Has your annual dose of festive cheer not quite kicked in yet? If you’re deciding on a last-minute trip to a European Christmas market to get you high in festive spirit, get some inspiration from these fantastic markets for your last-minute break.
Prague Christmas Market – Runs 26th November – 6th January
There are two main markets in Prague, one being in Wenceslaus Square and the other in the Old Town Square. Both are situated quite close to each other so luckily can be explored in one day, which leaves time for some sightseeing in this beautiful city. The festive food and drink is what sets this market apart from the rest. Try the delicious bbq’d sausage known as klobása then wash it down with a famously refreshing Czech beer. Charming bohemian crafts are sold along with clothing, accessories, scented candles and handmade soap.
Both markets are open every day, even on Christmas day until early January.
Paris Christmas Market- Runs 11th November – 8th January
The Champs-Elysées market may not have your standard feeling that a Christmas market normally has, however this market is perfect for your Christmas shopping needs and is known as one of the most beautiful markets in France’s capital. Not only can you find the warming spiced mulled wine we all crave over the festive season, but you can also dive into some Champagne! A city break to Paris would not be the same without the some fizz.
The market is open from 10.30am until midnight, with later timings on Friday and Saturday evenings.
Bologna Christmas Market- Runs November 20th – January 6th
Italy would probably not be the first European country to pop into your head when planning a Christmas market break; however the great city of Bologna will not disappoint at this time of year. Known as the foodie capital of Italy, Bologna Christmas market offers some of the most delicious treats you will want to buy and eat in abundance. Torrone is a festive Italian nougat and is an essential to eat when visiting the market, along with citrus peel dipped in dark chocolate and marzipan fruits. There is never a dull culinary moment in Bologna. Expect plenty of carved wooden nativity figurines, a Bolognesi tradition.