It’s that time of the year – There’s a chill in the air, gingerbread houses pepper the landscape, carol singers spring, as if from nowhere, eggnog lattes are the order of the day, and indulgent treats are everywhere to be found.
Ladies and Gentleman, it’s Christmas in Europe.
One of our favourite things to do at this time of the year is to wrap warm and visit traditional Christmas markets that spring up all over Europe. After all, who can argue who with quaint stalls lined with twinkling fairy lights, fairground rides, Christmas treats such as mince-pies, roast chestnuts, and eggnog, and only the prettiest stockings and gifts?!
We are convinced that li’l Christmas elves travel with the wafts of spicy mulled wine and take upon themselves the responsibility of spreading magic in the air 🙂
London has its fair share of fascinating Christmas markets:
Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland is London’s most celebrated Christmas Market. The entire park is transformed into a veritable wonderland, complete with fairground rides and an ice-skating rink. We suggest going on a weekday as it can get extremely crowded on weekends.
Nearest Tube Stations – Hyde Park Corner, Green Park, Marble Arch
Winter Wonderland might be popular but we have a soft spot for Southbank’s German-style Christmas Market. The stalls look like rustic chalets and there’s tons of German food – Bratwurst, pretzels, Glühwein – on offer. Yummy !
Nearest Tube Stations – Waterloo, Charing Cross, Embankment
If you’re fond of Christmas decorations, Apple Market is the place to visit. The entire market is done up beautifully – think decadent Christmas trees, giant baubles, and reindeer.
Nearest Tube Stations – Covent Garden, Leicester Square
Ornate decorations seem to be the recurring theme in Christmas Markets around Europe. We recently chanced upon a list of the best Christmas Markets in Europe by momondo that’s been doing rounds on the internet. Dozens of markets sprout all over Europe in December, but some of our favourites made it to the list. We love Christmas markets in Eastern Europe, especially Prague and Budapest. We’re bummed that our favourite European city didn’t make it to the list. Take a look
Which is your favourite Christmas Market in Europe? 🙂
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