#Innsider’s guide: top 7 Christmas markets in Europe not to be missed!

As the festive countdown begins, Christmas markets open their doors across Europe. Offering local delicacies, hand-crafted gifts and lively entertainment, Europe’s traditional Christmas markets capture the festive season at its very best. Town squares and winding streets are brought to life with snowy sparkle and the scent of local cooking, becoming the perfect place to take the family or hang out with friends. So, here’s our #Innsider’s guide to Europe’s best Christmas markets.

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Dresden: Timeless. With great cake

Germany’s oldest festive market takes place in Dresden’s historic Altmarkt Square, tricky to miss with a fourteen meter Christmas pyramid at its heart! Stalls sell a range of little gifts, all produced by local craftsmen. If you have a little more time to explore, various other markets stretch down towards the railway station. After a long day’s shopping and a healthy portion of the famous Christollen cake, the Park Inn by Radisson Hotel Dresden is just a short hop over the River Elbe.

Dresden Christmas market

Dresden Christmas market view

Moscow: Kremlin Christmas

The idyllic Christmas Market in Moscow’s legendary Red Square has a unique backdrop of the Kremlin – and the city’s biggest ice rink! Lasting until after the Orthodox Christmas on January 6, the market the perfect place to buy typical Russian souvenirs, like painted matryoshka dolls.  A good cup of coffee will help beat the cold. Feel right at home at the colorful Park Inn by Radisson Sadu, Moscow Hotel, the Park Inn by Radisson Sheremetyevo or the Park Inn by Radisson Odintsovo Moscow.

Moscow Christmas market street

Riga: A Baltic Beauty

The Riga Christmas Market is held in the lovely old Cathedral Square – part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Lasting until the Orthodox Christmas, stalls sell Latvian wooden crafts, Baltic amber, woolens, local honey and mulled wine, as the cold air echoes with the sound of carols and folk songs, sung by Latvian choirs. Enjoy a smart stay at the well located Park Inn by Radisson Riga Valdemara or Park Inn by Radisson Residence Riga Barona.

Riga Christmas market entrance

Amsterdam: Nice & Icy Festive Fun

During Amsterdam’s famous Light Festival, Museum Square becomes home to a stunning skating rink and Christmas market. Night owls love Damrak’s 24-hour Winter Market, while Rembrandtplein offers treats for foodies. Discover the uber-cool De Amsterdamsche Kerstmarkt and the organic winter Pure Market in Amstelpark. Fresh, fun and modern, the Park Inn by Radisson Amsterdam Airport Schiphol is the perfect choice for your smart city break.

Amsterdam Christmas lights

Stockholm: Lit Up for Lucia

Mulled wine, or glögg, comes with extra spice in Sweden, and it’s perfect to wash down the local delicacies of smoked sausage and reindeer meat! There are four Christmas markets to choose from in Stockholm, all just a short journey away from the Park Inn by Radisson in Hammarby Sjöstad.

Stockholm Christmas market old town

Prague: Czech Out The Magic

There are two fantastic markets to choose from in Prague. Wenceslas Square and Old Town Square are the most festive spots and highlights include the selection of Czech sausage, bread and cheese. No trip would be complete without a taste of Trdelnik – fresh dough wrapped round a stick, grilled and coated in sugar and walnut. Visitors can check in at the art deco Park Inn Hotel Prague, just a short walk from both locations. 

Prague Christmas market view

Cologne: A Rhine Romance

Cologne has seven stunning Christmas markets, each with its own unique atmosphere and events.

Cologne Christmas market

Find angels and elves; hot roasted almonds and glugs of gluhwein beneath Cologne’s glorious cathedral. Soak up atmospheric Roncalliplatz. Stroll through the historic Heinzelmännchenmarkt or enjoy some seasonal maritime magic at the Harbor Christmas market. Then relax near the Rhine at the cheerfully vibrant Park Inn by Radisson Cologne City West Hotel.

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