Easily the best way to get in the Christmas spirit is to visit Christmas markets and soak up all of the festive atmosphere. The scents of hot chocolate, mulled wine and winter spices fill the air, there are quirky, handmade and thoughtful gifts in decorated wooden huts, people are wearing Christmas jumpers and everyone is in a great mood. I’ve been lucky enough to go to a few Christmas markets around Europe, so today I thought I’d share with you my favourite ones that everyone needs to visit at least once in their life!
Bath Christmas Market
The Bath Christmas market is only an hour away from me so I visit it fairly often and am never disappointed. Bath is a beautiful city and always have fabulously unique gifts for everyone. Not forgetting of course the December 25th Shop that’s full of gorgeous, sparkling decorations! You’re sure to find something here, either for yourself or whoever you may be buying for, you won’t be going home empty handed.
Bruges Christmas Market
The last time I went to the Bruges Christmas market was in 2012, so unfortunately I don’t have many good pictures as I didn’t have a camera or the space on my phone at the time. I remember it so well though and would really love to go back. While at this Christmas market I had the BEST hot chocolate of my entire life! No other hot chocolate has ever compared. So if you’re thinking of visiting then you should go, purely for the chocolate haha. There was also a very large ice rink the middle and then the stalls surrounding it. It was beautiful and festive and perfectly acceptable to take a shot of Jagermeister at 11am!
Hyde Park Winter Wonderland
Winter Wonderland is an absolute must! It’s so much fun with games and prizes, a Ferris wheel, ice rink, bars, shows, the magical ice kingdom and of course the stalls. It’s merry and exciting and you can really make a full day out of it. Winter Wonderland is a huge market that’s great for a family day out as Santa even makes an appearance!
Viennese Christmas Market
I went to Vienna last December with my boyfriend and we had the most amazing time. We were there for a few days and managed to visit 4 Christmas markets. We saved the biggest one for last which was the Viennese Christmas market and it was insanely beautiful. Set just outside the city hall it is filled with stunning, intricately designed decorations and lovely gift ideas. It was, without a doubt, the most Christmassy of all the markets I’ve visited. I would love to go back again one year and I highly recommend you all take a trip there too.
Those are my favourite Christmas markets I’ve visited so far. There are so many more I’d love to see, Germany being first on that list! I hope you enjoyed this post. Leave a comment telling me what Christmas markets you’ve visited, I’d love to know! You can subscribe to my blog to see more content from me as I post every day up until Christmas Eve. Follow me on Instagram and Twitter too and I will follow all bloggers back. Thanks for reading!