LIGHTS ACTION: The beautiful illuminations in Hamburg during Christmas week.
LIGHTS ACTION: The beautiful illuminations in Hamburg during Christmas week. Nellmac

Europe's best Christmas markets that you mustn't miss

FANCY a cold Christmas? It's time to make plans for a European Christmas and the lead-up to the big day is marvellous, with the Christmas markets lit up and waiting for you.

Booking.com wants travellers to enjoy a white Christmas, offering alluring festive markets.

Prague Christmas markets

WHEN: November 20 - January 3.

DETAILS: The magical destination of Prague is in its element at Christmas. The perfect destination for history seekers and a spot of festive shopping. Set in the Old Town Square and Wenceslas Square, you'll be spoilt for choice with winter wonderland stalls, mouth-watering food and traditional crafts.

Tivoli Christmas market, Copenhagen

WHEN: November 15 - January 3.

DETAILS: Home to the Hygge concept - a Danish ritual enjoying life's simple pleasures - the Tivoli Christmas markets are perfect for the festive spirit. Immerse yourself in delicious aromas and a cosy atmosphere. Browse Christmas stalls and take in Tivoli Lake's illuminations, and keep an eye out for reindeer.

Christkindlesmarkt, Nuremberg, Germany

WHEN: November 29 - December 24.

DETAILS: Dating back to the 16th century, this market is one to visit. Mulled wine, roasted almonds and gingerbread aromatics will entice. This medieval Christmas city has about 180 stalls selling unique gifts like a local gold-foil angel and 'zwetschgenmannle' - small figures made of prunes.

Cologne Christmas markets, Germany

WHEN: November 23 - December 23.

DETAILS: Germany offers many Christmas markets, with sausages, mulled wine and gingerbread. A Cologne cathedral provides a stunning backdrop.


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