A Magical Europe Christmas

November 14, 2022

We love visiting European cities during the holiday season, especially to visit the magical Christmas markets that take place throughout the region. The markets showcase local holiday traditions, seasonal cuisine, regional crafts and are an amazing way to join in the local holiday cheer.

Many cities in Europe—from Salzburg, Austria to Waterford, Ireland—have Christmas markets. While some are relatively new, others have been taking place in the same historic city squares for centuries.

Each market has its own unique qualities to look out for. In Nuremberg, Germany, the local bratwurst that’s been made in the city since the 14th century should not be passed over. Strasbourg’s market, the oldest in France, is a great place to shop for beautiful handmade ornaments, to admire Nativity scenes, and nibble on Alsatian Christmas cookies. Vienna’s markets are atmospheric spots to browse while drinking gluhwein (hot mulled wine) and admiring lustrous palaces. Poland’s most renowned market, in Krakow, is filled with booths selling wood crafts, leather goods and other artisanal objects. In Riga, Latvia, you’ll find cozy wooden stalls to explore, along with a unique Christmas tree made out of wooden planks and an adorable kid-friendly little rabbit village

Beautiful craft items can be found at each of Europe’s favorite Christmas markets, such as blown glass at Prague’s Old Town Square market, local ceramics at the Grand Place market in Brussels, traditional nutcrackers at Berlin’s Gendarmenmarkt Square Christmas market, and the world-renowned “mother of all Christmas shopping,” Käthe Wohlfahrt in Rothenburg ob der Tauber.

The markets typically run from late November through Christmas Eve, though some extend through early January, so it is important to plan accordingly. Acacia & Lime can customize private tours that include Christmas markets in your preferred European destinations.

Visiting European Christmas markets is a fun and festive way to experience the holidays during a European vacation.

Contact Acacia & Lime to begin planning!




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