas market until January 15th and located in front of the National Library and the National History Museum. Try some mulled wine or “izvar” in Moldovan/Romanian – almost every kiosk sells it (15 lei or 0,75 EUR). There are many food options such as cakes, Asian noodles and even Georgian cuisine. Traditional Moldovan food is apparently quite limited, but make sure to try placintas, a sort of cake with different fillings like cheese, potatoes, cabbage or cherries (15-20 lei or 0,75-1 EUR).
Don’t forget to visit the cabin of Father Frost or Moș Crăciun in Moldovan/Romanian. The illuminated path with huge baubles and the little fairy-tale house look absolutely magical!
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France & Monaco
The Christmas market in Douai continues until the 6th of January on the Place d’Armes. In addition to the market, there is also an ice rink at Place Charles de Gaulle (€2 in the morning and €4 in the afternoon), a toboggan run and even an 80m long zipline!. There are 23 different types of performances (circus, magic, puppetry, burlesque etc), 7 concerts by local and regional groups, 3 movie evenings and 10 workshops with 40 different sessions – all of these events are also free!
Chalets will be offering food and drink such as crêpes, cider, mulled wine (vin chaud), hot chocolate (chocolat chaud), waffles (gaufres) and more.
Getting to Douai: Lille is the nearest big city to Douai and is around half an hour away by car or 30-40 minutes by train.
The 62 chalet market at Place du Martroi offers lots of delicious local produce, handicrafts and fair trade products. There is also an ice rink at the Christmas market. This Marché de Noël is open until the 6th of January.
Getting to Orléans: The city is about 1.5 hours south of Paris by car or 1h away by train (InterCity).
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The Christmas market in Perpignan will also continue until January 6th. Place de la Victoire has a ferris wheel (€5), ice rink (€5) and chalets offering gourmet goods. Place François Arago is home to a Christmas carousel (€2) and Place de Catalogne is a ‘village of Christmas rides’ and each ride is also €2.
Quai Sébastien Vauban is home to the main Christmas market with wooden chalets where local tradesmen offer handmade arts and crafts and you can also buy some mulled wine or gingerbread.
Getting to Perpignan: Perpignan is a 1-hour drive from Girona, Spain or 50 minutes from Narbonne. It is also reachable by train from Narbonne in 45 minutes.
The Christmas market in Avignon did not happen this year but the activities for children and the light installations in the city continue until the 6th of January. Place Saint-Didier is home to the ‘fairy landscape’ of lights. You can find the ‘Village of Elves’ (children’s games and rides) at Place Saint-Jean le Vieux (3 €). Place de l’Horloge houses the 250 m² ice rink (€3), including 50 m² entirely reserved for children under six years.
Getting to Avignon: Avignon is located 1 hour by car or train from Montpellier and 1h10 by car and 40 minutes by train from Marseille.
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Until the 6th of January, the town of Saint-Raphaël on the Cote-d’Azur is home to a Christmas market with 26 white chalets (Promenade de Tassigny) along with a Ferris wheel (Esplanade Delayen), an ‘ice road’ (at Place Coullet), a 14m-high fir tree (Esplanade Victor Hugo) and a festival of lights (Jardin Bonaparte).
Getting to Saint-Raphaël: Cannes is a 40-minute drive away or 20 minutes by train while Nice is 50 minutes by car or train.
Read more on the official website (French only).
‘Christmas in the heart of the Alps’ is how the Christmas markets in Annecy are described. Running until the 6th of January the ‘Old Annecy’ market is located right in front of the town hall (Hôtel-de-Ville) and 80+ chalets offer a variety of goods, including local and regional delicacies (tartiflette, cheese, gingerbread, nougat) as well as hot wines. The market spreads around the churches of St. Maurice and St. François de Sales (place Saint-François de Sales, quai du Semnoz, rue Saint-Maurice and quai Eustache Chappuis). On a little square bordering the St. Maurice church are white chalets which form the ‘artisans’ village’.
The ‘artisans village’ runs until the 29th January and the second market (Alpine Village) is located next to the Courier Mall (Parvis du Centre Commercial Courier) and runs until the 6th. The Alpine Village offers local produce and also is home to the open-air ice rink (€5).
Getting to Annecy: Annecy is located 40 minutes away by car from Geneva, Switzerland or can be reached in 50 minutes by bus. The closest airport is Chambery, 35 minutes away by car.
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La Forêt Enchantée is a magical forest with characters from tales and legends of Sundgau and elsewhere. A village of artisans, arts and crafts Christmas market and an ice rink are on offer in the small town of Altkirch in Sundgau, in south Alsace. The market is open until January 6th.
Getting to Altkirch: Altkirch is a 40-minute drive from the Swiss city of Basel or is a 17-minute train journey to the city of Mulhouse. The closest airport is the EuroAirport Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg which is half an hour away by car.
Until the 2nd of January, Obernai hosts a Christmas market with local and regional products on offer. Come and try some of the local Obernai mulled wine (white mulled wine) in the romantic Alsatian town and also don’t miss the famous “bredeles”, delicious small Alsatian biscuits!
Getting to Obernai: Obernai is a 25-minute drive from Strasbourg or a 40-minute train journey.
Until the 6th of January, the city of Saverne is transformed into a mountain resort with a Christmas village. Cabins on the Place du General de Gaulle offer local delicacies and handicrafts and there is also an ice rink and festival of lights.
Getting to Saverne: Saverne is located a 40-minute drive away from Strasbourg or can be reached by train in 25 minutes.
“Une Célébration Mickeyfique” – Disneyland Paris hosts an enchanted Disney Christmas until the 6th of January. Disney Village is where you can find entertainment, a traditional Christmas Market and a Christmas themed dinner show.
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Haguenau in northern Alsace is home to a cosy Christmas market until the 6th of January. A market of more than 40 small wooden chalets offers Christmas goods, handicrafts and food and drink. The market will take place in the Place de la République, Place d’Armes, Place Joseph Thierry, Grand-Rue and Cours de la Décampole.
Getting to Haguenau: Reach Haguenau in 35 minutes by train or half an hour by car from Strasbourg. Baden-Baden in Germany is a 40-minute car journey away.
“Magie de Noël” at the Jardin des Tuileries is brand new for 2018 and continues on into the new year until January 6th. 120 wooden chalets offer French produce, from handicrafts to confectionary and local delicacies. There are also fairground rides such as a ghost train, a maze and a 50m-high Ferris wheel to look over the capital.
This market is also home to a 1,200 square metre ice rink as well as a gourmet market with 20 cabins representing 20 regions in France.
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Hôtel de Ville
Nope, not a hotel. The capital’s Hôtel de Ville (city hall) hosts a beautiful Christmas market with an illuminated forest, a merry-go-round with wooden horses and also a miniature train. Parisian artisanal products are on offer, including mulled wine, crêpes, waffles and more. This market is also on until the 6th of January.
Fifty white chalets are dotted around the Centre Georges Pompidou in Beaubourg, keeping the festive season alive until the 2nd of January. There is also a carousel and a miniature train for children.
See the beautiful Christmas lights of Paris on this 1.5-hour bus tour of the city!
Monaco’s Christmas market continues until the 6th of January. Visit this tiny country to visit the German-style Christmas market with chalets at the ‘Christmas Village’ (Quai Albert 1er) offering handicrafts and regional specialities. Churros dusted with sugar and drizzled with chocolate sauce are a popular treat! If you fancy something savoury, try Tartiflette, mashed potatoes and bacon topped with melted cheese.
Stade Nautique Rainier III also transforms into a giant 1000m2 ice skating rink (open until 3rd March). The Monte-Carlo Casino also has spectacular decoration displays!
Getting to Monaco: Monaco is a half hour train journey from Nice or 25-30 minutes by car. The closest airport is Nice Côte d’Azur.
The Christmas market (Weihnachtsmarkt) at Potsdamer Platz is known as ‘Winter World’ and will run until the 6th of January. An Austrian-style market with log cabins and an arts and crafts market, you can sample food such as candied apples, roasted almonds and Glühwein. There is also a large toboggan and a 500 square metre open-air ice rink.
More than 100 wooden huts surround Kaiser Wilhelm Gedächtniskirche in Charlottenburg. Munch on traditional German fare such as Germknödel, Schmalzkuchen, grilled sausages and steaks or try mulled wine (Glühwein) in different flavours, egg punch or a hot chocolate. The Breitscheidplatz Christmas market ends 6th of January.
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Rust is home to the Winter Wonderland at Europa-Park until the 6th January. 2,500 decorated fir trees dot Germany’s largest theme park. There is even a ski school! Browse quaint wooden stalls filled with seasonal gifts, crafts, and decorations, and don’t forget to try the German food that’s on offer.
Head to Balthasar Castle Park for the Medieval Christkindl market where chalets evoke a world of lords, ladies and knights.
Getting to Rust: Rust is a 40-minute bus journey or 30-minute drive from Freiburg or 45 minutes by car from Strasbourg.
Did you know that the first public Christmas tree in Germany was erected in Weimar in 1815? The Weimar Christmas market also offers ice skating on Theaterplatz around the Goethe and Schiller Monument. Don’t forget to try some Stollen and Thuringian sausages! The market ends on January 5th.
Read more in Ready Set Jetset’s article.
Getting to Weimar: Weimar is 1.5 hours from Leipzig, 15 minutes by train from Erfurt or 18 minutes by train from the university town of Jena.
Santa Claus Kingdom
Athens’ Santa Claus Kingdom is open until January 4th and is located at the largest theme park in the city. There is a Christmas shopping area, festive food and the big event – The True Santa Claus from Rovaniemi, Finland.
There are many rides throughout the park, including a roller coaster, carousel, a laser tag arena and a play park with 10 inflatable games. You will also find the largest ice rink in Athens here.
Entry fee: €14 for children, €8 for adults
Find out more on the official website (Greek only).
Running until the 6th of January, the Christmas Factory in Athens is located at Technopolis in Gazi. There is a sweet and toy factory, Ferris wheel and carousel rides as well as an ice-skating rink and a Magic School.
Entry fee: from €6
Find out more on the Greek Guide.
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Italy & San Marino
Running until the 6th of January (closed on the 2nd), Arco’s Christmas market offers delicious local specialities and a light show where a story is told in lights projected onto the wall of a building.
Getting to Arco: Arco is around 40 minutes from the city of Trento or 1 hour by bus from Rovereto. Verona is 2 hours away by public transport and Venice is a 3-hour drive away.
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Getting to Trento: Trento is around 40 minutes to an hour from the city of Bolzano. Verona can be reached in 1-1.5 hours by car and train and Verona Airport is 1h20 by car.
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Fonzaso’s Christmas market continues until the 6th of January.
Getting to Fonzaso: The small city of Bassano del Grappa is a 35-minute drive from Fonzaso and Trento is a 1-hour drive away.
The markets in Carli Square and Risorgimento II Square will continue until January 6th. With its wooden houses, lights, decorations, festive flavours and some snowflakes, Asiago’s Christmas market brings Christmas magic and a festive atmosphere. Stalls offer various wares, from Christmas ornaments made of glass, wood and ceramic to sweet pastries and mulled wine.
Getting to Asiago: Asiago is a 1-hour drive from the city of Trento.
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The market in Gallio will end on the 6th of January. At the oldest market in the Asiago region, you can taste typical products of the region, buy gifts like scented candles, colourful decorations, toys and handicrafts, all while sipping a glass of hot chocolate or mulled wine.
The Santa Claus village in Piazzetta Gardens welcomes people into the magical world of the North Pole, with creative workshops, pony rides and different performance.
Getting to Gallio: Only 8 minutes by car from the small town of Asiago, Gallio is just over an hour from the city of Trento.
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Rovereto hosts a Christmas Market known as ‘Natale dei Popoli’ (Christmas of peoples) and it will be open until January 6th. More than 50 stalls offering goods from different cultures and Piazza Rosmini (town square), the town centre and the main roads will be decorated in the style of German Christmas Markets but with an Oriental flair.
Getting to Rovereto: Rovereto is 12 minutes away from Trento by train or 25-35 minutes by car.
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The Christmas market in Pergine Valsugana celebrates the legends of gnomes and elves, who, according to the tradition, used to be seen giving presents and Christmas sweets during the Advent period.
The market has performances as well as food and wine tastings in the city centre. There are also handicraft workshops and events for children and adults as well as a dedicated section to the not-for-profit organizations. The market ends on January 6th.
Getting to Pergine Valsugana: Pergine Valsugana to Trento is around 15-20 minutes by car 15-25 minutes by bus.
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The historic Habsburg Park of Levico Terme hosts the Christmas market, where you’ll find 60 wooden market booths, which offer handicrafts and culinary delicacies including typical Trentino dishes, like polenta and local cheeses. There is also mulled wine and Parampampoli (flaming grappa – a typical drink of Trentino, made of coffee, schnapps, wine, sugar and honey). The market continues until January 6th.
Getting to Levico Terme: Levico Terme is a 45-minute train journey from Trento or 25-30 minutes by car.
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Cavalese in Val di Fiemme hosts a Christmas market with wooden huts selling products from wool slippers to caramelised sweets and delicious cheeses. Don’t miss local speck and salami, local Fiemme beer, sweets, chocolates, and all sorts of local traditional food and drink from hot chocolate to mulled wine, waffles to orzo soup. The market ends on January 6th.
Getting to Cavalese: Cavalese is a 1-hour drive from Trento or 1.5 hours by bus. Cavalese is also a 1-hour drive from Bolzano in South Tyrol.
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Treviso & Venice Regions
The market is located in a public garden near the castle walls until the 6th of January. A unique Christmas atmosphere where the mighty city walls embrace the traditional wooden houses of the market.
Getting to Castelfranco Veneto: Castelfranco Veneto is a 30-minute drive from Treviso or a 50-minute drive to Venice. You can also travel by train from Venice to Castelfranco Veneto in 1 hour. The closest airports are Venice Treviso (30-40 minutes by car) or Venice Marco Polo (50-60 minutes by car or just over 1 hour by public transport).
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Padua’s Christmas market continues until the 6th of January with market stalls at Piazza Eremitani, or “Santa Klaus Village”. There is also a skating rink and a carousel and the 15 wooden huts offer food, hot chocolate, mulled wine and more.
Getting to Padua: Venice to Padua (Padova) takes around half an hour by train or 40 minutes to 1 hour by car.
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Jesolo Christmas Village is open until the 13th of January. Piazza Aurora, via Trentin and Piazza Mazzini are the heart of this special event with 70 white wooden huts where traditional artisanal products, decorations, sweets and all kind of delicacies can be found. The Christmas Tree illuminates Piazza Mazzini, with an ice skating rink and Santa Claus’ House. New for 2018 is the Christmas Slide at Piazza Aurora.
Getting to Jesolo: The seaside resort town of Jesolo is 40-50 minutes from Venice by car or 1 hour by bus.
The Christmas market in Mestre continues until January 6th on the Piazza Ferretto where you can buy Christmas products, handmade children’s toys and more.
Getting to Mestre: Mestre is only 15 minutes by train or car from Venice. Treviso Airport can be reached in 30 minutes by car or 1 hour by bus and Venice Marco Polo is only 30 minutes by bus or 15 minutes by car.
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Caorle’s Christmas market will run until the 6th of January. Located in the town centre the market will have 15 stalls as well as ice statues, Santa’s Grotto and an ice rink at Piazza San Giovanni XXIII.
Getting to Caorle: Caorle is around a 1h10 drive from Treviso or 1h20 from Venice. By bus and train, it takes around 2 hours from both Treviso and Venice.
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Treviso’s Christmas markets continue until the 7th of January. There will also be exhibitions, tastings, concerts and entertainment in the entire historical centre.
Getting to Treviso: Venice Treviso Airport is 10-15 minutes by car. Venice is around 40 minutes – 1 hour away by car or 35-45 minutes by train.
The beautiful Christmas village in Bussolengo continues until the 6th of January. Visitors can find Christmas decorations and ornaments for sale and there is a whole section dedicated to handicrafts where artisans decorate and engrave glass, wood and porcelain.
Getting to Bussolengo: Bussolengo is 30 minutes from Verona by bus or 20-30 minute by car.
The Christmas market and ice rink in Bardolino on the banks of Lake Garda will remain open until the 6th of January.
Getting to Bardolino: Verona to Bardolino is 1 hour by bus or 50 minutes by train and bus. By car you can reach Bardolino from Verona in 35-45 minutes.
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Lazise celebrates Christmas at the central Piazza Vittorio Emanuele and on the Marconi lakeside. More than 100 exhibitors will be at this market until January 6th offering local arts and crafts and regional delicacies.
Getting to Lazise: Lazise is 30-40 minutes from Verona by car or 50 minutes by bus.
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The town of Garda celebrates the Christmas season with the event “Natale tra gli Olivi“ (Christmas among Olive Trees) and the lakefront is dotted with typical little wood huts where you can buy local goods. Running until the 6th of January.
Getting to Garda: Garda is around 45 minutes from Verona by car or just over 1 hour by public transport.