Most Beautiful Christmas Markets in Europe

Tallinn, Estonia
Tallinn, Estonia. Photo by Hert Niks on Unsplash

The Christmas season is a magical time of year and even more so in the historic centers of old European cities. Here are some of the most beautiful Christmas markets in Europe to add to your travel bucket list. 

Tallinn Christmas Market (Estonia)

Tallinn’s Christmas Market is located in the center of the city’s old town and will transport you into the Middle Ages. At the center of the historic square, you’ll see a huge Christmas tree strung with lights and traditional decorations. In fact, Tallinn’s tree is believed to be the first public Christmas tree in Europe.

Prague Christmas Market (Czech Republic)

Every year Prague’s Old Town Square is decorated with a massive Christmas tree and a beautiful nativity scene. There are plenty of local holiday treats to try and booths to explore. Make sure to also walk around the city and visit the smaller markets in different neighborhoods. Yes, there is more than one in Prague!

Christkindelsmärik (Strasbourg, France)

Strasbourg, often referred to as the “Capital of Christmas,” has one of Europe’s oldest and most enchanting Christmas markets. The city’s historic center transforms into a winter wonderland with its illuminations, decorated facades, and wooden chalets. The beautiful Strasbourg Cathedral in the background is the perfect finishing touch.