Discover the traditions of Vienna’s Christmas markets. Revel in the aromas of roasting chestnuts, wander through the Christmas village of Belvedere Palace and ice skate through City Hall Park.
'Tis the season to be jolly
Get into the Christmas spirit with a winter adventure and explore enchanting Christmas markets. Pick up glistening gifts, wander around food stands, sip on warming drinks and soak up the heart-warming atmosphere.
Scandinavian chic, German traditions or maybe something different?
Nordic Christmas Markets
What better place to feel the Christmas spirit than in breath-taking Iceland. Dark days are filled with sparkling Christmas lights, the sweet scent of cinnamon and snowman-making conditions.
2019 dates: 25 November - 17 December
Keep cosy in the chilly winter weather of Finland. Pop on your thickest coat, make your way to the picturesque setting of Senate Square and walk about the joyful Christmas stalls.
2019 dates: 1 December - 22 December
Venture to the capital of Sweden and discover the sensational old town, with the spectacular market in Stortorgret Square. Relish the Christmas Nordic cuisine stalls and browse through the selection of handmade toys.
2019 dates: 23 November - 23 December
Savour festivities in Sweden. Visit the markets of Gothenburg and tuck into traditional Christmas food – try delicious pickled herring. See the singing Christmas tree choir, sip Glögg and explore Kronhusjul market.
2019 dates: 29 November - 6 January 2020
A mid-week visit to Europe’s Christmas Markets is a chance to combine an indulgent city break with shopping for truly individual gifts. Travel writer Simon Heptinstall – who once drove through 12 European countries in one day – reveals five of the continent’s best cities to soak up the fairy-tale festive atmosphere.
It’s the season to be jolly at the Ritz-Carlton, Vienna. The Atmosphere Rooftop bar, located on the 8th floor, transforms into the most exclusive Christmas market. Fairtytale views set the festive scene, there’s a cosy Ritz-Chalet to warm up in and lots of tasty delicacies to tuck into. Who would you take on this luxury city break? Book a stay on ba.com/vienna. #travel #vienna #christmasmarket #rooftop #winter
Germany & Switzerland
Try a German bratwurst and taste the famous gingerbread. Climb the stairs of the Church of Our Lady for sensational views. Set in the mesmerising medieval old town square of Hauptmarkt, smell the aroma of ginger bread, see Christmas decorations twinkle and feel the warmth of delicious mulled wine. The Nuremberg Christmas Market is endearing, traditional and Germany’s favourite.
2019 dates: 29 November -24 December
Feel the Christmas spirit in Germany. Wander through Cologne Cathedral market, stroll along the glistening Harbour market at the Chocolate Museum, then amble about the Old market by the town hall.
2019 dates: 25 November - 23 December
Revel in the variety of Switzerland, including the Christmas markets of Zurich. Find yourself gazing up at the magnificent Opera House of Sechseläutenplatz Christmas market. Browse through fabulous stands of designer pieces and dazzling jewellery, before indulging in a hot pot of traditional, tantalising fondue. Pop along to Niederdorf Quarter, in the old town, for the oldest market bursting with charm. Visit the stunning indoor market at the main train station, with elegant stalls, aromas of cinnamon and mulled wine, as well as the dazzling Christmas tree – dressed in thousands of Swarovski crystals.
2019 dates: 21 November - 23 December
Make a move to the magical Marienplatz, see the festive Christmas village of Residenz and the sparkle of the medieval market, Wittelsbacherplatz. Ramble around and enjoy the Bavarian character within the markets, pick up soft sheepskin jackets and sip on hot beer. Visit Wintertollwood for a party atmosphere and relish the festive fun. Join in with the Bavarian sing-a-longs, take a look at authentic Nativity scenes and browse through stalls with quirky crafts.
2019 dates: 27 November - 24 December
Something a bit different
Indulge in delicious Austrian stollen, sweet or savoury doughnuts and winter warming punch. Watch enchanting Christmas processions and enjoy the romantic glistening glow of lights against beautiful medieval architecture.
2019 dates: 15 November - 23 December
Head to the Croatian capital of Zagreb, for Christmas market magic. Voted the Best European Christmas Market three years in a row, come and see why for yourself. Wrap up and watch Christmas concerts in Zagreb Square, soak up the open-air shopping in Ban Josip Jelačić Square and grab a bite in European Square. Gaze at the Christmas lights that sparkle throughout the city, then meander to Zrinjevac Park to see the old music pavilion and nibble baked štrukle (soft cheese in pastry), before exploring the Ice Park on King Tomislav Square.
2019 dates: 30 November - 7 January 2020
Feel the warmth of festivities in Austria. Pop along to Hellbrunn Palace, for a real Christmas treat.
2019 dates: 22 November - 26 December
See this Scottish city come to life in the prime of winter. Venture through the Christmas market along George Street for festive fudge and pretty gifts. Then, make a move to the Christmas Tree Maze, visit Santa’s Grotto and hop on a carousel ride, all at East Princes St Gardens – which has its very own Santa Land. Glide along the ice rink at St Andrews Square, then warm up as you nibble on a hot dog and sip mulled wine.
2019 dates: 16 November - 4 January 2020