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A woman experiencing the magic at the Tallinn, Estonia Christmas market

One of my favorite annual traditions is to visit the top Europe Christmas markets every holiday season. From the end of November through the beginning of January, magic fills the air in Central Europe!

Timeless cities like Vienna to Prague and Budapest to Cologne are transformed into a magical winter wonderland that are filled with wooden stalls, decked out Christmas trees and glistening lights! What also makes Europe special during the month of December are the flavors that circle the air from the spiced mulled wine to the sweet treats.

A woman enjoying the decorations in Vilnius, Lithuania

If you’re traveling around Europe during December, and are looking for a joyous holiday experience, then I recommend checking out the below Christmas markets that you can enjoy throughout Central and Eastern Europe. These are the best Christmas markets for 2022!

**Please note that this blog post uses affiliate links meaning that if you make a purchase via my affiliate link, I receive a small commission at no additional cost to you. I only promote and talk about products and services that I have used and like.


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Top Europe Christmas Markets

Top Europe Christmas Markets:

The Christmas market in Prague at night

Salzburg, Austria – One of the Oldest Xmas Markets

A woman at the Salzburg Christmas market - one of the top Europe Christmas markets

Salzburg, Austria has some of the most charming and romantic Christmas markets (or in German, Christkindlmarkts) in all of Europe. The main Salzburg Christmas market is located near Hohensalzburg Fortress and the Cathedral of Salzburg, however, there are more intimate ones you can enjoy!

As you stroll down the magical streets of this stunning Austrian city, you will be welcomed by the sounds of Christmas carols and be amazed by the decorative lights and evergreen wreaths that are placed on the medieval buildings.

Salzburg during the holiday season

Overall, Salzburg has some of the best Christmas markets in Europe with snow. I still dream about it! At the Salzburg Christmas markets, you can enjoy traditional Austrian Christmas treats like warm pretzels, strudels and chocolate. You can also warm up to gluhwein, which is a German version of mulled wine, as well as gluhbier while you explore all the festivities.

One of my favorite things about Salzburg’s Christmas markets was all the unique and handmade Christmas ornaments, trinkets, clothing and jewelry you can purchase.

Hallstatt, Austria during Christmas season

Another reason why Salzburg, Austria has one of the top Europe Christmas markets are that you can easily do a day trip to Hallstatt, which is also a magical winter wonderland during the festive season.

Vienna, Austria – Best Christmas Market in Europe

Vienna, Austria during the holiday season - one of the top Europe Christmas markets

In my opinion, Vienna, Austria has the number one Christmas market in all of Europe! The streets of the Austrian capital are filled with joy and magic leading up to Christmas Day!

If you are ever in Vienna during the holiday season, you must be sure to visit the markets there. Because there are so many incredible festivities in Vienna, Austria, it’s one of the main reasons why the city is considered a top European Christmas market. To simply put it, these holiday markets won’t leave you disappointed!

The Viennese Xmas markets first started popping up during the Middle Ages, making them a historic and cultural experience. Along with delicious and traditional Christmas market foods and treats like smoked bratwurst and potato pancakes, you will also find beautiful trinkets, toys, clothing and home décor within these magical stalls.

A woman at a Vienna Christmas market

My favorite Vienna Christmas markets were the Christkindlmarkt of Rathaus, Karlsplatz and Schonbrunn Palace. All three of these spots were magical in their own ways!

You could easily spend hours at the Christkindlmarkt of Rathaus as it boasts plenty of unique winter wonderland attractions, like a Ferris wheel and ice-skating rink! Karlsplatz is an artsy market that holds incredible craftwork! The Schonbrunn Palace Christmas market took my breath away with the snow falling around me at nighttime.

The Christmas market in Bratislava, Slovakia

If you’re looking for a great day trip from Vienna, Austria, Bratislava, Slovakia is only a couple hours away by train and boasts another magical Christmas market to enjoy in its Old Town square!

Prague, Czech Republic – One of the Best Christmas Markets in the World

A woman at the Prague Christmas market - one of the top Europe Christmas markets

One of the best destinations to vacation at during Christmastime is Prague, Czech Republic. What is great about the Christmas markets in Prague versus the German or Austrian markets are that they do not end on December 23. They go through the first week into January!

One of my favorite Christmas markets in Prague, Czech Republic was in the Old Town square, near the beautiful Astronomical Clock Tower. At this spot, you can find beautiful Christmas trees, endless holiday decorations and a stage for local choirs to perform at.

A Prague Christmas market

The wooden chalets at the Prague Christmas market have mulled wine to cozy up to, trdelnik (chimney cakes) to enjoy, holiday village houses and numerous craftworks to buy.

In addition to Prague’s Old Town Square, the Wencelas Market is less crowded and it’s a great spot to enjoy smoked meats and other Czech goodies. Additionally, there are other great Christmas markets next to Prague Castle and St. Vitus Cathedral, in Republic Square.

Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic during Christmastime

During your time in Prague, you must also check out one of the few Manifesto Markets (food markets), the John Lennon Wall, the Charles Bridge and the Jewish Quarter. A great day trip to take from Prague is to the medieval city of Cesky Krumlov, which also boasts a lovely Christmas market!

Tallinn, Estonia – Award-Winning Christmas Market

A woman enjoying the Tallinn, Estonia Christmas market - one of the top Eastern Europe Christmas markets

The Baltic States are special and the city of Tallinn, Estonia has some of the most magical Christmas markets in the world! Located in the Town Hall Square of Tallinn, this famous Christmas market was named the best Christmas Market in Europe for 2019.

In the center of the main Tallinn market is a beautifully decorated tree that is considered the most important Christmas tree in all of Estonia! One of the reasons why Tallinn, Estonia’s Christmas market is one of the top Europe Christmas markets is because of all the incredible things it offers.

The Tallinn Christmas market during a winter wonderland

Overall, Tallinn, Estonia boasts some of the most picturesque wooden chalets in the Old Town and in these stalls, you can enjoy glogg (a Nordic version of mulled wine), blood pudding, roasted potatoes, gingerbread cookies and hot cocoa.

These adorable wooden stalls also have toys, wool clothing and Christmas houses for purchase. It’s one of the best Christmas markets in Europe for families because it has a concert stage for live performances, a carousel for children and other fun activities for all age groups.

Cologne, Germany – Best Christmas Market in Germany

A woman enjoying Cologne during December

If you are in the North Rhine area of Germany, it is a must to visit the Cologne Christmas markets during the month of December!

The Christkindlmarkts in Germany have incredible food and wine to enjoy, the most jaw dropping festive displays and fun, Christmas-themed activities. The markets in Cologne, Germany are some of the best Christmas markets in Europe.

Wooden stalls at the Cologne, Germany Christmas market

One of the many reasons why this German city is recognized as a destination for the top Europe Christmas markets is because there are so many of them to enjoy around the city!

While there are seemingly endless Christmas markets in Cologne, these are a few of my personal favorites from when I visited:

  • Cathedral Xmas Market: This is the largest Christmas market in Cologne. It is full of decorative stands with stringed lights and live music performances.
  • Old Christmas Market: This market features old-world German architecture within their wooden stalls and has a fun ice rink, delicious treats and glass ornaments to purchase as a gift.
  • The Gay Christmas Market: Located in Rudolfplatz, this bright and colorful Christmas market is a great spot for a celebrity sighting and there is a large stage for German music artists to perform at.
  • Angel’s Christmas Market: Known as the oldest Christmas market, Angel’s Christmas market is in the city’s shopping district and has plenty of high-quality products to purchase and great treats to savor!

Other Christmas markets to enjoy in Cologne, Germany are the Harbour Christmas Market, Christmas Market in the Stadgarten and the Village of St. Nicholas.

The German Christmas market in Frankfurt

If you’re looking for a fun day trip, the city of Frankfurt, Germany also has beautiful Christmas markets to see. Also, even though it closes in the winter, Cologne isn’t far from the fairytale Eltz Castle in Wierschem. Even though you cannot go in the castle and take a tour during December, you’ll still be able to drive by and also take photos in front it.

Munich, Germany – Best Christmas Markets in Europe for Families

A woman at the Munich Christmas market - one of the top Europe Christmas markets

Munich, Germany boasts some of the top Europe Christmas markets to enjoy during the holiday season.

The best way to start the advent season is to visit Munich’s Christmas market in Marienplatz. The traditional wooden stands in this city have everything you can imagine, making it one of the most festive Christmas markets of Europe.

Let’s also not forget how incredible the gluhwein is along with the decorated gingerbread cookies!

A Santa gingerbread cookie

From the main Christmas market in Marienplatz, you can enjoy a beautiful view of Neues Rathaus, the city’s historic town hall. Close by is a festival and decorated area that holds the Rindermarket.

In the courtyards of the Residenz palace, there is also a lovely Christmas village with plenty of vendors to choose from. You can also stroll through the palace as well, which is stunning!

Neuschwanstein Castle during December

Other great things to do in Munich, Germany are to visit the Hofbräuhaus, which is the largest biergarten in the world! (It hosts the famous Oktoberfest event every fall.) You must also explore the churches, restaurants and do a day trip to see the breathtaking Neuschwanstein Castle!

Nuremberg, Germany – Largest Christmas Market in Europe

A woman enjoying the Nuremberg Christmas market

There is nothing like the Christmas markets in Nuremberg, Germany in the Bavaria region! This city’s Christmas charm is what makes it one of the best Christmas travel destinations.

Situated in Nuremberg’s Hauptmarkt, wooden stalls flood the entire square and there are a lot of goodies to savor! I recommend grabbing a heartwarming cup of gluhwein and taking in all the magic. Other great German Christmas specialties to try are the Nuremberg bratwursts (they are mini bratwursts), sauerbraten (pot roast), pretzels, Eierpunsch (egg nog) and Heibe Schokolade (spiked hot chocolate with rum or Amaretto).

The Children's Christmas Market in Nuremberg, Germany - one of the top Europe Christmas markets

Nuremberg is yet another one of the best Christmas markets in Europe for families because there is a Children’s Christmas Market. At the Kinderweihnacht, you can find great treats that kids will love along with non-alcoholic beverages, a carousel and other fun rides.

A hot chocolate from the Rothenburg ob der Tauber Christmas market in Germany

A great day trip from Nuremberg is to Rothenburg ob der Tauber. At the Rothenurg Christmas market, you can feel like you’ve stepped foot into a German storybook with its cobbled streets, colorful timber wood buildings and lively atmosphere.

Please note that the German Christmas markets start at the end of November and end on December 23, the day before Christmas Eve.

Budapest, Hungary – Best Christmas Markets in Eastern Europe

A woman at Fisherman's Bastion at night

One of my personal favorite cities in the world and a magical place to visit during Christmastime is Budapest, Hungary! Not only can you get into the festive spirit in Budapest, but it is also a timeless city, making it one of the best places to wander around and experience Hungarian culture.

The main Christmas market, in Vorosmarty Square, is beautiful with its festive stands, pretty Christmas lights and massive decorated Christmas tree. St. Stephen’s Square has another stunning Christmas market to visit too!

Budapest, Hungary - one of the top Europe Christmas markets

Overall, the markets in Budapest offer delicious food such as Hungarian goulash, langos, spiced hot chocolate, mulled wine and chimney cakes. You can also purchase local trinkets, crafts, ornaments and more.

Another smaller market that you cannot skip out on visiting is the one in front of Vajadahunyad Castle. There is an ice-skating rink in front of it that you can enjoy along with great local food and live music.

Christmastime in Budapest, Hungary

Other fun things to do in Budapest, Hungary are to visit the thermal baths (I loved the famous Szechenyi Thermal Baths); enjoy a night out at the ruin pubs (Szimpla Kert is the most popular) and check out Fisherman’s Bastion.

Vilnius, Lithuania – An Underrated Eastern European Christmas Market

A woman in Vilnius, Lithuania during the holiday season

Some of my favorite Christmas market memories were made in Vilnius, Lithuania. In fact, some of the best Christmas markets in the world are in Vilnius and are located in Cathedral Square and Lukiskes Square. Plus, the streets of Vilnius and local restaurants go all out during the month of December!

Starting at the end of November and ending in early January, the Vilnius Christmas markets are open from 10am to 8pm on weekdays and 10am to 9pm on weekends. You can either stroll through the markets on foot, or you can hop on the train that takes you around all the decorated stands!

The Christmas market stands in Vilnius, Lithuania

Just like at other Christmas markets around Europe, you can enjoy traditional mulled wine, roasted chestnuts, fondue, crepes, sausages and chimney cakes in Vilnius, Lithuania. These stalls also sell special items like homemade wool clothing, holiday decorations, candles and more.

A cool fact about the Christmas market in Vilnius’ Cathedral Square is that it has a massive Christmas tree that is decorated with a new theme each year!

Krakow, Poland – An Eastern European Christmas Market Treasure

A woman enjoying the Krakow, Poland Christmas market - one of the top Europe Christmas markets

One of the best Christmas markets in Eastern Europe is in Krakow, Poland. Overall, the Xmas markets in Krakow open in late November and go into early January. It’s located next to the iconic Cloth Hall and St. Mary’s Basilica.

What is cool about Krakow’s Christmas market is that it was intended for locals to buy their Christmas trees, decorations and ingredients for their holiday meals; however, it has now expanded to include everything from pottery to clothes.

Chimney cakes from an Eastern European Christmas market

Some of the best food to enjoy at the Polish Christmas market in Krakow are pierogis, chimney cakes and smalec, which is a traditional spread of lard and spices that locals enjoy. Just like the rest of the Christmas markets in Europe, the festivities aren’t complete without mulled wine! In Polish, it is called Grzaniec Galicyjski.

Other awesome things to do in Krakow, Poland are to explore Wawel Castle and Wawel Cathedral, explore the Jewish Quarter and visit the Wieliczka Salt Mine.


One of the top Europe Christmas markets - Prague, Czech Republic

I hope you all enjoyed learning about the best Christmas markets of 2022. If you have any questions about the European Christmas markets, please feel free to email me at [email protected]

*Anything could happen during your travels. Always make sure you are insured in case there are unforeseen circumstances such as lost luggage/theft, natural disasters, personal liabilities and more. Click here to get insured for your next trip.

In addition, a great and secure luggage storage to utilize during your summer Europe trip is Nannybag! It is easy to use; all you do is download the Nannybag app, type in the city that you will be visiting and when you plan to arrive and depart. At a small cost per luggage, Nannybag will list the stores, restaurants or hotels where you could drop your bag off at the city you are visiting.

Nannybag is also insured against theft, loss and breakage. It’s a convenient way to store your bags when you are traveling from one city to the next in Europe.

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2 Comments

  1. Kim Deer on September 17, 2022 at 8:13 am

    What Stunning Christmas markets you have been to. One is more beautiful than the next! Love Christmas time, and being at these markets during that time of the year just makes it extra special. The spirit of Christmas is all around you! Great guide! I have to get to one of these markets one day with you ~ such an amazing experience. Love you, mom xoxo 👩🏻❤️

    • Taylor Deer on September 19, 2022 at 11:01 am

      Thank you mom! They truly are magical. Love you too!

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A woman experiencing the magic at the Tallinn, Estonia Christmas market

One of my favorite annual traditions is to visit the top Europe Christmas markets every holiday season. From the end of November through the beginning of January, magic fills the air in Central Europe!

Timeless cities like Vienna to Prague and Budapest to Cologne are transformed into a magical winter wonderland that are filled with wooden stalls, decked out Christmas trees and glistening lights! What also makes Europe special during the month of December are the flavors that circle the air from the spiced mulled wine to the sweet treats.

A woman enjoying the decorations in Vilnius, Lithuania

If you’re traveling around Europe during December, and are looking for a joyous holiday experience, then I recommend checking out the below Christmas markets that you can enjoy throughout Central and Eastern Europe. These are the best Christmas markets for 2022!

**Please note that this blog post uses affiliate links meaning that if you make a purchase via my affiliate link, I receive a small commission at no additional cost to you. I only promote and talk about products and services that I have used and like.


Pin the Below Image to Keep Handy

Top Europe Christmas Markets

Top Europe Christmas Markets:

The Christmas market in Prague at night

Salzburg, Austria – One of the Oldest Xmas Markets

A woman at the Salzburg Christmas market - one of the top Europe Christmas markets

Salzburg, Austria has some of the most charming and romantic Christmas markets (or in German, Christkindlmarkts) in all of Europe. The main Salzburg Christmas market is located near Hohensalzburg Fortress and the Cathedral of Salzburg, however, there are more intimate ones you can enjoy!

As you stroll down the magical streets of this stunning Austrian city, you will be welcomed by the sounds of Christmas carols and be amazed by the decorative lights and evergreen wreaths that are placed on the medieval buildings.

Salzburg during the holiday season

Overall, Salzburg has some of the best Christmas markets in Europe with snow. I still dream about it! At the Salzburg Christmas markets, you can enjoy traditional Austrian Christmas treats like warm pretzels, strudels and chocolate. You can also warm up to gluhwein, which is a German version of mulled wine, as well as gluhbier while you explore all the festivities.

One of my favorite things about Salzburg’s Christmas markets was all the unique and handmade Christmas ornaments, trinkets, clothing and jewelry you can purchase.

Hallstatt, Austria during Christmas season

Another reason why Salzburg, Austria has one of the top Europe Christmas markets are that you can easily do a day trip to Hallstatt, which is also a magical winter wonderland during the festive season.

Vienna, Austria – Best Christmas Market in Europe

Vienna, Austria during the holiday season - one of the top Europe Christmas markets

In my opinion, Vienna, Austria has the number one Christmas market in all of Europe! The streets of the Austrian capital are filled with joy and magic leading up to Christmas Day!

If you are ever in Vienna during the holiday season, you must be sure to visit the markets there. Because there are so many incredible festivities in Vienna, Austria, it’s one of the main reasons why the city is considered a top European Christmas market. To simply put it, these holiday markets won’t leave you disappointed!

The Viennese Xmas markets first started popping up during the Middle Ages, making them a historic and cultural experience. Along with delicious and traditional Christmas market foods and treats like smoked bratwurst and potato pancakes, you will also find beautiful trinkets, toys, clothing and home décor within these magical stalls.

A woman at a Vienna Christmas market

My favorite Vienna Christmas markets were the Christkindlmarkt of Rathaus, Karlsplatz and Schonbrunn Palace. All three of these spots were magical in their own ways!

You could easily spend hours at the Christkindlmarkt of Rathaus as it boasts plenty of unique winter wonderland attractions, like a Ferris wheel and ice-skating rink! Karlsplatz is an artsy market that holds incredible craftwork! The Schonbrunn Palace Christmas market took my breath away with the snow falling around me at nighttime.

The Christmas market in Bratislava, Slovakia

If you’re looking for a great day trip from Vienna, Austria, Bratislava, Slovakia is only a couple hours away by train and boasts another magical Christmas market to enjoy in its Old Town square!

Prague, Czech Republic – One of the Best Christmas Markets in the World

A woman at the Prague Christmas market - one of the top Europe Christmas markets

One of the best destinations to vacation at during Christmastime is Prague, Czech Republic. What is great about the Christmas markets in Prague versus the German or Austrian markets are that they do not end on December 23. They go through the first week into January!

One of my favorite Christmas markets in Prague, Czech Republic was in the Old Town square, near the beautiful Astronomical Clock Tower. At this spot, you can find beautiful Christmas trees, endless holiday decorations and a stage for local choirs to perform at.

A Prague Christmas market

The wooden chalets at the Prague Christmas market have mulled wine to cozy up to, trdelnik (chimney cakes) to enjoy, holiday village houses and numerous craftworks to buy.

In addition to Prague’s Old Town Square, the Wencelas Market is less crowded and it’s a great spot to enjoy smoked meats and other Czech goodies. Additionally, there are other great Christmas markets next to Prague Castle and St. Vitus Cathedral, in Republic Square.

Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic during Christmastime

During your time in Prague, you must also check out one of the few Manifesto Markets (food markets), the John Lennon Wall, the Charles Bridge and the Jewish Quarter. A great day trip to take from Prague is to the medieval city of Cesky Krumlov, which also boasts a lovely Christmas market!

Tallinn, Estonia – Award-Winning Christmas Market

A woman enjoying the Tallinn, Estonia Christmas market - one of the top Eastern Europe Christmas markets

The Baltic States are special and the city of Tallinn, Estonia has some of the most magical Christmas markets in the world! Located in the Town Hall Square of Tallinn, this famous Christmas market was named the best Christmas Market in Europe for 2019.

In the center of the main Tallinn market is a beautifully decorated tree that is considered the most important Christmas tree in all of Estonia! One of the reasons why Tallinn, Estonia’s Christmas market is one of the top Europe Christmas markets is because of all the incredible things it offers.

The Tallinn Christmas market during a winter wonderland

Overall, Tallinn, Estonia boasts some of the most picturesque wooden chalets in the Old Town and in these stalls, you can enjoy glogg (a Nordic version of mulled wine), blood pudding, roasted potatoes, gingerbread cookies and hot cocoa.

These adorable wooden stalls also have toys, wool clothing and Christmas houses for purchase. It’s one of the best Christmas markets in Europe for families because it has a concert stage for live performances, a carousel for children and other fun activities for all age groups.

Cologne, Germany – Best Christmas Market in Germany

A woman enjoying Cologne during December

If you are in the North Rhine area of Germany, it is a must to visit the Cologne Christmas markets during the month of December!

The Christkindlmarkts in Germany have incredible food and wine to enjoy, the most jaw dropping festive displays and fun, Christmas-themed activities. The markets in Cologne, Germany are some of the best Christmas markets in Europe.

Wooden stalls at the Cologne, Germany Christmas market

One of the many reasons why this German city is recognized as a destination for the top Europe Christmas markets is because there are so many of them to enjoy around the city!

While there are seemingly endless Christmas markets in Cologne, these are a few of my personal favorites from when I visited:

  • Cathedral Xmas Market: This is the largest Christmas market in Cologne. It is full of decorative stands with stringed lights and live music performances.
  • Old Christmas Market: This market features old-world German architecture within their wooden stalls and has a fun ice rink, delicious treats and glass ornaments to purchase as a gift.
  • The Gay Christmas Market: Located in Rudolfplatz, this bright and colorful Christmas market is a great spot for a celebrity sighting and there is a large stage for German music artists to perform at.
  • Angel’s Christmas Market: Known as the oldest Christmas market, Angel’s Christmas market is in the city’s shopping district and has plenty of high-quality products to purchase and great treats to savor!

Other Christmas markets to enjoy in Cologne, Germany are the Harbour Christmas Market, Christmas Market in the Stadgarten and the Village of St. Nicholas.

The German Christmas market in Frankfurt

If you’re looking for a fun day trip, the city of Frankfurt, Germany also has beautiful Christmas markets to see. Also, even though it closes in the winter, Cologne isn’t far from the fairytale Eltz Castle in Wierschem. Even though you cannot go in the castle and take a tour during December, you’ll still be able to drive by and also take photos in front it.

Munich, Germany – Best Christmas Markets in Europe for Families

A woman at the Munich Christmas market - one of the top Europe Christmas markets

Munich, Germany boasts some of the top Europe Christmas markets to enjoy during the holiday season.

The best way to start the advent season is to visit Munich’s Christmas market in Marienplatz. The traditional wooden stands in this city have everything you can imagine, making it one of the most festive Christmas markets of Europe.

Let’s also not forget how incredible the gluhwein is along with the decorated gingerbread cookies!

A Santa gingerbread cookie

From the main Christmas market in Marienplatz, you can enjoy a beautiful view of Neues Rathaus, the city’s historic town hall. Close by is a festival and decorated area that holds the Rindermarket.

In the courtyards of the Residenz palace, there is also a lovely Christmas village with plenty of vendors to choose from. You can also stroll through the palace as well, which is stunning!

Neuschwanstein Castle during December

Other great things to do in Munich, Germany are to visit the Hofbräuhaus, which is the largest biergarten in the world! (It hosts the famous Oktoberfest event every fall.) You must also explore the churches, restaurants and do a day trip to see the breathtaking Neuschwanstein Castle!

Nuremberg, Germany – Largest Christmas Market in Europe

A woman enjoying the Nuremberg Christmas market

There is nothing like the Christmas markets in Nuremberg, Germany in the Bavaria region! This city’s Christmas charm is what makes it one of the best Christmas travel destinations.

Situated in Nuremberg’s Hauptmarkt, wooden stalls flood the entire square and there are a lot of goodies to savor! I recommend grabbing a heartwarming cup of gluhwein and taking in all the magic. Other great German Christmas specialties to try are the Nuremberg bratwursts (they are mini bratwursts), sauerbraten (pot roast), pretzels, Eierpunsch (egg nog) and Heibe Schokolade (spiked hot chocolate with rum or Amaretto).

The Children's Christmas Market in Nuremberg, Germany - one of the top Europe Christmas markets

Nuremberg is yet another one of the best Christmas markets in Europe for families because there is a Children’s Christmas Market. At the Kinderweihnacht, you can find great treats that kids will love along with non-alcoholic beverages, a carousel and other fun rides.

A hot chocolate from the Rothenburg ob der Tauber Christmas market in Germany

A great day trip from Nuremberg is to Rothenburg ob der Tauber. At the Rothenurg Christmas market, you can feel like you’ve stepped foot into a German storybook with its cobbled streets, colorful timber wood buildings and lively atmosphere.

Please note that the German Christmas markets start at the end of November and end on December 23, the day before Christmas Eve.

Budapest, Hungary – Best Christmas Markets in Eastern Europe

A woman at Fisherman's Bastion at night

One of my personal favorite cities in the world and a magical place to visit during Christmastime is Budapest, Hungary! Not only can you get into the festive spirit in Budapest, but it is also a timeless city, making it one of the best places to wander around and experience Hungarian culture.

The main Christmas market, in Vorosmarty Square, is beautiful with its festive stands, pretty Christmas lights and massive decorated Christmas tree. St. Stephen’s Square has another stunning Christmas market to visit too!

Budapest, Hungary - one of the top Europe Christmas markets

Overall, the markets in Budapest offer delicious food such as Hungarian goulash, langos, spiced hot chocolate, mulled wine and chimney cakes. You can also purchase local trinkets, crafts, ornaments and more.

Another smaller market that you cannot skip out on visiting is the one in front of Vajadahunyad Castle. There is an ice-skating rink in front of it that you can enjoy along with great local food and live music.

Christmastime in Budapest, Hungary

Other fun things to do in Budapest, Hungary are to visit the thermal baths (I loved the famous Szechenyi Thermal Baths); enjoy a night out at the ruin pubs (Szimpla Kert is the most popular) and check out Fisherman’s Bastion.

Vilnius, Lithuania – An Underrated Eastern European Christmas Market

A woman in Vilnius, Lithuania during the holiday season

Some of my favorite Christmas market memories were made in Vilnius, Lithuania. In fact, some of the best Christmas markets in the world are in Vilnius and are located in Cathedral Square and Lukiskes Square. Plus, the streets of Vilnius and local restaurants go all out during the month of December!

Starting at the end of November and ending in early January, the Vilnius Christmas markets are open from 10am to 8pm on weekdays and 10am to 9pm on weekends. You can either stroll through the markets on foot, or you can hop on the train that takes you around all the decorated stands!

The Christmas market stands in Vilnius, Lithuania

Just like at other Christmas markets around Europe, you can enjoy traditional mulled wine, roasted chestnuts, fondue, crepes, sausages and chimney cakes in Vilnius, Lithuania. These stalls also sell special items like homemade wool clothing, holiday decorations, candles and more.

A cool fact about the Christmas market in Vilnius’ Cathedral Square is that it has a massive Christmas tree that is decorated with a new theme each year!

Krakow, Poland – An Eastern European Christmas Market Treasure

A woman enjoying the Krakow, Poland Christmas market - one of the top Europe Christmas markets

One of the best Christmas markets in Eastern Europe is in Krakow, Poland. Overall, the Xmas markets in Krakow open in late November and go into early January. It’s located next to the iconic Cloth Hall and St. Mary’s Basilica.

What is cool about Krakow’s Christmas market is that it was intended for locals to buy their Christmas trees, decorations and ingredients for their holiday meals; however, it has now expanded to include everything from pottery to clothes.

Chimney cakes from an Eastern European Christmas market

Some of the best food to enjoy at the Polish Christmas market in Krakow are pierogis, chimney cakes and smalec, which is a traditional spread of lard and spices that locals enjoy. Just like the rest of the Christmas markets in Europe, the festivities aren’t complete without mulled wine! In Polish, it is called Grzaniec Galicyjski.

Other awesome things to do in Krakow, Poland are to explore Wawel Castle and Wawel Cathedral, explore the Jewish Quarter and visit the Wieliczka Salt Mine.


One of the top Europe Christmas markets - Prague, Czech Republic

I hope you all enjoyed learning about the best Christmas markets of 2022. If you have any questions about the European Christmas markets, please feel free to email me at [email protected]

*Anything could happen during your travels. Always make sure you are insured in case there are unforeseen circumstances such as lost luggage/theft, natural disasters, personal liabilities and more. Click here to get insured for your next trip.

In addition, a great and secure luggage storage to utilize during your summer Europe trip is Nannybag! It is easy to use; all you do is download the Nannybag app, type in the city that you will be visiting and when you plan to arrive and depart. At a small cost per luggage, Nannybag will list the stores, restaurants or hotels where you could drop your bag off at the city you are visiting.

Nannybag is also insured against theft, loss and breakage. It’s a convenient way to store your bags when you are traveling from one city to the next in Europe.

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  1. Kim Deer on September 17, 2022 at 8:13 am

    What Stunning Christmas markets you have been to. One is more beautiful than the next! Love Christmas time, and being at these markets during that time of the year just makes it extra special. The spirit of Christmas is all around you! Great guide! I have to get to one of these markets one day with you ~ such an amazing experience. Love you, mom xoxo 👩🏻❤️

    • Taylor Deer on September 19, 2022 at 11:01 am

      Thank you mom! They truly are magical. Love you too!

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