The Official Guide to the Best Christmas Markets in Austria, Belgium, Germany, and the United Kingdom

Munich's Rathaus, the site of its largest Christkindlmarkt

By Christian Stampfer on 2 December 2016
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MUNICH—From mid-November until Christmas Eve, Christmas markets can be found in every major city and town in many European countries including Austria, Belgium, Germany, and the United Kingdom.

Today’s markets have their origins in Vienna’s December Market, which dates back to 1294, and which was followed by Christmas markets in Munich in 1310, Bautzen in 1384, and Frankfurt in 1393.

The smells of a Christkindlmarkt are addictive: Glühwein (spiced wine), scented candles, heiße Maroni (roasted chestnuts) and a variety of savory foods beckon, as do live music, carolers, and festive decorations.



A typical Christkindlmarkt will have stalls offering not only food and drink but a variety of gift items and stocking stuffers.

The most well-known markets are found in German-speaking areas, and those found outside of these regions often have a German theme. Popular ones in Germany include the Christkindlesmarkt in Nuremberg, which is considered by many to be Germany’s most famous Christmas market, and takes place in the Hauptmarkt, the central square in the city’s old town, in front of the Frauenkirche, between November 25 and December 24.

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