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A beloved tradition across most of the world, the Christmas markets are perhaps one of the things that set off the festive season. Decorated squares and lighted streets draw thousands of merchants and visitors each year to Europe’s most enchanting cities, where the magic of Christmas can be felt. From the relaxing Rhine Valley to romantic Paris and from the pleasing Black forest to the fairy-tale Germany, Christmas markets are the fabulous places to shop!

During the Christmas season, the Upper Rhine Valley magically comes alive with the festive spirit. This specific region that extend across Switzerland, France and German, is home to numerous top Christmas markets that certainly has something special for each and every one. Beginning in late November, these authentic Christmas markets can be found all over the Upper Rhine Valley region.

Manchester

Most cities located in the UK hold annual Christmas fairs, but none of them are as bustling as the Manchester Christmas Market.  This is the ideal city where you can do your Christmas Shopping for friends and family. With the melodious tunes of carol singers, street theatre, fun fairs and beautifully decorated Christmas trees, it’s hard not to get into the mood of Christmas in Manchester. So, wear your Xmas hat and head down the world known European Christmas Market of Albert Square!

Bruges

From fairy light twinkling across the canal to the powerful scent of fresh and warm waffles, Bruges is perhaps the next best thing after the grotto of Santa. Located in Belgium, this city has the ideal cosy Christmas feeling once the Bruges Christmas Market along with the Ice Rink are set up in the end of November. The main market is in Grote Markt, where the ice rink is surrounded by wooden chalets.       This place oozes the seasonal warmth and fuzzy feeling that are linked to Christmas.                                                                             

Paris

From the tiny jumble sale event in the suburb of Montmartre to the distinctive Alsatian fare, there is surely a Christmas market somewhere around Paris for you. Throughout the month of December, you can enjoy the Alsatian Christmas Market of the Gare de L’Est. This is where you will find the best Alsatian sausages, chou croute and wine. Fans of arts and craft would perhaps prefer the “Marche de Noel de Paris Notre-Dame”, where regional gastronomy is also present.

Germany

No one does Christmas like the Germans! The celebrations are inevitably going to heat up the atmosphere in the cold winter with Christmas around the corner. When winter comes, the picturesque black forest is beautiful enough to blow your mind. But the Ravenna Gorge Christmas Market located at the base of the viaduct makes this place even more enchanting. Here you can discover proper handmade Xmas wares in more than 40 stalls. Or you can head to the more traditional Stuttgarter Weihnachtsmarkt, comprising of around three hundred stalls to have a sip of the mulled wine from the region.

Book a date now in your dairy and start soaking up the Christmas atmosphere while doing your shopping at the heart of one of these international markets!

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