Christmas is almost here, which means festive markets are popping up all over Europe. Soak up the fairy-tale ambience created by authentic wooden huts with picturesque wares, the smell of mulled wine and the soft glow of Christmas illuminations. Magical Christmas markets can be found up and down the UK and beyond, and are a perfect excuse to get out of London.
Students in London who want to get in the festive mood before returning home for the holidays have a huge choice. So wrap up warm and take a look at our list of unmissable European Christmas markets for 2017.
European Christmas Markets
Bath’s Christmas market is in its 17th year and has become one of the nation’s most popular festive celebrations. The majority of gifts sold on the pop-up chalets are handmade, and buying from the Bath Christmas market supports local small businesses. Explore the beautiful city of Bath – just hop on a train from London!
Arguably one of the largest and most impressive Christmas markets in the UK, Manchester Christmas markets attract thousands of tourists each year. Festive traders are spread across the city, and there are other attractions too including Bavarian themed bars, ice rinks and live music. The buzzing city is around a two hour train ride from the capital but it’s worth the journey.
If you fancy hopping across to the continent for a festive holiday, Berlin should be top of your list. The city hosts Christmas markets all over the city, and here it’s about more than the cute stocking fillers and tree decorations you can buy. Drink traditional steins in beer tents and indulge in German delicacies – glühwein and currywurst are a must.
In just over two hours you can touch down in Vienna, one of the most romantic cities in Europe. Austria’s capital is home to one of the oldest Christmas markets in Europe, as the tradition dates back to 1294. Roam the picturesque cobbled streets while browsing the artisan crafts and snacking on roasted chestnuts.
If you want to practice your French language skills then catch the Eurostar to Lille for one of the most charming winter markets. The city is decked out in garlands and lights, and there are almost 100 chalets offering Christmas decorations, regional specialities, vin chaud and festive food. There’s also a big wheel offering fantastic views of the winter wonderland.
If you’re looking to visit somewhere new this festive season, then try out these locations which are easily accessible from London.