Christmas Markets in Europe

Heavenly Christmas Markets

A Christmas Market is absolutely heaven for someone like me. I'm in love with everything Christmas - the lights, the magic, the love and warmth, the aroma of Winter in the air. Europeans, especially the Germans, Austrians and French do it so well. I guess it's because they have centuries of experience.

The hubby and I had wanted to go away this Christmas to Germany, but alas, work got in the it usually does :-)). I can't complain though, as I get Summers off.....reluctantly, of course. 

Have you ever gone to a Christmas Market at home or in Europe?
What do you like about Christmas markets?

I adore all the vibrant colours, hand-made crafts and the 
Christmas cheer!

I just looooooove Christmas!

Freigburg Christmas Market, Germany
November 22 - December 23

Dusseldorf Christmas Market, Germany
November 18 - December 23

Trier Christmas Market, Germany 
November 22 - December 22

Bremen Christmas Market, Germany
November 25 - December 23

Frankfurt Christmas Market, Germany
November 24 - December 22

Graz Christmas Market, Austria
November 20 - December 24

Schonbrunn Christmas and New Year's Market in 
Vienna, Austria
November 20 - January 2

Lille Christmas Market, France
November 24 - December 30

Christmas Market of Mulhouse, France
November 24 - December 29

Christmas Market in the Dolomites (Bolzano and Merano), Italian Alps

All photos above and for detailed information on Christmas Markets in Germany, Austria and France go here.

Just a note: If you are planning in the future to go to a Christmas Market, find out the exact dates that each market is open because many often close by Christmas Eve or Day.

Merry Christmas!
May it be filled with love and cheer!

p.s. my birthday is this week. how many of you are celebrating your birthday this week too? 



  1. Oh Happy Happy (Early) Birthday, Reese! Hope it's a magical day! And thank you for sharing this magic here - a German friend has gushed about the markets for ages, and I *finally* got to experience one (kind of) when it traveled to London last Christmas. I'm also not traveling around Europe this year, but perhaps next Christmas :)

    Have a lovely, lovely holiday week!

  2. I am sure I would love to visit any one of those Christmas markets. To sip mulled wine (or cider)and experience the lights and merriment. Thank you for sharing.
    Happy Birthday to you!!

  3. I also love Christmas markets. The Vienna one is amazing and so big...We've been there 3 times and each time it felt to magical...I love the hot spiced wine, sweets and some yummy food:) Its so fun to walk around and look at all the amazing little shops:) Happy Tuesday,sweetie
    And Happy (early) Birthday:)

  4. is heavenly!! Hope to attend an international one someday:)

    Have a blessed Christmas!

  5. Happy Birthday {early}!!!! I have never been to a Christmas market. I love Christmas so much, all the lights, sounds, smells. I think it would be a little bit of heaven. ;)

    Merry Christmas Reese!

  6. A Christmas market looks and sounds amazing! I just LOVE this time of year. I wish we had Christmas markets here. It looks magical! I hope you have a wonderful Christmas!! xo

  7. Dear Reese friend, I have never been to a Christmas Market in my life! I am amazed with all the images you brought today!! Thanks! I will dream about them all!!!

    My house is getting full of crafts, yes dear, but not as much as I would like!! As we built this house short ago, it is not totally furnished and decorated yet. It is the house of our wishes!! But it takes some time till everything gets done!
    I wish YOU, dear friend Reese, all the best this Xmas season!! I wish 2011 comes happy and full of JOY for you and your family!!! It is a pleasure having YOU as a friend! Much love!! Bela

  8. My parents used to visit the Christmas marked in Vienna every year but now I think it has been a while since their last visit. They used to come back with their bags packed with all sorts of yummy and exiting things!
    I love the idea of going to a Christmas marked every year :)

  9. These markets all look so beautiful, festive and fun!!

  10. Happy {early} Bday honey! And I love Christmas markets too. I went to one in London last year and it was so magical.

    Merry Christmas! xoxo

  11. I've never been to a European Christmas market, but I'd love to - sounds awesome! PS Happy Birthday! :)

  12. very cool! thanks for sharing. I have not always been a fan of Christmas, but I do think it would be awesome to see it celebrated in Europe.

  13. ohh i just love christmas markets!! i lived just around the corner from the Rathaus market in Vienna a few years ago, and i absolutely loved the market and all the magic in the city at this time of year!

  14. wishing you the best for your birthday and the best of times for the holidays!

  15. I also love Christmas markets, though I've only been to the one in Center City, Philadelphia, and these ones look much more gorgeous!
    I hope you're enjoying your Christmas season!
    <3 Kiersten

  16. how awesome!!

    i love going to the christkindl market in chicago!

  17. those markets look so fun and festive! I would love to visit them!

  18. I don't think there could be a more Chrstmassy Christmas experience than to be in Germany during the holidays! My mom is from Germany and all of our Christmases were very German-like...the candies, cookies, decorations...all German! I hope you get to have your special trip next year and then share it with us.

    Merry Christmas dear Reese and a very Happy early Birhtday too!!! Many blessings in the New Year!
    xoxo J~

  19. Hello Miss Reese...or I guess I should say Mrs! It's been a long time but I have been keeping an eye on your blog. In fact I've awarded you a Stylish Blogger Award. You can check it out here:

    By the way...Happy Birthday

  20. I love Christmas markets, the food at them is always amazing :)

    Char x

  21. hi reese! yes, i've been to some christmas markets before, but they are not as beautiful as those! wow, i would love to go to those markets! :D

    i wish you and your family a very merry christmas! :)

    <3, Mimi

  22. Merry XMAS, dear Reese!!!! Love! Bela

  23. Lovely post - the one thing I usually miss in Christmas in Europe, and I'm usually in India. This year in NYC. But wonderful reminders of how beautiful all my favorite European cities must be in this time of year... Hope you are having a lovely holiday. xo bb

  24. Merry Christmas, Reese!! May you have a wonderful holiday time surrounded by the people you love! xoxo

  25. These are truly incredible! I have never been to a true Christmas Market-- I am missing out!

    I hope you have been well, Reese! Have a lovely Christmas and Birthday!!

    Lots of Love! oxo

  26. whoa! the lights just make everything seem so, so magical! these markets look like such fun! merry christmas, reese! may this day bring you loads of happiness and all your heart desires:)

  27. Dear Reese,

    Happy Holidays and Happy Birthday to you! I have not been visiting for a very long time, but don't take it personally. It has been a busy few months for me. (And I opened a store too!)

    I can see that you have been going through a lot too. I am sorry that you have been under the weather, Reese. (I also have/had have that acid reflux thing. I blame it on blogging! I will send you an e-mail to let you know how I cured it.)

    I LOVE your red chalkboard and. I went with black but I think yours looks so much better!

    I am wishing you a happy, healthy 2011. You are one of the happiest and most genuine boggers out there. Don't change a thing!

    Love to you and yours.


    P.S My Mom is from Austria. I have so many fond childhood memories from celebrating Christmas in Wien.

  28. Those markets all look amazing, all the lights, so pretty and magical. I didn't go to any markets this Christmas might I might plan to this year. :)


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