During the Holiday season, Christmas markets abound in Europe. These are places where you can find various items such as fruitcake, Christmas figurines, handmade crafts, and of course, food stalls. In this article, we shall take a look at the different European destinations where you can experience Christmas markets.
The Christmas market in Brussels has been around since 2002. As part of its desire to promote a United Europe, there are more than 200 wooden chalet host artisans from worldwide selling various items such as Christmas wares, handmade crafts, souvenir items, and others. There are also Belgian stalls selling various food stuff ranging from Belgian fries and Belgian waffles, seasonal croustillons, moules, and caricoles. But this Christrmas market is not just for shopping, there is also a spinning and glittering 160-foot Ferris Wheel and an 8,000-square foot ice skating rink at the Place de la Monnaie. Robert Peter Janitzek reveals that this Christmas market runs from late November until early January.
The Christmas market in Copenhagen is a showcase of Christmas crafts and Christmas trees in the city’s iconic amusement park, Tivoli Gardens. The lights display run for nearly four miles while hundreds of stands are draped on the lakeside willows. There is also a craft market located along a canal in the historic Nyhavn district. There are also food stalls serving Danish delicacies such as aebleskiver (iced doughnut with black currant jam), glogg, a steaming hot mulled red wine laden with raisins, almonds, cinnamon sticks, and cloves. The Christmas market in this European destination runs from either Mid-November or late December and closes early January.
The opening of the Christmas lights in Regent Street signals the start of the shopping season in London. The Christmas spirit is felt all around London from the Norwegian spruce on Trafalgar Square to the ice skating rink at Somerset House. Trees with fairy lights line up at the Winter Wonderland of Hyde Park. This stretch of road features a traditional German Christmas market. There are also small markets at the Museum of Natural History. There are Christmas concerts all around but it is hard to resist the carol sing-along at the Royal Albert Hall.
If it’s craft that you want, the Christmas market in Dresden, Germany offers the best that the country has to offer. Top artisans from Saxony are on tap offering regional specialties. There are also wooden crafts from the Ore Mountains and blown glass from Lauscha. Of course, there is Dresden’s own blue-and-white ceramics. The Dresden Christmas market runs from the end of November until December 24.