Because celebrating this Christmas doesn’t have to cost the Earth…
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By Jack Sullivan
Christmas – the most beautiful time of the year. It’s a time of getting together, giving and receiving, and, of course, stuffing your gob with the best food and booze you can get your hands on.
So, we’ve compiled a list of our top five Christmas markets, all of which are of course easily accessible by train, so you can get your fill this Christmas…
1. The Strasbourg Christmas Market
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The Strasbourg Christmas Market has been a feature of de Noël Français (excuse our French) since 1570, making it the oldest in France and one of the most popular in Europe. A total of roughly 300 stalls can be found across the city centre, most notably around the prestigious Cathedral.
There’s a little something for everyone: don’t miss the famous Christkindelsmärik on Place Broglie (the oldest Christmas market in Strasbourg), the Alsatian food market on Place des Meuniers, the Comptoir des Rois Mages and the Carré d’Or market, and finally delicious local produce at the Terroir et Artisanat market on Place de la Gare.
A visit to this amazing market is definitely one for the bucket list, and would definitely make your Christmas like no other – one to remember for sure!
2. Prague Christmas Market
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Aside from the stag dos, Prague is also pretty good at this whole Christmas thing. Based in both Wenceslaus Square and The Old Town Square, the Prague Christmas Market is definitely deserving of a place on this list.
Visitors will be welcomed by an abundant supply of beer, spectacular performances from local choirs, and a succulent array of classic Czech food. Make sure you have a swig or two of Grog (rum, hot water, lemon and honey) and a nibble on some Trdelnik (sweet bread mix with different flavours) for pudding.
When it’s not full of boozey Brits stumbling all over the shop, Prague is a beautiful city, and the Christmas markets are proof of this.
3. Hamburg Christmas Market
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Coming in at the half-way point is Hamburg. This city is home to various different markets spread across its centre. Expect glasses of punch served by clowns, museum Christmas exhibitions, yummy food, weekly parades and more in this wonderful city.
Kick back with some Glühwein (German mulled wine), smokey grilled wurst, creamy rachlette, roasted chestnuts, and fish buns. Our mouths are already watering…
4. Brussels Christmas Market
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The Christmas market in Brussels is a relatively new one, but fantastic all the same. Visitors are welcomed by over 200 stalls with anything and everything you can imagine. Feast on traditional delicacies of mussels, snails and shrimp along with to-die-for Belgian chocolate for pud!
To accompany your full tummy, there’s toboggan slopes, ice rinks, as well as a huge ferris wheel, so you’re guaranteed to have endless amounts of fun on your Belgian trip!
5. Fiera de Santa Llucia
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Last but by no means least in our list is the beautiful city of Barcelona. Home to the renowned Fiera de Santa Llucia, this Christmas market comes in behind Strasbourg as the second oldest market in Europe. With around 300 stalls of Catalan Christmas goodies, even a whiff of the festive treats will have you loosening your belt buckle.
For help with booking any of your trains head on over to our pals at Loco 2 – who specialise in Eurpean train travel!
And if that hasn’t got you in the Christmas spirit, then we hope this clever mash-up of festive songs will. Enjoy…
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