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Christmas Markets

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Warm treats and pastries, beautifully lit ice rinks, pine trees decorated with ornaments, and a chance to wear your favorite scarf and sweater—it must be Christmas. A magical season that hosts Europe's famous Christmas Markets.

Check out these cozy Christmas Markets!


Christmas Markets

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Strasbourg´s famous Christmas Market: The very first Christmas Market was held in Strasbourg, France in 1570. It was called Christkindelsmärik meaning "market of the Infant Jesus" and has grown to become a true winter wonderland. The market is located in the city center and typically opens in late November and remains open every day of December. The first day is known as the Great Opening Evening, which includes the city's Christmas lights being turned on and the lighting of the Great Christmas Tree. Visitors who miss the lighting ceremony can catch it again and again as it takes place every day from 5:30 PM to 8 PM every 30 minutes, debuting a new lighting design each week. [1]
Christmas market in Merano, Italy: There are many Christmas Markets in Italy. The most famous (and beautiful) ones are those located in Trentino-Alto Adige, in the towns of Trento, Bolzano, Merano and Bressanone. Another famous Christmas Market is in Florence, in Piazza Santa Croce in the old town: his traditional german market is actually very old and is nearly 500 years old. If you’re in Bologna take a walk in Strada Maggiore along the arcade of Santa Maria dei Servi church, that's the "Fiera di Santa Lucia".
Ice skating Museum Plein Amsterdam: In Amsterdam there usually are various christmas markets spread over town. When you go to De Dam, there you will find a 20 meter high Christmas tree, in front of the Royal Palace. The "Museumplein" is transformed into a large iceskating rink, with stalls around it where you can enjoy christmas snacks and drinks and where you can shop for great xmas gifts. On the Flowermarket you can purchase Christmas trees and gifts. A lovely place to be during the winter months.
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Montreux Noel: Going on for 22 years now in Montreux Switzerland, the Montreux Noel brings over 550,000 visitors from all around the world every year. From visiting Santa to taking a stroll in the Elves' village, there is a little something for anyone looking to indulge in the holiday spirit.
Florence: In December, Piazza Santa Croce in Florence will be transformed into a softly lit Christmas market, held here for more then 500 years. There usually are approximately 50 wooden stalls offering all kinds of gifts and sweets, from Christmas decorations to all kinds of goodies for Christmas, such as apple strudel, mulled wine and delicacies from all over Europe. In addition, various activities are organized, such as different performances (also for kids) and concerts. It takes place from November 28 to December 18, (2017). The Christmas market is open daily from 10:00 to 22:00.
Stockholm: The Christmas market in Stockholm goes all the way back to 1523, making it probably one of the oldest in Europe. Here you will find more then 40 stalls with Swedish Christmas sweets, smoked sausages, smoked reindeer, handmade items, candy floss, mulled wine etc etc. It takes place from November 18 until December 23rd, from 11am - 6pm


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Hydepark: Hydepark, London, this is where you will find Winter Wonderland, an even with winter festivities, celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2016. There is a large open air ice rink, over 100 rides and attractions, shows, the giant Observation Wheel, German style Christmas markets, and the entrance is free. A great place to celebrate the holiday season.
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Vienna: During the Christmas holiday period, the City Hall Square will be transformed into a fairytale land, with lots of lights, christmas trees, stalls, a carousel, from November 11th - December 26rd
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Monschau: Monschau is a place located in the Eifel region, in the Nature Park Hohes Venn. The market is open the four weekends before christmas, and you will find lots of different stalls with gifts, food and drinks like Bratwurst, mulled wine, German gingerbread, Lebkuchen etc., to get in the mood for this festive season.


Gendarmenmarket Berlin: The Gendarmenmarket is a famous square in Berlin, located in the Mitte district. Here you will find two churches that look almost identical and in the holiday season, you can enjoy the lovely christmas market here, in front of the Konzerthaus, from November 27th - December 31st.

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