Best Christmas Markets in Europe 2022

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Get the kids ready for some Christmas cheer! With giddy gingerbread men, creaking carousels and twinkling lights, a traditional Christmas market is one of the most magical places to visit this time of year. These seasonal fairs are scattered across Germany, Austria, Switzerland and other countries like a cluster of snow-covered huts filled with handmade crafts, roasted chestnuts and steaming mugs of gluhwein (mulled wine). So grab your family, pack your bags and get your festive gloves on because we’ve found the best Christmas markets in Europe.

Even if you can’t make it to one of these spectacular Christmas markets this year, you can still take inspiration from them to help plan an amazing trip with your little ones in future years. After all, there are so many things about these Christmas markets that you’ll want to bring home and incorporate into your own festive celebrations.

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A Family’s Guide To Christmas Markets: Tips on planning your visit with kids
The following tips will help you know what to expect and to plan ahead your Christmas market experience with kids

Here is a selection of the best Christmas markets in Europe. Read on for practical details, photos, videos and lots of tips on visiting with kids

Germany

Did you know that there are over 1,200 traditional Christmas markets with stands selling local goods and yummy food all over Europe? And the best of them all can be found in Germany. That’s because the country is home to the densest concentration of old towns called “market towns” which continue to celebrate their own local traditions during Advent and winter holidays season.

The Christmas market or Weihnachtsmarkt (as it’s usually called in German) is a wonderful opportunity for travelers, families, friends and couples to get together under one roof, drink hot gluhwein (mulled wine), eat sausages and sweets, listen to carolers and take selfies in front of elaborate Christmas trees.

Tip!
Most of the German Christmas markets close right before Christmas. So make sure to visit these during Advent, the four weeks leading to Christmas!

Aachen

Aachen Christmas Market 2022

Aachen Christmas market is one of our favorite ones! It is so close to Brussels that you can visit for a day. You will find lots of practical details to plan ahead and activities to do with kids in our Aachen Christmas market guide!

See more photos and practical details on the Aachen Christmas market

Read more on Aachen in our Aachen guide. You can find details on what to do with kids in Aachen, kids friendly cafés and restaurants and lots of practical details, like where to park

*See more photos and practical details on the Aachen Christmas market
*Read more on Aachen in our Aachen guide. You can find details on what to do with kids in Aachen, kids friendly cafés and restaurants and lots of practical details, like where to park
*When: 18.11-23.12.2022, 11.00-21.00 every day,
Sunday 20.11.2022 at 18.00-21.00,
Saturday 17.12.2022 at 11.00-22.00
*Where: around the town hall and the Cathedral. Markt, 52062 Aachen, Germany
*Cost: Free entrance
*You can find more info on the official site of the Christmas market here

Monschau

Monschau Christmas Market 2022

The Monschau Christmas market in Germany is one of the most magical places to get into the festive spirit. Read on for practical tips to plan ahead your visit to the Christmas market in Monschau with kids

Monschau Christmas market
*When: 25.11-18.12.2022 Friday to Sunday
Fridays and Saturdays 11.00-21.00, Sundays 11.00-20.00
*Every Saturday Nikolaus visits the Monschau Christmas market!
*Where: Monschau
*Cost: Free entrance
*There is a carousel and stalls at the central square
*You can only park at specific places and take the shuttle to the Christmas market. See the map for parking places here
*You can find more info on the official site of the Christmas market here

Cologne

Cologne Christmas market 2022

Cologne offers several amazing Christmas markets, each one is better than the other! Read on for practical tips on visiting the Cologne Christmas market with kids

Cologne Christmas market
*See more photos (and a video!) in our post on Cologne Christmas market with details on all Christmas markets, a map and lots of practical tips
*When: 17.11 – 23.12.2022
Sunday to Wednesday at 11.00-21.00
Thursday to Friday at 11.00-22.00
Saturday at 10.00-22.00
*Where: right in front of the Cologne Cathedral, Roncalliplatz, 50667 Köln. There are also several Christmas markets around the city. Read more details on the blog on Cologne Christmas market here
*You can see here the tallest natural Christmas tree in North Rhine-Westphalia (25 meters).
*There is also a carousel for kids and fun activities for kids, such as handicrafts, puppet theater shows, face painting
*Cost: Free entrance
*You can find more info on the official site of the Christmas market here

Dusseldorf

Dusseldorf Christmas market
*See more photos (and a video!) in our post on Dusseldorf Christmas market with details on each of the 7 Christmas markets, a map and lots of practical tips
*When: 17.11-30.12.2022
Sunday – Thursday: 11:00 – 20:00
Friday + Saturday: 11:00 – 21:00
Sunday of the Dead (20.11.22): closed
24.12.22: 11:00 – 15:00
25.12.22: closed
26.12.22: 14:00 – 20:00
Sunday Shopping (27.11.22): 13:00 – 18:00
*Where: There are 7 (!) Christmas markets in Dusseldorf
*For kids: carousel, ice rink, Ferris wheel (at different locations, see above for details)
*Cost: Free entrance
*You can find more info on the official site of the Christmas market here

Munich

A Christmas market in the center of the old city with scary Krampus runs

*When: 21.11-24.12.2022
*Where: Marienplatz, the central square in Munich
*Cost: Free entrance
*You can find more info on the official site of the Christmas market here

Berlin Gendarmenmarkt

There are more than 70 Christmas markets in Berlin alone.

This Christmas market is called Weihnachtszauber, which means Christmas magic – and it absolutely justifies its name!

*When: 21.11-31.12.2022
Sunday-Thursday: 12.00-22.00
Friday-Saturday: 12.00-23.00
Christmas Eve: 12.00-18.00
*Where: Gendarmenmarkt, 10117 Berlin, Germany
*Acrobats, choirs, music and dance shows
*Cost: EUR 1 for 12+ years old. Free for kids younger than 12 years old and free for all on Monday-Friday at 12.00-14.00
*You can find more info on the official site of the Christmas market here

Berlin Weihnachtsmarkt an der Gedächtniskirche

A very small Christmas market, but worth having a gluhwein there after the Berlin Zoo!

*When: 21.11.2021-01.01.2023
Sunday-Thursday: 11.00-21.00
Friday and Saturday: 11.00-22.00
Christmas Eve: 11.00-14.00
25-26.12.2022: 13.00-21.00
31.12.2022: 11.00-20.00
01.01.2023: 13.00-21.00
*Where: Kurfürstendamm 237, 10789 Berlin, Germany (right outside the zoo)
*Cost: Free entrance
*You can find more info on the official site of the Christmas market here

Austria

Looking for the perfect Christmas market to visit with your family? You will love the gluhwein (mulled wine) and traditional food at these Christmas markets with kids. Not only are they great fun but they also have activities that children will love as well as somewhere they can meet Santa and his helpers!

Salzburg

The Christkindl Christmas market in Salzburg looks like it came straight out of a fairytale! This is definitely one of our most favorite ones!!

There is an ice rink right next to the Christmas market

*When: 17.11-01.01.2023
Monday–Thursday: 10.00–20.30
Friday: 10.00-21.00
Saturday: 09.00-21.00
Sunday, public holidays: 09.00-20.30
24.12.2022: 09:00-15:00
25.12.2022: 11:00 – 18:00
26.12.2022: 11:00 – 18:00
27-30.12.2022: 10.00-20.30
31.12.2022: 10.00-22.00
01.01.2023: 10.00-18.00
*Where: Christkindlmarkt am Dom, at Domplatz and Residenzplatz in the middle of the Old Town
*There is an ice skating rink next to the market
*Cost: free entrance
*You can find more info on the Christmas market on the official site of the Christmas market here

Vienna

The Vienna Christmas Dream lives up to its name: an impressive Christmas market that you will not forget!

*When: 19.11-26.12.2022
19.11-23.12.2022: 10.00-21.30
24-26.12.2022: 10.00-18.30
*Where: Rathausplatz, 1010 Vienna, Austria
*There is a Ferris wheel, a carousel, ice skating, kids corner and a daily program with fun activities for kids (Monday-Friday: 14.00- 18.00, Saturday, Sunday and public holidays: 11:00-18.00, no registration needed)
*Cost: Free entrance
*You can find more info on the official site of the Christmas market here

Luxembourg

Luxembourg City

Luxembourg Christmas Market 2022

A Ferris wheel, carousels, dancing Christmas trees, a gorgeous ice rink and more fun rides for kids!! Luxembourg Christmas market with kids: practical tips to help you plan ahead your visit with the family, photos and a video

Luxembourg Christmas market
*See more photos (and a video!) and lots of practical details on the Luxembourg Christmas market post
*When: 18.11.2022-08.01.2023
*Where: several locations, see the detailed post on Christmas market in Luxembourg for details
*Cost: free entrance, you pay for the fun rides
*Read more on Luxembourg City in our Luxembourg City with kids guide. You can find details on what to do with kids in Luxembourg, kids friendly museums and playgrounds, and practical details, like where to park
*You can find more info on the official site of the Christmas market here

Netherlands

Valkenburg (Christmas Market in a Cave)

Valkenburg Christmas market
*See more photos (and a video!) on the Valkenburg Christmas market post. Also in the post kids friendly restaurants and practical details like where to park
*When: 18.11-30.12.2022 for the two caves
*Where: three main locations, two of which are in two separate caves. See the detailed post on Christmas market in Valkenburg for details
*Cost: about EUR 8.50 per cave
*You can find more info on the official site of the Christmas market here

Belgium

Tip
Unlike most Christmas markets in Germany, the Christmas markets in Belgium remain open for the holidays!

Tip
If you are based in Brussels, then see the 10 best Christmas markets near Brussels! Most of them are easy to visit as a day trip and a few make for a great weekend

Brussels

Brussels Christmas Market with Kids 2022

Winter wonders is one of the most impressive Christmas markets in Europe. Do not miss the light show at the Grand Place! You will find practical tips for visiting with kids, kids friendly restaurants near the Christmas market and a map in this post

*Winter Wonders, the Christmas market in Brussels, was named the best Christmas market in the world for 2022 according to a travel website! While it is certainly one of the most impressive, we live in Brussels and we go to Germany, Austria and Alsace to enjoy the Christmas markets there 🙂

*See more photos (and a video!) on the Brussels Christmas market post. Furthermore in the post you will find practical tips for visiting with kids, kids friendly restaurants near the Christmas market and a map on how to get around the Christmas market in Brussels

*When: 25.11.2022-01.01.2023
Every day: 12.00-22.00
24.12.2022 and 31.12.2022: closing time at 18.00
*Where: the Christmas market in Brussels takes place at several locations all around the center. You can easily walk from one location to the other in the order these are mentioned in the post. There are also Christmas attractions at Bois de la Cambre
*You can find more info on the official site of the Christmas market here

Château de Rixensart

*See more photos (and a video) on the Château de Rixensart Christmas market post
*When: 25.11-18.12.2022
*Where: at a beautiful castle just 20 minutes from Brussels!

Antwerp

*When: 09.12.2022-08.01.2023
*Where: Grote Markt, Steenplein, Groenplaats, Suikerrui
*Ice skating rink, carousell, Ferris wheel
*Cost: free entrance
*You can find more info on the official site of the Christmas market here

Bruges

In Bruges there is a traditional Christmas market with an ice skating rink and a winter bar. There is also Winter Glow, a light trail that takes you around the city!

Winter Glow is magical! There is a different light trail to follow around Bruges every year and two Christmas markets

*When: 25.11.2022-08.01.2023
*Where: Market Square, Simon Stevin Square, ‘t Zand Square
*Light trail, ice skating rink, winter bar
*Cost: free entrance
*You can find more info on the official site of the Christmas market here

You can check the post on the Bruges Winter Glow here

Ghent

*When: 08-31.12.2022
*Where: at the historical city center, ie around Sint-Baafsplein, Botermarkt, Korenmarkt
*More on Ghent and what to do there in this post
*Cost: free
*You can find more info on the official site of the Christmas market here

Hasselt

Hasselt offers a lovely Christmas market – it is definitely one of the best to visit with kids in Europe! A Ferris wheel, an ice rink, a giant slide and more Christmas-themed fun fair rides – and of course lots of stalls with gluhwein, waffles and tartiflettes!

Hasselt Christmas market
*See more photos (and a video) and get all practical tips in this post on the Hasselt Christmas market
*When: 18.11.2022-08.01.2023
*Where: Dusartplein, 3500 Hasselt

Durbuy

*When: 25-27.11.2022 on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays (to be updated when the official website is updated)
*Where: at the central square in Durbuy
*There is also an ice rink
*You can find more info on Durbuy and what to do there in our guide on Durbuy
*Cost: free entrance
*You can find more info on the official site of the Christmas market here

Leuven

*When: 07-18.12.2022
Monday-Wednesday: 12.00-22.00
Thursday-Friday: 12.00-23.00
Saturday: 11.00-23.00
Sunday: 11.00-22.00
18.12.2022: 11.00-20.00
*Where: Leuven
*Cost: free entrance
*You can find more info on the official site of the Christmas market here

Namur

*When: 25.11-31.12.2022, closing at 22.00
Nocturnes on 27.11.2022, 03.12.2022 and 17.12.2022
*Where: Place de l’Ange, Place d’Armes
*Santa Claus awaits you on Saturdays 10, 17 and 23.12 and every Wednesday afternoon after Saint Nicholas Day (06.12)
*Roller skate track instead of ice rink this year
You can find more details on what to do in Namur in our guide on Namur
*Cost: free entrance
*You can find more info on the official site of the Christmas market here

If you are wondering what to do in Belgium with the kids during Christmas holidays, then read on this guide with family friendly Christmas events! St Nicholas events, light shows, meet Santa, Christmas brunches, theater shows and concerts, tons of events and ideas to enjoy the time with your family!

Christmas markets are the perfect way to get into the holiday spirit. From twinkling lights to delicious treats, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. But when you’re travelling with children, it can be hard to know which markets are the best – and which ones make the most sense for your family. So, here are the 10 best Christmas markets near Brussels to visit with kids and practical tips to plan ahead

France

Lille

*See more photos (and a video) on Lille Christmas market here with lots of practical details
*When: 18.11-30.12.2022
Monday-Thursday: 11.00-20.30
Friday-Saturday: 10.00-22.00
Sunday: 11.00-20.30
24.12.2022: closing at 18.00
25.12.2022: closed
30.12.2022: closing at 20.00
*Where: Place Rihour 59000 Lille
*Cost: free entrance
*You can find more info on the official site of the Christmas market here

Strasbourg

The first Christmas market in France, dating from 1570! Beautiful setting

*When: 25.11-24.12.2022
Every day 11.00-20.00 Uhr
24.12.2022 closing time 18.00
*Where: 29 Rue de la Nuée-Bleue, 67000 Strasbourg, France
*Cost: free entrance
*You can find more info on the official site of the Christmas market here

Colmar

Credit: http://www.noel-colmar.com/

The picturesque town features a Christmas market you should not miss

*When: 25.11-30.12.2022
*Where: Old Town
*Cost: free entrance
*You can find more info on the official site of the Christmas market here

Paris

There are several Christmas markets all around Paris!

*When: 09-26.12.2022 for the Christmas market at Notre Dame
*Where: Notre Dame Paris (there are several other Christmas markets in Paris!)
*Cost: free entrance
*You can find more info on the official site on all Christmas markets in Paris here and specific info on the Notre Dame Christmas market here

Czech Republic

Prague

*When: 26.11.2022-06.01.2023
*Where: Old Town Square (Staroměstské náměstí)
*Cost: free entrance
*You can find more info on the official site of the Christmas market here

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