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Experience the Magic: Best European Christmas Markets to Visit in 2023

Experience the Magic: Best European Christmas Markets to Visit in 2023

The festive season in Europe is synonymous with twinkling lights, the sweet scent of mulled wine, and the joyful laughter of families and friends. European Christmas markets offer a unique and enchanting experience that draws travellers from around the world. If you’re planning a winter getaway, here are some of the best European Christmas markets to visit in 2023, complete with opening dates and average temperatures to help make up your mind. Keep eye for flight sales

Strasbourg, France

  • Opening Date: November 25, 2023, to December 31, 2023
  • Average Temperature: 2°C to 7°C (36°F to 45°F)
  • Best Airport: Strasbourg Airport (SXB)
  • Strasbourg’s Christkindelsmärik is one of the oldest and most charming Christmas markets in Europe. Explore the historic district of La Petite France and delight in traditional Alsatian treats and exquisite handcrafted ornaments.

Vienna, Austria

  • Opening Date: November 18, 2023, to December 26, 2023
  • Average Temperature: -1°C to 4°C (30°F to 39°F)
  • Best Airport: Vienna International Airport (VIE)
  • The Vienna Christmas Market at Rathausplatz is a fairy tale come to life. Sip on aromatic glühwein, shop for unique gifts, and enjoy the melodious sounds of choirs and musicians.

Copenhagen, Denmark

  • Opening Date: November 18, 2023, to December 31, 2023
  • Average Temperature: 2°C to 6°C (36°F to 43°F)
  • Best Airport: Copenhagen Airport (CPH)
  • Tivoli Gardens transforms into a winter wonderland during Christmas. With its dazzling lights and thrilling rides, it’s a great family-friendly destination.

    christmas markets lights on

    Pic Credit: Pixabay

Prague, Czech Republic

  • Opening Date: December 2, 2023, to January 6, 2024
  • Average Temperature: -2°C to 2°C (28°F to 36°F)
  • Best Airport: Václav Havel Airport Prague (PRG
  • The Prague Christmas Market in the Old Town Square is a visual feast. Sample Trdelník (a sweet pastry), shop for handmade crafts, and admire the illuminated Gothic architecture.

Nuremberg, Germany

  • Opening Date: November 25, 2023, to December 24, 2023
  • Average Temperature: -1°C to 4°C (30°F to 39°F)
  • Best Airport: Nuremberg Airport (NUE)
  • The Nuremberg Christkindlesmarkt is famed for its gingerbread cookies and intricate wooden toys. Immerse yourself in the heart of Bavarian Christmas traditions.

Budapest, Hungary

  • Opening Date: November 25, 2023, to January 1, 2024
  • Average Temperature: -2°C to 3°C (28°F to 37°F)
  • Best Airport: Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport (BUD)
  • The Budapest Christmas Fair at Vörösmarty Square offers a delightful blend of Hungarian cuisine, handmade crafts, and a stunning Christmas tree.

Brussels, Belgium

  • Opening Date: November 25, 2023, to January 1, 2024
  • Average Temperature: 2°C to 6°C (36°F to 43°F)
  • Best Airport: Brussels Airport (BRU)
  • Brussels Winter Wonders boasts a magical light and sound show at Grand-Place. Don’t miss the ice skating rink and gourmet food stalls.

Stockholm, Sweden

  • Opening Date: November 19, 2023, to December 23, 2023
  • Average Temperature: -2°C to 2°C (28°F to 36°F)
  • Best Airport: Stockholm Arlanda Airport (ARN)
  • Visit the Old Town Christmas Market for traditional Swedish delicacies and artisanal crafts in a cozy, historic setting.

    Christmas markets stalls

    Pic Credit: Pixabay

Zagreb, Croatia

  • Opening Date: December 2, 2023, to January 1, 2024
  • Average Temperature: -3°C to 5°C (27°F to 41°F)
  • Best Airport: Zagreb Airport (ZAG)
  • The Zagreb Advent brings a festive atmosphere to the Croatian capital. Explore the city’s charming squares and indulge in festive street food.

Edinburgh, Scotland

  •  Opening Date: November 18, 2023, to January 1, 2024
  • Average Temperature: 2°C to 6°C (36°F to 43°F)
  • Best Airport: Edinburgh Airport (EDI)
  • Edinburgh’s Christmas Market offers a mix of Scottish and international festive treats, along with a stunning ice skating rink in Princes Street Gardens.

Plan your European Christmas market adventure wisely, as each market has its unique charm and offerings. Whether you’re seeking traditional delights, handcrafted gifts, or simply the enchanting spirit of the season, these markets are sure to fill your heart with warmth and holiday joy. Do let me know in the comments if I have missed any and ill update the post.

 

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