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Germany Christmas Markets

Berlin Christmas Markets

Oh fellow Santa-onians – get your best German Christmas Market breaks right here! Berlin radiates a seasonal blaze of lights every year in the period before Christmas. You can wrap yourself and a loved one in authentic German "Gemütlichkeit" (coziness) and the busloads of Christmas cheer you´ll find at the numerous cheap Christmas markets in Berlin - there are about 60  Berlin Christmas Markets to bounce around and savor. Along “grosse Strassen” (large streets) and “Platze” (squares) and whether city-centre or out-of-town, you’ll find wonder, charm, Christmas ideas and Yuletide delicacies.

Hear people wish each other “Frohe Weihnachten und ein gutes Neues Jahr” (Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year) and then do so yourself! Even Scrooge’s heart would melt………

Most Berlins Weihnachtsmarkte or Berlin Christmas Markets start at the end of November and run until Christmas Eve, though some continue until early in the New Year. They are mainly open street markets which are free, but some do charge a small entrance fee. Each flight and hotel booking to a Berlin Christmas market gets a free guidebook and map – Aer Lingus has a regular service. © Arrow Tours.

Berlin Gendarmenmarkt Christmas Market

This gem is nestled in Gendarmenmarkt Square, bounded by the Konzerthaus (Concert Hall), the Französischer Dom (French Cathedral) and the Schiller Denkmal (Schiller Memorial) together offering an illuminated backdrop in this atmospheric setting. It is in the area called Mitte (Middle) and thus us in the city centre. In addition to the bunches of stalls offering charming handmade Christmas decorations you can marvel at the skills of handcraft flax embroiderers, wood carvers, hatters and leather workers. Make time to take in the entertainment program of jugglers, fire-artists, acrobats, Gospel singers and jazz musicians.

If it’s grub you’re into you can float around the various heated tents and gorge yourself on elk sausage, pickled salmon, smoked pork chops, quark balls, marinated pot roast or try a whole goose with red cabbage and roasted apple! Just fill out the Search Engine box in the top left corner or phone us now on 041 983 1177 for a pricequote on your Christmas markets in German cities! © Arrow Tours  

Dates: 21 Nov – 31 Dec 2016

Subway: U-bahn Stadtmitte

Berlin WinterWorld at Potsdamer Platz Christmas Market and Sony Centre

The traditional WinterWorld Christmas Market entices you to a round of Christmas gifting and holiday treats under the festively lighted Linden (lime) trees of Alte Potsdamer Straße (Old Potsdamer Street). It is situated at the southeastern tip of Tiergarten Park, about 800m from the Brandenburg Gate. Gaze while woodcarvers, basket weavers, potters, bakers and  felt crafters beaver away in the artisan market and super Christmas junk ideas take shape before your very eyes.

Tank yourself will a gallon of beer and then venture onto the ice rink at Marlene Dietrich Platz! Just fill out the Search Engine box in the top left corner or phone us now on 041 983 1177 for a pricequote on your German Xmas markets from Dublin or Cork! © Arrow Tours  

Dates: 21 Nov – 26 Dec 2016

Subway: U-bahn Potsdamer Platz

Berlin Spandau Christmas Market

Berlin’s biggest Christmas market is in the Old Town of Spandau around the church of St. Nikolai, requiring a 20 minute train ride from Berlin. With up to 400 stalls at the weekend and a rock show on Fridays there’s plenty to keep you occupied. The Christmas crib has live animals on Reformationsplatz and on Wednesdays there is a procession to commemorate a plague during medieval times. Stuff yourself with gingerbread and gluhwein (mulled wine) and then be sick all over the train on the way home…….just fill out the Search Engine box in the top left corner or phone us now on 041 983 1177 for a pricequote on your best Christmas markets! © Arrow Tours  

Dates: 23 Nov – 23 Dec 2016

Subway: U-bahn Rathaus Spandau

Berlin Christmas Market at Opernpalais Unter den Linden

Your Christmas market here is located between Opernpalais (Opera Palace) and Staatsoper (the State Opera) on one of central Berlin’s main streets and it oozes charm and charisma. With more than 175 quaint booths you can hoover up your wooden carvings, tree decorations, gifts for loved ones, knick knacks, handmade toys and Christmas crib figurines while wafting around this atmospheric setting. Have a bratwurst with some German beer and then sample the roasted almonds or some Stollen (fruit cake with marzipan and icing sugar – though not like Irish Christmas cake). Treat yourself and a partner to this relaxing break in the lead up to a mad Irish Christmas – you’ll be back for more next year!   

Just fill out the Search Engine box in the top left corner or phone us now on 041 983 1177 for a pricequote on your Berlin Xmas markets from Dublin! © Arrow Tours  

Dates: 23 Nov - 25 Dec 2014 (closed 24 Dec)

Bus: 100,200 Opernpalais Unter den Linden

Berlin Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church Christmas Market

Close to the super-duper shopping district of the Kurfürstendamm (called Ku-damm by one and all) at the southern side of the Zoo you will find the Kaiser Wilhelm Christmas Market. Stroll around the sumptuously decorated Breitscheidplatz, gasp at the 20m-high Christmas tree and take in the elegant light show. Then choose from among the charming yuletide handmade gifts and ornaments before indulging in a few specialist German beers and a brace of local hotdogs or a glass of mulled red wine accompanied by a slice of rich almond cake. Just fill out the Search Engine box in the top left corner or phone us now on 041 983 1177 for a pricequote on your best Christmas markets in Germany! © Arrow Tours      

Dates: 21 Nov 2016 – 1 Jan 2017

Subway: U-bahn Kurfürstensdamm

Berlin Christmas Market at Charlottenburg Palace

If it’s a romantic setting you’re looking for then the famous Charlottenburg Palace Christmas Market, in the western district also called Charlottenburg beats all. With about 250 international vendors the various parks are transformed along with the courtyard and areas of the castle itself for a month in a unique ensemble. In addition to nightly special openings of the Charlottenburg Palace, there are Christmas exhibitions and thematically staged market areas for chosen crafts, antique handicrafts and fine dining. Just fill out the Search Engine box in the top left corner or phone us now on 041 983 1177 for a pricequote on your best Europe Christmas markets! © Arrow Tours

Dates: 21 Nov – 26 Dec 2016 (closed 24 Dec)

Subway: U-bahn Richard Wagner Platz

Berlin Lucia Market at Kulturbrauerei in Prenzlauer Berg

Lucia - The Light Bringer is celebrated annually in Sweden as St. Lucy’s Day on 13 December when a train of young women parade with a hair garland of cranberries or pine needles leading Lucia singing through the darkness carrying candles - a symbol of hope. This Scandinavain-flavoured Christmas market takes place in the Kulturbrauerei (Cultural Brewery), located in the Prenzlauer Berg district of Northeast Berlin at the corner of Schönhauser Allee and Sredzkistrasse. Get festive in a Nordic kind of way, with many of the booths offering wares from Northern Europe; try some Pepparkakor (Swedish ginger biscuits) and then Lussekatt (Lucia buns). Just fill out the Search Engine box in the top left corner or phone us now on 041 983 1177 for a pricequote on your cheap Christmas markets 2014! © Arrow Tours 

Dates: 22 Nov – 22 Dec 2016

Subway: U-bahn Eberswalder Strasse

Berlin ‘Green’ Christmas Market in Sophienstrasse

Feeling guilty about the plane ride you need to take to Berlin? Then rush out and save the planet at the Environmental Christmas Market in Sophienstrasse in the city centre. It takes place on all 4 Advent weekends only and the concept stands out from the other 60 or so Christmas markets in Berlin in so far as renowned environmental organizations such as WWF and Greenpeace present their projects to protect nature. In addition there are plenty of sensible, ecological, beautiful and unusual Christmas gifts, and the cuisine is also likely to be uncommon at this German Christmas Market: you will be pampered with vegetarian and organic delicacies of all kinds. Products from livestock farming are taboo in this market, so keep a lookout for the occasional smug visiting turkey…………… Just fill out the Search Engine box in the top left corner or phone us now on 041 983 1177 for a pricequote on your best Christmas markets in Germany! © Arrow Tours

Dates: Sat & Sun only during Advent

Subway: S-bahn Hackescher Markt

Best of the Rest

Berlin has over 60 separate Christmas markets, of which the main ones are described above.

Among the best of the rest are:

Frohnau Christmas Market

Winter Dream at Alexanderplatz

Trendmafia

Advent-Parcours

Alt Rixdorf Christmas Market

Schloss Britz Christmas Market

Winterfeldplatz Christmas Market

You can be there too with your partner. A cheap German Christmas Market is just a click away with Arrow Tours – for a pricequote just fill the Search Engine box on the left or phone us now for a pricequote!

All together now……………Stille Nacht, heilige Nacht, Alles schläft, einsam wacht………… 

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Dusseldorf Christmas Markets

‘Dussel’ is the name of a stream and ‘dorf’ means village – that is how the place got its name, though there is very little left to see of the original stream nowadays and nobody would think of referring to the seventh largest city in Germany as a village. The city tourist board describes Düsseldorf's Christmas Markets as ‘one of the most beautiful Christmas Markets in Germany, casting a spell on Düsseldorf's city centre and turning it into a unique experience for visitors’ and we would not ever question their experience or authority on such a matter.

The Christmas magic is spread over several locations, described below, with some designed along an agreed theme. If heading on a weekend trip to Dusseldorf please note that many shops (not Dusseldorf Christmas markets) are closed on a Sunday; bearing this in mind you may wish to go shopping in the world-famous department stores of the Königsallee (known to all as the Koo) on a Saturday and keep Sunday for the Xmas markets. Each flight and hotel booking to a Dusseldorf Christmas market gets a free guide booklet and map – Aer Lingus has a regular service. © Arrow Tours.

Dusseldorf Marktplatz Christmas Market

Good news – this market is in the Altstadt or Old Town, signifying that it is in the heart of the city. Marktplatz means Market Square and this setting hugs the river Rhine on one side with the Rathaus (City Hall) in Renaissance style framing the scene on the other side while the imposing statue of the mounted Jan Wellem – a Düsseldorf landmark – stares down approvingly on proceedings. The nostalgic stalls in this top Christmas market echo the façades and palate of the buildings that host them…….an urban planner’s paradise………! Allow yourself be seduced by the handiwork of wood carvers, glass blowers and metal turners as they ply their craft for your pleasure; then purchase the odd gift for a loved one or a carefully chosen ornament for the Christmas tree at home. Check out the 100-year-old restored carousel and the actual size Nativity crib. Just fill out the Search Engine box in the top left corner or phone us now on 041 983 1177 for a pricequote on your Christmas markets in Germany! © Arrow Tours  

Dates: 17 Nov – 23 Dec 2016

Tram: Benrather Strasse

Dusseldorf Christmas Market Flingerstrasse

Are you still with us from above? Head to the southeast corner of Marktplatz and glide onto Flingerstrasse. The booths here are present an appearance that harks back to a look of Dusseldorf houses in former centuries – when it really was a village. Let the seasonal fragrances waft you eastwards as you encounter Christmas experiences you just don’t see at home and remember to get your baubles and knick knacks as you tipple you way on punch or schnaps humming German Christmas market carols and just relaxing. You can’t miss the giant windmill-shaped Nativity scene known as the Glühwein Pyramid – yes, more booze; a popular spectacle and meeting point as you trundle along toward our next stop below……. Just fill out the Search Engine box in the top left corner or phone us now on 041 983 1177 for a pricequote on your German Xmas markets from Dublin or Cork! © Arrow Tours  

Dates: 17 Nov – 23 Dec 2016

Tram: Heinrich Heine Allee

Dusseldorf Engelchenmarkt Christmas Market

The Engelchenmarkt (Engel-chen-markt: Angel-little-market or Little Angel Market as we say) is on Heinrich Heine Platz, which is also in the Old Town city centre and one side of the square is bounded by the top notch Carsch Haus department store (somewhere for you to pop into later) while another focal point of the area is the band stand – an art-nouveau delight of stone, wrought iron and wood. A ‘heavenly’ theme is reflected around the square with angel figures featuring strongly. Immerse yourself and your partner in the millions of glistening white lights as you stroll from hut to hut enjoying the originality and difference to the Christmas goods at home. Savor a mug of hot chocolate and some Spritz (butter) cookies….. just fill out the Search Engine box in the top left corner or phone us now on 041 983 1177 for a pricequote on your best Christmas markets! © Arrow Tours  

Dates: 17 Nov – 23 Dec 2016

Tram: Heinrich Heine Allee

Dusseldorf Sternchenmarkt Christmas Market

The Sternchenmarkt (Little Star Market – are you getting’ the hang of this?) is in Stadtbrückchen to the south of where you just been - Heinrich Heine Platz. It takes place in the square outside Wilhelm Marx Haus which at 57m in 1924 was the first skyscraper in Europe and is named after the mayor of Dusseldorf at that time. Wave back at those lights that twinkle to you, buy candles that look and smell like icing-covered buns, reflect on how good your life really is and have a gentle think about another drink…………. Just fill out the Search Engine box in the top left corner or phone us now on 041 983 1177 for a pricequote on your cheap Christmas markets 2014! © Arrow Tours      

Dates: 17 Nov – 23 Dec 2016

Tram: Heinrich Heine Allee

Dusseldorf Christmas Market Schadowplatz

Schadowplatz is about 500m to the northeast of the Engelchenmarkt and quietly taking in the atmospheric view on the square is the stately University House – worth a look, if only from the outside. Your Xmas market stalls will be decked in fragrant spruce branches, you may encounter a talking Rudolf and as darkness descends you can sneak another handful of roast chestnuts, yet more glühwein and finally, some Poffertjes – Dutch pancakes – from a stall which claims to be Dusseldorf’s oldest - there for over 30 years. From here nip round the corner to Schadowstrasse, get on the carousel and throw up over everyone…………. Just fill out the Search Engine box in the top left corner or phone us now on 041 983 1177 for a pricequote on your best Europe Christmas markets! © Arrow Tours

Dates: 17 Nov – 23 Dec 2016

Tram: Jan Wellem Platz

Dusseldorf Christmas Market on Gustaf Gründgens Platz

Heading north from Schadowstrasse brings you to Gustaf Gründgens Platz, named as you know, after one of Germany’s most famous and influential actors of the 20th century, and placed just about in the Old Town. The real crowd pleaser however is the 450m² ice rink plonked in front of the Schuaspielhaus (main theatre) where you can break your ass FREE of CHARGE! While your kids are laughing themselves sick they can demonstrate a greater level of sophistication than you by sipping craft German beers and trying some Reibekuchen (potato pancakes) and then moving to the very-grown-up raclette at the mountain-cheese stand (NOT cheese-mountain)….. Just fill out the Search Engine box in the top left corner or phone us now on 041 983 1177 for a pricequote on your Dusseldorf Xmas markets from Dublin! © Arrow Tours  

Dates: 17 Nov – 23 Dec 2016

Tram: Jan Wellem Platz 

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Frankfurt Christmas Markets

Frankfurt – allegedly home to the frankfurter sausage – also happens to be home to the Weihnachtsmarkt (Christmas market) that claims to be one of the oldest in Germany, dating back to 1393. With its rich history steeped in tradition, this market is a huge attraction for visitors from all over the world, bringing more than three million visitors annually and making Frankfurt one of the more important Christmas markets in terms of visitor numbers.

For those of you who want to learn more about Frankfurt’s Christmas market, the Frankfurt Tourism Authority runs guided tours where visitors can learn more about glühwein and other Christmas culinary specialties, hear stories about Frankfurt’s Christmas traditions and learn more about the city’s history along the way – check with the Tourist Information Office on Römerberg for more details. If heading on a citybreak to Frankfurt please note that many shops (not the Frankfurt Christmas markets themselves) are closed on a Sunday; bearing this in mind you may wish to go shopping on a Saturday in the main shopping area of Zeil which begins at Hauptwache and runs to Konstablerwache; for the designer end try the streets around Fressgasse and Goethestrasse. Each package booking to a Frankfurt Christmas market gets a free map – Aer Lingus has a regular service. © Arrow Tours 

Christmas Market on Romerberg Platz

This is the main city square, located in the Altstadt area (Old Town) part of the city just north of the River Main and meticulously restored after wartime bomb damage and is the historical focal point of the city. The Römer, which means Roman, has been the city hall or Rathaus of Frankfurt am Main for 600 years, the Nikolaikirche (Church of St. Nicholas) where there is a Wednesday and Saturday musical performance from the balcony, and the half-timber Ostzeile houses are all found here too. As you stroll the cobbled square in the twilight take in the colours and music of the merry-go-round mixed with the delight of the young children, the million white lights adorning the 30m fir tree in the middle of the square and the 16th-century Fountain of Justitia (Justice), which flows with wine on special occasions! Caress the lovingly created artifacts from the various wooden huts – and maybe even buy some for those at home. Now try some Frankfurter Brenten (a kind of local biscuit) and wash it down with a few swift schnaps...........mmmm, lovely! Just fill out the Search Engine box in the top left corner or phone us now on 041 983 1177 for a pricequote on your best Christmas markets! © Arrow Tours                

Dates: 23 Nov – 22 Dec 2016

Tram: Paulsplatz 

Christmas Market on Paulsplatz

Paulsplatz is just north of Romerberg, is right next door to it and is the largest square in the Old Town. The square contains the atmospheric Paulskirche (Paul’s Church) and is peppered with trees making for a countryside feel to your Christmas market here. Let the fairy lights enchant you, admire the wrought iron handicrafts, inhale the fragrant candles and simply meander from stall to booth. See anything you like? Buy it – you may not return! Time for some Bethmannchen – a local delicacy meaning little Bethmann and is a pastry made with marzipan, almonds and rosewater....Good? Have a German beer also! Just fill out the Search Engine box in the top left corner or phone us now on 041 983 1177 for a pricequote on your Christmas markets in Germany! © Arrow Tours                

Dates: 23 Nov – 22 Dec 2016

Tram: Paulsplatz 

Mainkai Christmas Market

Mainkai (meaning quay by the river Main) runs along the north side of the river bank and is to the south of the above two markets. Come here with your lover to watch the lights shimmering back at you from the water as you stroll along the quayside and marvel at the toys, tree decorations, Nativity figures and goodies. What’s that over there? It’s Quetschemannchen – a little candied figure made of dried plums and traditionally swapped between lovers..........feeling romantic? Look at the lights on the bridges! Just fill out the Search Engine box in the top left corner or phone us now on 041 983 1177 for a pricequote on your Frankfurt Xmas markets from Dublin! © Arrow Tours                

Dates: 23 Nov – 22 Dec 2016

Tram: Paulsplatz

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Hamburg Christmas Markets

Hamburg claims to be the ‘Venice of the North’ but then so too does Stockholm, Amsterdam and St. Petersburg. One thing that is sure however is the fantastic array of Christmas markets on offer in this maritime city, described below. Each Saturday during Advent the Hamburg Christmas Parade takes place, composed of colourful, lively procession through the city centre, starting from Mönckebergstrasse at Galeria Kaufhof. 

In addition to the events listed below there is the largest funfair in northern Germany called the Hamburg Dom at the Heiligengeistfeld, which overlaps with the start of Advent. If heading on a short break to Hamburg please note that many shops (not the Hamburg Christmas markets themselves) are closed on a Sunday; bearing this in mind you may wish to go shopping on a Saturday in the main shopping streets of Spitalerstrasse and Monckebergstrasse (known universally as Moo) or the more upmarket triangle formed by Neuer Wall, Fuhlentwiete and Jungfernstieg and save the Christmas markets until Sunday. Each flight plus hotel booking to a Hamburg Christmas market gets a free guidebook, map and shopping booklet – Aer Lingus runs a regular service. © Arrow Tours 

Hamburg Christmas Market at the Rathausmarkt

Don’t panic – this is not a house of rats! Rathaus means Town Hall and this address signifies the very heart of the Hamburg city, located in the Altstadt quarter or Old Town – the most beautiful of locations hosting the prettiest of markets. Prepare yourself for stacks of handmade chocolates, dried meats, local cheeses, hog roast, busking musicians bringing seasonal cheer, glass blowers parading their skills before you, hatters steaming.........hats, ironmongers wroughting metal artifacts, lantern makers.............the list goes on. Time to sample something? Try Christkindl’s Gluhweinhaus for the festive tipple of choice – and chat up a few Hamburgers while you’re at it! Wot’s that overhead darting through the heavens? Why it’s Santa on his sleigh – a performance that is repeated several times a day at this magical market. Just fill out the Search Engine box in the top left corner or phone us now on 041 983 1177 for a pricequote on your Christmas markets in German cities! © Arrow Tours

Dates: 21 Nov – 23 Dec 2016

Ubahn: Rathaus

Hamburg Winter Magic at Jungfernstieg

Just a few hundred metres north of the Rathausmarkt is the Winter Magic experience of Jungfernstieg, nestled by the side of the river Binnenalster, one of several rivers flowing through Hamburg. This is a classy spot – you will pay for your Christmas tat here – but don’t let it stop you visiting the stands shrouded in pure white material or seeing the giant Christmas tree floating on a pontoon in the middle of the river. Buy your lover a hand puppet, let the jewellers hawk their wares at you, find something for the tree or mantelpiece at home..........or discover the ultimate insulting gift for your boss at the office party when you return. Is that river making you feel cold? Have a glass of Feuerzangenbowle (literally: flaming fire tongs punch); it will be a bit of a change to the gluhwein (mulled wine) and that in itself must be welcome – we’ve seen a vendor get quite abusive when a customer called it gluhwein! Just fill out the Search Engine box in the top left corner or phone us now on 041 983 1177 for a pricequote on your German Xmas markets from Dublin or Cork! © Arrow Tours

Dates: 21 Nov – 30 Dec 2016 (closed 24, 25 Dec)

Ubahn: Jungfernstieg 

Hamburg Christmas Market at St. Petri

If you read one thing only: do not confuse this market with that of Santa Pauli in the Reeperbhan, described later and a veritable cockfest of Santa without his red trousers and the kind of place where a St. Pauli Christmas gift is apt to be a dildo.......St. Petri hereafter is the exact opposite......    

Also very close to the Rathausmarkt – just a few minutes’ walk east – is the quaint market of St. Petri located on the square of that name, holding St. Peter’s Church – the oldest in all of Hamburg. This Christmas market, being stationed literally around the outer walls of the church – above all others – exhibits an ambience and mood more in keeping with the spirit and message of Christmas that anywhere else in Germany. It is understated, respectful, simple and sincere. In the centre of this small market you will find the Nativity crib, lit up, the Christmas tree and a childrens’ carousel. Daily at 4pm a door on the giant Advent calendar is opened and releases tiny bounties for the kids who have gathered. Just fill out the Search Engine box in the top left corner or phone us now on 041 983 1177 for a pricequote on your best Christmas markets! © Arrow Tours

Dates: 21 Nov – 30 Dec 2016 (closed 25 Dec)

Ubahn: Rathaus 

Winterwald at Gerhart-Hauptmann-Platz & Mönckebergbrunnen

The Winterwald (pronounced vintervald) means winter forest and is located just a little east of the St. Petri market above on the square of Gerhart Hauptmann which spills onto the bustling shopping thoroughfare of Monckebergstrasse. As with many squares, there is a country village aura about the cobbled Gerhart Hauptmann Platz at this time of year with huts, stalls and booths all around decked in Christmas paraphernalia and oozing Christmas charm. Chat to the stone masons then have a go yourself, allow yourself and your lover to frolic on the carousel and then buy a miniature one to take home. Round the corner into Monckebergestrasse and just follow the fun…………. you’ll have bunches more stands to wander round and eye up the goods that you just don’t see at home. Have a sip of gluhwein, then buy a sprig of mistletoe and snog a local passer-by! Just fill out the Search Engine box in the top left corner or phone us now on 041 983 1177 for a pricequote on your Hanburg Xmas markets from Dublin! © Arrow Tours

Dates: 26 Nov – 30 Dec 2016 (closed 25 Dec)

Ubahn: Monckebergstrasse 

Spitalerstrasse Hamburg Christmas Market

As you wander along Monckebergstrasse above you encounter a sidestreet called Spitalerstrasse. In here is another market for you. Get baubels and little wooden angels to hang on your Christmas tree, sense the waft of leather goods, soak up the ambience and see the Christmas figure tower powered by a windmill! You also have department stores along here if you want a break from the markets. Just fill out the Search Engine box in the top left corner or phone us now on 041 983 1177 for a pricequote on your best Christmas markets in Germany! © Arrow Tours

Dates: 26 Nov – 30 Dec 2016 (closed 25 Dec)

Ubahn: Monckebergstrasse 

Gansemarkt Christmas Market

The Gansemarkt, meaning goose market, is located just slightly north of the Jungfernstieg market and thus within easy walking distance. It is smaller in size that many of the other Hamburg markets and therefore less frequented, making it ideal for groups or families with young kids. The market is labeled the Hanseatic Market, suggesting it has a more Germanic feel to it than others and this is perhaps mildly true, however it does have a reputation for being more intimate and gemutlich (cozy), as the German say. Have a bratwurst (hot dog) and some Feuerzangenbowle (literally: flaming fire tongs punch) and get chatting with the Germans. A stage nearby hosts occasional readings, concerts and even church services. You may be lucky enough to encounter a carol choirs or gospel group lifting your Christmas spirit! Just fill out the Search Engine box in the top left corner or phone us now on 041 983 1177 for a pricequote on your best Europe Christmas markets! © Arrow Tours

Dates: 21 Nov – 23 Dec 2016

Ubahn: Gansemarkt 

Hamburg Fleetinsel Christmas Market

Fleetinsel means Fleet Island and as suggested, takes place on an island which in reality is a central piece of city surrounded by a few canals, giving the show a slight maritime feel. It is located just a few hundred metres west of the main Rathausmarkt and thus is in very easy walking distance. The stalls are of a similar design, all draped in white flowing material. You may see the odd sign on a shop stall offering ‘Schmuck’ – while it has a rude meaning in English, in this context it means ‘jewelry’ – work out the connection yourself!! Like most of these markets, if you leave your visit until twilight and later you get the mood at it most atmospheric. Just fill out the Search Engine box in the top left corner or phone us now on 041 983 1177 for a pricequote on your cheap Christmas markets 2014! © Arrow Tours

Dates: 21 Nov – 23 Dec 2016

Sbahn: Stadthausbrucke 

Santa Pauli Christmas Market

This market has deliberately been left until last and ensure you do not confuse it with the St. Petri market described earlier……….!

Hamburg has a noted sex industry and ranks second to Amsterdam for its red light area. Well, if the rest of the city is having Christmas markets, then the red light district wants one also. 

This X-rated Christmas market is held in the Kiez, the red-light St Pauli district of the city around the Spielbudenplatz/ Reeperbahn and it presents itself as the 'horniest Christmas market' in Europe. In addition to all the usual stuff you can buy at the other markets you can also pick up that dildo you’ve always wanted or bring home a stack of the most original porn mags for your teenage son. Allegedly there is a closed tent at one end of the market offering erotic Christmas shows and a topless waitress service…Christmas comes but once a year – be glad you’re not a Christmas! Just fill out the Search Engine box in the top left corner or phone us now on 041 983 1177 for a pricequote on your cheap Christmas markets 2014! © Arrow Tours

Dates: 17 Nov – 23 Dec 2016

Sbahn: Reeperbahn.

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Heidelberg Christmas Markets

Even if Heidelberg had no Christmas markets to visit, this charming, quaint fairytale olde worlde town is worth a visit in itself and explains why annually it gets upwards of three million visitors. If you’re wondering how to get here, you fly on an Arrow Tours package to Frankfurt from Dublin and get the train from the airport to Heidelberg.

Good news – all the markets are in the Altstadt, or Old Town – so you can stagger round from Bismarckplatz to Karlsplatz without having to be sick all over public transport! Even better, they all lie on one side or the other of the Hauptstrasse or Main Street, so you always have a handrail to guide you……….this street is the longest pedestrian street in Europe so there are always opportunities to jump off the market trail and into the shops that line this thoroughfare. If heading on a short break to Heidelberg please note that many shops (not the Heidelberg Christmas markets themselves) are closed on a Sunday; bearing this in mind you may wish to go shopping on a Saturday in the main shopping streets of Hauptstrasse and save the Christmas markets until Sunday. Each flight plus hotel booking to a Heidelberg Christmas market gets a free map – Aer Lingus runs a regular Frankfurt service. © Arrow Tours 

Heidelberg Bismarckplatz Christmas Market

Bismarckplatz is on the western side of the Altstadt or Old Town and marks the start of your enchanting Yuletide tour. Architecturally there is nothing of significance to note in this square but do take time to check out the bust of Bismarck himself and the modern sculpture known as the Spaghetti Pillar. On the south side of the square is the department store Galeria Kaufhof so if the weather is bad, you can commence the commercial consumption in here. Of more note is that fact that you are now at the start of the longest pedestrianized street in Europe.              

Perhaps leave it to late afternoon in order to soak the most exquisite ambience from the seasonal cabins, decked in festive boughs and twinkling lights. Pinball slowly from pillar to post, sniffing a scented candle here feeling a fluffy toy there, gaping at wares and skills you never see at home. Is it freezing cold yet? Time for a piping hot bratwurst sausage dog, washed down with a German beer or a mulled gluhwein. Just fill out the Search Engine box in the top left corner or phone us now on 041 983 1177 for a pricequote on your German Xmas markets from Dublin or Cork! © Arrow Tours

Dates: 21 Nov – 22 Dec 2016

Heidelberg Anatomiegarten Christmas Market

Meandering out of Bismarckplatz head east along the Hauptstrasse for a few hundred metres until you come to the Anatomiegarten; literally meaning Anatomy Garden it refers to the long standing connections to medical research in the town’s standing as a university haven underlined by the statue staring down at you of Robert Bunsen, inventor of the Bunsen burner. The square is not a garden now but a cobbled Christmas paradise: discover for yourself the hanging stars, painted candle holders, bright lanterns, wooden toys and shimmering white Christmas trees…………mmmm lovely! Just fill out the Search Engine box in the top left corner or phone us now on 041 983 1177 for a pricequote on your Christmas markets in German cities! © Arrow Tours

Dates: 21 Nov – 22 Dec 2016

Heidelberg Universitatsplatz Christmas Market

On now to the Universitatsplatz, a few minutes east again and at about 80 stalls, the biggest square in the Heidelberg Xmas market. Kit your tree out in baubles, get a windmill Nativity pyramid for your dinner table or just lick up that whole Christmas feeling……if you’re feeling peckish try some glazed fruit or roast chestnuts………….wanna drink? Have applewine or a craft German beer…….if available, scoop up some fresh snow and hurl it at you partner! Just fill out the Search Engine box in the top left corner or phone us now on 041 983 1177 for a pricequote on your best Christmas markets! © Arrow Tours

Dates: 21 Nov – 22 Dec 2016

Heidelberg Marktplatz Christmas Market

Drift on now to Marktplatz, meaning Market Square with a statue of Hercules taking centre place on a column while the Town Hall and Church of the Holy Spirit bound other sides. At this time however, the most imposing feature among all the booths and stalls is the giant illuminated Christmas pyramid, made of wood, powered by windmill blades, flanked by huge red candles and containing figures from the town’s past. Stroll around the square and you’re bound to meet Weihnachtsmann – yes! Santa Claus himself…………he’s in a large wooden hut in the centre of the square and he awaits your arrival…..After you’ve delivered your non-negotiable demands trot round to the endearing carousel and feel your childhood wash over you…….. Just fill out the Search Engine box in the top left corner or phone us now on 041 983 1177 for a pricequote on your best Christmas markets in Germany! © Arrow Tours

Dates: 21 Nov – 22 Dec 2016

Heidelberg Kornmarkt Christmas Market

Just southeast of the Marktplatz is the cobbled Kornmarkt, or Corn Market and from here you can see the imposing, looming Schloss/ Castle Heidelberg above you in the distance, taking it all in but saying nothing. In the centre of the square is the wholly appropriate statue of the Madonna and Child by Peter van den Branden and while you’re here there’s a live manger around it….delightful. Walk around the giant lighted fir tree, weave around the stalls, let something catch your eye and pick it up, make the stall owner a ridiculously low offer………..you never know…they may say yes….now sniff out a hog roast and have some hot pork….delicious. Just fill out the Search Engine box in the top left corner or phone us now on 041 983 1177 for a pricequote on your best Europe Christmas markets! © Arrow Tours

Dates: 21 Nov – 22 Dec 2016

Karlsplatz Christmas on Ice Market

Finally on to Karlsplatz, right next door to the Kornmarkt and you’ve reached the end of your expedition. Here is one of the highlights of the evening….the town ice rink basking in the lights of the atmospheric old castle high above. Let your hair down – venture onto the ice yourself with your partner and be your own Torvill and Dean as you thrill the gasping onlookers. Synchronize in perfect timing to the piped music and be the envy of all the locals………There is a large hut right next to it with the specific aim of warming you back up again once you crawl off the ice through the lavishing of copious amounts of steaming gluhwein……heavenly. Just fill out the Search Engine box in the top left corner or phone us now on 041 983 1177 for a pricequote on your Heidelberg Xmas markets from Dublin! © Arrow Tours

Dates: 21 Nov 2016 – 8 Jan 2017 (closed 24 Dec)

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Munich Christmas Markets

No sooner is the Oktoberfest behind them than the good burghers of Munich start preparing for another annual highlight – the German Christmas markets. With over 25 different markets to choose from there is a dizzying choice during you few days stay and the best Munich markets are described here.

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If heading on a shopping break to Munich please note that many shops (not the Munich Christmas markets themselves) are closed on a Sunday; bearing this in mind you may wish to go shopping on a Saturday around the main commercial areas of Marienplatz, Neuhauserstrasse and Kaufingerstrasse; the high-enders among you may wish to try out Maximilianstrasse, Theatinerstrasse and Brienner Strasse and save the Christmas markets until Sunday. Each flight plus hotel booking to a Munich Christmas market gets a free guide booklet and map – Aer Lingus runs a regular Munich service. © Arrow Tours

 

Munich Marienplatz Christmas Markets

When people refer to the ‘Munich Christmas Market’ this is the one they’re talking about – it is the oldest – dating back to the fourteenth century – and is located in the heart of the Old Town with the Neues Rathaus (New Town Hall) edging one side of the square while the Mariensaule or Pillar of Mary gazes down on proceedings. Daily from the balcony of the Town Hall there is a musical performance to help enhance your overall Chrismassy feel. © Arrow Tours

 

Dates: 25 Nov – 24 Dec 2016

Subway: U-bahn Marienplatz

 

Munich Kripperlmarkt Christmas Markets

Just a short walk west from the Marienplatz as you head along Neuhauser Strasse is the Kripperlmarkt or Crib Market. This event dates back to the eighteenth century and is Germany’s largest. Here you will find everything you need to make the perfect manger at home - from the crib lantern to fodder for the ox and donkey, from smiling cherubs to the gold, frankincense and myrrh of the Magi….. each lovingly chosen and carefully packed item is a reminder of childhood, when the manger under the Christmas tree symbolized a world of mystery and wonder……..© Arrow Tours

Dates: 25 Nov – 24 Dec 2016

 

Subway: U-bahn Karlsplatz

 

Munich Middle Ages Christmas Markets

About 600m north of Marienplatz but drifting back many centuries in time is the medieval ‘mittelaltlicher Weihnachtsmarkt’ located in Wittelsbacher Platz. Here you can find your hosts dressed in authentic costumes and welcoming you to the ways things were done in the distant past and living in a village that is from the Middle Ages. Enjoy the crafts they have on offer of wrought metal, carved wood and glass artifacts and then help yourself to some nurnberger sausages grilled on an open beechwood fire, some freshly smoked fish fillets or Flammbrot – flat hot bread with a topping. At weekends, musicians, dancers, jesters and jugglers breath new life into the culture of Medieval times. © Arrow Tours

 

Dates: 25 Nov – 23 Dec 2016

 

Subway: U-bahn Odeonsplatz

 

Munich Christmas Village in the Kaiserhof of the Munich Residence

As you nip out of the Middle Ages market pop into the Imperial Court of Residence, located in Residenzstrasse and only used as a site for Christmas markets in very recent years and takes place both indoors and out. Get your Bavarian Christmas tree decorations made of wood, straw, glass and wax…..meet Santa and his subordinate clauses (little helpers)…………perhaps hear the ensemble of Alpine hornblowers…..covet the giant teddy bear……….stop by the large manger and see the kids stare in wonder……….be entertained by a brass band, if they’re about……..have a go yourself at some woodcarving…….watch the very young children ride Rudolph! © Arrow Tours

 

Dates: 21 Nov – 22 Dec 2016

 

Subway: U-bahn Odeonsplatz

 

 

Munich Christmas Market at Sendlinger

This market is set in the southwestern corner of the Old Town and is about 600m from Marienplatz and has an international feel to its goods. In olden times these markets were an opportunity for people to stock up on provisions and goods to help them through the winter; nowadays though the nature of those offerings has changed somewhat to candyfloss, roasted almonds and Eliselebkuchen (traditional German gingerbread biscuits), mulled wine and hot cocoa with whipped cream for the youngsters. For the savory tooth there are a multitude of potato specialities and various kinds of sausages. And of course there are gift ideas for those at home from all corners of Germany as well as further afield. In an echo of the spirit of Tiny Tim, each year music is provided by the Blinde Musiker Munchen – blind musicians of Munich, a group of young people with a very varied repertoire.© Arrow Tours

 

Dates: 21 Nov – 23 Dec 2016

 

Subway: U-bahn Sendlinger Tor

 

 

Pink Christmas at Stephensplatz

Just a couple of hundred metres south of Sendlinger Tor and completely illuminated in pink, a small endearing market represents the gay community of Munich. Along with a stage for cabaret and music performances, local shops will put up stalls selling their goods. A variety of food offerings and Glühwein (hot wine punch) always entertains a jolly Christmas crowd. © Arrow Tours

 

Dates: 24 Nov – 23 Dec 2016

 

Subway: U-bahn Sendlinger Tor

 

 

Munich Tollwood Winterfestival

This event takes place in the park of Theresienwiese a very short distance west of the city centre and home of the Oktoberfest. The whole show is a celebration of world ethnic cultures and in addition to the stalls and booths you would expect to find there are handicrafts and cuisines from all over the world. Overall there is a green feel to this market and among of the causes it supports is the welfare of animals, their rights and an end to industrial factory farming. So don’t expect too many meat products on offer! There is an exciting mix of international performers, drama groups, live music, world art and culture on offer. Note: this market may require an entrance fee. © Arrow Tours

 

Dates: 23 Nov – 31 Dec 2016

 

Subway: U-bahn Theresienwiese

 

 

Munich Christmas Market Chinesischer Turm – Chinese Tower

This is the…..Christmas market at the Chinese Tower in the English Garden. The English Garden is the name of a park to the northeast of the Old Town and in it is a place called the Chinese Tower. Your market takes place round the base of this tower once the benches from the Beer Garden have been removed, heralding what some call the city's most romantic Christmas market; away from the chaos of the city centre the market offers everything from gastronomic specialties to fancy giftware. See the kids go crazy for the ancient wooden carousel. From Monday to Friday between 5-7 pm an ensemble of wind instruments will play. At weekends, Santa Claus and his companion Krampus will roam the market to delight young visitors….ah lovely! © Arrow Tours

 

Dates: 26 Nov – 23 Dec 2016

 

Subway: U-bahn Universitat

 

 

Best of the Rest

Munich has over 25 separate Christmas markets, of which the main ones are described above.

Among the best of the rest are:

Haidhausen Christmas Market

Bogenhausener Weihnachtszauberwald

Christmas Market Schwabing

Christmas Market at the airport – complete with ice rink!

You can be there too with your partner. A cheap German Christmas Market is just a click away with Arrow Tours – for a pricequote just fill the Search Engine box on the left!

All together now……………Tannenbaum, O Tannenbaum, wie treu sind deine Blatter…………  

 

 

 

Stuttgart Christmas Markets

You perhaps know Stuttgart best as the headquarters of both Mercedes-Benz and Porsche but in fact it began life about 1,000 years earlier as ‘Stuotgarten’: Studfarm and while you will probably not return home at the end of this weekend with a car in your suitcase you should have a bunch of find memories to share with a loved one that will last many years longer.

If heading on a shopping break to Stuttgart please note that many shops (apart from the Stuttgart Christmas markets themselves) are closed on a Sunday; bearing this in mind you may wish to go shopping on a Saturday around the main shopping streets around Konigstrasse and save the Christmas markets until Sunday. Aer Lingus runs a regular Stuttgart service. © Arrow Tours

Marktplatz Christmas Market

Good news for all………..the main markets are located in a compact area within the Innenstadt or city centre and once you’ve arrived at one the others can be easily reached on foot. This first one – on Market Square – is large, cobbled and bounded on one side by the Town Hall, rebuilt for the worse after World War 2. © Arrow Tours

Dates: 23 Nov – 23 Dec 2016

Subway: U-bahn Rathaus

Hirschstrasse/ Pierre-Pflimlin Platz Christmas Market

Stroll to the southwest corner of Marktplatz and you will be greeted by the beckoning enticement of the H/P-P market ……..follow it for your enjoyment………….  © Arrow Tours

Dates: 23 Nov – 23 Dec 2016

Subway: U-bahn Rathaus

Kirschstrasse/ Sporerstrasse Christmas Market

Head north now, back past Marktplatz and as you enter Kirschstrasse you are in a new market.

Dates: 23 Nov – 23 Dec 2016

Subway: U-bahn Rathaus

Dorotheenstrasse Christmas Market

A hundred metres or so north of Sporerstrasse and you now find yourself in the Dorotheenstrasse Christmas market.

Dates: 23 Nov – 23 Dec 2016

Subway: U-bahn Carlottenplatz

Schillerplatz Christmas Market

Just west of the Dorotheenstrasse market is the Schillerplatz Christmas market.

Dates: 23 Nov – 23 Dec 2016

Subway: U-bahn Carlottenplatz

Schlossplatz/ Konigbau Christmas Market

Leaving the Schillerplatz now head north for about 200m and you’re right at the Schlossplatz/ Konigbau Christmas market.

Dates: 23 Nov – 23 Dec 2016

Subway: U-bahn Schlossplatz 

Wintertraum Palace Square

Immediately east of the Konigbau is the Wintertraum. While this is not strictly a Christmas market it is a skating rink steeped in festive cheer and very popular all round and so you may wish to call in here as your last stop of the day.

Dates: 23 Nov – 23 Dec 2016

Subway: U-bahn Schlossplatz

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Austria Christmas Markets

Vienna Christmas Markets

Fancy a waltz? Well we can dance our way around the most endearing Austria Christmas markets here in the City of Music. Steep yourself and a partner in the joy of the Advent season with a super value weekend citybreak –or midweek if you wish of course – with an Arrow Tours package.

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The time-honored tradition harks back to around 1300 when Albrecht I established the Krippenmarkt or Crib Market, when in those days would have been a time for citizens to stock up on vital provisions; true, it has morphed over the centuries and now represents a chance to indulge in childhood nostalgia, see to Christmas is celebrated on the continent, purchase gifts for family and friends and home and embark on a gastronomic adventure. There is a modest chance it could be snowing while you’re here so ensure you are properly kitted out..... Each flight plus hotel booking to a Vienna Christmas market gets a free guidebook and map – Aer Lingus runs a regular Vienna service. © Arrow Tours

        

 

 

 

 

 

Rathausplatz Christmas Market

For starters when you get here close your eyes and imagine the square without any market in it: you have the spectacular Rathaus or Town Hall with its many spires and gothic look dating back to the 1880’s. Then there’s the University on the northern end of the square and the old Parliament to the south. In the middle you have the elegant, grassy, tree-lined Town Hall Park and it’s here that we’ve come – possibly the most beautiful setting in all Europe for a Christmas market. Signs will beckon to you ‘Frohe Weihnachte’ – ‘Merry Christmas’ and entice you to the stalls decked in boughs of fir and spruce, if not holly; touch the Santa figurines and angels at one booth, meander over to miniature Christmas trees at another, hop on the mini train for a ride around the park, what’s that aroma – it’s roasted chestnuts – will you have some or some local hog-roast? Either way, wash it down with some steaming hot gluhwein (mulled wine) ah……….delicious…Just fill out the Search Engine box to your left or phone us now for a pricequote on your Christmas markets in Austria © Arrow Tours

 

Dates: 12 Nov – 24 Dec 2016

 

Subway: U-bahn Rathaus

 

 

Christmas Village at Altes AKH

Heading 600m northwest of Rathausplatz will bring you to the Christmas Village of Altes AKH or the Former General Hospital along Alserstrasse and Spitalgasse. Bounce around the various festive stalls selling handmade chocolate, fudge, wooden and glass figurines of a bewildering type and variety which you just don’t see at home, take in the funfair with its different rides – and have a go yourself along with the local kids, then sniff out the stand selling tequila punch, schnaps, Austrian beer and wines and finally visit the manger with the large wooden figures and real live animals. Just fill out the Search Engine box to your left or phone us now for a pricequote on your Vienna Xmas markets from Dublin or Cork! © Arrow Tours

 

Dates: 12 Nov – 23 Dec 2016

 

Tram: Lange Gasse

 

 

Old Viennese Christmas Market

Next, about 1km east to the ‘Altwiener Christkindlmarkt’ or Old Viennese Christ Child Market on the cobbled Freyung Street where the Yuletide vendors await your arrival to purvey cd’s with all your Christmas favourites in a new language, glass snowmen, charming wooden toys for the very young, multicoloured candles, baubles by the busload, small furry toys, cribs of all sizes and yes – teapots. Time for some candied almonds or glazed fruit and a warming drink……….feeling romantic? Then snuggle up to your partner, give them a snog………and hope your spouse never finds out…. Just fill out the Search Engine box to your left or phone us now for a pricequote on your best Christmas markets! © Arrow Tours

 

Dates: 18 Nov – 23 Dec 2016

 

Tram: Herrengasse

 

 

Am Hof Advent Market

Continue along Freyung now for just a few steps until you reach ‘Am Hof’ (At the Court) market in an old square with the Baroque Kirche am Hof or Church at the Court on one side and the very tall Marian column in the middle – you may not be able to see it with all the wooden booths! Meander from Billy to Jack or rather Villi to Johan and take in the multitude of sights such as the giant lighted Christmas tree, the prints & pictures, sweets and candies of all types, knick-knacks, stocking fillers for the kids, Santa figures, potpourri……..the list goes on………call round and see if Radio Wien or Radio Vienna are broadcasting from here again this year and go in and have a request played for those at home in damp, grey Ireland……….. Just fill out the Search Engine box to your left or phone us now for a pricequote on your Austrian Xmas markets from Dublin!© Arrow Tours

 

Dates: 11 Nov – 23 Dec 2016

 

Tram: Herrengasse

 

 

 

Christmas Village at Maria-Theresien-Platz

From ‘Am Hof’ above head 800m southwest to the Museum District of Vienna and the green, tree-peppered park of Maria Theresien Platz, cupped between the stately Art History Museum on one side and Museum of Natural History on the other. The layout of this visit is broadly cross-shaped, echoing that of the park itself and you can stroll the cabins here marveling at the array of lovingly hand crafted wooden, glass and ceramic wares along with the high-quality oil and water colour paintings. Feeling peckish? Then indulge a whim at one of the dozen or more food stalls and try a bite of something you don’t see very often at home… you may also be fortunate to be there when one of the Austrian brass and wind players groups or the various Gospel singers or choirs are on…. Just fill out the Search Engine box to your left or phone us now for a pricequote on your best Christmas markets in Austria! © Arrow Tours

 

Dates: 16 Nov – 26 Dec 2016

 

Tram: Volkstheater

 

 

Christmas Market at Spittelberg

Onwards now to the next treat – head west about 300m to the Spittelberg market, a triple pronged venture taking place on Spittelberggasse, Schrankgass and Gutenberggasse, little streets all running parallel and in Vienna’s second largest pedestrianised zone. With more than 100 stalls brave in lights and fir branches you and your lover will have lots to choose from whether its waffles, pancakes, Christmas wreaths, home-made jams, spicy dried sausages, handmade cheeses, chic silverware, glass ornaments, gift ideas and stocking fillers………just think of the delight on the faces of the little ones at home when they see you brought them back some Austrian dried chorizo….. Just fill out the Search Engine box to your left or phone us now for a pricequote on your best Europe Christmas markets! © Arrow Tours

 

Dates: 12 Nov – 23 Dec 2016

 

Tram: Volkstheater

 

Schillerplatz Advent Market on Karlsplatz

Take a southeasterly direction now from Spittelberg for 1km until you reach the green open park of Karlsplatz in the shadow of the imposing Karlskirche and the Vienna History Museum. Here your Solstice market takes a decidedly arty flavor and this event is especially noted for the high quality of its handicrafts including the 10 elements of glass, wood, ceramics, cosmetics, leather, painting, metal, stone, textiles and wax. Not to be outdone, the booze sellers will ply you with copious amounts of schnaps, gluhwein and Feuerzangenbowle (literally: flaming fire tongs punch)….so get yourselves two glasses of something hot and cozy up……. Just fill out the Search Engine box to your left or phone us now for a pricequote on your cheap Christmas markets 2013! © Arrow Tours

 

Dates: 18 Nov – 23 Dec 2016

Tram: Karlsplatz

 

Schillerplatz Christmas Village at Belvedere Palace

This Vienna market is in front of the stately pile of Belvedere Palace, about 1km southeast of Karlsplatz. Over 40 stalls will outdo each other to offer you their very best in an exquisite Baroque backdrop. Leave it until twilight or later to get the whole experience at its most Chrismassy…….discover a world of evergreen trees lit with fairy lights, cabins selling baubles (gold, white, green or red for starters), handmade sweets, glass and ceramic ornaments, miniature Santas and snowmen and much, much more. Time to try Schinkenfleckerln (ham pasta topped with baked cheese) or Kasnocken (small dumpling made of cheese and onions) or Vienna sausage (sausage from Vienna). Wash it down with some Austrian beers or something stronger from the gluhwein man. Be entertained by live music and singers from the locality at various times throughout the day…fantastic… © Arrow Tours

 

Dates: 18 Nov – 23 Dec 2016

 

Tram: Schloss Belvedere

 

 

 

Schonbrunn Palace Christmas (and New Year) Market

This next stop requires a tram ride, taking you out to the stunning palace grounds of Schonbrunn; this place does not even need a market because it gets several million visitors a year anyway wot with being the former Habsburg summer residence and a pad to rival Versailles outside Paris. 

The show takes place in front of the Palace itself along the strip known as the Court Parade and for a romantic backdrop in an imperial setting you just won’t beat this. With about 80 stalls including a dozen doing food and drink you will find plenty here to take you attention….O wot a classy joint: giant lit fir trees, fairy lights all round, all your similar stalls from the city centre but in a much more prim and understated kind of way – is if they’re painfully aware they’re taking up space in the Emperor’s front garden and must be on their best behavior…..where’s that lovely music coming from? Almost certainly not a loudspeaker…..there’s a good chance you may get to hear live performances from choirs, brass bands or stringed ensembles on the stage in front of the main tree! © Arrow Tours

 

Dates: Xmas market 19 Nov – 26 Dec 2016     New Year market 27 Dec 2016 – 1 Jan 2017

 

Tram: Schonbrunn

 

Winter Market on Riesenradplatz

This funanza is in the north part of the city by the Planetarium in the Volksprater Park. This is a brash Christmas market with very much a funfair feel: there is a huge Ferris wheel, merry-go-round (for adults as well as kids), live entertainment along with, of course, stalls of seasonal junk….© Arrow Tours

 

Dates: 19 Nov 2016 – 8 Jan 2017

 

Tram: Praterstern

 

 

Czech Christmas Markets

Prague Christmas Markets

Prague - Oh, playground of the Celtic Tiger! And no wonder either: few other cities in Europe look so stunningly attractive and no other European capital possesses over six hundred years of building and design unblemished at all by war.

It has lost none of its shine that made it such an attractive destination to the Irish for a quick weekend break 10 years ago and now that Christmas comes round once again it is a great time to go and visit the splendor of this magnificent city. Your Prague Christmas markets (Vanocni trh) take place in about six locations around the city centre and you can live the magic with us. When you get to the market in Wenceslas Square just remember that the carol ‘Good King Wenceslas’ is about the guy after whom this famous square is named! Unlike the Irish tradition for roast turkey during this month the Czech people go in for fried carp fish served with potato salad; if you’re lucky enough to be about for New Years’ Eve then the dish of choice is boiled pig’s head with grated horseradish and apple! So get in the spirit of things and start wishing complete strangers ‘Veselé Vánoce a Štastný Nový Rok’ (Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year). ..... Each flight plus hotel booking to a Prague Christmas market gets a free city map – Aer Lingus runs a regular Prague service. © Arrow Tours 

Prague Old Town Square Christmas Market (Staromestské námestí)

The Old Town Square itself is one of the most breathtakingly beautiful you are ever likely to stand in and as you reach it you may even find yourself wishing that the all the stalls and booths were gone so you could better take in the gothic Tyn Church and baroque St. Nicholas Church or marvel at the medieval astronomical clock on the southern wall of the Old Town City Hall – its date from 1410 making it the third oldest such clock there is and the world’s oldest one in working order. See the light-festooned giant fir tree dominating proceedings in the centre of the square while the space around is transformed into a bustling market place with decorated wooden huts and market stalls selling all kinds of small crafts and Czech delicacies. What’s that sound? It’s music for your entertainment coming from the stage on the square…..enjoy! Just fill out the Search Engine box in the top left corner or phone us now on 041 983 1177 for a pricequote on your Christmas markets in Czech cities! © Arrow Tours

Dates: 26 Nov 2016 – 1 Jan 2017

Metro: Staromestska

Prague Republic Square Christmas Market (Námestí Republiky)

Head east now from Old Town Square for 500m and you’re at the Námestí Republiky market and this square stands at the threshold between the Old Town (Stare Mesto) and the New Town (Nove Mesto). In it the Obecní düm (Municipal House) has concert halls, restaurants, and reception rooms and occupies a key position beside the Powder Tower. Facing it is the foreboding grey facade of U Hybernü which served for many years as the Customs House while on a brighter note Námestí Republiky is also the site of the Kotva department store. Bounce from stall to booth, spotting a bargain for yourself here and some stocking fillers for the kids at home there; when you do all this make sure you create some time for some Vceli Uly (Czech beehive cookies) and wash them down with a few Pilsner Urquell – traditional Czech beers…..mmmmm, lovely. Just fill out the Search Engine box in the top left corner or phone us now on 041 983 1177 for a pricequote on your Prague Xmas markets from Dublin or Cork! © Arrow Tours

Dates: 25 Nov – 24 Dec 2016

Metro: Namesti Republiky

Prague Havel Christmas Market (Havelské tržište)

Southwest now for 500m from Republic Square and you’re at the Havel market in the bustling pedestrianised street of Havelska; while this market in fact operates all year round, it takes on the special festive mantle for a few short days before Christmas and joins in with its bigger brothers on either side spreading seasonal goodwill to all. This Prague Christmas market is one of the smaller ones around the city. Just fill out the Search Engine box in the top left corner or phone us now on 041 983 1177 for a pricequote on your best Christmas markets! © Arrow Tours

Dates:  approx 20-23 Dec 2016

Metro: Mustek

Prague Wenceslas Square Christmas Market (Václavské námestí)

Head southeast from Havel market and you encounter another of the larger markets in Prague. This is Wenceslas Christmas Market and takes place in the famous square of that name. If you get a good fall of snow this just heightens the atmospheric feel to your weekend – but make sure to wrap up warm! Enjoy the giant tree in the middle of the square first, then visit the bough-festooned booths and peruse the wares: candles, baubles, ceramics, glassware, tiny ornaments, toys,…now have some grilled meat, sausages, apfel strudel, gingerbread, waffles, mulled wine or punch…..go on: the calories don’t count if you close your eyes….. Just fill out the Search Engine box in the top left corner or phone us now on 041 983 1177 for a pricequote on your Prague Xmas markets from Dublin! © Arrow Tours

Dates: 26 Nov 2016 – 1 Jan 2017

Metro: Mustek

Prague Peace Square Christmas Market (Námestí Míru)

Peace Square is about 700m southeast from Wenceslas Square, in the Vinohrady district and the market is held in front of the Church of St. Ludmila. By tradition it starts first of all the markets and as such kicks off the season with its neat, regular cabins decked in green firs and lights and ushers in the Advent season – a time of year in the words of Dickens ‘apart from the veneration due to its sacred name and origin – a kind, forgiving, charitable, pleasant time, when mankind opens its shut-up heart freely’. Just fill out the Search Engine box in the top left corner or phone us now on 041 983 1177 for a pricequote on your best Europe Christmas markets! © Arrow Tours

Dates: 20 Nov – 24 Dec 2016

Metro: Namesti Miru

Jirího z Podebrad Square Christmas Market (Námestí Jirího z Podebrad)

Heading east for 800m from Peace Square you reach the mouthful that is Jiriho z Podebrad (George of Podebrady) Square. The rather small Christmas market here takes place in the tree-lined park in front of the Church of the Most Sacred Heart of Our Lord. Discover the giant Xmas tree in its gold and red baubles, see the hawkers stomping their feet in the freezing cold to keep warm. Looking for a bargain? You’ll probably find prices are lower here than in the city centre, though you’ll probably notice too that the vendors have not gone to the same trouble to make their stalls as Chrismassy. If there’s been a fall of snow then now’s a great time to build a snowman with your partner in the park area! OK then, time for some Linzer cookies and a glass of svarene vino (hot wine). Just fill out the Search Engine box in the top left corner or phone us now on 041 983 1177 for a pricequote on your best Christmas markets in the Czech Republic! © Arrow Tours

Dates: 1 – 23 Dec 2016

Metro: Jiriho z Podebrad 

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Poland Christmas Markets

Krakow Christmas Markets

Krakow/ Cracow is viewed as the cultural capital of Poland and Unesco have designated it a World Heritage Site in addition to having one of Europe’s most impressive Christmas Markets. It kicks off around the start of Advent with seasonal street decorations.

ubiquitous Xmas songs, and busloads of ‘Wesolych Swiat Bozego Narodzenia’ – Merry Christmas wishes. Polish kids are twice as lucky as Irish ones because Santa Claus visits twice: once on 6 December and again on Christmas Eve. In addition Krakow holds a crazy Christmas crib competition known as 'Szopki', a where everyone from kids to pensioners outdoes their peers in magicing charming handmade recreations of the city's baroque churches and gothic cathedrals, lavished in love. They are displayed in the Market Square on the first Thursday of December and the winners are then exhibited in the Historical Museum. Each package booking to a Krakow Christmas market gets a free city map – Aer Lingus runs a regular Krakow service. © Arrow Tours 

Market Square (Rynek Glowny)

The spacious Market Square is located in the heart of the Old Town or Stare Miasto and has a most spectacular setting, with the centre of the square dominated by the Sukiennice (Cloth Hall or Drapers' Hall) in the Renaissance style, topped by an exquisite parapet decorated with carved masks; on one side of the Sukiennice is the Town Hall Tower and on the other the tenth century St. Wojciech Church. Rising above the square are the Gothic towers of St. Mary's Basilica. At this time of year though you’ve come to meander round the Yuletide stalls among the piled snow offering decorations and ornaments from all over Poland……see here the authentic blacksmith at work in his forge, there the vendor with heart-warming gifts for loved ones at home including decorations, hand-made arts and crafts, amber and silver jewellery, Bohemian glassware, sheepskin slippers, traditional wooden toys, leather goods as well as miniatures of the famous Krakow cribs……on now to the guy selling steaming Polish sausages and local meats on a skewer as well as highland fried sheep cheese called oscypek. Feeling thirst now? Then wash it all down with some mulled wine (grzaniec galicyjski)………….Ah, delicious! Just fill out the Search Engine box in the top left corner or phone us now on 041 983 1177 for a pricequote on your Christmas markets in Polish cities! © Arrow Tours

 

Dates: 25 Nov – 26 Dec 2016

Galacian Fair (Plac Jezioranskiego)

This market only started in very recent years and is located on the western side of the main railway station, just a few hundred metres form the Market Square market, beside department store Galeria Krakowska. Come and see the vendors hawk their Christmas artifacts and regional delicacies adjacent to the ice rink and wonderful carousel. Grab a beer, relax and enjoy the live music entertainment that’s staged throughout the month. Just fill out the Search Engine box in the top left corner or phone us now on 041 983 1177 for a pricequote on your Krakow/ Cracow Xmas markets from Dublin or Cork! © Arrow Tours

Dates: 25 Nov – 26 Dec 2016.

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Warsaw Christmas Markets

Come to Warsaw! The Poles await your arrival and are ready to give you a heart welcome. Christmas in Poland is a major affair and is focused around the family, much as in Ireland.

In the lead up to Christmas week, the traditions kick in such as the baking of Christmas piernik (gingerbread), which is made in a variety of shapes including hearts, animals and St. Nicholas figures. This city has been faithfully reconstructed following WW II and in cases even the cobbled stones were meticulously replaced, though while you’re here do check out the grim Stalinist constructions – a hangover from the communist era even if just to be able to say you’ve seen them. Aer Lingus runs a regular Warsaw service. © Arrow Tours 

Old Town Market Square (Rynek Starego Miasta)

As you enter this square in the northern part of the city just remind yourself that all the seventeenth and eighteenth century structures you see here were rebuilt from the basement up, stone by stone, from 1946 onwards. Each of the four sides has its own name: Dekert's Side (Strona Dekerta)on the north side, named after Jan Dekert, which houses the Warsaw Historical Museum; Barss' Side (Strona Barssa), the east side, with the Mickiewicz Museum honoring the 19th-century Polish poet; Kollataj's Side (Strona Hugo Kollataja), the west side and Zakrzewski's Side (Strona Zakrzewskiego), the south side. The beloved Christmas Market returns to Warsaw's Old Town starting towards the end of November and the Market Square fills with wooden stalls selling handicrafts, Christmas ornaments, amber jewellery, ceramics, carved wood decorations and much more; stop by a booth for traditional food such as poppy-seed cake (makowiec), cheesecake (sernik) or honey cake (piernik) even if you don’t manage to get it home to Ireland, Oh and mulled wine, and hot beer – yes: hot beer! Just fill out the Search Engine box in the otp elft corner or phone us now on 041 983 1177 for a pricequote on your Prague Xmas markets from Dublin or Cork! © Arrow Tours

Dates: 25 Nov – 23 Dec 2016 

Castle Square (Plac Zamkowy)

Head south now for 200m from Old Town Square and you’re at the Castle Square where a statute of King Sigismund III Vasa (who moved the capital from Krakow to Warsaw) stares down on proceeding from a lofty pillar and the Royal Castle sits on the east side. Take in the giant, conical, multicoloured, flickering ‘Christmas Tree’ – you won’t see many of these anywhere in Europe and then continue with your stalls, booths and cabins as you forge ahead with unbridled consumerism! Just fill out the Search Engine box in the top left corner or phone us now on 041 983 1177 for a pricequote on your Christmas markets in Polish cities © Arrow Tours

Dates: 25 Nov – 23 Dec 2016

Palace of Culture & Science (Plac Defilad)

Your next market is southwest for 1.5km from Castle Square, until you reach Plac Defilad with the Palace of Culture & Science, an apocalyptic piece of Stalin-era design which was a ‘gift of friendship’ to the Polish nation from its friendly bigger brother the USSR.  While this market doesn't benefit from the same romantic atmosphere of the old town market, the Palace of Science and Culture offers plenty of space for shoppers to move around and vendors to place their storefronts. Step in and immerse yourself and your lover in the experience! Time for another hot beer….. Just fill out the Search Engine box in the top left corner or phone us now on 041 983 1177 for a pricequote on your best Christmas markets! © Arrow Tours

Dates: 25 Nov – 23 Dec 2016

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Switzerland Christmas Markets

Lucerne Christmas Markets

Oh what a fab place to visit! Just about an hour south of Zurich and with a train service that make the Germans look positively sloppy the town of Lucerne is always within easy reach. Even if you’re not here for the Christmas markets this large town is well worth a trip;.

it’s like something taken straight from a fairy tale with its quaint meandering streets, its idyllic location on the stunning Vierwaldstattersee (Lake of the Four Forest Cantons), where you can take a delightful paddle-wheel streamer trip for several hours, the roofed Chapel Bridge straight from the 14 century that dog-legs across the River Reuss as it empties into the lake, the clean air with the mountains just a short trip away and the wealth of beautiful museums the biggest problem you’re likely to have here is making time to visit the Christmas markets at all! Each package booking to a Lucerne Christmas market gets a free city map – Swiss Air runs a regular Zurich service. © Arrow Tours 

Main Lucerne Christmas Market (Franziskaner Platz)

This is the main draw and is located on the south bank of the river Reuss in the Franciscan Square. During Advent, the Square is transformed back into a village of colorful wooden houses, creating a unique, contemplative mood of a bygone era. With over 70 stalls to choose from you can get all that cannot-live-without clobber you need including (but not limited to): hats, shirts, gloves, spices, teas, sauces, lamps, nutcrackers, jewelry, small leather goods, woodcrafts, candles, nativity figures and angels of all varieties. A special feature is the unique Christmas crib, created by designer Max Rudin from Kulmerau and the life-size characters are lifelike in form. Then move towards the stairs in front of the fountain where regular choirs and brass bands (mostly local young musicians) will perform for your pleasure. Feel like some festive fare? Then choose from cookies, Apfelchuechli (Swiss apple fritters), pretzels, grilled sausages, Belgian waffles, Alpine cheeses and preserved meats. Now have some mulled wine while watching the youngsters thrill on the carousel…. Just fill out the Search Engine box in the top left corner or phone us now on 041 983 1177 for a pricequote on your Lucerne/ Luzern Xmas markets from Dublin or Cork! © Arrow Tours

Dates: 3 – 21 Dec 2016

Lucerne Christkindlmarkt (Train Station)

The Christ the Child Market only started in 2003 and as such is a very young event indeed. It takes place around the main train station on the south side of the river Reuss, just a few hundred metres east of the Main Lucerne Market. It offers about 50 decorated booths and as it is indoors then you’re protected from any inclement weather there may be outside. So how did the snow get on the roofs? While you’re busy working it out clasp the hand of your lover and stroll around to view the costume jewelry, bath salts, coloured scented candles, cuddly Christmas toys, hanging lanterns, glassware…..it just keeps goin’ on and on………..Hey! Don’t get left under the Christmas tree yourself this year! Time for a Cardinal beer or a Feldschlossen lager and then maybe get trashed on Trasch – a type of Swiss brandy. Just fill out the Search Engine box in the top left corner or phone us now on 041 983 1177 for a pricequote on your Christmas markets in Swiss cities © Arrow Tours

Dates: 25 Nov – 24 Dec 2016

Lucerne Handcraft Market (Muhlenplatz)

Muhlenplatz (Mill Square) is on the north side of the river just over the Spreuer Bridge (Chaff Bridge - so called because in medieval times it was the lowest bridge and thus the only one people were allowed throw chaff in to the river). This Christmas market is at weekends only and finishes around 4pm on a Saturday and attracts many specialist regional artistes including: ceramics, pottery, handmade beads, toys, textiles, leather good, maps, paintings and jewelry made from metal, wood, glass and stone. Just fill out the Search Engine box in the top elft corner or phone us now on 041 983 1177 for a pricequote on your best Christmas markets in Switzerland! © Arrow Tours

Dates: 3/4, 10/11, 17/18  Dec 2016.

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Zurich Christmas Markets

The Gnomes of Zurich may be getting ready to take their Christmas holidays now but the Elves of Santa will be busier than ever. This resting place of James Joyce is ready to welcome the Irish to the fest of Yuletide markets taking place all over the city and the Swiss are happy to offer you the best of all Europe here.

Before you even think of cloaking your first cuckoo clock or a pyramid of the irresistible ubiquitous Toblerone get out there and visit a Christmas tree that can sing and bunches of schools kids who can’t. Let the national colours of red and white become indistinguishable from the red and white of both Christmas and Coca Cola……Yes! Your Switzerland city markets await you – and here they are below………..Each package booking to a Zurich Christmas market gets a free city map and guide book – Swiss Air runs a regular Zurich service. © Arrow Tours 

Zurich Christmas Market in the Old Town

This little beauty is not the biggest one but certainly must rank tops for the most endearing, quaint and the one with the best setting. It takes place in the Altstadt or Old Town of Zurich along the thoroughfares of Hirschenplatz, Niederdorfstrasse and Rosenhof (they almost sound like the names of Santa’s reindeer)! Flit your way from one trinket stall to the next as you imbibe the mood and soak yourself and your partner in the atmosphere you can bring home to Ireland and make last until the New Year. Then have yourself a grilled sausage and a stiff local drink! Just fill out the Search Engine box in the top left corner or phone us now on 041 983 1177 for a pricequote on your Zurich Xmas markets from Dublin or Cork! © Arrow Tours

Dates: 24 Nov – 23 Dec 2016

Tram: Rathaus

Zurich Christkindlmarkt at the Train Station

Cross the river Limmat now and head up to the main train station. Here you will find the largest indoor Christmas in Europe, with over 150 stalls. Selling every possible one of the multitude of various Swiss cheeses, all kinds of dried sausages and chorizo, fudge, cookies, candies, sugared almonds and chocolate the vendors are sure to provide you with goodies to take back with you to the loved ones at home. On now to the centre of the fairs………what’s that? Why, it’s a giant Christmas tree, shimmering and glistening in the myriad of crystals and ice provided by no less a brand than Swarovski……….ask if you can take that home too…………! Time now for sustenance….what’s that smell…..it’s gluhwein (pronounced glue-vine) and it’s delicious… try some. Now try a Luxemburgerli – a local speciality that looks like a tiny hamburger but has a sweet soft centre – in fact it is sweet throughout….go on… have two! Just fill out the Search Engine box in the top left corner or phone us now on 041 983 1177 for a pricequote on your Christmas markets in Switzerland. © Arrow Tours

Dates: 24 Nov – 24 Dec 2016

Tram: Bahnhofplatz

Zurich Singing Christmas Tree Market (Werdmuhleplatz)

Heading south out of the train station you come onto Bahnhofstrasse, famous for its Christmas lighting after dusk and along here on the left hand side after about 200m is Werdmuhleplatz, host to the market with the singing tree – yes, a singing Christmas tree, possibly the most charming thing you will ever see anywhere connected with this hedonistic consumer-fest. Step well back from it so you can take it all in properly. Just fill out the Search Engine box in the top left corner or phone us now on 041 983 1177 for a pricequote on your best Christmas markets! © Arrow Tours

Dates: 24 Nov – 23 Dec 2016

Tram: Bahnhofstrasse

Zurich Bellevue Christmas Market (Sechseläutenplatz)

This mouthful is at the top of the Zurichsee (Lake Zurich) on the east side of the river Limmat where it enters the lake. This market has only been going since about 2009 but already has amassed quite a following; the surrounding buildings and natural features get decked in lights and shimmering rays drip from the trees………….See the bustling cityfolk scuttle around well wrapped in the crisp, dry cold……….now start and stop your way yourself around the well stocked chalets and see what gifts and wares you can procure that have that exotic feel about them – stuff you would never find at home. Feeling peckish? Try some Swiss cheese and a local beer or mulled wine….delicious! then queue at the Schmutzli hut to meet the Swiss sidekick of Santa, who has a blacked-out face and administers punishment to kids whose behavior has not been up to scratch during the year….know any of those? Just fill out the Search Engine box in the top left corner or phone us now on 041 983 1177 for a pricequote on your best Christmas markets! © Arrow Tours

Dates: 24 Nov – 23 Dec 2016

Tram: Opernhaus.

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UK Christmas Markets

Birmingham Christmas Markets

The main Christmas market in Birmingham is known as the Birmingham Frankfurt Christmas Market and Craft Fair and is set out below:

 

Victoria Square, New Street, Centenary Square    Dates: 17 Nov  – 29 Dec 2016 

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Edinburgh Christmas Markets

The main Edinburgh Christmas Markets are set out below:

Mound Precinct & East Princes Street Gardens  Dates: 19 Nov - 24 Dec 2016
St. Andrew's Square Childrens Market  Dates: TBC
Edinburgh Scottish Market, Andrew's Square    Dates: 26 Nov - 24 Dec 2016

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Leeds Christmas Markets

The main Christmas market in Leeds is the Christkindlmarkt Traditional German Christmas Market and is set out below:

 

Millennium Square    Dates: 11 Nov  – 18 Dec 2016 

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Liverpool Christmas Markets

The main Christmas market in Liverpool is set out below:

 

Lord Street, Church Street, Whitechapel    Dates: end Nov  – 20 Dec 2016 

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London Christmas Markets

The main Christmas Markets in London are set out below:

 

Spirit of Christmas Fair             Dates: 31 Oct – 6 Nov 2016
Tube: Kensington (Olympia)

Christmas at Borough Market   Dates: 7 – 31 Dec 2016 (excl. 25-27 Dec)
Tube: London Bridge

Greenwich Market at Christmas  Dates: 1 – 24 Dec 2016
Tube: Cutty Sark, Greenwich

Trad Christmas at Tate Modern   Dates: 25 Nov – 24 Dec 2016
Tube: Blackfriars

Hyde Park Winter Wonderland   Dates: 18 Nov 2016 – 2 Jan 2017 (closed 25 Dec)
Tube: Hyde Park 

Southbank Centre Christmas Market      Dates: 11 Nov 2016 – 8 Jan 2017
Tube: Waterloo/ Embankment
 

 

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Manchester Christmas Markets

The main Christmas markets in Manchester take place in Albert Square, Brazenose Street, St. Anne's Square, Exchange Street, New Cathedral Street and the Corn Exchange as follows:

 

Manchester Christmas Markets    Dates: 10 Nov  – 21 Dec 2016 

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Newcastle Christmas Markets

The main Christmas markets in Newcastle take place around Grey's Monument, Grey Street and Grainger Street:

 

Christmas Market    Dates: 18 Nov – 11 Dec 2016

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Sweden Christmas Markets

Stockholm Christmas Markets

This is the northernmost stop of all our European Christmas markets and as such is the one that brings us closest to the North Pole, home of the red-coated St. Nicholas – otherwise known as Santa.

Not only do the Swedes have the Father Christmas tradition here in Sweden – they also have something almost as big that is virtually unheard of here in Ireland: St. Lucy’s Day on 13 December where a young girl comes out of the darkness wearing a crown of candles and bearing lights – a symbol of the darkest and shortest day in the year being banished and the return to longer days from then on, even though the date is a little out by modern standards. Stockholm itself is built on about 14 main islands and there are lots of events for you to attend for your few days stay here in this cosmopolitan, sophisticated city so while you’re crunching around in the snow wishing total strangers a ‘God Jul e Ett Gott Nytt År’ (Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year) grab yourself and your lover a glass of glogg (the Swedish version of gluhwein) and hum everyone  ‘I have a Dream’ – Abba’s main Christmas hit. Each package booking to a Swedish Christmas market gets a free city map – SAS runs a regular Stockholm service. © Arrow Tours    

Kungstradgarden Christmas Market

This venue (called Kungsan by all) means ‘Kings Street Garden’ and its central location and outdoor café’s  make it a very popular meeting place. In summer it hosts concerts and political rallys but now, in winter, it welcomes an ice rink and of course one of the city’s main Christmas markets, which started here in 1995. Link arms with your lover and go strolling hand in hand round the beautiful park, stopping here and there to marvel at the array of carved wooden handicrafts, warm shawls, miniature elves (should that be ‘subordinate Clauses’ ?), sheepskin products, ceramics, bags, belts, gloves and pewter jewelry; when you’ve bought all round you it’s time for a snack: smoked fish, salted reindeer, BBQ bratwurst, fresh doughnuts, muffins, Belgian waffles, roasted almonds or crepes. And if all that is making you thirsty you should wash it down with a mug of glogg… Just fill out the Search Engine box in the top left corner or phone us now on 041 983 1177 for a pricequote on your Stockholm Xmas markets from Dublin or Cork! © Arrow Tours

Dates: 27 Nov – 22 Dec 2016

Tram: Kungstradgarden

Stortorget Old Town Christmas Market (Gamla Stan)

Heading south from Kungstradgarden, cross the Strombron Bridge and make your way to Stortorget Square in Gamla Stan (The Old Town) just south of the Royal Palace. This is Stockholm’s oldest square and the market has been held here since 1915, nowadays in comical little red booths, and is run by the Stockholms-Gillet or the Stockholm Guild, a non-profit organization (not that the hawkers are selling their wares at cost!). The booths all squat round in a circle looking inwards towards the guest of honour – another giant Christmas tree standing proudly in the centre, brave in lights and valiantly fighting off the gloom where daylight is scant at this time of year. Immerse yourself in the spirit of the day, hoover up all the goods you cannot get at home and then treat yourself to some local mulled wine and even some of the local cheese – if it’s not too scary! Just fill out the Search Engine box in the top left corner or phone us now on 041 983 1177 for a pricequote on your Christmas markets in Sweden. © Arrow Tours

Dates: 19 Nov – 23 Dec 2016

Tram: Malartorget

Skansen Christmas Market (Djurgarden Island)

East now to the island of Djurgarden, still very much in the city and you’d hardly realize you were on another island. Head to the famous open air museum of Skansen – the oldest of such in the world - specifically to Bollnas Square and step back in time to the traditional Swedish market of a bygone era. You may even see some of the vendors there wearing period costumes from the nineteenth century. Get your partner tanked up on the local glogg and then venture out into the middle of the square and join in the dancing that may be taking place there – or a snowball fight. This market runs on the four weekends of Advent and note there is an entrance fee of about SKK 120. Just fill out the Search Engine box in the top left corner or phone us now on 041 983 1177 for a pricequote on your best Christmas markets! © Arrow Tours

Dates: Sat & Sun only from 26 Nov to 18 Dec 2016

Tram: Stockholm Skansen

Best of the Rest

Stockholm has many Christmas markets, of which the main ones are described above. 

Among the best of the rest are:

Rosendals Gardens, on Djurgarden Island, Tue-Sun 

Sigtuna, about 30 min travel from Stockholm – check dates first

Grona Lund (the Tivoli of Stockholm) open weekends

Royal Mews Christmas Market – check dates first

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All together now……………Stilla natt, heliga natt, Allt är frid. Stjärnan blid…………….. .

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Luxembourg Christmas Markets

The main Luxembourg Christmas Market takes place as follows:

 

Place d'Armes Christmas Market    Dates: 22 Nov  – 24 Dec 2016 

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Belgium Christmas Markets

Brussels Christmas Markets

The main Christmas markets in Brussels are set out below:

 

Grand Place    Dates: 25 Nov 2016 – 1 Jan 2017 
Place St. Catherine   Dates: 25 Nov 2016 – 1 Jan 2017 
Ice Rink Place du Marche aux Poissons Dates: 25 Nov 2016 – 1 Jan 2017 

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Bruges Christmas Markets

The main Christmas markets in Bruges are set out below:

 

Market Square    Dates: 20 Nov 2016 – 3 Jan 2017
Simon Stevin(plein) Square  Dates: 20 Nov 2016 – 3 Jan 2017

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Denmark Christmas Markets

Copenhagen Christmas Markets

The main Christmas markets in Copenhagen are set out below:

 

Tivoli Gardens    Dates: 19 Nov – 31 Dec 2016 
Nyhavn Christmas Market  Dates: 11 Nov – 23 Dec 2016 
Hojbro Square Christmas Market  Dates: 18 Nov – 23 Dec 2016 
Christiania Christmas Market  Dates: 5 – 19 Dec 2016 approx 

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Hungary Christmas Markets

Budapest Christmas Markets

The main Christmas markets in Budapest are set out below:

 

Vorosmarty Square   Dates: 11 Nov – 29 Dec 2016
Liszt Ferenc Square   Dates: 1 – 24 Dec 2016
Deak Ferenc Street
St. Stephen’s Square   Dates: 27 Nov 2016 – 2 Jan 2017 (closed 25-26 Dec)
Obuda Christmas Market   Dates: 26 Nov  – 23 Dec 2016
Bakats Square
Vajdahunyad Castle   Dates: 1 – 23 Dec 2016

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Paris Christmas Markets

The main Christmas markets in Paris are set out below:

Saint Germain des Pres   Dates: 1 Dec 2016 – 4 Jan 2017
Avenue des Champs Elysees  Dates: 15 Nov 2016 – 5 Jan 2017
Trocadero, opposite Eiffel Tower  Dates: 15 Dec 2016 – 2 Jan 2017
Montparnasse    Dates: 10 – 31 Dec 2017
La Defense    Dates: 17 Nov – 27 Dec 2016
Place d’Italie    Dates: 25 Nov – 24 Dec 2016
Feeries d’Auteuil   Dates: 3 – 11 Dec 2016
Haut Montmartre   Dates: 2 Dec 2016 – 6 Jan 2017
Place de la Nation   Dates: 1 – 24 Dec 2016
Gare de l’Est    Dates: 1 – 16 Dec 2016
Notre Dame Cathedral   Dates: 16 – 25 Dec 2016

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Italy Christmas Markets

Rome Christmas Markets

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A History of Christmas Markets

A Christmas market, also known as Christkindlmarkt, is a street market associated with the celebration of Christmas during the four weeks of Advent. These markets originated in Germany, Austria and France but are now held in many other European countries. The history of Christmas markets goes back to the Late Middle Ages in the German-speaking part of Europe. Dresden's Strietzelmarkt was first held in 1434 and the Christmas markets of Bautzen (first held in 1384), Frankfurt (first mentioned in 1393) and Munich (1310) were even older. The Vienna "December market" was a kind of forerunner of the Christmas market and dates back to 1294. However Vienna's "December market" can be traced back to 1294, but it wasn’t so much a Christmas Market as a December Market that point of time and became a Christmas market in later years.

In many towns in Germany and Austria, Advent is usually ushered in with the opening of the Christmas market or "Weihnachtsmarkt". In southern Germany and Austria it is sometimes called a "Christkindlmarkt" (German language, literally meaning "Christ child market"). Generally held in the town square and adjacent pedestrian zones, the market sells food, drink, and seasonal items from open-air stalls, accompanied by traditional singing and dancing. On opening nights (and in some towns more often) onlookers welcome the "Christkind", or boy Jesus, acted out by a local child.

Popular attractions at the market include the Nativity Scene (a crèche or crib), Zwetschgenmännle (figures made of decorated dried plums), Nussknacker (carved Nutcrackers), Gebrannte Mandeln (candied, toasted almonds), traditional Christmas cookies such as Lebkuchen and Magenbrot (both forms of soft gingerbread), Bratwurst, and for many visitors one of the highlights of the market: Glühwein, hot mulled wine (with or without a shot of brandy), or Eierpunsch (an egg-based warm alcoholic drink). Both help stave off the cold winter air which sometimes dips below freezing. More regional food specialties include Christstollen (Stollen), a sort of egg bread with candied fruit in Saxony, and hot Apfelwein and Frankfurter Bethmännchen in Hesse. Many other handmade items, toys, books, Christmas tree decorations and ornaments (and in recent years less useful gadgets) can be found at a Christmas Market.

Famous Christmas markets are held in the cities of Augsburg, Dresden, Erfurt, Frankfurt, Nuremberg and Stuttgart, making them popular tourist attractions during Christmas holiday season. The Nuremberg and Dresden markets draw about two million people each year; the Stuttgart and Frankfurt markets attract more than three million visitors. The two most visited Christmas markets in Germany are to be found in Dortmund with more than three and a half million visitors of 300 stalls around a gigantic Christmas tree creation that stands 45 metres tall, and in Cologne with 4 million people. Additionally, Berlin claims over 70 markets, which open in late November and close just after Christmas.

In 1982 Lincoln, England established an annual Christmas market in early December, and this remains one of the most extensive such market by area in the United Kingdom, with a claimed total of over 300 stalls attracting more than 100,000 visitors over its four days. Starting in 1997 Frankfurt Christmas Markets were established with support from Frankfurt in the British Cities of Birmingham, Edinburgh, Leeds and Manchester. Other large Christmas markets have been held in England in Bath (since 2000) or Liverpool (since 2006). The Christmas markets are such a success that they are becoming a major pull factor to increase trade and visitor numbers to towns and cities. Manchester's Christmas Market's have been particularly successful with 300 stalls over 8 city locations with each location being themed to create a different atmosphere such as French, World and German, with European themed stalls on the Albert Square, Manchester proving to be the most popular. With 3 million visitors each year, Birmingham's Christmas Market now claims to be the largest German- style Christmas market outside the German-speaking world.

Source for A History of Christmas Markets: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christmas_market

 

 

 

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