From traditional decorations to wooden stalls and delicious food and drinks, the Christmas markets in Europe are a perfect place to be visited during this holiday season.
Christmas markets are found all over Europe, in large and small towns. Nonetheless, only some of the best ones have made the list of Tiktokers who post travel-related content, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.
While each Christmas market is special in its own way, Colmar’s is one of the Christmas markets that has been mostly suggested by content creators in TikTok.
A TikTok user named Her Jolie Journey has placed the Christmas market of Colmar in the first place. Several others have made a similar listing too.
This year, the Christmas market in Colmar will officially open on November 24, and visitors will be able to have an unforgettable experience until December 29.
Colmar has the ambience of the Old Town, and when decorated, you will feel like being in a fairy tale. The town centre of Colmar consists of various architectural treasures which blend wonderfully with the lighting that is specially designed to bring out the heritage of the town.
Prague, Czech Republic
The second Christmas market in Europe that has been highly suggested by TikTokers to be visited during the winter holidays is Prague’s market.
This year, the Christmas market of the Czech Republic’s capital will be open from November 26 until January 26. The Christmas market of Prague is the biggest project of its kind in the country, where visitors get to enjoy mulled wine, traditional Czech Christmas biscuits, gingerbread biscuits, chestnuts, and different varieties of skewered foods.
The main Christmas markets in Prague are held at the heart of the city – in Old Town Square as well as in Wenceslas Square. Smaller markets are also held at other locations too.
Apart from the food, in the Christmas market of Prague, visitors can buy local handicrafts, jewellery, wooden toys, as well as puppets dressed in traditional clothing.
Apart from the above-mentioned, the Christmas market of Strasbourg also made the top ten list of the markets that must be visited this year during the winter holidays.
According to a TikTok creator, Helen in Between, with more than 300 stalls, the Christmas market of Strasbourg, France, is one of the best markets in Europe. Helen in Between describes this market as beautifully decorated and points out that it has a real 30-metre-tall tree in the square.
“The streets are bursting with décor, from the teddy bear half-timbered hotels, the lit-up Notre Dame Cathedral with angels that line the streets, and of course vin chaud – mulled wine,” Hellen in Between stated.
Stalls in this market are open every day for a whole month – from November 24 to December 24 – and during this period, visitors will be able to see the city under the lights as well as try different foods that the market has to offer.
The oldest Christmas market in Europe took place in Strasbourg in 1570, and since then, the city has continued its tradition, remaining one of the top destinations to be visited during the Christmas period.
Described as a ‘fairy tale market’ by Jou Jou Travel, a TikTok travel content creator, the Christmas market of Tallinn is also listed among the ones that must be visited during the winter holidays.
The Christmas market of Tallinn will be open from November 25, 2022, until January 8, 2023. This market was awarded as the most beautiful Christmas market in Europe three years ago and now is one of the most visited markets in Europe.
The Christmas market of Tallinn takes place in a historical location surrounded by old buildings and has a long tradition.
It has been estimated that each year, around half a million visitors reach Tallinn during the winter holidays. This year, all those who choose to visit Tallinn while the Christmas market is still open will be able to see the heart-shaped decoration that has been chosen to decorate the market this year.
Moreover, similar to the other Christmas markets, visitors will be able to try different foods, purchase handicrafts, and have an unforgettable time.
The list would not be complete without Budapest’s Advent Feast at the Basilica. The Christmas market of Budapest has already opened its doors in front of St. Stephen’s Basilica on November 18, and the market will remain open until January 1, 2023.
For two years – in 2020 and 2022 – the Christmas market of Budapest has been voted as the most beautiful market in Europe, and according to TikTokers, the market definitely lives up to its reputation.
While in Budapest, all visitors get to experience a one-of-a-kind festive atmosphere as well as see the light show and different musical performances.
Moreover, when visiting the Christmas market of Budapest, all visitors can view the 12-metre-tall tree and can get in the skating ring too for an all-in-one experience.
Even though there are lots of other beautiful Christmas markets across Europe, Bruges’ Christmas market concludes this list.
In addition to all the other markets mentioned above, TikTokers have said that the Christmas market of Bruges is part of the most special ones.
The Christmas market of Bruges will be open from November 25, 2022, until January 8, 2023, and during this time, everyone will be able to experience a wonderful atmosphere. The Christmas market of Bruges will be located on the Markt and Simon Stevinplein this year, and there will be tens of stalls offering all kinds of foods and drinks.
Other Christmas markets in Europe that also must be visited are the ones of Basel (Switzerland), Metz (France), Vienna (Austria), Trier (Germany), Brussels (Belgium), and Edinburgh (Scotland), among others.