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Europeans believe that the festive season is something to celebrate, so in the lead up to the holidays they really go all out! Public buildings are lost under layers of fairy lights, and wooden market stalls extend through streets of all major cities as Christmas comes to town.
Outdoor Christmas markets are a tradition in Europe which date back to the 1500’s. Here are the top 5 your should visit this year.
25th November 2016 – 1 January 2017
The Christmas markets in Brussels are renowned for its sparkling lights and festive atmosphere. Stretching 2 kilometers from place Ste-Catherine to the Grand’Place, and you’ll find handmade arts and crafts, souvenirs, and Belgian delicacies like chocolate and powerful beer!
There are also 35m toboggan slopes, a glittering ferris wheel, and a 200 foot-long skating rink.
25 November – 24 December 2016
Strasbourg is the oldest Christmas market in France, and 2 million travelers attend each year. Glittering Christmas lights stretch for hundreds of miles; there are themed events, a giant ice rink, and a famous 100 foot Christmas tree.
19 November 2015 – 27 December 2016
One of the world’s most famous streets, the Champs-Elysées hosts one of Europe’s most impressive Christmas markets. Rows of wooden chalets line the streets all the way to the Place de la Concord with the Eiffel Tower glittering in the background.
26th November 2016 – 1st January 2017
Prague’s Christmas markets take place in Wenceslas Square and Old Town Square. It’s an idyllic setting where Czech Christmas carols echo as you wander past brightly decorated wooden huts in beautiful medieval surrounds. The city sets up a giant glittering tree, and an authentic manger scene with real life animals in a nativity themed zoo.
21 Nov 2016 – 1 Jan 2017
There are actually over fifty Christmas markets in Berlin, though the market at Kaiser Wilhelm Gedächtniskirche is the best.
Over 2 million visitors come here each year for sales on decorations, jewellery and artwork, as well as seasonal pleasures like hot chocolate, roasted almonds, homemade eggnog and mulled wine.