Find holiday cheer: European Christmas markets are open now

Find holiday cheer: European Christmas markets are open now

by: Staff | .
Stripes Europe | .
published: November 30, 2016

Millions of tourists flock to Europe every winter for Christmas markets. While stationed here, you may need only to walk to your village’s old town or hop on the train for some hot, spiced wine, street food and booths brimming with glass ornaments, nutcrackers and sweet treats. We've compiled a list of some great Christmas markets opening this month.

AUSTRIA

Bregenz: Innenstadt, through Dec. 23 
Graz: City Hall, Franciscan Quarter & Glockenspielplatz, through Dec. 24 
Innsbruck: Marktplatz & Old Town, through Dec. 23; Hungerburg, through Dec. 23 (weekends only); Maria-Theresien-Straße, through Jan. 6 (closed Dec. 25) 
Linz: Main Square and Volksgarten, Nov. 19-Dec. 24; neighboring Steyr, through Dec. 18 
Rattenberg: Torchlit Christmas, Dec. 2-4, 9-11, 16-18 
Salzburg: Hellbrunn Castle, through Dec. 24; Domplatz, through Dec. 26
Vienna: City Hall, through Dec. 24; Schönbrunn, through Jan. 1; Spittelberg, through Dec. 23

BELGIUM

Antwerp: City Hall, Dec. 10-Jan. 8
Bruges: Simon Stevin Plein and Market Square through Jan. 1 
Brussels: Winter Wonders, through Jan. 1 
Eupen: Dec. 9-11
Ghent: Winter Festival, Dec. 9-Jan. 8
Leuven: Ladeuze Square and Herbert Hoover Square, Dec. 8-21
Liège: Place du Marché, through Dec. 30 
Namur: Place d’Armes and Rue de Fer, through Dec. 31 
Ypres: Market Square, Dec. 3-Jan. 8

CZECH REPUBLIC

Prague:
Various locations, Dec. 3-Jan. 4

DENMARK

Aarhus: Christmas in Den Gamle By (old town), through Dec. 30 
Copenhagen: Kronborg Castle, Dec. 3-4, 10-11; H.C. Andersen and Kongens Nytorv markets, through Dec. 22; Nyhavn Harbor, through Dec. 23; Tivoli Gardens, through Dec. 31 

ENGLAND

Bath: through Dec. 11 
Birmingham: Victoria Square and New Street, through Dec. 29 
Bristol: Broadmead East and Merchant Street South, through Dec. 24 
Durham: Dec. 2-4
Gloucester Quays: Festive Fayre, Dec. 9-11
Leeds: through Dec. 18  
Lincoln: Dec. 1-4
London: Various locations, including Winter Wonderland Hyde Park, through Jan. 2 (closed Christmas Day)
Manchester: Various locations, including Albert Square, through Dec. 20 
Winchester: Winchester Cathedral, through Dec. 20
York: St. Nicholas Christmas Fair, through Dec. 23

ESTONIA

Tallinn: Town Hall Square, through Jan. 8

FRANCE

Colmar: Town center, through Dec. 31 
Dijon: Place de la République, Dijon, through Jan. 1 
Lille:
Place Rihour, through Dec. 30 (except Dec. 25)
Metz: through Dec. 28 
Mulhouse: Place de la Réunion, through Dec. 27 (except Dec. 25)  www.ot-eguisheim.fr/en/christmas-markets-in-alsace.html; www.etoffeeries.fr
Paris: Various markets around city, mid-November to Christmas/ beginning of January 
Reims: through Dec. 31 
Rouen: through Dec. 31 
Strasbourg: Christkindelsmärik, Place Broglie; Cathedral Christmas market, Place du Château, Place d’Austerlitz and Place du Cordeaux, through Dec. 31 
Toulouse: Place Du Capitole, through Dec. 25 

GERMANY

For more information about German Christmas markets, visit these sites:
www.weihnachtsmarkt-deutschland.de
www.germany-christmas-market.org.uk
www.brunnvalla.ch/weihnachtsmaerkte/deutschland.html

Baden-Wurttemberg

Bad Wimpfen: Old German Christmas Market, City center, Dec. 2-4, 9-11
Baden-Baden: Lichtentaler Allee, through Dec. 30
Burg Hohenzollern: Hohenzollern Castle, Dec. 2-4 (Admission: €10 adults/free for children 16 and under )
Freiburg: Rathausplatz, through Dec. 23
Gengenbach: City Hall, through Dec. 23
Heidelberg: Marktplatz, through Dec. 22
Heilbronn: Marktplatz, Kiliansplatz and in the Sülmerstraße, through Dec. 22
Karlsruhe: Martkplatz, through Dec. 23
Konstanz (Constance): Marktstätte, through Dec. 22
Ladenburg: Marktplatz, Dec. 2-4, 9-11, 16-18
Ludwigsburg: Marktplatz, through Dec. 22
Mannheim: Kapuzinerplanken, through Dec. 23; water tower, through Dec. 23
Schwetzingen: Schwetzingen Palace, Dec. 1-4, 8-11, 15-18
Speyer: through Jan. 8 (closed Dec. 25-26)
Stuttgart: Schillerplatz, through Dec. 23
Triberg: Weihnachtszauber at the waterfall, Dec. 25-30
Tübingen: Old town, Dec. 9-11
Ulm: Münsterplatz, through Dec. 22

Bavaria

Altötting: Kapellplatz, through Dec. 18
Augsburg: City Hall, through Dec. 24
Bad Tölz: Marktstraße, through Dec. 24
Bamberg: City center, through Dec. 23
Bayreuth: Spitalkirche, through Dec. 23
Berchtesgaden: Advent market, old town, Dec. 1-31 (closed Dec. 7,13-14, 25)
Coburg: Old town, through Dec. 23
Dinkelsbühl: Spitalhof Christmas market, through Dec. 21
Frauenchiemsee: Dec. 2-4
Füssen: St. Mang monastery, Dec. 2-4, 9-11
Garmisch-Partenkirchen: Richard-Strauss-Square, through Dec. 23
Kempten: Rathausplatz, through Dec. 22
Lindau: Seepromenade, Dec. 2-4, 9-11, 16-18
Miltenberg: Marktplatz, Dec. 2-4, 9-11, 16-18
München (Munich): Marienplatz and other areas, through Dec. 24
Nördlingen: Romantic Christmas Market, old town, through Dec. 23
Nürnberg (Nuremberg): Hauptmarkt, through Dec. 24
Passau: Domplatz, through Dec. 23
Prien am Chiemsee: Dec. 2-4
Regensburg: Romantic Christmas Market at Thurn and Taxis Palace, through Dec. 23; Lucrezia Craft Market at Haidplatz-Kohlenmarkt, through Dec. 23; and Katharinenspital Advent Market, through Dec. 23; Christmas Market at Neupfarrplatz, through Dec. 23
Rothenburg ob der Tauber: City Hall, through Dec. 23
Schwangau: Culinary St. Nickolaus Market, Dec. 4

Berlin & Brandenburg

Berlin: Several markets
Bremen: Innenstadt, through Dec. 23

Hessen

Darmstadt: Marktplatz, through Dec. 23 
Dreieich: Burg Hayn, Dec. 3-4, 10-11
Frankfurt am Main: Römerberg, Paulsplatz and Mainkai, through Dec. 22
Kassel: Fairytale Christmas Market, Königsplatz and Friedrichsplatz, through Dec. 23, 27-30
Michelstadt: Old German Market, through Dec. 18
Ronneburg: Burg Ronneburg, Dec. 3-4, 10-11; admission fee applies
Rüdesheim am Rhein: Christmas Market of Nations, old town, through Dec. 23
Wiesbaden: Twinkling Star Market, Schlossplatz, through Dec. 23

Mecklenburg-Vorpommern

Rostock: Kröpelinerstraße and Langestraße, through Dec. 22
Stralsund: Christmas market between city hall and New Market, through Dec. 22
Wismar: Marktplatz, through Dec. 21

Niedersachsen (Lower Saxony)

Braunschweig: Around cathedral and Domplatz, through Dec. 29 (closed Dec. 24-25)
Celle: Old town, through Dec. 27 (closed Dec. 24)
Goslar: Marktplatz, through Dec. 30
Göttingen: Marktplatz, through Dec. 29 (closed Dec. 24-26)
Hameln: Old town, through Dec. 23
Hannover: City center, through Dec. 22
Hildesheim: Old town, through Dec. 26 (closed Dec. 24-25)
Lüneburg: Historic Christmas Market, City Center, through Dec. 23
Osnabrück: In front of City Hall, through Dec. 22

Nordrhein-Westfalen

Aachen: Marktplatz, through Dec. 23
Bonn: Münsterplatz, through Dec. 23 (closed Nov. 20)
Dortmund: Hansaplatz, through Dec. 30 (closed Dec. 25)
Düsseldorf: City center, through Dec. 23 
Essen: City center, through Dec. 23
Kleve: Tiergartenstraße, Nov. 25-Dec. 4
Köln (Cologne): Alter Markt (old town), Angel Market, Cathedral Christmas Market, Cologne City Garden Market and Market of Fairytales (Nikolausdorf), through Dec. 23; Harbor Christmas Market, through Dec. 23 
Monschau: Marktplatz along Rurstraße, Dec. 2-4, 9-11, 16-18
Münster: Advent Market at Aegidiimarkt, Christmas markets at Hindenburg-Domplatz, Prinzipalmarkt-Lichtermarkt, St. Lamberti Church, and the Christmas Village at Kiepenkerl, through Dec. 23
Oberhausen: CentrO, through Dec. 23; Old Town, through Dec. 23
Wuppertal: Barmen, Johannes-Rau-Platz, through Dec. 23; Elberfelder Lichtermarkt, through Dec. 31; Schloss Lüntenbeck, Dec. 3-4; Ronsdorf, Bandwirkerplatz/Staasstraße, Dec. 3-4

Rheinland-Pfalz

Bernkastel-Kues: Old town, through Dec. 21 
Cochem: Endertplatz, through Dec. 20; Castle market, Dec. 10-11
Dudenhofen: Forest Christmas market, Dec. 11
Kaiserslautern: Schillerplatz and Stiftskirche, through Dec. 23; New Year's market, Dec. 27-30
Koblenz: Old town, through Dec. 22
Mainz: Marktplatz, through Dec. 23
Trier: Hauptmarkt, through Dec. 22
Trippstadt: Forest Christmas market, Dec. 10-11
Speyer: Old Market Square, through Jan. 6 (closed Dec. 25-26, Jan. 1)

Saarland

Saarbrücken: City center, through Dec. 23

Sachsen (Saxony)

Annaberg-Buchholz: Marktplatz, through Dec. 23; Miner’s  parade, Dec.18
Bautzen: Old town, through Dec. 18
Chemnitz: Marktplatz, through Dec. 23
Dresden: Striezelmarkt, City center, through Dec. 24
Freiberg: Freiberger Obermarkt, through Dec. 22; Miner’s parade, Dec. 3
Johanngeorgenstadt: Schwibbogenfest, Platz des Bergmanns, Dec. 10-11
Leipzig: Marktplatz, through Dec. 23
Marienberg: Marktplatz, through Dec. 18
Neuhausen: Nussknackermarkt (Nutcracker Market), Nussknackermuseum at Bahnhofstrasse, Dec. 5-6, 12-13
Schneeberg: City center, through Dec. 21
Schwarzenberg: Old town, Dec. 2-11; Miner’s parade, Dec. 10
Seiffen: Rathausplatz, through Dec. 18; Miner’s parade, Dec. 10
Zwickau: City center, Nov. 22-Dec. 23; Miner’s parade, Dec. 10

Sachsen-Anhalt

Magdeburg: through Dec. 30 (closed Dec. 24-25)
Quedlinburg: Marktplatz, through Dec. 21
 

Thüringen

Eisenach: Wartburg Castle, Dec. 3-4, 10-11, 17-18
Erfurt: Domplatz, through Dec. 22
Weimar: Marktplatz, through Jan. 6 (closed Dec. 24-25, Jan. 1)

Schleswig-Holstein & Hamburg

Hamburg: Several markets; Rathausmarkt, through Dec. 23
Lübeck: Several markets, through Dec. 30 

HUNGARY

Budapest: Christmas Fair, Vörösmarty Square, through Jan. 6 with craft booths open until Dec. 24 (closed Dec. 25-26) 

ITALY

Brunico/ Bruneck: through Jan. 6 (closed Dec. 25) 
Candelara: Dec. 3-4, 8-11 
Trento: through Nov. 19- Jan. 6 (closed Dec. 25) 
Verona: through Dec. 26 

NETHERLANDS

Amsterdam: Numerous markets
Gouda: Gouda by Candlelight, city center, Dec. 16
Valkenburg aan de Geul: Cave Markets, through Dec. 23 

SPAIN

Barcelona: through Dec. 23 
Madrid: through Jan. 6 navidadmadrid.com

SWEDEN

Göteborg: Nordstan Shopping Centre, through Dec. 30; Liseberg Amusement Park, Dec. 1-4, 6-11, 13-23, 26-30; Gunnebo House and Gardens, Dec. 3-4; Röda Sten Art Centre, Dec. 11-13 
Stockholm: Stortoget Square, through Dec. 23  

SWITZERLAND

Basel: Barfüsserplatz and Münsterplatz, through Dec. 23 
BernCity Center, Dec. 3-24
Interlaken: Jungfraustraße, Amman-Hofer-Platz, kunsthaus-Platz and Schuhgässli, Dec. 17-23
Luzern: Franziskanerplatz, Dec. 3-21; train station, through Dec. 24 
Montreux: Several locations around Lake Geneva, through Dec. 24
Zurich: Main train station, through Dec. 24

**Dates are subject to change. Always confirm dates and opening times on official tourism, city or event website. Most markets are closed or have reduced hours on holidays.

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