All I want for Christmas is Christmas Markets ! Christmas trees, wooden decorated chalets, “Glühwain” (warm wine- and yes it is drinkable, we promise). You guessed it correctly, Christmas is just around the corner! Fortunately, festivities in Luxembourg and its surroundings have started and we gathered a few Christmas Markets you should definitely visit.
First of all, of course, the markets in Luxembourg city. Located in different places between the Upper Town and the Station district, there will be activities for adults and children. Each little market has its own name and activities so if you are more interested in something in particular, click here to have all the info on the markets.
Germany – Trier
Christmas markets originally came from Germany and this one is one of the famous christmas markets in Germany with 90 beautifully decorated wooden chalets. Trier’s market offers a huge choice for sweet eaters and toy hunters, buyers of candles and spice tasters, fans of crafts and decorative objects, ornaments and useful tools for you and your family. It is easily accessible by train from the Luxembourg-city train station.
France – Metz
Less than one hour by train from Luxembourg-city you can also visit the Christmas market in Metz. Several squares are invaded by Christmas markets.The atmosphere of Christmas reigns on the various squares of the city of Metz with illuminations that will amaze young and old, as soon as night falls. Many exhibitors will settle in the chalets for the occasion: you will find hundreds of gift ideas, how to spoil all your loved ones (handicrafts, toys, Christmas lights and decorations, gourmet products…). For the entire program, please follow this link.
France – Strasbourg
This market is the oldest market in Europe and one of the world’s prettiest markets. Christmas markets in Alsace are world famous and attract millions of tourists every year. It is such a success that some chalets of the Strasbourg Christmas market are even exported to New York, Moscow, Beijing or Tokyo! The Strasbourg Christmas market also known as ‘Christkindelsmärik’ (Baby Jesus market in Alsatian) is a legacy of many Alsatian traditions.
The Christmas period is a very important moment for the Alsatians who prepare it up to a month in advance. This traditional spirit can be found during the market period in Strasbourg but also in other cities in the Alsace area. Click here for the program in Strasbourg and here if you are interested to visit other christmas markets in the area not so far from Strasbourg.
Belgium – Brussels
If you have read our article about Brussels, you must already have a little idea of what you can expect at the Winter Wonders. Ferry wheels, merry-go-rounds, Brussels’ market offers a lot of activities for everyone and every taste. As a cultural city, some of the activities revolve around this like for example the sound and light shows at Grand Place.or the Wonder Woods with musical programmes in the Bois de la Cambre. You can found the detailed program and even the map by clicking here.
Belgium – Liège
The most beautiful Christmas market in the heart of the Ardent City! The Christmas Village of Liège is the largest and oldest Christmas market in Belgium. Founded nearly 35 years ago, it has become the largest Christmas market in the country in terms of size, duration and spirit. Faithful to the long Germanic tradition of Christmas markets, the Christmas Village of Liège plunges us in the heart of the city into the magic of Christmas by respecting the typical Latin character of Liège. For the complete program, please follow the link.
Belgium – Bruges
Bruges is one of the most famous cities in Belgium. It is known internationally as “Venice of the North”. The center of Bruges is magical all year round but even more so during Christmas. With thousands of lights and the smell of waffles and warm wine, the Christmas atmosphere is at its peak! There are two Christmas markets in Bruges. The most important is on the Grand Place where there are many wooden chalets.
The second market is only a hundred meters away on Simon Stevin Square. Between the trees adorned with countless decorations are two rows of stands. You can also admire a nativity scene on a human scale.You will find many stands with pretty Christmas gifts, decorations and handmade items. While shopping, let yourself be guided by the smell of artisanal specialties. Stroll through the market and take a break to warm up with a nice hot chocolate and enjoy delicious roasted chestnuts. Happiness!
Feel free to let us know in a comment which market you have visited or plan to visit, and which one was your favorite 🙂