17 Lesser-Known but Fabulous European Christmas Markets ...

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Every year I look forward to my Christmas market visit.2

Unfortunately, this year, I am restricted to the UK but I know it will still be fabulous because there really is something special about Christmas markets.

They’re a big tradition in Europe and there are some huge ones.

The German markets are particularly spectacular.

However, if you’re in or heading to Europe, some lesser-known Christmas markets are definitely worth checking out.

1. Riga, Latvia

Riga, Latvia

When?

29th November - 8th January

This year Riga celebrates the 10th anniversary of the Old Town Christmas Fair, which should be a jolly festive occasion for all those who love delicious smoked salmon, handmade jewelry and enjoy attending creative workshops that will enable them to become a future artisan at the fair.2

2. Sibiu, Romania

Sibiu, Romania

When?

20th November - 26th November

Although only hosted for a few days, this is Romania's most vibrant Christmas market, located in the town's Grand Square, where the most gorgeous Baroque architecture provides the backdrop to stalls selling everything from roasted almonds and toffee apples to handmade presents.

Decorated with more fairy lights than the Coca Cola truck, Sibui's market is a sight to behold at night.

3. Tallinn, Estonia

Tallinn, Estonia

When?

20th November - 8th January

Estonia's famous Christmas tree rises up in the centre of the Town Hall Square, surrounded by a market that has everything a winter wonderland should boast: great food and drink stalls, fabulous handmade goods, a petting zoo for little visitors, dance groups, live music and real snowflakes settling on visitors' woolly hats.2

Magical stuff!

4. Trier, Germany

Trier, Germany

When?

November 23rd - December 22nd

Historic Trier, with its Roman baths and stunning surroundings, is often overlooked on the bulging Christmas market calendar Germany has to offer, but it's actually one of the most magical settings.

Trier is one of the oldest cities in Germany.

It was already on the tourist map when ancient Romans debated what to get their kids for Christmas.

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