The Christmas season isn’t properly celebrated without immersing yourself in some holiday cheer. Europe embraces Christmas in a big way, and offers age-old festive markets that seem right out of a snow globe. Take a city break or plan a winter vacation across the pond to experience this wonderful tradition, surrounded by fairy lights, strolling carolers and tempting aromas. It’s never a bad time to visit these historic cities, but they show off particularly well during the Yuletide season. Bundle up and check out these Christmas markets in Europe. They’re bound to get you in the spirit, not to mention get your gift shopping done.
1. Vienna, Austria
The town of Vienna has been throwing magical Christmas markets since the 13th century, so they know a thing or two about how to do it right. Today they have ten different markets where you can buy stocking stuffers like gingerbread hearts, handcrafted ceramics and elaborate ornaments, often with world class choirs singing carols while you peruse the stalls. This market is held from November 14th until Christmas Eve.