The best Christmas markets in Europe according to TikTokers

From traditional decorations and wooden stalls to delicious food and drink, Christmas markets in Europe are a perfect place to visit during this holiday season.

Christmas markets can be found all over Europe, in big and small towns. Nevertheless, only some of the best made the list of Tiktokers who post travel-related content, reports.

Colmar, France

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While every Christmas market is special in its own way, Colmar’s is one of the Christmas markets that has been featured most often by content creators on TikTok.

A TikTok user named Her Jolie Journey put the Christmas market in Colmar in first place. Several others also made a similar list.

This year, the Christmas market in Colmar will officially open on November 24 and visitors will be able to enjoy an unforgettable experience until December 29.

Colmar has the vibe of the old town, and once decorated, you’ll feel like you’re in a fairy tale. The city center of Colmar is made up of various architectural treasures that blend perfectly with the lighting specially designed to highlight the city’s heritage.

Prague, Czech Republic

Prague, Czechia
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The second Christmas market in Europe strongly suggested by TikTokers to visit during the winter holidays is the Prague market.

This year, the Christmas market in the capital of the Czech Republic will be open from November 26 to January 26. The Prague Christmas Market is the largest such project in the country, where visitors can taste mulled wine, traditional Czech Christmas cookies, gingerbread cookies, chestnuts and different varieties of kebabs.

The main Christmas markets in Prague are held in the heart of the city – in Old Town Square as well as in Wenceslas Square. Smaller markets are also held at other locations.

Besides food, at the Prague Christmas market, visitors can buy local handicrafts, jewelry, wooden toys, as well as puppets dressed in traditional clothes.

Strasbourg, France

Strasbourg, France
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Apart from those mentioned above, the Strasbourg Christmas market is also in the top 10 markets to visit this year during the winter holidays.

According to a TikTok creator, Helen in Between, with more than 300 stalls, the Christmas market in Strasbourg, France, is one of the best markets in Europe. Helen in Between describes this market as beautifully decorated and points out that there is a real tree 30 meters high in the square.

“The streets are full of decor, plush half-timbered hotels, Notre-Dame Cathedral lit up with angels lining the streets, and of course mulled wine – mulled wine,” Hellen in Between said.

The stalls in this market are open every day for an entire month – from November 24 to December 24 – and during this time visitors will be able to see the city under the lights and try the different foods the market has to offer.

Europe’s oldest Christmas market took place in Strasbourg in 1570, and since then the city has carried on its tradition, remaining one of the top destinations to visit during the Christmas period.

Tallinn, Estonia

Tallinn, Estonia
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Described as a “fairytale market” by Jou Jou Travel, a TikTok travel content creator, Tallinn Christmas Market is also among those to visit during the winter holidays.

Tallinn Christmas Market will be open from November 25, 2022 to January 8, 2023. This market was awarded as the most beautiful Christmas market in Europe three years ago and is now one of the most visited markets in Europe.

The Tallinn Christmas Market takes place in a historical place surrounded by old buildings and has a long tradition.

It is estimated that every year around half a million visitors arrive in Tallinn during the winter holidays. This year, anyone who chooses to visit Tallinn while the Christmas market is still open will be able to see the heart-shaped decoration that has been chosen to decorate the market this year.

Moreover, like other Christmas markets, visitors will be able to try different dishes, buy handicrafts and have an unforgettable time.

Budapest, Hungary

Budapest, Hungary
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The list would not be complete without the Budapest Advent Festival at the Basilica. The Budapest Christmas Market already opened in front of St. Stephen’s Basilica on November 18, and the market will remain open until January 1, 2023.

For the past two years – in 2020 and 2022 – Budapest’s Christmas market has been voted the most beautiful market in Europe, and according to TikTokers, the market definitely lives up to its reputation.

During their stay in Budapest, all visitors can experience a unique festive atmosphere as well as see the light show and different musical performances.

Additionally, when visiting the Budapest Christmas Market, all visitors can view the 12-meter tall tree and can also climb the ice rink for an all-in-one experience.

Brugge, Belgium

Brugge, Belgium
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Even though there are many other beautiful Christmas markets across Europe, the Bruges Christmas Market concludes this list.

In addition to all the other markets mentioned above, TikTokers have declared the Bruges Christmas Market to be among the most special.

The Bruges Christmas Market will be open from November 25, 2022 to January 8, 2023, and during this time everyone can experience a wonderful atmosphere. The Bruges Christmas Market will be located this year on the Markt and Simon Stevinplein, and there will be dozens of stalls offering all kinds of food and drink.

Other Christmas markets in Europe that must also be visited are those in Basel (Switzerland), Metz (France), Vienna (Austria), Trier (Germany), Brussels (Belgium) and Edinburgh (Scotland), among others.

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