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Best Christmas Markets Outside of Germany

One of Europe’s greatest traditions is the celebration of Christmas Markets.  These festivals commemorate not only the holiday season, but also that city’s culture. 

by 07 November 2016

WIKIMEDIAChristmas Market Strasbourg

Christkindlesmarik | Strasbourg, France

The Christkindlesmarik in Strasbourg will be open to the public from 25 November until 31 December, allowing both locals and holiday visitors to take part in the festivities!  This market is famous for its antiquity, dating back to 1570.  Now, the ‘Capital of Christmas’ hosts 300 stalls, all part of a traditional Alsation celebration of the holiday.  Last year, the market was named the best Christmas market in Europe, and the city is expected to impress visitors once again in 2016!

Luxos Recommends: Study up on the culture of Portugal before visiting, as it will be the guest country this year in its own special village.

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Frankfurt Christmas Market | Birmingham, UK

Don’t miss out on the largest German Christmas market outside of Germany/Austria!  Open from 17 November until 29 December, this UK market has been celebrated for 15 years, inspired by the peaceful relations between Frankfurt and Birmingham after the signing of their Partnership Agreement in 1966. Visitors can enjoy the scenery of the UK with the cuisine of Germany, and Chris Moose, the singing Christmas Moose, will return in 2016 to his home in front of the Council House. 

Luxos Recommends: Stop by the nearby Birmingham Christmas Craft market while in the area, open from 19 November until 20 December in Centenary Square.

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Advent Markets | Vienna, Austria

As the neighbour to Germany, it is no surprise that Vienna has a strong tradition (dating back to 1298) for hosting elaborate city-wide Christmas markets.  Each market opens on different days, with the earliest starting date being 12 November, and the latest closing date being 1 January.  The markets are located throughout the city, in major locations such as City Hall, Belvedere Palace, Maria-Theresien Platz, the Former General Hospital, Schönbrunn Palace, and Spittleberg.

Luxos Recommends: Visit Austria’s Travel Guide for the markets to check each market’s opening dates and times.

WIKIMEDIAChristmas Market Copenhagen

Tivoli Gardens | Copenhagen, Denmark

Each year, Copenhagen transforms its Tivoli Gardens into a grounds for its traditional Christmas markets.  Onlookers can enjoy light shows, illuminations, and holiday music throughout the amusement park from 19 November until 31 December. 

Luxos Recommends: Look into Copenhagen’s other Christmas markets while in the area (yes, there are several!) such as those in Freetown Christiana and Nyhavn Harbour.

WIKIMEDIAChristmas Market Barcelona

Fira de Santa Llúcia | Barcelona, Spain

For Christmas-lovers looking for an alternative to the typical German market, look no further than Barcelona’s own Fira de Santa Llúcia.  While the 2016 dates may not have been announced yet, the celebration of its 230th anniversary will certainly bring excitement to the city soon enough!  The fair announced in the past its mission to improve aesthetically to more closely resemble a ‘small mountain village.’  By transforming its roughly 280 stalls, visitors are able to truly feel the authenticity of the event. 

Luxos Recommends: See the fair after the sun goes down to watch the lights dance against the beautiful Cathedral in the background.

1 Birmingham Christmas Market
2 Barcelona Christmas Market
3 Copenhagen Christmas Market
4 Vienna Christmas Market