Europe is famous for many things, but one of the continent’s best traditions is the Christmas market. Held annually in November, December and sometimes early January, Christmas markets are a popular attraction in most countries, although Austria and Germany are especially famous for them. Historically, the markets celebrate the Christmas Advent, but they’ve since been embraced by visitors of all faiths, who can appreciate the charming atmosphere, delicious food and warming mulled wine.
There are literally hundreds of Christmas markets around Europe, both large and small, and you can’t really go wrong at any of them. But there are a few that stand out above the rest thanks to their culinary offerings, events and performances and locations. Here are the ten best Christmas markets in Europe.