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The Best European Christmas Markets

Christmas market breaks in Europe allow travellers to get into the festive mood with great local foods and drinks, fun activities like ice skating and, of course, a chance to meet the man of the hour himself. If you haven't chosen your market yet, here's the low down on the very best ones available within Europe.

Christmas Markets in Europe: Top Holiday Lettings

House Vipperow
19 Oct - 26 Oct
£175 per night
House ∙ 4 guests ∙ 1 bedroom

House in Vipperow with Terrace & Sauna

Vipperow, Mecklenburgische Seenplatte, Germany
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House Grižane-Belgrad
7 Sept - 14 Sept
-25%
£180
£136 per night
House ∙ 5 guests ∙ 2 bedrooms

Nice Holiday Home in Grižane-Belgrad with Pool, Terrace & Barbecue

4.8
Outstanding (8 ratings)
Grižane-Belgrad, Vinodol, Croatia
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Apartment Palit
14 Sept - 21 Sept
-59%
£134
£55 per night
Apartment ∙ 4 guests ∙ 1 bedroom

Flat in Palit with Pool, Barbecue & Terrace

4.9
Outstanding (13 ratings)
Palit, Primorje-Gorski Kotar County, Croatia
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Top 10 Christmas Markets in Europe

Top 10 Christmas Markets in Europe

With so many Christmas market breaks in Europe to choose from, it's hard to select just ten but here is a list of our favourites.

  1. Prague

    Get a little of that Tim Burton Christmas vibe with Prague's Gothic architecture, and keep warm at one of the many mulled wine stalls.

  2. Cologne

    It's hard to match Germany when it comes to Christmas markets. Cologne offers treats and lights galore, as well as 100 different stage performances.

  3. Edinburgh

    Take the kids on a trip to a Scottish Santa Land, complete with Christmas tree maze and a 108-foot-tall Ferris wheel.

  4. Brussels

    Winter wonderland doesn't quite describe what's on offer here, with 200 wood chalets, a Ferris wheel, ice rinks, and an epic light show.

  5. Vienna

    Lights are the name of the game in this Austrian Christmas market, with all the massive trees around city hall lit up and decorated.

  6. Wroclaw

    Poland's hidden gem offers all the usual tasty treats matched with a three-story fairy tale castle.

  7. Salzburg

    Known as the Christkindlmarkt, Salzburg's market features daily sing-alongs and traditional wind-instrument performances throughout the season.

  8. Budapest

    Enjoy a modern take on Christmas lights with laser projections on the Basilica of this famous capital.

  9. Bath

    Britain's most beatific market blends cobbled streets with more than 200 stalls and a fantastic story telling crypt!

  10. Berlin

    With more than 80 different markets ranging from the traditional to the downright weird, you're sure to find something to your taste.

Best Places to Stay for Christmas Markets in Europe

House Ostermade
4 Jan - 11 Jan
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£106
£85 per night
House ∙ 5 guests ∙ 3 bedrooms

Charming Holiday Home in Ostermade with Barbecue & Garden

Ostermade, Neukirchen, Germany
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House Vipperow
19 Oct - 26 Oct
£175 per night
House ∙ 4 guests ∙ 1 bedroom

House in Vipperow with Terrace & Sauna

Vipperow, Mecklenburgische Seenplatte, Germany
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Apartment Palit
7 Sept - 14 Sept
-59%
£134
£55 per night
Apartment ∙ 4 guests ∙ 1 bedroom

Flat in Palit with Barbecue & Pool

4.5
Excellent (13 ratings)
Palit, Primorje-Gorski Kotar County, Croatia
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Frequently Asked Questions

Christmas Market Breaks in Europe: what's the average price for holiday accommodation?

Vacation homes cost around £28 per night in Europe.

Where I can find holiday accommodation for Christmas Market Breaks in Europe that's suitable for a family or large group?

When planning a group trip it's great to know that average Apartment rental in Europe can accommodate 4 people and may cost around £145 per night.

What types of holiday rentals are available for Christmas Market Breaks in Europe?

Check out our selection of Apartment rental and House rentals to find the perfect holiday home for Christmas Market Breaks in Europe.

Europe's Hidden Gem Christmas Markets - HomeToGo
Head off the beaten path this festive season

Europe's Hidden Gem Christmas Markets

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Looking for festive cheer without the crowds? HomeToGo, the marketplace with the world’s largest selection of holiday rentals, has pinpointed 50 Christmas markets that are still flying under the radar.

Research from HomeToGo has confirmed that Brits are some of Europe's most avid festive fair-goers. In a 2023 survey, more than half of UK travellers (58%) said they are planning to visit a Christmas market this winter. This enthusiasm surpassed that of other European counterparts, with only 45% of Germans, 47% of the French, 54% of Spaniards, and 57% of Italians expressing a similar interest¹. Luckily, the results of HomeToGo's Hidden Gem Christmas Markets study show that Brits need not travel far to find some top options for their yuletide shopping, carol singing, and mulled wine sipping.

While Europe boasts some of the world's most iconic and expansive Christmas markets, for travellers seeking quieter, more snug experiences, HomeToGo has compiled a list of excellent off-the-beaten-track options. Looking only at destinations which do not appear on lists of the most-searched spots for the run up to Christmas in 2023, HomeToGo used exclusive search and price insights to identify and rank fifty locations with lovely lesser-known markets and lower accommodation costs.

Five UK destinations are featured in the list, with Canterbury soaring to fourth place and taking the title of the country's best hidden gem Christmas market. The cathedral city is kept company on the top 10 leaderboard by Santiago de Compostela (Spain), Chimay (Belgium), Svendborg (Denmark), Xàbia (Spain), Annaberg-Buchholz (Germany), Middelfart (Denmark), Eupen (Belgium), Esbjerg (Denmark), and Stralsund (Germany).

Travellers looking for quaint Christmas markets, appealing prices, and less hubbub can find sleigh-loads of inspiration in the full list below:

🎄 Europe's Hidden Gem Christmas Markets: The Top 50 List

Rank
Destination
Country
Search Score
Price Score
Total Score
Median PPN for a holiday rental
1
Santiago de Compostela, Galicia
Spain
10.00
9.38
19.38
£107.14
2
Chimay, Walloon Region
Belgium
9.34
8.33
17.67
£166.38
3
Svendborg, Region Syddanmark
Denmark
8.10
9.24
17.34
£114.98
4
Canterbury, Kent
United Kingdom
9.27
8.02
17.29
£183.80
5
Xàbia, Valencian Community
Spain
8.22
9.06
17.28
£125.44
6
Annaberg-Buchholz, Saxony
Germany
7.45
9.69
17.14
£89.72
7
Middelfart, Region Syddanmark
Denmark
7.66
9.41
17.07
£105.40
8
Eupen, Walloon Region
Belgium
8.69
8.37
17.06
£163.76
9
Esbjerg, Region Syddanmark
Denmark
8.01
9.03
17.04
£126.74
10
Stralsund, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
Germany
7.78
9.23
17.01
£115.85

🎄 Europe's Hidden Gem Christmas Markets: Mapped

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🎄 Europe's Hidden Gem Christmas Markets: Top 4 in Focus

1. Santiago de Compostela in Galicia, Spain

🎁 Search score: 10.00 / Median price per night for a holiday home: £107.14

While a Spanish metropolis might not be the first type of location that springs to mind for Christmas market trips, this destination brims with undeniable festive charm in December. Indulge in Galician culinary delights and browse lovingly crafted gifts under shimmering lights at the Christmas market. Take in the views while wandering the cobbled streets of the incredible Old Town - a UNESCO World Heritage Site with a majestic cathedral which dates back to the 13th century.

2. Chimay in the Walloon Region, Belgium

🎁 Search score: 9.34 / Median price per night for a holiday home: £166.38

Chimay's Christmas market spreads festive cheer with 70 stalls. It boasts a particularly scenic setting, partly situated in the regal main courtyard of the city's castle, and invites visitors to sample regional delicacies such as la Poteauflette, oysters, and snails. Dishes are best enjoyed alongside Chimay beer, as created by the Trappist monks of the nearby Scourmont Abbey. For wintery activities outside of the festive fair, the Riezes ski runs, which offer snowshoeing and cross-country skiing, are a short drive away.

Santiago de Compostela in Spain
Canterbury in England (UK)

3. Svendborg in Region Syddanmark, Denmark

🎁 Search score: 8.10 / Median price per night for a holiday home: £114.98

Book a stay in the small city of Svendborg and visit the Christmas market hosted in the nearby Egeskov Castle. With over 110 stalls set up across the site's gardens and museums, this option is superlative in terms of both its scenic setting and options for festive shopping. Listen to the Christmas choir, warm up in the Café Jomfru Rigborg with some æbleskiver, and drink in the atmosphere at this well-preserved Renaissance water castle before heading back to the coastal cosiness of Svendborg.

4. Canterbury in Kent, England (UK)

🎁 Search score: 9.27 Median price per night for a holiday home: £183.80

From meet-and-greet breakfasts with Father Christmas to festive "Santa Paws" photography sessions for pets, there's something for every kind of visitor at the Christmas market in Canterbury - a beautiful medieval walled city in southeast England. Collect some Kent cider or a sweet treat to sip from the Speciality Hot Chocolate Bar, before strolling through more than 50 stalls while listening to live music. Stop by the Giving Tree, where one can donate gifts to children in need.

Methodology

To create this ranking, HomeToGo first used internal search data to collate a shortlist of smaller cities and towns in Europe meeting the following requirements:

  • do not appear on the list of the 100 most-searched destinations for the countries in which they are situated for the run up to Christmas in 2023 (lists were based on searches carried out via all HomeToGo domains in between 1st January 2023 - 31st October 2023, with check-in dates between 15th November 2023 - 24th December 2023).
  • have a recurring Christmas market.
  • have a maximum population of 100,000.

For each destination in this shortlist, HomeToGo researched two data points using exclusive internal data: interest among winter travellers, and accommodation costs. After obtaining the raw data, each data point was assigned a representative numerical value between 5 and 10, with 5 representing the lowest data point and 10 representing the highest data point. The hypothetical "perfect score" would be 20 out of 20. The following equation was used in order to calculate this for every factor:

Score(i) = 5 · (x(i) - xmin ) / (xmax - xmin ) + 5

Price: Internal HomeToGo data was used to find the median price per night for a holiday rental in each destination between 15th November - 24th December 2023. The destination with the lowest median price per night for a holiday rental was awarded a maximum score of 10, and the remaining counties were awarded a score of 5 or higher. Data was collected in November 2023. Prices are subject to change.

Searches: Internal HomeToGo data was used to find the volume of traveller searches for each destination with a check-in date between 15th November 2023 - 24th December 2023. The location with the lowest search volume was given a score of 10, and the remaining areas were awarded a score of 5 or higher.

¹ Based on research conducted by HomeToGo among a general population sample of respondents in the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Spain, and Italy (500 respondents per country). To participate in this survey, respondents had to be 18 or older. The survey was conducted on 13 August 2023.

All Christmas market information was accurate at the time of collection during October and November 2023, and was taken from the official websites of the respective tourism boards wherever possible. Please double-check the status of events prior to arranging travel.

HomeToGo assumes no liability for possible changes or discrepancies in the data.

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