Christmas is one of the most exciting times of the year and visiting one of the many European Christmas markets is a fantastic way to enjoy it. Let's find out where and when not to miss this amazing time of the year.
Enjoy a traditional and warm Christmas atmosphere
In France, Strasbourg's Christmas Markt deserves its worldwide reputation: with its 300 chalets on about 10 different sites all around the city, it qualifies as one of the biggest ones in Europe! It is also one of the oldest ones, as it's first edition dates back to the 16th Century. Crafts, food, and typical local Christmas decorations are amongst the Christmas gift ideas you can find there. In the 2015, Strasbourg's Christmas market was voted for the second year running the Best Christmas market in Europe. Strasbourg's Christmas market dates opens on the 25 november 25th until décember 24th 2016. Sometimes, it may be extended to December 31st.
Colmar's Christmas market in North-East France is also one if the most renouned ones in Alsace. Wooden toys, decoreted glasswork, choirs and traditional concerts, and life creches, gluewine with orange and cinamon: you won't be disapointed by your trip to the heart of Christmas traditions! You will even be able to admre Santa Clause's big post box! Colmar's Chrismas market opens on 25 november 25th until Dcember 31th 2016.
In Germany, you will swept off your feet at Friburg's Christmas Market. Set up in the heart of the capital of the Black Forest, Friburg's Christmas market is famous for all crafts stalls and traditional crafts artists. You will be mostly amazed by what the glassblowers can do! You will also be able to create your own candles and wooden toys by taking part in workshops on offer in the middle of all the other chalets. Friburg's Christmas Market locally known as the “Friburger Weihnachtsmarkt” will open on November, 21th until December, 23rd 2016.
The famous Nueremberg Christmas Market, also called Christkindlesmarkt, is one of the most beautiful ones in Europe and most probably one of the biggest ones in the world. Traditional Christmas decorations, often handmade, sweet culinary delights, like freshly baked gingerbread are just a sample of how magical and heart warming atmosphere. Nuremberg is also the German capital of toymaking and is just the place to go to marvel at traditional mecanical toys. Nuremberg's Christmas Market opens on November 25th until until December 24th 2016.
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