It’s the most wonderful time of the year!
Did you know that the first Christmas markets in Europe were held in Germany, between the 14th and 15th century? They represented a celebration of Christmas and marked the beginning of the Advent. Various events and Christmas-themed decorations animated the streets one month before Christmas.
Christmas markets have become a tradition worldwide and all the big cities are in some sort of a competition with each other every year, trying to organize the most colorful and vivid markets and to attract the highest number of visitors from all around the world.
If you’re thinking of planning a trip in December, you should definitely consider these destinations, especially if you’re interested in some unique Christmas gifts.
Christmas markets in Europe
When in Rome before Christmas
There are several Christmas markets organized in Rome every year and most of them take place near important tourist attractions.
The most popular of them is the one in Piazza Navona, which opens this year on the 8th of December 2018 and lasts until the 6th of January 2019.
Other places to look for Christmas gifts in December are: Piazza Re di Roma, Mercato Monti, Piazzale Ankara and Eur Market.Book now
Turin leaves its visitors mesmerized every Christmas
Among all Italian cities, Turin has won the reputation for the most impressive Christmas displays.
While some of them will leave you breathless due to the abundance of colors and patterns, others will impress you with their simplicity.
One of the most known Christmas markets in Turin is hosted in Borgo Dora neighborhood. It starts at the beginning of December and it lasts until a few days before Christmas.Book now
How about Nicosia, Cyprus for a Christmas market?
Even though Cyprus is more of a summer holiday destination rather than a winter one, you just can’t miss the Christmas Fairyland if you’re in Nicosia between the end of November and the beginning of January.
Besides the abundance of Christmas-themed items you can buy, there are also various concerts you can enjoy in the area.
Additionally, the weather is more than pleasant even during this time of year.Book now
Sibiu, Brasov and Bucharest (Romania) competing with major European cities
One of the countries that is definitely worth visiting for the Christmas markets is Romania. This country has it all: sea, mountains and wonderful people.
When it comes to Christmas-themed events, there are three cities fighting for the most beautiful market in Romania and even competing with greater European cities: Sibiu, Brasov and Bucharest.
While these Christmas markets will impress you with their warm and welcoming atmosphere (despite the low temperatures during this period), the architecture, living style and other elements of these cities will make you want to come back again during summer, to get lost on their historical streets.
In most cases, Christmas markets start at the end of November or the beginning of December and last until Christmas or even New Year’s Eve. Thus, if you’re interested in visiting them, you should first take care of the following aspects:
- Book now your Blue Air ticket
- Set your budget for this trip
- Make an itinerary! Since you’re in a different city, it would be a pity not to go on a tour and visit other tourist attractions as well