European Christmas Markets
It’s the season of jingle bells, mistletoe, and local treats and crafts.
Europe is home to some of the most beautiful cities in the world, so it makes sense to take that history, architecture, atmosphere, and tradition and fuse it with the most festive time of the year. Explore Europe's best Christmas markets with us.
From the gardens, Big Wheel, and flashing lights of Edinburgh’s Christmas markets to the lakeside stalls in Switzerland’s tiny town of Montreux, Europe is a wonderful place to take a much-needed holiday and to take your Christmas up a notch. Of course, there’s nothing quite like Christmas at home, but paying a visit to an old town square in Bohemia, or the edgy, colourful streets of Berlin, could be just what you need to elevate the season.
Europe’s Christmas markets are steeped in years of tradition, but there’s nothing quite like the atmosphere. Simply shut your eyes, imagine the chill on your nose, and then picture having a steaming, tasty cup of hot, spiced wine warming your hands. The real deal will have you enjoying these festive delights with locals and other revellers from around the world.
If it’s scenery you’re looking for, we would recommend spending Christmas by Lake Geneva, sampling the cinnamon crepes at the markets. But if it’s something closer to home that might work for you, you can’t go past Edinburgh. Wherever you go in Europe, this Christmas is sure to be an absolute treat!
Featured Christmas Markets
Who doesn't love the festive period? Treat your loved one, or your little ones, to a time of colour, lights, and celebration in one of Europe's best Christmas markets. Here are some of our best festive market recommendations:
Sample some of the delicious fried potato pancakes at the Berlin Christmas markets this winter
Indulge in the celebrated spit cakes (trdelník) at Prague’s stunning Christmas market
Take an unforgettable ride on the Big Wheel to get a glittering view of Edinburgh in full festive swing
Where to go on a Christmas market break
Trees coloured with twinkling lights, delicious desserts, mulled wine and an air of excitement.
European Christmas Market FAQs
First time setting off on a Christmas Market holiday in Europe? Here are a few questions you might have...
What are some of the best Christmas Market trips to take in Europe?
If you are feeling like indulging in the festive sprit, we can definitely recommend the following tours:
We feel that these bring the best possible blend of cheer, light displays, food and drink, and cultural immersion - as well as things for the whole family to do. To browse more Christmas Market tours, click the link.
When’s the best time to go on a Christmas Markets tour?
Europe’s Christmas Markets start late November or the beginning of December, and continue through til early January. We are delighted to run our Christmas Market holidays during this exciting, vibrant period.
What is a European Christmas Market tour?
Newmarket Holidays’ Christmas Markets holidays are an incredible way to give your Christmas a unique edge. It allows you to combine your annual holiday with a festive touch, plus opportunities to see a new culture at its best. Plus you can shop for some really beautiful Christmas gifts, that you might not be able to find back at home!
Where are the best Christmas Markets in Europe??
Fortunately, with Europe on our doorstep you are absolutely spoilt for choice when it comes to festive experiences. Most capital and large European cities (plus even the smaller, scenic ones) have a range of Christmas markets on offer. Some of our favourite spots for festive cheer and market fun include Amsterdam, Prague, Kraków, Berlin, Vienna, Edinburgh, and Riga.