It’s officially November, which means it’s time to start getting excited about Christmas! Woohoo!

I absolutely adore Christmas and get to ridiculously excited about it every single year. I’m such a big kid and Christmas markets are my idea of heaven. I love strolling around the stands, seeing whats on offer, buying Christmas decorations, heating up with delicious hot chocolate and just generally taking in that feeling of festiveness that is so warming.

If you’re planning to visit some European markets in the run up to Christmas, now is the time to get planning. There are so many options in Europe, with markets on in seemingly every city. It can be hard to know which ones are good!

Here are 5 Christmas Markets to visit this year if you’re short on ideas…

1. Edinburgh 

I LOVE Edinburgh at Christmas. The whole city gets its festive hat on, goes all out with the decorations and welcomes huge Christmas markets.

The Christmas markets run from the 19th November to the 7th January and take over East Princes Street Gardens. There’s also the Scottish Christmas Markets on West George Street from the 26th November to 24th December.

A perfect Edinburgh day involves Christmas markets, lunch at The Dome (the most Christmassy place in the city!), more Christmas markets, ice skating on the outdoor rink, wandering around the shops on Princes Street and then a delectable dinner somewhere fabulous (I suggest The Witchery!).  Also, don’t forget to check out the shimmering Street of Light – a sight not to be missed!

I’m already planning my visit to Edinburgh for the Christmas markets at the beginning of December. I can’t wait! 

2. Stockholm 

The Swedes know how to do Christmas right and the Christmas markets in Stockholm are some of the very best. The first Christmas markets were held in the city some 500 years ago, so they’ve had plenty of practice!
In front of the Nobel Museum, close to the gorgeous Royal Palace, there are loads of prettily decorated stalls to browse around. They mainly sell handmade crafts, like glass, jewellery and pottery.  There’s also oodles of mulled wine and delicious Swedish festive treats.

Another great thing is that cold, crisp and potentially snowy weather is almost guaranteed in Sweden. Perfect for creating that Christmassy mood!

3. Bruges 

Bruges is a magical city all year round, but it is especially incredible at Christmas time.

You’ll find all of the main market stalls in Market Square, the picture-perfect square dominated by the towering Belfort. At these markets you’ll be able to buy handmade wooden toys, leather goods, jewellery and, of course, Belgian chocolates. It would be rude not to!

4. Berlin

Berlin is hosting an incredible 60 Christmas markets throughout the city this year! How amazing!

Of course, being Berlin, they’re putting their own spin on traditional Christmas Markets. Winter World on Potsdamer Platz in the city centre is set to be transformed into a vast winter wonderland with Europe’s biggest toboggan run!

For something a little more traditional, there’s plenty of mulled wine, Christmas treats and bratwurst on offer at the market at Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church.

Have you been to any of these Christmas Markets? Or do you have any more to recommend?