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Tivoli Gardens (NOV 15th - JAN 14th)
To celebrate Christmas in the Tivoli pleasure garden is a true classic amongst the Copenhageners. The highlight of the market is the annual Fireworks Festival held between Christmas Eve and New Year, where you can admire an explosion of light and colour above the garden.
Christkindlmarkt (Nov 16th - DEC 24th)
Set up in front of the city hall, this Christmas market stands out for having a large selection of activities for all ages. Christmas biscuit baking and candle making are some options for children, while adults can enjoy the different choir performances free of charge every weekend.
Old Town Square Market and Wenceslas Square (NOV 29th - JAN 1st)
Spread out across the old town, this charming Christmas market illuminates the city with its thousands of lights. The brightly decorated christmas tree in the Old Town square is the market's most important symbol. December is the best time to try the delicious tredelnik; a typical sweet pastery topped with sugar and walnut mix.
Hyde Park (NOV 21st - JAN 4th)
The famous Hyde Park hosts a fantastic Christmas market, where visitors can buy unique gifts or savour a warm drink. Entrance is free. The park also offers a circus, a giant Ferris Wheel and the biggest ice skating rink in London. Let yourself be astonished by the magical Ice Kingdom attraction!
Zurich Christmas Market (NOV 20th - DEC 24th)
The Zurich main railway station turn into a giant Christmas market with more than 160 stalls. It is the largest covered Christmas market in Europe. The christmas tree, 15 metres tall, is decorated with crystals from Swarovski.
Christkindlesmarkt (NOV 28th - DEC 24th)
Known as the first and original Christmas market in Germany, the Nuremberg Christkindlesmarkt is one of the largest in the country with more than two million visitors from all over the world. Apart from the traditional Christmas shopping, it is customary to try a cup of gluhwein (warm mulled wine) with the original Nuremberg wurstl (typical sausages of the city).
Piazza Navona (DEC 6th - JAN 6th)
This is the most famous Christmas market in Italy. In the centre of the market you will see the figure of Belfana: a witch who delivers gifts to children throughout Italy in the night of January 5. You will also find Belfana dolls to buy in the stands of the market.
Winter Wonders - Plaisirs D'Hiver (NOV 28th - JAN 4th)
More than 250 stalls occupy the Grand-Place square in the centre of Brussels. In addition to the ice skating rink, you will be entertained by an amazing variety of performances and activities, including concerts and musical parades, as well as street performers and religious processions.
Christkindelmärik (NOV 28th - DEC 31st)
This Christmas market is the oldest one in France and has been held around the Strasbourg Cathedral since 1570. Besides the warm mulled wine and spices, you should also try the magnificent Alsatian biscuits and cakes, based on Germanic culinary traditions.
Lieberg Christmas Market (NOV 14th - DEC 30th)
Held in Gothenburg's amusement park, this is the largest Christmas Market in Sweden. The market presents a great opportunity for children and parents to do some Christmas shopping together and offers Swedish food and delicatessen for the Christmas season.