Christmas has arrived and the Christmas markets are coming with Christmas. Yes, what would Christmas be like without Christmas markets? Here is a selection of the most beautiful markets in Italy and Europe during Advent. Between spices, mulled wine and all kinds of desserts, there is no better way to celebrate than strolling through the stalls of the Christmas market … obviously better if in a big European city! From Christmas markets in Vienna to those in Germany, where and when to go in search of the best Christmas markets. Ready to solve your gift problem?
Stockholm, Stortorget julmarknad
Stortorget julmarknad, the traditional Christmas market on the city’s main square, located in the heart of Stockholm’s Old Town, boasts an unbeatable location. Dating back to 1837, it is Sweden’s oldest Christmas market and 40 small red kiosks harmonize perfectly with this historic place.
Warm up with a cup of glögg (red mulled wine with an aromatic blend of spices) while gazing at knitwear and other local handicrafts. Do not miss the typical Swedish Christmas specialties such as pepparkakor (ginger biscuits), saffron (saffron rolls) and other typical dishes such as moose meat, smoked sausages and reindeer.
Sibiu, Piața Mare
Located between three beautiful mountain ranges, on the majestic Piazza Grande (Piața Mare) in the historic city center, the Sibiu Christmas Market exudes a unique romance. Explore 70 huts for pottery, fur and wooden toys to pack, then visit an ice skating rink or amusement park for some fun and holiday spirit.
Sibiu is a sight not to be missed at any time of the year, but its strategic position in the mountains of Transylvania makes it the perfect winter destination: here you will have the opportunity to spend a white Christmas. Add some snow, maybe a gospel concert or a dream light show, and voila – the perfect Christmas is here. As per tradition, mulled wine, gingerbread and baked chestnuts are always available. However, keep the corner free for Romanian-Hungarian specialties such as cozonac (sweet bread) and Kürtőskalács (the so-called “sweet fireplace”), the latter introduced by the Hungarian minority living in the region. It really is a great Christmas!
Copenhagen, Tivoli Gardens
In keeping with the apotheosis of the Danish concept of “hygge” (which means the pursuit of comfort), the traditional Copenhagen Christmas market is held in the second oldest playground in the world: Tivoli. You will find endless rows of Christmas trees illuminated by thousands of lights, and you will be intoxicated by the aromatic scent of toasted almonds. The whole is completed by a frozen lake transformed into an ice rink for a great Christmas.
Check out the stalls selling handicrafts and handicrafts, glõgg (mulled wine) at will, and enjoy a handful of æbleskiver (pancakes) with sugar and jam to conclude your Christmas adventure in Denmark. Save a free corner for typical Tivoli roasted pork sandwiches with red cabbage, then take a ride on The Star Flyer, an 80-meter carousel overlooking the Copenhagen skyline.
Moscow, Red Square
Only twenty is the variety of typical Russian products that every visitor to this beautiful city should try at least once in their life. Whether it’s food, crafts or souvenirs with typical local symbols and decorations, the watchword is always ‘variety’: handmade matryoshkas, other toys painted according to the Khokhloma tradition, which uses gold as the main color of the painting , baked potatoes with mushrooms and pickles, pancakes with caviar, Russian gingerbread and so on. The Red Square has this and much more to offer: in addition to the evocative and evocative landscape in which the square is surrounded by the Kremlin walls and behind it the remarkable St. Basil’s Cathedral, around one of the slopes there are colorful and lively stalls. the largest ice skating rinks in the city, where younger children play in a purpose-built amusement park.
But if you come before or after the holidays, it doesn’t matter: Russians celebrate Christmas on January 7th, the day when the market closes. Time seems to be on our side!