As temperatures begin to cool and the days get shorter it means it is almost time for Christmas Markets. Hundreds of cities start to glow as the Christmas markets take on the streets. From medieval towns to snowy scenes, they are here to bring on the Christmas cheer. We have put together our favourite Christmas Markets
The Stuttgart Christmas Market is one Germany’s oldest markets dating back to 1692. The Christmas Market transforms the city into a winter wonderland, glittering with thousands of lights. Over 280 stalls offer locals and visitors a lovely dose of Christmas spirit.
In the market, we have found the best of the local crafts, from hand-carved wooden angels and fuzzy lambskin slippers. For a special souvenir, we brought some gluhwein and got keep the a beautiful decorative cup!
After you are done shopping, make room for some delicious food. Try the Knackwurst, a small sausage served as a snack or enjoy schweinebraten. The schweinebraten is a German pulled pork. For a sweet treat grab a piece our favourite treat, the Stuttgart hutzelbrot. This is a type of Christmas fruit and nut bread.
Take the kids for a ride on the steam train, while you keep warm with a glass of apfelwein, hot apple cider.
If you are looking for a white Christmas, head to our favourite market in Switzerland This medieval town of St Gallen turns into a festive fairy tale with snow-covered streets and a 20-metre tree decorated with over 18000 lights.
Over 70 decorated stalls provide handcrafted local goodies. We found traditional wooden toys and decorations to Christmas delicacies like biberli, a honey gingerbread filled with marzipan, which is delicious.
Explore all stalls with a glass of local rum punch and then indulge in the wonderful food. We recommend the Bratwurst mit Rösti, a veal sausage served with potato cake or enjoy a schnitzel, breaded veal. Those with a sweet tooth can sample Rumkugeln, a rum-soaked chocolate balls
For those looking for a continental affair, the Galway Christmas market is filled with endless options. One of the closet markets to us in stretches from Eyre Square to the Spanish Arch. We found artisanal products and treats not only from Ireland but a dozen other countries.
Browse around the stalls and you will see traditional treats such as Irish mince pies, German bratwurst and french pastries like oreillettes. If it’s drinking you are looking for, enjoy a Bavarian brew in the beer tent, or sample the best of Irish whisky and mulled wine while enjoying the live performances.
For the kids, there are several attractions from the helter-skelter, the traditional carousel. Make sure you head down to the incredible Santa’s grotto where the little ones can meet Father Christmas.
Dating back to 1915, Gamla Stan is the oldest Christmas Market in Sweden and also one of the most traditional. Over 40 red stalls decorate the grounds of the beautiful medieval old town. Local and visitors are allured with the smell of mulled wine and a variety of homemade wares.
Amongst the stalls, you will find all sorts of crafts. From decorations like ceramic elves, and glass angels to hand-knit caps and jumpers, You will also see many of the local delicacies including reindeer and elk meat.
Keep cosy with a glass of Glogg, spiced mulled wine and feast on Prinskorv, tiny Swedish sausages usually fried and served with mustard. For a sweet tidbit, try kanelbullar, a delicious type of cinnamon buns.
For a romantic Christmas, there is nothing like the Piazza Navona market in Rome. A tradition for over 100 years, the piazza is transformed into a festival of lights. You will be entertained by carolers and mandolin performers. The kids can also be amused with a ride on the merry go round, an antique German carousel from the 19th century.
You will find unique crafts, from handmade nativity scenes to ceramic figurines of La Befana. La Befana is a witchy old lady that brings children gifts on January 6th. Other quirky gifts include the scopine scacciaguai tiny decorated brooms that according to Italian tradition sweep away bad luck.
The star of this market is the food, and you can try anything from handmade gnocchi to capitone, a dish made out of fried eels. Make sure you wash it all down with some fine Italian Birra or a glass of Vin brulé, hot wine. When it comes to dessert, try the pangiallo, a Christmas cake made with honey, dry nuts and citrus.
Brittnay is an Aussie abroad and one half of the The Travelling House Sitters. She lived in London for the past two years before making the move to Dublin. She managed to squeeze in 21 tri