There’s nothing like a good, old-fashioned Christmas market to get your holiday spirit game on. If you’ve been thinking about visiting a place you’ve never seen before during the holiday season, and you’ve got a thing for markets, then you best make sure to check out these magical Christmas markets in Europe until the holiday season ends.
Southern Europe might seem as an odd choice for some Christmas market travelling adventure, but you might be pleasantly surprised when you find out what this city has to offer. Bologna is home to one of the oldest Christmas markets, and it offers a whole array of fun activities for all holiday market lovers!
This market is based in two locations – in the piazza in front of the 12th century San Pietro Cathedral, and in the smaller Antica Fiera di Santa Lucia which is set in the cloisters of the church of Santa Maria dei Servi. In fact, this second location is the birth place of Bologna’s Christmas market, which has been occupying this charming neighborhood since 1796.
The very first Christmas market in Strasbourg was held way back in 1570, which makes the fact that it’s also the most popular and the most celebrated one in Europe not a big surprise.
According to the festival’s organizers, over 2 million people visit the market each year!
It offers 300 stalls, strategically placed on 11 different locations in the centre of the city.
Who can say “no” to a festival held in a city with a catchy name like Stuttgart? This Christmas market has been going strong since 1692, and it has never been downsized since then. You can walk among the 300 stalls, while snacking on some great food and drinking something to warm you up. One of the most unique things this Christmas market has to offer is the stall which sells handmade wooden puppets, careful crafted by skilled craftsmen.