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'Tis The Season: Festive Markets 2018

Three of Europe’s best festive markets putting the North Pole to shame

Words by Maddison Glendinning

Design by Nour Algharabally

Tivoli Gardens, Copenhagen, Denmark
We’re generally obsessed with the Danish/Scandi notion of ‘hygge’ so combine that with Christmas markets and we’ve ourselves a winner. Held in Copenhagen’s famed Tivoli Gardens, the Christmas market runs from November 17 to December 31 and covers a huge 82,300 square metres with 60 stalls for you to peruse. With a range of wares for sale, including handmade ornaments and crafts, as well as plenty of food and beverage options to keep you warm, you’ll find yourself never wanting to leave. Plus, there’s light shows every night and real reindeer, too. Discover more.

Striezelmarkt, Dresden, Germany
There are many impressive things about the Striezelmarkt in Dresden, not least the fact that it is Germany’s oldest Christmas market having run since 1434. Located in the centre of the city at Altmarkt Square, the market is also famed for its record-breaking Stollen (bread filled with dried fruit and dusted with sugar) which a team of bakers gather together to create and then parade through the streets ahead of serving it to guests. Open from November 28 to Christmas Eve, you’ll be mesmerised by the bright lights that cover every inch of the square, with something to see, eat and savour at almost every turn. Discover more. 

Plaisirs d’Hiver, Brussels, Belgium
As far as Instagrammable markets go, Brussels’ Plaisirs d’Hiver, which opens from November 30 to January 6, pretty much takes the cake. Finding its home along the city streets between the iconic Grand Palace and Place Saint Catherine, the market is home to 240 stalls serving up everything from local delicacies to hot chocolate, souvenirs and more. Oh, and did we mention that in addition to the giant Ferris wheel and the 22-metre fir tree that has to be seen to be believed, there is also a 200-foot long ice rink? Markets don’t come much more magical than this. Discover more.

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