24 of the best Christmas markets in Europe for 2023

Skating at the Heumarkt Christmas market in Cologne (Alamy)
The Christmas market in Salzburg’s old town (Getty Images)
The Christmas market in Berlin’s Gendarmenmarkt square (Getty Images)
Skating at the Christmas market in Budapest (Getty Images)

Dates November 18, 2023 to January 1, 2024
Best for 
ice rinks and Christmas illuminations
Igniting the Christmas atmosphere in mid-November, Budapest brings two Christmas market contenders to the table: Vorosmarty Square and Basilica. Vorosmarty Square is tucked right into the heart of the city and is Budapest’s oldest Christmas market. Here, you’ll find plenty of food stalls, handicraft shops and free concerts. Basilica has all of the above, but with the slight edge: Christmas laser projections on the Basilica itself and an ice-skating rink that circles around a grand Christmas tree.

The Christmas market in Prague’s Old Town Square (Alamy)
The entrance to the Christmas market in Strasbourg (Alamy)
The ice show at the Liseberg Christmas market in Gothenburg (Alamy)
Christmas market in Bratislava (Alamy)
Christmas market stalls in the square of Cesky Krumlov in Bohemia (Alamy)
The Christmas market on Stephansplatz square in Vienna (Getty Images)
Nyhavn Christmas market in Copenhagen (Getty Images)
Christmas market in Tallinn (Getty Images)
The Christmas market at Marché aux Poissons in Brussels (Alamy)
Christmas market at Munsterplatz in Basel (Alamy)
The Christmas market in Edinburgh (Alamy)
The Christmas market in Gdansk (Getty Images)
Christmas market in Metz (Alamy)
The Christmas market in Rynek Glowny, Krakow (Alamy)
Performers at the medieval Christmas market in Esslingen (Getty Images)
Christmas market decorations in Nuremberg (Getty Images)
The Christmas market around Seville Cathedral (Alamy)
Traditional fare at Zagreb Advent (Alamy)
Christmas in Bruges (Alamy)
At the Christmas market in Merano (Getty images)
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