Each December small wooden huts twinkling with lights appear across the country to celebrate local handicrafts and delicacies. But it’s not just shopping: a Christmas market is as much about the pleasure of splitting a bag of roasted chestnuts with friends and soaking up Christmas spirit – along with a mug or two of steaming Glühwein. See itinerary ideas
Europe's Christmas markets draw millions of visitors every year and with good reason. Traditional handmade gifts, carol singers, fantastic locally produced festive food and a glass or two of spiced mulled wine make a visit to any of the continent's renowned Christmas markets a truly magical experience.
Sweden’s Gothenburg hosts an exciting Christmas market. Walk down the spectacular 'Lane of Lights' from the city's picturesque harbour to Liseberg, the site of the city's most impressive Christmas Market, enjoy a sleigh ride through the city's snow-covered park and meet Santa Claus himself as you enjoy all that winter in Gothenburg has to offer.
In Denmark, the Copenhagen Christmas market in the Tivoli Gardens is a truly Danish affair. The carnival atmosphere is complemented by pony rides for kids, views of over Tivoli Lake and plenty of ‘glogg & æbleskiver', a hot and spicy drink made of red wine and traditionally accompanied by round, pan-fried cakes served with sugar and jam.