The 13 Best Christmas Markets in Austria, Belgium, Germany, and the U.K.

Munich's Rathaus, or City Hall, site of the city's largest Christmas Market

By Christian Stampfer on 31 October 2018
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MUNICH—Did you know that there are 55 days left until Christmas, 23 days until Black Friday, and 31 days until the first Christmas markets open their stalls to customers?

Indeed, the holidays are coming and my favorite part of that is the wonderful Christmas markets or, as we say in Munich, the Christkindlmärkte.

In fact, you really haven’t truly experienced Christmas unless you’ve been to a Christmas market in Europe. They can be found in every major city and town in many countries and the best are found in Austria, Belgium, Germany, and the United Kingdom.

Christmas market on the Marienplatz in Munich

Christmas market on the Marienplatz in Munich

At every market you’ll find stalls offering holiday food and drink including beautifully decorated Lebkuchen, a gingerbread-like baked Christmas treat as well as fine handmade traditional holiday crafts and stocking stuffers.

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

Today’s markets have their origins in Vienna’s Dezembermarkt, or 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.

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