Charming Christmas Markets You Need to Visit
What better way to get into the festive spirit than by paying a visit to a great Christmas market?
There are Christmas markets that take place in lots of different countries all over the world. Europe is especially renowned for its selection of charming Christmas markets, offering a huge range of goods in a variety of beautiful settings. If you’re not sure which market to head to, below you’ll discover some of our top picks for the most festive Christmas markets you won’t want to miss.
If you want the traditional Christmas market experience, Bavaria is the destination to head to. Located in southern Germany, it’s home to a number of different Christmas markets. Whichever one you head to, you can guarantee that there’ll be an enchanting atmosphere, and a huge range of festive goodies to indulge in.
Base your stay in the pretty mountain village of Ruhpolding and you’ll be within easy reach of the nearby Christmas markets. Some of the most charming Christmas markets in Bavaria are based in the towns of Rothenburg ob der Tauber and Coburg.
Lake Garda, Italy
If you would prefer something less extravagant for your shopping trip, why not head to the Christmas market in Lake Garda? Italian festive markets are smaller and quieter than German Christmas markets, particularly if you head to this picturesque region.
The Arco Christmas market runs from the end of November until the end of December. It offers a dreamlike setting, featuring a wide range of goods including tempting local foods and Christmas themed decorations. You’ll also be able to enjoy concerts, light shows and a firework display.
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It would be hard to find a more charming location for a Christmas market than Lucerne, Switzerland. Located in the middle of Lucerne’s Old Town, you’ll find over 70 stalls offering a great range of festive goods. You can sample the food and drink, while the kids enjoy the Christmas carousel. Christmas music fills the market, with the air smelling of the deliciously spicy, warm scents of mulled wine and punch.
Of course, the ultimate Christmas market experience can be found in Santa’s hometown – Lapland. The town of Rovaniemi has lots of festive themed places to enjoy all year round, with all kinds of Xmas goodies around every corner. Although it’s a town rather than a temporary market, Rovaniemi offers the same magical Christmas experience.
While you’re here, you can also take advantage of the Yuletide-themed activities. These include riding in husky sleighs, meeting the reindeers and taking the kids to meet Santa. Browse our range of Rovaniemi holidays today.
Whichever Christmas market you choose to visit, you can be sure you’ll have a wonderful festive experience. Don’t forget to browse our holiday deals page to see if we have any last-minute bargains to one of these wonderful winter locations.