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The European Christmas markets to get excited about this year

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Every year, Christmas brings with it a vast assortment of seasonal food and drink. Christmas markets become our go-to day trip for the holiday season, and with the big day creeping ever closer, it is high time to start getting excited.

With so many to choose from, how do you decide? We're here to help with the ultimate list of Europe's most unmissable Christmas markets.

Berlin, Germany

This one won't come as a surprise. Known as the Christmas Capital, Germany’s culture city boasts multiple Christkindlmarkts. There is the one-day wonder of Berlin Sweets Market in Kreuzberg, which offers more than 40 different local treats.

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If you fancy a beautiful setting while you browse, the Christmas Market at Gendarmenmarkt (open 26 November - 31 December 2018) is the one for you. Held in one of the city’s most picturesque squares, this market has everything from crafts, art, traditional food as well as a vast variety of musical performances.

Bath, England

For somewhere a bit closer to home, the historic town of Bath is famous for its annual Christmas market. Now in its 18th year, there will be 180 dazzling chalets bursting with gifts and treats. 

This year, the city is also promoting an environmentally-friendly Christmas, with some street decorations reportedly made using recycled plastic from bottles and bags. With so much to offer, why not take a stroll through the city’s picturesque Georgian streets while doing your Christmas shopping?

Edinburgh, Scotland

The traditional East Princes Street Gardens lies at the centre of this beautiful and bustling capital bursting with foodie delights, arts, and much more.

For those who are fans of whiskey, the Johnnie Walker Bothy Bar should definitely be on your bucket list for this Christmas. The market consists of a two-floor bar serving whiskey-infused cocktails and hot whiskey-drink toddies.

Vienna, Austria

The Viennese Dream Christmas Market, set in front of the city hall, is sure to get you feeling festive. The market is the perfect place for children (and you!) to practice your cooking skills with the ground floor of the city hall housing workshops baking cookies and creating candles.

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The weekends also encompass international choirs, making this the dream location for a romantic Christmas break.

Prague, Czech Republic

The Prague Christmas market is born of a tradition spanning over a thousand years. Set in Wenceslas Square, this market is open every day in its season, including Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day.

The Old Town Square Market is also a popular setting with the architecture dating from as far back as the 12th Century. Be prepared for petting stalls, crafts and traditional foods and drink.

Budapest, Hungary

Budapest has two Christmas markets, one on Vorosmarty Square (open 9th November 2018 – 1st January 2019) and the other in front of the Basilica (open 23rd November 2018- 1st January 2019). The first is the longest running of the two and offers free concerts, on top of Hungarian delicacies and crafts. The beautiful Budapest Basilica Christmas Market features a Christmas laser projection onto the historic building.

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