Best Christmas Markets for Families in Europe
Discover the Best Christmas Markets for families in Europe. The Best Christmas Destinations with children await you for magical Christmas Holidays in Europe.
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1. Metz - France
From 24th November to 30th December 2024
This year discover the Best Christmas Market for Families in Europe: Metz Christmas Market. Get into the spirit of the festive season and enjoy the warmest of welcomes as you visit the Christmas markets on Metz’s six main squares.
See the ice sculptures at the Frozen Fairyland, then warm up cold hands around a hot spicy drink or mulled wine.
Let the illuminations chase away the dark winter days, and enjoy traditional treats like the merry-go-round, a walk through the magic forest or take the chance to stock up on gastronomic Christmas essentials at the city market hall.
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Opening dates: From 24th November to 30th December 2023 (Confirmed).
How to get there: Book your flights to Metz Airport or Strasbourg Airport (1h30).
Where to stay: "La Citadelle Metz MGallery" for guests who enjoy luxurious accommodation.
2. Dubrovnik - Croatia
From 26th November 2023 to 6th January 2024
Visit Dubrovnik Christmas Market, one of the Best Christmas Markets for Kids in Europe and one of the Best Christmas Markets in Croatia with Zagreb Christmas Market. The uniqueness of Dubrovnik is visible in the month of giving when yhe city organizes a Christmas Fair.
There will be Christmas cookies and sweets, roasted candied almonds, candied orange peels ˝arancini˝, traditional Dubrovnik sweets like the quince cheese ˝kontonjata˝, and other delicacies that are prepared for this festive time.
Opening dates: From 26th November 2023 to 6th January 2024 (Confirmed).
Where to stay: "Boutique Hotel Stari Grad". The Christmas Market is 100m away.
3. Vienna - Austria
From 11th November to 26th December 2023
Vienna is with no doubt one of the Best Christmas Markets for Families in Europe and the Best Christmas Market in Austria. One of the most well-known Christmas Markets is the traditional "Vienna Magic of Advent", which turns the City Hall Square into a shining fairytale land.
Christmas gifts, tree decorations, sweets and warming drinks are waiting for you and have fun Christmas workshops for kids. The trees of the surrounding City Hall are festively decorated and radiate in a sea of lights - a Viennese experience, you will definitely not want to miss!
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Opening dates: From 11th November to 26th December 2023.
Where to stay: "Sofitel Vienna" in the very heart of the city.
4. Craiova - Romania
From 17th November 2023 to 2nd January 2024
This year visit Craiova Christmas Market, 3 times awarded among the Best Christmas Markets in Europe, and discover one of the Best Christmas Markets for Families in Europe.
Craiova is a city of creative and generous people, with amazing old buildings and green spaces, good vibe and fascinating traditions and gastronomy. Craiova which is an all year round destination is simply spectacular at Christmas.
This year, Craiova Christmas Market opens on 17th of November 2023 with The Artist Awards - a spectacular show with the most important Romanian artists and lasts until 2nd January 2024.
For a successful event, Craiova Municipality has distributed the various Christmas events, markets, the ice rink, the concerts, creative workshops, food stands in four different places in the city – Mihai Viteazul Square, Old Center (Piața Frații Buzești), William Shakespeare Square and Doljana Fountain area.
Opening dates: From 17th November 2023 to 2nd January 2024 (Confirmed).
How to get there: Book your flights to Craiova.
" Where to stay: Hotel Splendide 1900". Located in the heart of Craiova.
5. Nottingham - UK
From 18th November to 31st December 2023
This year visit one of the Best Christmas Destinations for Families in Europe. Christmas returns to Nottingham with the largest event in the East Midlands! Best of all entry to Nottingham Winter Wonderland is FREE!! Featuring your favourite rides, bars and shopping spots from previous years, this is the perfect place to soak in the Christmas spirit.
While away the hours browsing over 70 traditional, Bavarian-style stalls, searching for the perfect gift as well as sampling the delicious homemade and artisan cheeses, chutneys and chocolates on offer.
This year’s Christmas market has been expanded, with something for everyone including plants, mead, jewellery, scents, fashion, retro style, Eco art, Lego art, Fair-trade, Continental food, local homemade stew and home accessories to offer the discerning visitor.
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Opening dates: From 18th November to 31 December 2023 (Confirmed).
How to get there: Book your flights to Birmingham Airport (1h by car/public transport) or Manchester (2h).
Where to stay: "Crowne Plaza Nottingham". In the heart of Nottingham.
6. Madeira - Portugal
From 1st December 2023 to 7th January 2024
Madeira is one of the Best Christmas Destinations for Families in Europe. Madeira is an amazing destination all year, but if you are looking for a special place to celebrate Christmas, visit Madeira.
The traditions of this island, the climate, the local gastronomy and the main events of this festivity, will surely surprise you. Madeira, a Portuguese island, celebrates to the fullest the arrival of Christmas season, with a traditional Christmas market, held in Avenida Arriaga central walkways, at the heart of its main capital – Funchal.
Christmas lights switch-on takes place on December 1st, in Funchal. Thousands of lights glow on Christmas displays in the streets, buildings, gardens and mountains of this beautiful island. Be amazed by the creativity, harmony and vibrant colours of this attraction in Madeira.
Visit the Municipal Garden of Funchal and feel the excitement that lives in this Village. Children and adults discover the joys of a long wooden Christmas train, charming little houses, Santa’s sleigh and many other curiosities. Get your camera ready for a picture with Santa Claus!
Opening dates: From 1st December 2023 to 7th January 2024 (Confirmed).
Where to stay: "Castanheiro Boutique". The Christmas Market is 100m away.
7. Wroclaw - Poland
From 24th November 2023 to 7th January 2024
It is located on the “Rynek Marquet Square” but also on the "Place Solny", You will enjoy craft products, gastronomy from around the world (Alsatian, Turkish and Spanish specialties (such as Churros) but also Polish specialties.
Opening dates: From 24th November 2023 to 7th January 2024.
Where to stay: "Korono Market Square" 200m away from the Christmas Market.
8. Brussels - Belgium
From 24th November to 31st December 2023
Brussels has one of the most beautiful Christmas markets in Europe and for sure one of the Best Christmas Markets for Families in Europe. At Christmas the whole city is decorated with twinkling lights and welcomes visitors from all over the world.
Come celebrate the magic of Christmas in the capital of Belgium. Come admire the famous games of lights, taste the Belgian fabulous chocolates ! We have also selected the best activities in Brussels, as for example a Waffle Making Workshop, a Chocolate Workshop or a guided walking tour.
Opening dates: From 24th November to 31st December (Confirmed).
How to get there: Book your flights to Brussels.
Where to stay: "Hotel des Galeries". In the historical heart of Brussels.
9. Tallinn - Estonia
From 1st December 2023 to 7th January 2024
Snow is guaranteed at Christmas in Estonia. The Tallin Christmas Market is one of the most famous Christmas markets in the region and one of the Best Christmas Markets with Children in Europe. Come discover the Estonian's most famous Christmas tree surrounded by little snow huts selling food, drinks and crafts.
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Opening dates: From 1st December 2023 to 7th January 2024.
Where to stay: "Hotel Telegraaf". The Christmas Market is 160 m away.
10. Strasbourg - France
From 26th November to 26th December 2023
Strasbourg is the capital of Christmas, often imitated but never equalled. Its Christmas Market is truly one of the Best Christmas Markets for Families in Europe.
Strasbourg is a perfect destination to celebrate Christmas. Come and discover its traditional Christmas market and illuminations. Do not resist the temptation of pastries and treat yourself to a mulled wine in this beautiful city.
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Opening dates: From 26th November to 26th December (Confirmed).
How to get there: Book your flights to Strasbourg or Basel Airport (1h by car).
Where to stay: "Hotel Rohan" 150 m from the Strasbourg Cathedral.
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