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The Best Alternative Christmas Markets

Christmas Markets

Got a few days of annual leave to spare? December is the perfect time to take a break from work and jet off on a European Christmas Market adventure. A trip to a Christmas market is perfect for getting you in a merry mood, grabbing some unique decorations and presents, and treating yourself to delicious mulled wine, gingerbread and other festive delights. Read on for One4all’s guide to the best Christmas markets in Europe for 2019.

Gdańsk, Poland

Poland is an amazing place to visit; it’s cheap, the food is amazing, and you’re guaranteed breath-taking views, no matter where you are in the country. Warsaw and Kraków are the most popular tourist destinations but this year, we suggest ditching the typical spots and instead, recommend a trip up North to the wonderful Gdańsk. Every year, The Coal Market in the Old Town transforms into a winter wonderland with stalls selling food, drinks, Christmas decorations and beautiful handmade goods. If you don’t want to just shop and gorge on fine food, The Coal Market has a pretty impressive events schedule with light shows, Christmas Carols, sledding competitions and much more! So, grab your favourite puffer coat, mittens and hat because this is one festive spot you won’t want to miss!

 

When: December 1st to December 23rd

Where: Targ Weglowy, Gdansk Stare Miasto

Opening Times: 11:00-21:30

Gdansk

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Gdansk

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Gdansk

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Prague, Czech Republic

I visited Prague’s Christmas market in January a few years ago and fell in love with its magic and beauty. The day I went was cold with delicate snowflakes falling. I sipped on the most indulgent hot chocolate as I strolled along the wondrous stalls stocked full of food, drink, and handmade decorations. The atmosphere and views were like something out of a movie. The market is held in the beautiful Old Town Square, in front of the Astronomical Clock, so you’re surrounded by history and the wonderful spirit of Christmas. A huge Christmas tree decorates the centre of the market and there is a stage which hosts carollers, concerts and dance performances. It’s a beautiful place that everyone should have on their bucket list.

When: December 1st to January 6th 

Where: Old Town Square

Opening Times: 10:00-22:00 (food stalls) 24:00 (general market)

Prague

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Prague

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Prague

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Belfast, North Ireland

If heading off to a European wonderland isn’t an option, don’t fret, a weekend trip to Belfast’s Christmas market is sure to get you in a jolly mood. Only about a 90-minute drive from Dublin, this relatively small but super cosy market is incredible. You can immerse yourself in international food heaven with stalls selling French crêpes, Belgian waffles and chocolates, German bratwursts and many more. If you’ve got kids, make sure to bring them along as they’ll love a trip to Santa’s grotto, a ride on the vintage carousel or a slide down the Helter Skelter. There’s so much to do in this place, you won’t want to leave!

When: November 16th to December 22nd

Where: Belfast City Hall

Opening Times: Varied times

Belfast

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Belfast

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Belfast

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Gothenburg, Sweden

If you want a completely different Christmas market experience, I suggest you go to Gothenburg in Sweden. Every year, they transform the Lisenberg Amusement Park into a Christmas market decked out with millions of fairy lights and hundreds of trees. The amusement park is business as usual but adds an ice rink for festive fun. And while you’re there, make sure to indulge in the complete Swedish Christmas food experience.

When: Varied days until December 30th

Where: Old Town Square

Opening Times: 10:00-22:00 (food stalls) 24:00 (general market)

Belfast

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Belfast

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Gothenberg

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This post was written by One4all’s Graphic and Web Designer, Ola Dybul. If she’s not creating trendy social graphics, working on quirky photoshoots or designing brand assets, she’s off travelling the world, learning new cultures and traditions, and meeting new people. She’s been all around the world but is not ready to stop. Stay tuned for more top tips from this expert adventurer.

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