5 European Christmas markets to enjoy this festive season

As we’ve discussed in a separate article this month, making sure you take time away from your business to relax and unwind is so important.

With the festive period rapidly approaching, there are plenty of opportunities for you and your family to sample the sights, sounds, and smells of a traditional European Christmas market.

So, keep reading to discover five of the best Christmas markets to enjoy this festive season.

1. Advent Feast at the Basilica – Budapest, Hungary

For the third year in a row, the Advent Feast at the Basilica has been crowned the winner of European Best Destinations’ “Best Christmas Market in Europe” award.

Situated outside the picturesque St Stephen’s Basilica, this stunning market features around 120 domestic craft exhibitors, great-tasting gastronomic delights, and breathtaking views of one of the main squares of the Hungarian capital.

In 2023, the “Advent Basilica” is celebrating its 12th anniversary, so immerse yourself and discover a real and authentic Christmas market in the heart of Europe.

2. Gdansk Christmas Fair – Gdansk, Poland

Located in the heart of Gdansk, this beautiful and traditional market has been voted as the most popular Polish Christmas market since 2009.

With around 155 stalls featuring unique decorations, treats, and gifts, everyone is sure to find something to suit. Typically, there are plenty of regional products based on carefully preserved family recipes, including home decorations, warm winter accessories, great-smelling spices to warm the soul, and unique handicrafts.

With an incredible ambience and mood-setting scenery, with the three wise men, angels and saints overlooking you from Angel Hill high above, this gorgeous Christmas market is sure to wow old and young guests alike.

3. Craiova Christmas Market – Craiova, Romania

Whether you are keen to take in some of the exceptional music or sample the delicious food on offer, or your children want to spend their time on the ice rink, there is plenty to enjoy at the Christmas market in Craiova, Romania.

With various events, including concerts, creative workshops, and some of the most beautiful Christmas lights in Europe (with over 1 million LED bulbs), the Craiova Christmas market offers the best of Christmas with an incredible family-friendly atmosphere.

4. Vienna Magic of Advent – Vienna, Austria

Turning the City Hall Square into a beautiful sea of lights, the Vienna Magic of Advent Christmas Market is a sight to behold.

With a delicious aroma of fresh-baked goods and hot punch, treat yourself to something sweet. Then, take in the stunning tree decorations and craft stalls before heading over to the carousel ride for a truly Viennese experience.

5. Montbeliard Christmas Market – Montbeliard, France

Known for the sheer elegance and quality of its illuminations, the Montbeliard Christmas Market is one of the most beautiful Christmas markets in France.

This stunning market features innovatively illuminated streets, around 140 stalls full of high quality and authentically crafted items and the sound of exquisite choral songs.

Plus, with plenty of delicious gastronomic delights created from local ingredients, this enchanting market is one not to miss.

Get in touch

While we wouldn’t necessarily make the best tour guides of Christmas markets, we can guide you through the entire process of selling your business, from concept of sale through to completion. Email hello@melo.co.uk or call 0113 4656 111.

Please note

This blog is for general information only and does not constitute advice. The information is aimed at retail clients only.


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