VIENNA (Austria) The fascinating and large Austrian city, Vienna, is also famous because during the Christmas period it hosts truly traditional and evocative markets. In addition, the huge and traditional Christmas tree is placed in the Town Hall Square. From 23 November to 5 January 2020. For info: wien-konkret.at
ZURICH (Switzerland) From 21 November to 23 December 2019 Zurich is full of Christmas lights, magical colors, scents of cinnamon and mulled wine. Concerts are organized and the Swiss and tourists stroll through the traditional markets and shop in Zurich. Markets highly recommended for the little ones. For info: www.kinderregion.ch
DRESDEN (Germany) The German city, in the period before Christmas, becomes the seat of one of the most famous markets in Europe. The most CELEBRATED market in the city (Striezelmarkt) covers about a mile, exactly from the Frauenkirche to the Münzgasse restaurant and the city becomes a magical place full of suggestive lights, adored by the little ones. Starts November 27, 2019. For info: dresden.de
STRASBOURG (France) The Christmas market in Strasbourg is probably the oldest in Europe. Suitable for children, it is full of creative workshops and many initiatives with a Christmas theme. From 22 November to 30 December 2019. For info: strassburg.eu
EDINBURGH (Scotland) From November 16 to January 4, 2020. Edinburgh is another city that becomes magical around Christmas. Among the stalls of the typical markets you can find handicrafts, local foods, decorations and much more. For young and old. For info: edinburghschristmas.com
BRUGES (Belgium) Magical Christmas markets are organized every year in beautiful Bruges, perfect for young and old and with an incredibly suggestive atmosphere. From 22 November to 5 January 2020. For info: visiterbruges.com
STOCKHOLM (Sweden) In Stockholm, the capital of Sweden, the biggest Christmas party takes place in the old town, in Stortorget square (near the Royal Palace). The atmosphere of the city between traditional markets and Christmas decorations is truly suggestive and magical. From 23 November to 23 December 2019 the most beautiful markets! For info: visitstockholm.com
PRAGUE (Czech Rep.) From 23 November to 6 January 2020. A magical atmosphere fills Prague during the Christmas period: the traditional markets organized in December contribute to making the city a unique spectacle. For tourists and locals it is pleasant to stroll among the stalls, listen to Christmas carols, eat traditional food and drink local wine. For info: prague.eu
FRANKFURT (Germany) From 25 November to 22 December 2019. Frankfurt is another typical destination for lovers of the Christmas atmosphere. The old town “Römerberg” is filled with beautiful lights and walking you can smell the scents of apples, hazelnuts, mulled wine and gingerbread. For info: frankfurt-tourismus.de
MUNICH (Germany) The city of Munich, famous for its beer festival (Oktoberfest), is made unique in December by the atmosphere of the traditional Christmas markets. From November 27th to December 24th 2019. For info: muenchen.de
LIPSIA One of the largest markets in Germany is also the one in Leipzig. With nearly 300 stands of crafts, gastronomy, art and design, it is the “Wunderland” of Christmas shopping. It is set up in the main area of the Marktplatz from November 26 to December 23, 2019, in the presence of a 20-meter-high fir tree. Equally historic is the Christmas market on the Naschmarkt with a large display of local crafts and traditional art or the Finnish village on Augustusplatz with a Ferris wheel and skating rink. For info: https://www.sassoniaturismo.it/
STUTTGART The old Stuttgart Christmas Market with concerts, oversized Advent calendar and attractions for children will be open from 27 November to 23 December 2019. The medieval market in Esslingen will run from 26 November to 22 December. The Ludwigsburg baroque market will always be set up from 26 November to 22 December. For info: www.stuttgart-tourist.de
SIBIU From November 16 to January 3, 2020 the Christmas markets will also be set up in Sibiu in Romania. This year, from November 21st to November 29th, there will also be Santa’s workshop.
RIGA In Riga, during the folkloric Christmas markets, the best of Latvian craftsmanship is exhibited. Characteristic and colorful, the stands will be in the city from 1 December 2019 to 6 January 2020.
BRAUNSCHWEIG In this beautiful German city there are Christmas markets from November 27 to December 29, 2019. Many events will also be organized and there will be a Christmas workshop for children.
BUDAPEST Various Christmas celebrations and special and traditional markets are also organized in the beautiful Budapest, along the banks of the Danube and in the squares. The market in Vörösmarty Square will be there from 8 November to 1 January 2020. The one in Budapest’s St. Stephen’s Basilica will be present from 23 November to 1 January 2020.
TALLIN Tallin’s markets in Estonia are also beautiful! From 15 November to 7 January 2020. This city boasts the first exposed Christmas tree in Europe, dating back to 1441.
NUREMBERG Many Christmas stalls will also be present in Nuremberg, Germany. From 29 November to 24 December 2019 there will be 200 exhibitors.
LAKE COSTANZA The town in the Lake Constance region (Bodensee in German) hosts over 70 Christmas markets in four countries during the Advent season, each with its own particularities: Lindau (21.11–15.12), Bregenz (15.11–23.12 ), Konstanz (28.11–22.12), Friedrichshafen (29.11-22.12), Stein am Rhein (04. – 31.12), St. Gallen (28.11-22.12), Ravensburg (29.11-22.12), Überlingen (12.-22.12), Feldkirch (29.11. – 24.12), Mainau (14.11 – 06.01.2020, from Wednesday to Sunday), a splendid garden island near Constance and many others. For info: bodensee.eu
FREIBURG Every day from November 21st to December 23rd 2019. The Freiburg Christmas Market is rich and evocative, and gives an aura of magic to the historic city center, where the celebrated Gothic Cathedral stands out. People come here to browse the stalls and make the latest purchases, but above all to savor the joyful Christmas atmosphere that reigns in the weeks of Advent. Among the specialties of the Freiburg Market stand out the handicraft products and the moments of fun designed for the little ones – such as the biscuit workshop and the arrival of San Nicolò – together. For info: visit.freiburg.de
MELBOURNE, at QUEEN VICTORIA MARKET With an area of 70 thousand square meters, the Queen Victoria Market in Melbourne is the largest open-air market in the southern hemisphere. Born in the 1860s, the Vic Market or Queen Vic, as it is called by the inhabitants of the city, offers many different products, from meat to fresh fish, through cheeses, fruit, vegetables, everyday objects, crafts and jewelry . The outdoor area is dedicated to clubs that offer dishes of all kinds and in the evening the area comes alive with live and variety shows, especially in December, when temperatures rise in Australia and welcome summer. (Flight + hotel to Melbourne, 6 nights, starting from 2,000 euros / person; for info: www.volagratis.com)