Halloween is over and so, try as we might, we can no longer ignore the C-Word…. With just eight weeks to go, there’s no denying the Christmas countdown has begun! Why not book a weekend away to one of these European cities famed for their Christmas markets, and pick up a few gifts along the way? The scent of sizzling sausages, warm cinnamon dough and mulled wine is sure to entice the adults, whilst the kids admire towering Christmas trees, nativity scenes and endless twinkling lights. Read on to discover our favourite Christmas Markets for Children in Europe.
However, if you’re planning on staying in the UK there’s still plenty of festive fun to be had. So have a look at our ideas for Christmas Holiday Activities in London for inspiration.
1. Rathausplatz, Vienna
The Austrian capital is one of the most famous for embracing the festive spirit, with a Christmas Market dating all the way back to 1298. The beautiful City Hall provides an impressive Gothic backdrop to the sprawling annual market, which offers an ice skating rink, reindeer rides and hundreds of stalls selling delicious food, drinks and gifts. If you’re making a weekend of it, then check out our family friendly hotels and apartments in Vienna.
Dates: 15th November – 26th December 2019
2. Old Town Square, Prague
Prague is a magical city to visit in winter, when its fairytale-like architecture is dusted in snow, and the huge Christmas tree in Old Town Square is festooned with lights. Prague’s small size makes it a great choice for visiting with children- its two main Christmas markets (on Old Town Square and Wenceslas Square), are just a few minutes walk apart. Be sure to try the local Czech sausages and beer!
Dates: 30th November 2019 – 6th January 2020
3. Gendarmenmarkt, Berlin
Offering close to one hundred Christmas markets, Berlin really embraces the festive season with gusto. The most famous and popular is the Gendarmenmarkt, where producers come from all over the world to display their traditional handmade crafts in rows of pretty tented stalls. A fantastic place to pick up some unique gifts, there are also nightly performances from choirs and musicians.
Dates: 25th November – 31st December
4. Tivoli Gardens, Copenhagen
A Christmas market in one of the world’s oldest theme parks? This one’s sure to be a winner with this kids! Visitors to Tivoli Gardens’ Christmas Market can enjoy the traditional fairground rides as well as firework displays, live bands, light shows and of course numerous stalls selling gifts, food and drinks. If you’re around on 13th December you will be able to see the annual St Lucia’s Day procession, too. Check out our list of child friendly activities in Copenhagen to see what else the city has to offer.
Dates: 16th November 2019– 5th January 2020
5. Winter Wonders, Brussels
A huge annual event in the Belgian capital, “Winter Wonders” spans various locations and encompasses a Christmas market, fairground rides, ice skating and over 200 chalets serving up some of the city’s most loved exports – waffles, beer and glühwein! The impressive sound and light show at the Grand Place runs every hour, filling the city centre with festive cheer. Certainly one of the best Christmas Markets for children.
Dates: 29th November 2019– 5th January 2020
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