The magic that is Christmas is drawing near once more, and from November onwards the Christmas Markets are setting up to welcome visitors for the festive season. It is a welcome break when you take time out and visit the Christmas markets and join in with the wonderful festive atmosphere. Here you can take in the aromas associated with Christmas such as hot, roast chestnuts, grilled sausages, hot doughnuts, Gingerbreads and Gluhwein or Mulled wines or ciders. You can sample the marzipan figures, chocolate covered fruits or one of the many festive delicacies on offer from around the world that are in the decorated, wooden Chalet-like stands that make up the Christmas Markets. There are all kinds of Christmas gifts and decorations, especially traditional things such as tree decorations, wood carvings, crib figures, traditional toys, candles, hand-knitted jumpers, lambskin slippers and glassware, you will be able to find that special little something that will be a unique gift for someone to treasure. Here you will find a list of our Top Ten “Christmas Markets” and their dates and opening times, and the reason why they have made our “Top Ten”.
1. Chiemsee -Germany. This is a truly unique and romantic setting in the heart of the Bavarian Alps, surrounded by the clear waters of the Chiemsee. The market is set on the island of Frauenchiemsee which looks across to the Herrenchiemsee on which sits the ‘Castle Herrenchiemsee’ built by King Ludwig II
2. Candelara – Italy. This unique Christmas festival is becoming increasingly popular and is held over three weekends in the lead up to Christmas. “Candele a Candelara” takes place in the ancient medieval village on the hills around Pesaro where every evening artificial lights are turned off and the village is only lit by the soft glow of candle-light
3. Pilatus – Switzerland. The highest situated Christmas market in Europe, sitting at 2132m above sea level. Fantastic views in a beautiful setting make this Christmas Market really special.
4. Wolfgangsee – Austria. Radiating far across the peaceful waters of Lake Wolfgangsee on the dark winter nights, the inviting, peaceful glow of lanterns draw guests from near and far to look in wonder at and enjoy the Lake Wolfgang Advent (Christmas) Market
5. Trier – Germany. Where could you better get in the mood for Christmas than at one of the loveliest Christmas markets in Germany? The enchanting Trier Christmas Market takes place in Germany’s oldest city on the medieval Main Market and in front of the imposing backdrop of the Trier Cathedral
6. Freudenstadt – Germany. Situated on the High Road of the Black Forest amid beautiful scenery is the lovely town of Freudenstadt. It lies on a high plateau at the east edge of the north Black Forest, and is well-known for its fresh air. Its city centre is famous as the largest market place in Germany
7. Lille – France. In the heart of winter, Lille sparkles and glows with joie de vivre! With the wave of a magic wand, the city takes on a festive atmosphere and welcomes you to a winter wonderland.
8. London, Hyde Park – England. The Winter Wonderland promises to be filled with festive spills and thrills. The park is free to enter so you will be able to wander though the park and soak up the festive atmosphere and enjoy all the free entertainment on offer
10. Copenhagen – Denmark. Tivoli Gardens is Europe’s oldest amusement park and at Christmas time is transformed into a winter wonderland straight out of a fairy tale, with hundreds of Christmas trees and over half a million twinkling lights
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