7 Of The Most Extraordinary Christmas Markets In Europe

Everyone loves a good Christmas market and there’s an ever-growing number of new ones popping up each year. So which markets are a must-see? We’re thinking outside the box of Winter Wonderland this year and have selected the seven markets across Europe you need to know about. Keep reading if you want to know where to find a Christmas market for dogs or one that can only be reached by a steep rack railway…

1. Velvet Cave Christmas Market – Valkenburg aan de Geul, Netherlands

 

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The Valkenburg Velvet caves in southern Netherlands are a popular tourist attraction all year round, but at Christmas they get extra special as the network of underground passageways is transformed into a magical market complete with food stalls, gift shops and sparkling lights.

2. Mt Pilatus Christmas Markets – Switzerland

 

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The highest Christmas market in the whole of Europe can be found at 200m above sea level in Switzerland. The journey there is already pretty exciting as you have to take the world’s steepest cogwheel railway to even make it up. Expect spectacular mountain views and make the return journey by sled, air-board or snow-bike for added excitement.

3. Floating Christmas Market – Vilshofen, Germany

 

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A Christmas market on a boat? If that sounds like your cup of tea, head to Germany to discover beautiful handicrafts, mulled wine and toasted almonds while you admire the light reflections in the sparkling waters of the Danube river.

4. The Red Square – Moscow, Russia

 

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Located right next to the majestic St. Basil’s Basilica, the Red Square’s famous market is definitely among the most scenic. Plus, it’s open until January meaning you can extend the holiday spirit for a little while longer.

5. ‘Christmas Avenue’ LGBTQ Christmas Market – Cologne, Germany

 

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The LGBTQ+ Christmas market “Heavenue” in Cologne is basically a festive version of Pride and merges traditional elements of Christmas with a full-on party including live performances and music acts.

6. Sirius Christmas Market for Dogs – Berlin, Germany

 

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Christmas and dogs in one place? This market in Germany makes actual dreams come true. Whether you’re looking to buy a special Christmas treats for your pet or just want to see dogs in cute elf costumes, you’ve come to the right place.

7. Santa Claus Village – Rovaniemi (Lapland), Finland

 

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Can you think of a better place to get into the Christmas spirit than Rovaniemi, the official hometown of Santa Claus? If that doesn’t convince you, you can also actually stay in an igloo-hotel there…