Top 5 European Winter Markets

Posted on 09/10/2013 by John Morley

It's coming up to that time of year when the specter of Christmas shopping looms large. You could buy your Dad those novelty socks (again!) or you could head into Europe in one of our awesome campervans and pick up some great gifts in one of the famous European winter markets. 

We have compiled a list of our favourite markets


1. Barcelona - Fira de Santa Llucia

That wasn't what you were expecting, was it? The number one winter market in a hot country. Barcelona's Fira de Santa Llucia market has been around since 1728 and is still going strong. With life-size nativity scenes, street performers and over 250 stalls, there's plenty to keep you entertained over a long weekend.


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2. Copenhagen - Tivoli Gardens

The famous Tivoli Gardens in Denmark's capital are a great place to visit at any time of year, but in the winter they are extra special. It is much less commercial than many of the other big winter markets, but still very popular. Scandanavian and Russian influences help to create a really authentic atmosphere.

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3. Prague - Wenceslas Square

One of Europe's most famous winter markets and rightly so. The medieval backdrop of Prague's city centre gives the market a unique flavour. Make sure you try the local honey wine and some of Prague's lovely sausages.

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4. Brussels - Grand Place

An easy one-day drive from the UK, the Brussels Christmas market is popular with Brits. Over 200 stalls line the streets selling all manner of gifts. Of course, once you are finished with the shopping there is the famous Belgian beer and chocolate to sample!

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5. Bath - City Centre

Bath provides a beautiful backdrop for its winter market. 150 chalet-style stalls sell everyhting from a gingerbread house kit to wooden neck ties! Of course you will also be able to sample some locally produced warm cider to keep that winter chill away.

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