Five European Christmas Markets
Mulled wine, sweets, gingerbread and all the festive cheer you can handle. European Christmas markets start popping up in late November and make a great day trip or long weekend away.
Perfect for a day trip from London, the Bath Christmas markets open at the end of November and run through mid-December. The chalets are set up within walking distance from the train station and the centre of the city. There’s plenty to see and do in Bath itself so it’s a great choice for a long weekend too.
Bruges is the home of chocolate, mussels, fries and mayo and the beautiful 13th-century Belfry. You can get there on a coach and ferry from London or on the Eurostar in a few hours to enjoy the market and the beautiful ice rink in the city square.
The Christmas market in Paris is on the Champs-Élysées and has all the traditional market foods. Crepes, cheeses, mulled wine, German sausages and chocolates along with music and shopping near the Seine river.
The Christmas market in Barcelona, Fira de Santa Llúcia, isn’t the traditional German market that pops up in most European cities. Along with the cheeses and churros, you can buy a Caga Tio, the Catalan Christmas log. Barcelona is the best option for celebrating Christmas, but for New Years Eve you can’t miss Madrid and the tradition of eating grapes during the countdown in the Puerta del Sol.
The Lincoln Christmas markets are a two-hour train ride from London and open in early December. The city of Lincoln is famous for the medieval cathedral and castle so there is plenty to explore after wandering the markets.