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Get festive at Europe’s best Christmas markets

What better way to get into the festive spirit than with a break to visit some of the fantastic Christmas markets in Europe. Across the continent you’ll find a dazzling array of Christmas markets where you can shop, eat, drink and begin your Christmas festivities.

So, if you’re thinking of jetting off for a Christmas market break, here are some of the very best European markets to visit…



Bruges is an undeniably pretty city all year-round, but during the festive period it takes on an almost magical feel with its Christmas lights and decorations.

In front of the Belfort Tower on the cobblestones of Market Square, visitors will find one of the most charming Christmas markets in Europe. Stock up on unique and quirky Christmas gifts, decorations, plenty of gluhwein and, of course, Belgian chocolate.


The very first Christmas markets in Stockholm were held some 500 years ago, so it’s safe to say they have been perfecting them for quite some time!

In the shadow of the striking Nobel Museum, close to the Royal Palace, many different stalls pop up with a variety of festive offerings. There are traditional Swedish products, handmade crafts and plenty of tempting Swedish food to try. If you’re feeling brave sample some elk meat, or just stick to some Swedish Christmas sweets.



Berlin is certainly getting into the Christmas spirit this year, with an incredible 60 Christmas markets being held throughout the city.

Charlottenburg Castle Christmas market is one of the most famous in Germany and sees the castle and its park bathed in a warm, twinkling light that is a must see when in the city. The Christmas market offers carefully selected arts and crafts, and plenty of seasonal food and drink within beautifully decorated cabins and glass pagodas.



A trip to Vienna for the Christmas markets is sure to be unforgettable. The largest market is the Magic of Advent, which takes place in front of the magnificent Wiener Rathaus City Hall building. This Neo-Gothic style building provides a striking backdrop to the markets that date back to 1298.

At Viennese Christmas markets you’ll find a huge selection of seasonal delicacies, including roasted chestnuts, festive punch, warming mulled wine and more. It’s the perfect place to eat, drink and be merry!

Travel to any of these wonderful Christmas markets in style and comfort by hiring a private jet with Chapman Freeborn. Let us provide you with our first class service and allow you to concentrate on getting ready and enjoying the festive period.