Put your hands up if you love to go for Christmas markets in Europe with your kids: here you can 5 places to not miss this year!
Here we are, they finally opened! Christmas markets in Europe are one of the most stunning attractions you can ever experience with kids during winter time. The good news is that you can find those markets practically everywhere in Europe, no matter where you are.
I must say that central and north Europe are always great places to be during this period, in fact Christmas markets in Europe belong from those regions and here you can always find a great atmosphere. But hey! It’s Christmas everywhere, right? Follow me through 5 Christmas markets in Europe your family shouldn’t definitely miss this year!
CHRISTMAS MARKETS IN EUROPE FOR FAMILIES
CENTRAL EUROPE ATMOSPHERE IN COLOGNE, GERMANY
Christmas in Germany is a serious matter for both adults and kids. Christmas markets here are like a temporary huge square where people of all ages meet to spend time together and relax, getting hot drinks and doing Xmas shopping. Just beside the stunning Cathedral, this market has 150 pavillions and hosts the largest Christmas tree in the Rhineland and more than 100 stage performances throughout the festival, including Christmas swing music and gospel!
When: 25th November – 23rd December
IN THE ELENGANCE OF VIENNA, AUSTRIA
Vienna is a city that speaks for itself, one of the most elegant cities all over the Old Continent. Here families can get inside the Christmas Spirit and also combine the markets with a weekend skking on the snow. In the Viennese Dream Christmas market, punch and chestnut stands draw customers with seasonal treats, in front of the stunning view of the City Hall.
Big news for families: there is an area dedicated to children, where they can learn how to make Christmas cookies and candles!
When: 15th November – 26th December
ON THE FOOTSTEPS OF THE MAGIC IN TALLINN, ESTONIA
Let’s get north, the great north! Estonia is a very Christmas-friendly country, and not just for the winter weather! Its beautiful houses, with their sloping roofs, are perfect to re-create the atmosphere of a real Santa Claus village. Tallinn Christmas Market is a fairy tale, it is situated in the Town Hall Square of Tallinn. Everything is possible here, as many magic characters stand into the market, which host the most important Christmas tree in Estonia (it has been set up in Town Hall Square since 1441), and also the first Christmas tree ever to be put on display in whole Europe. Perhaps kids will find elf and gnomes here, for a very magic Christmas!
When: 15th November – 7th January
FINDING THE ITALIAN SPIRIT IN TRENTO, ITALY
If you have never been to Trentino Alto Adige with your family, you made a big mistake. This region is one of the most family-friendly in Italy and also one of the most beautiful. Just under the Alps, Trento is a little mountain city where the atmosphere is silent and quiet all year, and Christmas is the perfect time to be here. Italians call it ‘Città del Natale’ (Christmas city) . Here you can buy souvenirs, taste delicious local food (cheese and dried orange, highly recommended) and then bring kids to the MUSE, the museum of Science designed by the italian architect Renzo Piano: here they will have a lot of fun and will learn more about nature. A Christmas of discover!
When: 23rd November – 6th January
A MODERN CHRISTMAS IN HELSINKI, FINLAND
Mixing old and new, this one is one of the must see Christmas markets in Europe. You can eat vegan, play bingo, watch a contest for dogs, drink mulled wine, let your children play and also have a relaxing moment into a unisex sauna (recommended for stressed parents!). Plus, Helsinki is beauuuutiful. For a very Finnish Christmas!
When: 6th December – 22th December