The Catholic Travel Guide
European Christmas Markets
Perhaps one of the most festive events within Europe are the Christmas markets held in many cities and towns on the continent. These are held outdoors, but the warmth of the celebrations along with some great hot drinks and food make the whole thing enjoyable. And the many unique craft items make it a shopper's paradise..
They are becoming especially popular with river cruise lines that will visit several of the markets as they sail along their route. The boat is your hotel for the night, so no worries about staying so long that you miss the departure.
Most markets are open from about the end of November up until Christmas Eve, but be sure to check out the exact locations to be sure because some of them last until New Year's Eve.
We can't list them all here but among the more notable are those shown below. But don't overlook the smaller markets that you might find in other towns and cities.