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Four of The Best Christmas Markets in Europe for 2023

It’s mid-2023, and whether you like it or not, the next few months will fly by and before you know it will be Christmas. So, if you’re planning to have a white Christmas in Europe, it’s time to start planning now!

The best part about spending a snowy, festive season Europe is the abundance of Christmas markets. But how to choose which of the many magical markets to visit?

From traditional markets in Germany to unique experiences in Scandinavia, we've rounded up a few of our top picks for European holiday Christmas markets.

1 | Christkindlesmarkt: Nuremberg, Germany

Nuremberg's Christkindlesmarkt is one of the most famous Christmas markets in the world, attracting over two million visitors each year.

Nuremberg's iconic Christkindlesmarkt

The market dates back to the 16th century and is known for its traditional wooden stalls, where you can find everything from handmade ornaments to gingerbread cookies.

Don't miss the opening ceremony, where the Christkind (Christ child) appears on a balcony to officially open the market. And be sure to try the famous Nuremberg sausages and mulled wine while you're there.

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Experience Germany's festive cheer with Trafalgar Tour's Christmas Markets of Austria, Germany and Switzerland package. For younger travellers, check out Contiki's 6-Night German Christmas Markets tour for 2023. 


2 | Tivoli Gardens Christmas Market: Copenhagen, Denmark

Tivoli Gardens Christmas Market in Copenhagen is, arguably, one of the most magical Christmas holiday experiences Europe has to offer. The market is located in the famous Tivoli Gardens amusement park, which is transformed into a winter wonderland during the holiday season.

Shopping at Tivoli Gardens Christmas Market

You'll find over 60 stalls selling everything from handmade crafts to traditional Danish treats like æbleskiver (pancake balls) and gløgg (mulled wine).

Don't miss the nightly light show and the chance to ride the park's famous roller coasters under the twinkling lights.


3 | Christmas Market at Schönbrunn Palace: Vienna, Austria

The Christmas Market at Schönbrunn Palace in Vienna is set against the stunning backdrop of the palace's grand façade and features over 80 stalls selling traditional Austrian crafts and treats.

The Schönbrunn Palace making a magical backdrop

Visitors can enjoy live music, a petting zoo, and even a Christmas workshop where you can make your own decorations.

Don't miss the chance to take a stroll through the palace's gardens, which are beautifully decorated for the season.

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Visit Austria at Christmas with Insight Vacations' 7-Night Austria, Croatia and Slovenia tour. Or, if you're after more luxury, then Insight Vacations' 8-Night Alpine Christmas Markets package is an excellent option.


4 | Christmas Market in Town Hall Square: Tallinn, Estonia

The Christmas Market in Tallinn's Town Hall Square features over 60 stalls selling everything from handmade crafts to traditional Estonian food and drink. Visitors can also enjoy live music and performances, as well as a visit from Santa Claus himself.

Christmas in Estonia

The highlight of the market is the stunning Christmas tree, which is erected in the centre of the square and lit up in a grand ceremony.


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Sure Travel works with reputable tour operators across Europe to offer our clients a range of package holidays for Europe this Christmas season. Like Trafalgar Tour's Christmas Markets of Austria, Germany and Switzerland package, Contiki's 6-Night German Christmas Markets tour for 2023, Insight Vacations' 7-Night Austria, Croatia and Slovenia tour and Insight Vacations' 8-Night Alpine Christmas Markets package.

Or our expert travel agents can customise a travel itinerary to include one or more of these four incredible Christmas Markets in Europe. Contact your nearest Sure Travel Agency.

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