The race for Christmas gifts is officially open. You’ll soon find yourself looking for ideas on what to pack and leave under the tree. A good alternative to combine business with pleasure is a walk among the Christmas markets Europe that can be found on the Alps and beyond. You may spend a day or a weekend between typical lights and sounds. Here you will relax, enjoy new products and find delightful presents. An unforgettable experience that you’ll take home along with your gifts.
Cute wooden houses are scattered between Piazza Fiera and Piazza Battisti, Piazza S. Maria Maggiore and Piazza dei Bambini, rich on typical delicacies. Band concerts and warm lights enliven the holidays, and historical trains will show you a different side of the city.
Rovereto has a Renaissance flavour and a peaceful nature that emerges over the Christmas period. In fact, every year artists and craftsmen from different countries gather here to display their typical products. In a true spirit of dialogue and acceptance.
Livigno remains one of the most popular winter destinations. At an altitude of 1800 meters the visitors are delighted by elixirs of chocolate and cinnamon fragrances. A torchlight ski-procession animates the Christmas spirit, performed by expert skiers.
Small chalets are located between the forest and the Roman theater in via Porta Praetoria, full of coloured candles, wooden objects and boiled wool garments. The markets here is called Marché Vert Noël, a name that comes from the alpine tradition, and it surely is one of the most popular Christmas markets in Italy.
Merano will let you savour the true essence of Christmas by touching all the five senses. Between cinnamon fragrances and sweets, there’s plenty of references to childhood. The South Tyrolean tradition of lights and craftsmanship brightens the eyes, especially those of the smaller ones.
Colmar seems to be popping out of a fairytale book, with its old town made of traditional wooden house. The architectural heritage is the astonishing background of this beautiful city of art. The markets enliven Place des Dominicains, Petite Venise and Koïfhus.
Legend has it that in ancient times the squares were sprayed with water in order to freeze and create natural ice rinks.
Here comes St. Nicholas to deliver the first gifts. The streets resonate with bands and choirs. Innsbruck’s markets are located under the golden roof of the Goldenes Dachl, in the old town, and in Marketplatz. Children will have fun on the carousels, and on a little train you may take a scenic tour on Nordkettenbahn.
A journey into the world of dreams is the theme of the projection that enlightens the facade of the Archbishop’s Palace. The markets in Bressanone are located in Piazza Duomo, where to sip mulled wine and taste local products. And don’t forget to visit the Museum of Nativities.
In Frankfurt the stalls are distributed along the river Main. Hundreds of lights illuminate the historic center Römerberg, and the air smells of ginger, apples and hazelnuts. Another market is the one of the artists, located next to St. Paul’s Church in Römerhallen
The city lights up with a giant Christmas tree decorated with over 7000 Swarovski jewels. Here the market is indoors, and it’s regarded as the largest in Europe.
Other two markets can be found in Zurich. The oldest of the town is located in the historical center; the other, the famous Zürcher Christkindlimarkt, is near the central station.