Dashing through the mulled wine, warm snacks, sweet treats and corny (ahem, useful) gifts…. It’s Christmas market time! It’s funny how some people avoid these bustling and colorful markets like the plague, and others love meeting up with friends here to take in the sights.
For those of you who love Christmas Markets, we’ve recapped our locals’ favorite Christmas Markets this 2014 Christmas season. If you’re in any of these cities in the next few weeks, check them out!
1. Fira de Santa Llúcia – Barcelona
The Christmas Markets in Barcelona come with a twist of their own, “nativity scenes but with some local flavor. In Catalonia, no nativity scene can miss its “caganer”, a sneaky figure that is actually someone in a very private and scatological position.” Cynthia’s favorite is Fira de Santa Llúcia at the Cathedral Plaza and local Bill recommends the one at Sagrada Familia.
2. Lucia Christmas Market – Berlin
Lucia Christmas Market is quite a hidden Christmas market in Berlin, tucked away in a backstreet. It’s also one of the few free ones! You will enjoy the Scandinavian themed market with 19th century brickwork exterior and cobblestone paving. Don’t leave this place without trying the Swedish Glögg. Highly recommended!
3. Christmas Market – Bratislava
For our Local Eva, from Bratislava, there are many ways to spend your time in the days leading up to Christmas, but some of it just has to be spent at Bratislava’s Old Town Christmas market. “Several stalls offer handcrafted products, cotton, ceramic, glass and wood wear as well as beautiful decor goods. Other ones sell gingerbread and honey wine, which we warm up and drink as aperitif before our Christmas dinner.”
4. Christmas Market – Bucharest
Bucharest Spotter Alex recommends to try the cinnamon Kurtos Calacs! at the very local Christmas Market.
5. Christmas continental market – Glasgow
Christmas Continental Market in Glasgow grows bigger every year. Local produce, traditional Christmas decorations, sweet dishes from across the sea and locals popping by for a drink after work… local fun!
6. Historic Christmas Market – Hamburg
“Feast your eyes and ears on the historic fair organ, and stop by the Viennese art deco café for additional tasty snacks. An old-timer carousel from the 1920s as well as the “Spielzeuggasse” (toy lane) will make this visit an equally memorable experience for children.” And don’t forget about Santa flying over at set times of the day! at Historic Christmas Market.
7. Adventsspektakel – Munich
The Adventsspektakel is local Volker’s favorite because he likes leaving behind the fast paced 21st century for the historic atmosphere at this medieval Christmas market. “Here, the sellers in their food-, drinks-, and souvenir-booths are called merchants and the medieval flair is not only found in the way they dress but also in the way they speak. Craftsmen are showing how to forge weapons and jewellery, glass-blowers show and sell their art and experts in heraldry can customize your own coat of arms.”
8. Old town Christmas market – Stockholm
If you want to survive impossible temperatures it is highly recommended to buy wool soles. And there is no better place for that than Old town Christmas market in Stockholm. Open in 1915 it is an institution!
So there you have it, our locals’ favorite Christmas Markets in Europe! What’s your favorite Christmas market city?