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7 European Christmas Markets You Need To Visit This Year

7 European Christmas Markets You Need To Visit This Year

It's the most won-der-ful time of the yeeeaaaar.

Just in case you didn't get the memo, it's officially acceptable to mention the C word boys and girls!

If you want to experience the magic of Christmas while enjoying a brilliant weekend away, than look no further. The Christmas markets here are amongst the top 20 to visit in Europe so we've brought you the goodies. Now, all you have to do is sort your flights!

Strasbourg, France

The French market is SO good, it was awarded the best Christmas market in 2014 and 2015. The city, which is entirely lit up during the festive period, has 300 stalls so you'll be spoiled for choice when it comes to buying Christmas presents (all for yourself obvs).

Visit from November 25 to December 31 2017

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Prague, Czech Republic

Drawing millions of visitors from around the world every year (it's that class, it even made our list of top cities every 20-something should visit), Prague is so picturesque we can only imagine how it will look at Christmas time. Foodies in particular are in for a treat with some of the food stalls on display.

Visit from December 2 2017 to January 6 2018

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Dresden, Germany

Sure when else are you going to be in Dresden?! Offering some après ski charm you'll be spellbound by the twinkling lights and the buzz of the Striezelmarkt  as the city comes to life over Christmas.

Visit from November 29 - December 24 2017

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Brussels, Belgium

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The affordable city is a good one to visit over the festive period, not least because of its' magical Winter Wonders event. Wander around the class markets, go ice-skating, take a spin on the Ferris Wheel or check out the parade.

Visit from November 24 - December 31 2017

Vienna, Austria

An expensive city, it wouldn't be a spot you'd go to for a boozy weekend. However, there's no better time to experience Vienna than Christmas. Warm yourself up with some hot punch and tasty treats from the bakery as you explore the 20 fairy-tale esque markets.

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Visit from November 13 - December 23 2017

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Budapest, Hungary

Another spot that made our recent city break list, Budapest really captures the magic of Christmas. The Basilica lights up every night and the fair offers an enchanting visual experience.

Visit from November 10 2017 - January 1 2018

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Cologne, Germany 

Renowned for its' Christmas markets, the city looks like something from a Hallmark card it's so festively decorated. Think of the delish cinnamon biscuits, baked apples and mulled wine you can gorg on while you're strolling around each market.

Visit from November 27 to December 23 2017

Also Read: 7 Reasons Why Everyone Needs To Get Cracking On A Trip To Dingle 

Niamh Burke

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