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Discover Europe's best Christmas markets with Eurowings

Oh jingle bells, oh jingle bells! Christmas time is almost upon us - the most wonderful time of the year. In cities all across Europe, traditional scents of roasted almonds, spiced biscuits and mulled wine fill the air. Christmas lights and festive tunes get visitors into the Christmas spirit. Experience the most beautiful Christmas markets Europe has to offer – all just a flight away!

Scandinavian Christmas with reindeers in Stockholm, fairytale scenery in Vienna or Budapest, the oldest Christmas market of Barcelona or Germany's classics in Hamburg or Berlin? Let us inspire you with our top picks for the festive season. You choose the destination and we'll take you there!

Experience traditional Christmas markets in Germany

Dresden's traditional Striezelmarkt

There are eleven different Christmas markets for you to explore, ranging from traditional medieval style stands to huts with après-ski events. The oldest and largest market is Striezelmarkt. The Christmas mile stretches from the main station to the other side of the river Elbe, so you won't miss the city's most important sights along the way.
 

Nuremberg Christmas Market

During festive season, enticing aromas of gingerbread, mulled wine and freshly-roasted bratwurst fill Nuremberg Christmas Market. In addition to culinary delights, the quaint wooden booths offer traditional craftmanship, figures made of prune and the local "Rauschgold" angel. Stroll through the festively illuminated market alleys and enjoy!
 

Christmas fairy tale in Hamburg

Experience winter magic in Germany's Hanseatic city! Thousands of lights reflect on the rivers and canals of Hamburg. The air smells of roasted almonds and fir sprigs. Each year, the city turns into a Christmas fairytale come true. Discover the festive lights, arts and crafts and delicacies of Hamburg's varied Christmas markets.
 

Festive Berlin

Roughly 60 Christmas markets await you in the German capital of Berlin! At the Gendarmenmarkt, for example, you'll find traditional arts and crafts. Spandau old town hosts Berlin’s largest Christmas market. And “Winter World” at Potsdamer Platz offers sledge rides and ice-skating in an urban setting.
 

Nostalgic Christmas in Leipzig

With around 300 stands at the Old Town Hall and surrounding streets, Leipzig is home to one of the largest and most beautiful Christmas markets in Germany. It is also one of the oldest, dating back to the 15th century. For many, the Christmas Oratorio by Johann Sebastian Bach is an undisputed highlight of the Advent period.
 

Magical Advent in Cologne

Experience the magical Advent period at one of Cologne's Christmas markets. Stroll beneath starry lights at Cologne cathedral, meet Santa Claus in St. Nicholas Village or be enchanted at the Market of Angels. You could also test your ice-skating skills at “Heimat der Heinzel” or enjoy the maritime vibes at Rheinauhafen Christmas market.
 

Sternchenmarkt in Dusseldorf

A distinct atmosphere is felt in Dusseldorf during Christmas season. Artistically designed theme worlds invite visitors to explore unique Christmas gifts. If you wish to combine a Christmas market visit with a guided city tour, don’t miss out on the popular “Advent, Advent” tour.
 

Dreamy backdrops in Stuttgart

The festively-illuminated medieval town centre of Stuttgart, which starts at the Old Castle and stretches down to the New Castle, provides a sublime backdrop for the city's Christmas market. The over 300 year-old festive tradition is still as appealing as ever. Take a stroll and enjoy the atmosphere!
 

Christmas delight in Baden-Baden

Until early January, Christkindelsmarkt in Baden-Baden invites visitors from around the world to get into the festive spirit. Roughly 100 decorated stalls adorn the Kurhaus square, offering a variety of treats and gifts. Views of the Black forest mountains are definitely a highlight.
 

Finnish delicacies in Hanover

Hanover goes all out during festive season! In the historic old town, glassblowers, potters and candle makers display their skills and craftmanship. And the Finnish Christmas market at Ballhofplatz exudes a very unique charm. Taste some flame-grilled salmon and Finnish mulled wine called “glögi”.

 

Christmas in Europe: Our top festive destinations

Atmospheric Zurich

Atmospheric Zurich

During festive season, Zurich shines in a new light. Spend cozy Advent evenings in the city's illuminated main squares, drinking mulled wine and tasting Swiss specialties. Our recommendation for a perfect stay in Zurich during Advent: „Wienachtsdorf“ at the opera house or the largest covered Christmas market in Europe.
 

Frankfurt Christmas Market in Birmingham

Frankfurt Christmas Market in Birmingham

Although Winter Wonderland in London is strong competitor, England's second city has a surprise in store. Thanks to being the twin city of Frankfurt, buzzing Birmingham hosts the largest authentic German Christmas market outside of Germany or Austria. Chris, the singing moose, throws some British humour into the mix.
 

Scenic Budapest

Scenic Budapest

The Hungarian capital doesn't play around when it comes to festive season: The Vörösmarty Square hosts the Budapest Christmas Fair, filled with traditional foods and gift ideas. A special sight to see: The renowned Gerbeaud Coffee House is converted into a giant calendar which opens a new magical window every day until Christmas.
 

Festive Copenhagen

Nyhavn in Copenhagen

Tivoli Gardens, Copenhagen's renowned theme park, offers an unforgettable experience for the entire family. Besides the usual stalls, visitors are entertained with light shows, fireworks and live bands. On December 13, you're in for a special treat: 100 girls carrying candles pass through the gardens, singing to mark St Lucia's Day.

Swedish Glögg in Stockholm

Swedish Glögg in Stockholm

The world's oldest open-air museum Skansen hosts a traditional Christmas market with Swedish craftmanship, "Glögg" punch, candles, smoked turkey and much more. You can even watch the craftsmen at work. Our highlight: Part of the Skansen experience is a small zoo with reindeers and other Nordic animals. Can you spot Dasher, Cupid or Rudolph?
 

Backdrops in Vienna

Backdrops in Vienna

When the scent of roasted nuts and punch fills the air in front of Vienna's Town Hall, and people gather around the city's Christmas lights like fireflies, the festive season has officially begun. Christmas markets with beautiful backdrops include the "Adventmarkt" at Karlsplatz and the "Weihnachtsdorf" at Belvedere Castle.

Brussels' Winter Wonders

Brussels' Winter Wonders

Brussels is a sight to see all year round. Yet festive season makes the Belgian capital shine even brighter. Enjoy light animations at Grand Place and across the old town, while indulging in hot chocolate and Belgian waffles. The "Winter Wonders“ market prolongs your Christmas spirit, as it runs until early January.
 

Magical Advent in Salzburg

Magical Advent in Salzburg

Advent is the most atmospheric time of the year in Salzburg, Austria. Where else can you enjoy the sight of snow-covered mountain tops while shopping on idyllic Christmas markets and sipping some mulled wine? Our tip: Visit the Advent choral concert at Salzburg's Festspielhaus - a festive experience for everyone.
 

Christmas spirit in Basel

Christmas spirit in Basel

Basel's Christmas market at Barfüsserplatz and Müsterplatz is a treat for the whole family. For over 40 years, merchants have sold their crafts and specialties from all over Switzerland in the rustic wooden huts. A small enchanted forest at Münsterplatz offers lots of fun activities for children, such as gingerbread decorating and crafting.
 

Festive feast in Prague

Festive feast in Prague

Prague's main Christmas markets at the Old Town Square and Wenceslas Square are a must-visit for all foodies wanting to discover authentic Czech food. Until January 6, you'll get to try delicious "klobása" (sausage) and other delicacies while watching as the main tree on Old Town Square is lit up. Experience Advent in Prague - it's unforgettable. 
 

Barcelona's oldest Christmas market

Barcelona's oldest Christmas market

The traditional "Fira de Santa Llúcia" market can be found in front of the Barcelona Cathedral, and goes back to 1786. Apart from festive stands selling craftmanship and other nibbles, you'll be able to experience a truly Catalan tradition called "caga tiò". It consists of a huge piñata-style Christmas log being hit with a stick until the sweets spill out.
 

White Advent in Krakow

White Advent in Krakow

If you're dreaming of a White Christmas, Krakow in Poland is the place to go. In December, the Christmas market on main square Rynek Glowny is usually covered in a fluffy layer of snow – Christmas spirit guaranteed. The market's offer ranges from hand-painted Christmas baubles and spiced nuts to antiques. Bring a warm coat and see for yourself!