A great European winter tradition is the Christmas market. We went to Berlin a few years ago just to see what it was all about! While Germany Christmas markets may be the most well-known they stretch across the continent these days. Traditionally they are held during the four weeks of Advent but some start a little earlier and can run later. We try to go somewhere in Europe evey winter to enjoy at least one of these special markets. Here are six to consider this season.
At the Vienna Christmas market they’ve got a whole playground next to the Christkindl Markt and activities on the ground floor of the town hall. At the Karlsplatz Market there are loads of straw bales that kids can jump in and build forts with. Who knew just a little hay could go such a long way to make memories?
— from Just Go Places
Take in the light show at the Grote Markt which is fun for kids of all ages. There’s also the requisite ice skating rink that has special performances throughout the market season. In past years special sculptures and performances are also scheduled throughout the festivities.
— from Wonderful Wanderings
Unlike some European cities with dozens of Christmas markets, Prague has just four. The Old Square Christmas market is the largest and oldest with things like pony rides for children. The three others have a mixture of food stalls and shopping as well as various displays and activities. If you’re trying to decide where to go to a market and your money is a little tight, Prague will be less expensive than most other Euopean cities.
— from Just a Pack
With one of the oldest markets in Europe this one is sure to have something for everyone. While the markets may be contained Christmas is everywhere. There are ten diffeent markets in each square of the city. Place St. Thomas has hands -on activities for kids. At Place de la Cathedale is another great market to stop by with kids for the trains, santas, gingerbread and carousels.
— from Family Traveller
Frankfurt Christmas Market
The Christmas market in Frankfurt (Frankfurter Weihnachtsmarkt) is one of the oldest ones in Germany and it offers all what a typical X-mas market should have: a huge Christmas tree, carols, roasted chestnuts, mulled wine, fresh gingerbread, saurkraut, and more winter delicacies to taste! Frankfurt Christmas market is great for kids as they can enjoy amazing merry-go-rounds, carousels, and get some sweets or hand-made wooden toys from numerous stalls. This year the market opens on the 23rd of November at 5 pm in front of the city hall.
— from Nomad is Beautiful
The O’Bej O’Bej (which means “oh nice, oh nice” in the Milanese dialect) doesn’t run all season long. Instead it starts on the 7 December and ends the following Sunday. It’s located near the Sforza Castle and the celebrations are dedicated to Saint Ambrose (the patron saint of Milan) and the myth around this market is that a delegate of Pope Pius IV was visiting Milan in 1510 and so came with sweets and toys for the children. With a story like this you’re sure to find plenty of sweets and toys to keep children happy.
— from Italiakids
Do you have a favorite European Christmas market? We’d love to know!
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