TOP European Christmas markets. Schedule | Elena Kazantseva's blog


Those who want to create a New Year mood for themselves, I advise you to visit the European Christmas markets. They are held annually throughout Europe from the end of November-beginning of December to the end of December – beginning of January.


I decided to collect all the information about European Christmas Markets and their schedule for this year. The article will find information about:
Christmas markets in the Czech Republic
Christmas markets in Hungary
Christmas markets in Germany
Christmas markets in Italy
Christmas markets in the Baltic countries
Christmas markets in Sweden
Christmas markets in Austria
Christmas markets in Finland

Czech Christmas markets

Where: Prague

Prague Christmas Market

  • Old Town Square (Staroměstské náměstí), 30.11.2019 – 06.01.2020
  • Wenceslas Square (Václavské náměstí), 30.11.2019 – 06.01.2020
  • Republic Square (Náměstí Republiky), 30.11.2019 – 29.12.2019
  • Prague Castle (Pražský hrad), 23.11.2019 – 06.01.2020
  • Peace Square (Náměstí Míru), 20.11.2019 – 24.12.2019 (until 19:00)
  • Tylovo Square (Tylovo náměstí), 26.11.2018 – 12.12.2018 (until 7:00 p.m.)
  • Jiri Square from Podebrad (Náměstí Jiřího z Poděbrad), 24.11.2018 – 24.12.2018 (until 9:00 p.m.), dates for 2019-2020
  • Palackého Square (Palackého náměstí),23.11.2018 – 12.12.2018 (until 19:00), for 2019-2020, the dates are being specified
  • Smíchov (Anděl pedestrian zone), 25.11.2018 – 23.12.2018 (until 19:00), for 2019-2020, the dates are being specified

When: 23.11.2019 – 06.01.2020, daily from 10:00 to 22:00 (food kiosks works longer)

What to buy: Christmas sweets, decorated gingerbread cookies, wooden toys, Bohemian glass products

What to taste: Slovak honey beer, Prague ham, fried chestnuts, cottage cheese, vanocqua (raisin cookies), fried cheese, hot pancakes


Where to live: Design Hotel Jewel Prague (from 112 €), City Lounge hotel (from 30 €), Axa hotel (from 50 €, my review ), my selection of 20 hotels in Prague .

Useful: “Prague Guide for Independent travellers


Find best flights to Prague >>>


Christmas market Wenceslas Square
Wenceslas Square Christmas Market


I highly recommend this and other videos of this Czech guy, they will help you plan a visit to Prague and the Czech Republic (in English). How to get from Prague airport to the city, read here .




Český Krumlov

Christmas market in Cesky Krumlov
Sweets at the Český Krumlov Christmas Market, photo by Kirk Siang,

When: 29.11.2019 – 06.01.2020

What to buy: Czech souvenirs

What to taste: mulled wine, Czech sweets


Where to live: Garni hotel Castle Bridge (from 80 €), Penzion Po Vode (from 35 €)

Useful:  “Guide to Cesky Krumlov”

Where: Olomouc

When: 22.11.2019 – 24.12.2019

What to buy: handmade toys, Czech souvenirs

What to taste: wine and punch with spices, rum, cherry or orange

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Where to live: Theater Hotel (from 104 €), Penzion Bellis (from 49 €)

Hungary Christmas markets


Where: Budapest

Christmas Market on Vörösmarty Square

When: 08.11.2019 – 01.01.2020

What to buy: New Year’s souvenirs, leather bags, ceramic products

What to taste: Hungarian sausages with mustard and paprika, puff pastries, potato pancakes, Hungarian duck, cake with poppy seeds, ice wines of Hungary and much more

Where to live: Sofitel Chain Bridge (from 164 €, my review ), AnVa House (from 30 €)

Find best flights to Budapest >>>

Christmas Market at St. Stephen’s Basilica

When: 23.11.2018 – 01.01.2019 ( for 2019-2020, the dates are specified )

What to buy: souvenirs, leather signets, designer jewelry, handmade chocolates

What to try: palinka, strawberry wine, Hungarian salami

Website (all Christmas Market of Budapest):


what to try at budapest christmas market
Variety of sweets at the Budapest Christmas Market

Christmas markets in Germany

Where: Nuremberg

 Christkindlesmarkt Market (the most famous German Christmas Market)

nuremberg christmas market


When: 29.11.2019 – 24.12.2019 (from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.)

What to buy: wooden nutcrackers, Christmas toys

What to taste: sweet almonds, local sausages, lebkuchen (Nuremberg gingerbread)


Where to live: Hotel Klughardt (from 102 €), B&B Hotel Nürnberg-Hbf (from 84 €)

Finf best flights to Nuremberg >>>


Where: Dresden

Striezelmarkt Market (the oldest market in Germany – 1434 year)

christmas market dresden

When: 24.11.2019 – 24.12.2019

What to buy: handmade Saxon ceramics, puddle fabrics, wooden decorations, paper Christmas stars

What to taste: mulled wine and adit (traditional German cake with raisins and candied fruits).


Where to live: Amedia Plaza Dresden (from 108 €), Hotel Windsor (from 46 €)


Where: Berlin

 WeihnachtsZauber Gendarmenmarkt (only one of more than 60 markets in Berlin)

A detailed article about Berlin’s Christmas markets

When: 25.11.2019 – 31.12.2019 (from 11:00 to 22:00, December 24 to 18:00, December 31 to 1:00)

Entrance: 1 euro (usually in the evening and on weekends, on weekdays until 13:00 admission is free)

What to buy: handmade souvenirs, jewelry

What to try: gingerbread cookies and Baumkuchen puff cake

Where to live: Mercure Berlin Wittenbergplatz (from 89 €), Energie Hotel Berlin City West (from 49 €), my selection of 16 Berlin hotels

Useful: Author’s Guide to Berlin


All Christmas Markets in Berlin:

Where: Munich

Market at Marienplatz

Munich Christmas Market

When: 27.11.2019 – 24.12.2019

What to buy: wooden toys and souvenirs, dolls, Bavarian beer mugs

What to taste: lebkuchen gingerbread, almond dolls, caramelized apples

Where to live: Schiller 5 Hotel (from 150 €), Hotel Monaco (from 75 €), LetoMotel München City Nord (from 64 €, my review ), my selection of hotels in the center of Munich

Useful: Munich Guide


marienplatz fair
By early January, only the Christmas tree remains on Marienplatz

Where: Cologne

Christmas market at Cologne Cathedral

christmas market cologne
Cologne Christmas Market. Photo


When: 25.11.2019 -23.12.2019 (Sun-Wed from 11:00 to 21:00, Thu-Fri from 10:00 to 22:00, Sat from 10:00 to 10:00)

What to buy: wooden and glass Christmas toys, handmade ceramics, soap and candles (also handmade)

What to taste: baked apples and gingerbread cinnamon sticks, roasted nuts and chestnuts


Where to live: Hotel Sandmanns am Dom (from 95 €), Hotel Weber (from 63 €)


Christmas markets in Italy

Where: Bologna

When:23.11.2018 – 06.01.2018, for 2019-2020, the dates are specified.

What to buy: wooden Christmas figures, wooden spoons, bowls and other utensils

What to taste: nougat sweets, fresh cheeses, horsemeat sausage, tortellini, pumpkin bread pizza

Where to live: Hotel Al Cappello Rosso (from 140 €), Hotel Holiday (from 62 €)

By topic: TOP 25 sights of Bologna

Find best flights to Bologna >>>


Where: Trento

When: 23.11.2019 – 06.01.2019

Where to live: Grand Hotel Trento (from 106 €)

Useful: Route in Northern Italy by car


Where: Merano

When: 29.11.2019 -06.01.2020

Where to live: Hotel Windsor (from 150 €)

Where: Bolzano

When: 28.11.2019 – 06.01.2020

Where to live: Tivoli apartments (from 157 €)

Useful: Guide to Bolzano and Soprobolzano

Where: Bressanone

When: 29.11.2019 – 06.01.2020

Where to live: Hotel Grüner Baum (from 140 €)

Useful : Bressanone and Novachella Abbey (my impressions)


Baltic Christmas markets

Where:  Tallinn (Estonia)

Tallinn Christmas Market

Tallinn Christmas Market
Fairytale atmosphere in the center of Tallinn, photo


My review of the Tallinn Christmas Market >>>

When: 15.11.2019 – 07.01.2020

What to buy: toy houses, juniper stands, handmade dolls

What to try: blood sausages with sauerkraut, fish, duck.

In 2018, the Tallinn Christmas Market was recognized as the most beautiful in Europe!


Where to live: Hotel Telegraaf (from 111 €), Medieval Bishop`s House Apartment (from 49 €), my selection of hotels in Tallinn

Useful: “Tallinn Guide”

Find best flights to Tallinn >>>


Where: Vilnius (Lithuania)

Christmas in the capital

When: 30.11.2019 – 07.01.2020

What to buy: items made of wood and amber, knitwear with a national ornament, souvenirs and handmade dishes

What to taste: sakotis (traditional Lithuanian egg dough pie), sweets, mulled wine and roasted chestnuts

Website: Website:

Where to live: Hotel Rinno (from 52 €), Studio in Old Town (from 33 €)

Where: Riga (Latvia)

Market on Dome Square

christmas market riga
Christmas Market in the center of Riga (picture from Internet)

When: 01.12.2019 – 06.01.2020

What to buy: Latvian tree candlesticks, amber products, mittens with a traditional pattern

What to taste: gingerbread cookies (traditional Latvian pepper cookies), fried almonds, various smoked meats

Where to live: Old Riga Hotel Vecriga (from 68 €), Studio in City Center (from 35 €)

Sweden Christmas markets

christmas market sweden
Magical Stockholm, photo

Where: Stockholm

Stortorgets Christmas Market

When: 23.11.2019 – 23.12.2019 (from 11:00 to 18:00)

What to buy: handmade candles, leather, wood, metal and ceramic products.

What to try: cinnamon rolls, gingerbread cookies, waffles, smoked deer fillet, sausages, the famous smog.


Where to live: Scandic Upplandsgatan (from 109 €)


Find best flights to Stockholm >>>


Austria Christmas markets

Where: Innsbruck

christmas markets austria innsbruck
Christmas Market at the house with a golden roof, Innsbruck, photo
  • Old Town (15.11.2019 – 23.12.2019)
  • Maria-Theresien (25.11.2019 -06.01.2020)
  • Market in St. Nicholas (22.11.2019 – 23.12.2019)
  • The Magic of Wilten (25.11.2019 – 21.12.2019)
  • Panorama of the Hungerburg (16.11.2019 – 23.12.2019)
  • Family Market at Marktplatz (25.11.2019 – 06.01.2020)

When: 15.11.2019 – 06.01.2020

What to buy: handmade Christmas ornaments, woolen products and souvenirs

What to taste: Kiachln hot donuts, mulled wine or punch


Where to live: Hotel Maximilian – Stadthaus Penz (from 144 €), Pension Stoi budget guesthouse (from 72 €)

Useful: “Innsbruck Guide”

Find best flights to Innsbruck >>>



Where: Salzburg


When: 21.11.2019 – 26.12.2019

What to buy: gold jewelry, crystal souvenirs, sheepskin warm clothes, wooden Christmas decorations

What to taste: baked apples, fried almonds, punch, smoked salmon, potatoes with sauce, local liquors


Where to live: Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten Salzburg (from 90 €), Pension Jahn (from 50 €)

Useful: From Munich to Salzburg: how to get there .

Christmas markets in Finland

christmas markets finland
New Year’s window dressing in Helsinki

Where: Helsinki

Main Christmas Market – on Senate Square

When: 06.12.2019 – 22.12.2019

What to buy: knitted clothes, handmade home decorations, deers from all kinds of materials, straw goats

What to try: youlutorttu (traditional Finnish puff), sausages, dips (another mulled wine fellow)

christmas markets finland
Bazaar at the shopping center Stockmann, Helsinki

Where to live: Cumulus City Hakaniemi Helsinki (from 150 €, my review ), Forenom Aparthotel Helsinki City (from 85 €)

Useful: Helsinki Airport: how to get to the city


Where: Rovaniemi

Santa Claus Village

Christmas markets Rovaniemi
Santa Claus Village – Year-round Christmas Market

When: year-round

What to buy: handmade souvenirs and Christmas toys, clothes, accessories of Finnish designers (for example, Marimekko), souvenirs with moomin, Martini knives

what to buy at finnish fairs
Lapland souvenirs

What to try: venison in all its forms, lingonberry sauce, northern berries

Where to live: City Hotel (from 226 €, my review ), my selection of hotels in Rovaniemi


RELATED: Santa Park and Santa Claus Village – the main attractions of Rovaniemi

Finally – a video about 9 European Christmas Markets 

Website with information on all (or almost all) Christmas Markets in Europe:

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