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Birmingham exactly the place where you’d expect one of the best Christmas markets in Europe to be based. However, being the largest authentic German Christmas Market outside of Germany or Austria says otherwise. With stalls lit up all around the centre of Birmingham with beautifully laid out decorations and traditional German cuisine in the palm of your hands what’s not to love. When you head to the German market it can be overwhelming to start, but once you find your groove it’s fantastic to walk around. You can purchase handmade toys, to Stollen and if you’re feeling it there are a number of fantastic beers and ales on offer. I wrote a full blog post about visiting the Birmingham German market here.
Of course, Berlin had to be included in the list of best Christmas Markets, the inspiration of German-themed stalls started here. The largest market in Germany is Gendarmenmarkt which is famous for its beauty with stalls offering some of the best food around. You can also expect to see glassblowers, gifts to buy and plenty more. The fantastic thing about Berlin is there is actually over 70 markets. Other favourites are Opernpalsis and Domane Dahlem Advent Market. Visiting a traditional Christmas market in Germany is the ultimate dream.
When it comes to visiting Barcelona in Spain there are many to choose from. However, if you’re a foodie who is looking for a market to visit the Artisan food market in Plaça Santa Maria del Pi. For a more traditional affair, the Fira de Santa Llúcia is the place to be. The market has been running for over 225 years. Cool right?
It’s also said that Spain is a fantastic place to visit at this time of year due to there not really being a bad season. Not only is it less busy but it’s also one of the cheaper times to visit. So whether you’re looking to stay in a Spain Villa or somewhere within the city, you’ll be well looked after.
When looking for a Christmas market Poland should be high up on your list. With the Market Square Christmas Fair in Krakow being one that has grown massively over the last decade. With mulled wine dispensed from large barrels to keep you warm during your visit to the markets. Expect a variety of wooden stalls filled with Christmas ornaments, clothing, toys and plenty of vendors selling hot food to enjoy. Interested in learning more about Krakow Christmas Market? Inyourpocket has a fantastic guide to help.