With the Christmas season here with us again, it’s very important to prepare early. If you want to get into the Christmas mood then there is nothing as good as a visit to one of the best Christmas fairs in Europe. While some of these markets have changed a bit, you will still feel as if you’ve stepped back in time. Apart from finding wooden stalls selling homemade crafts, you are also likely to have a feel of some snow on your feet. From sleigh rides and ice rinks to craft workshops and puppet shows, you will find all the fun that you need. Here are the top 5 best Christmas fairs in Europe to visit with your kids.
Nuremberg 28th November – 24th December
This is perhaps one of the best Christmas fairs in Europe. Apart from smelling anis, cloves, and cinnamon, you will also see the glow of candlelight light that will warm your heart. All these will remind you of your childhood Christmas. A visit to this place will awake some of your old memories and even create new ones. It’s, therefore, an amazing place to share with your family and friends and even anticipate the kind of joy that it will bring. Interestingly, they even have specific fairs for children built at the right height so that they can view everything that’s going on. There is also a lot of food and drinks.
Brussels 27th November – 3rd January
With a constellation of Christmas lights, fairground, and over 250 chalets selling all kinds of souvenirs, Brussels Christmas fair is perhaps the biggest Christmas fair in Belgium. Beneath the vast Christmas tree and the fairy light wheel, the smell of chocolate will attract you from one stall to another. While at Brussels, you can also enjoy light show at the Grand Place and listen to the night sound, traditional bands, and marching bands. If you’ve got some time and money then this is the best place to spend your Christmas.
Vienna 15th of November – 26th of December
For most travelers, Vienna is the best place to celebrate Christmas. During Christmas, the whole city turns into a magical, gigantic, and unique Christmas fair. Providing things that are specific to both young and the old, this place will leave you with unforgettable Christmas memories. Considered as among the safest destinations, it’s the perfect place to spend time with family, friends, and even lovers. As you explore the place, sweets, Christmas decorations, and heartwarming drinks await you. It’s definitely a place that you don’t want to miss this Christmas.
Amsterdam Late Nov to early Jan 5
As compared to other Christmas fairs, at Amsterdam, you will find 26 Christmas markets. As a visitor, some of the best markets to visit are Museumplein and Leidesplein where there are wooden chalets with hand warming drinks and hearty festive food. Since they have healthy meals, you don’t have to worry about how healthy they are. If you are visiting between December 1st and January 21st do not forget to check out the Amsterdam Light festival to witness the city’s canals light up. With nice hotels and decent prices, you can rest assured that your Christmas weekend is sorted.
Gothenburg 25 Nov to 17 Dec
As one of the biggest Scandinavia’s biggest Christmas fairs, Gothenburg is a place where you can enjoy roasted reindeer and marinated herring. Decorated with over five million lights, the Liseberg Amusement park has a lot to offer. For instance, you can just sit around campfires and enjoy traditional Sami food or wander around and see attractions. It also has specific areas where children can meet Father Christmas and see the magical ice-skating ballet. More so, you can go on a treasure hunt and knight’s training or just wander beside the fairy tales castle. Do not forget to visit the rabbit land where you will enjoy watching children shows and see how these rabbits celebrate Christmas.
Although you might think that it’s too early to start preparing for Christmas, if you want to secure an amazing Christmas trip, then you need to start thinking about some of these places. These Christmas fairs are not only great for family and friends but also have specific arrangements for children. Apart from all the hand warming drinks and hearty festive foods, you will also have a chance to pick up ornate decorations, handmade gifts, and tasty sweet treats. Try them out this Christmas and sample what they offer.