Top 2012 Christmas Markets in Europe

The most wonderful time of the year is back again when the air once more is rocking with jingle bells and the night bazaars coming up alive in vibrant and bright lights. If you are planning to travel to Europe during the festive season, here is our pick of the most exuberant and astonishing Christmas markets all over Europe to grace the season.

Prague Christmas Market – Prague Christmas Market starts from December 1st and lasts till the mid of January. For complete one and a half month, the old Town Square and Wenceslas Square are decorated in an exuberant manner with sweetly sung Christmas carols filling the joyous air. Stroll through the colourful wooden huts and browse through various outstanding Czech artifacts such as ceramics, glass ware and handicrafts. And if you are a foodie, there is no better place to treat yourself to the best Czech delights. We recommend piping hot sausages, fried chicken and not to forget hot svarak and local Pilsner Urquell beer.

Birmingham Frankfurt Christmas Market –
Famous not only in the UK, but in Germany and all over the world as well, the Birmingham Frankfurt Christmas Market starts every year from 15th December, lasting till 22nd December. Decorating the streets of Birmingham from the Symphony Hall to the Bull Ring, it is the largest German market outside of Germany and Austria. Seductive smells, giant merry-go-rounds, firecrackers, giant fountains and the happy cackle of the early Christmas shoppers will leave you dumbfounded. Treat yourself to fruit skewers, German pastries and chocolates and shop for the authentic German accessories and goodies.

Salzburg Christmas Market – The silent Austrian city of Salzburg transforms itself into a fairytale setting during the Salzburg Christmas Market that starts from 22nd December and lasts till 26th December. Do not miss to collect various traditional European handicrafts and goodies from the stalls and vendors spread all across the Cathedral Square.

Leipzig Christmas Market – Adorning the historical Renaissance Old Town Hall, the Leipzig Christmas market allows you have an unforgettable time with several live performances by famous bands and performers. There is everything for everyone in this market from twisted pretzels, delicious cheeses, jams and chocolates to handicrafts, jewelry and glassware.

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