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HERE ARE THE 5 MOST BEAUTIFUL CHRISTMAS MARKETS IN EUROPE

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HERE ARE THE 5 MOST BEAUTIFUL CHRISTMAS MARKETS IN EUROPE

HERE ARE THE 5 MOST BEAUTIFUL CHRISTMAS MARKETS IN EUROPE

The end-of-year celebrations are approaching and with them the Christmas markets are taking up residence in many cities. To soak up their festive atmosphere, here are five of the most beautiful markets in Europe.

So yes, they often sell their gifts kitsch, but with their wooden stalls, their gastronomic specialties and their warm atmospheres, the Christmas markets always attract more onlookers. From the oldest to the most recent, everyone dives in their own way into the magic of Christmas and some have even decided to take their place in caves.

STRASBOURG: A FOUR-CENTURY-OLD MUST-SEE 

He cultivates superlatives. Elected best Christmas market in Europe in 2014 and 2015, the oldest Christmas market in France, created in 1570, is once again deploying its thirty-meter Christmas tree on Place Kéber and its 300 chalets spread over several sites, in particular around the cathedral but also place Broglie. A magical event that brings together more than 2 million visitors every year. 

Open from November 25 to December 24.

LONDON: THE EXUBERANT WINTER WONDERLAND IN HYDE PARK

If the British capital has several Christmas markets, the best known of which is certainly that of Greenwich, Hyde Park also hosts one of the liveliest appointments at this time of year: the Winter Wonderland This gigantic fairground is celebrating its 15th edition this year. It obviously offers its Christmas market with its small chalets but also a giant ice rink, a Ferris wheel, a secret passage sculpted in the ice and many activities including several shows. The place to be to enjoy London with the family. Free admission at off-peak hours, paid activities. 

Open from November 18 to January 2. 

ZURICH: THE LARGEST INDOOR CHRISTMAS MARKET

Like every year, the historic hall of Zurich station built in 1871 houses the largest covered market in Europe. With more than one hundred and forty chalets and its Christmas tree adorned with thousands of crystals, the Christindlimarkt is certainly the only winter market where you don’t completely shiver from the cold. A look at that of the old town is also worth the detour for all its gastronomic specialties. 

Open from November 24 to December 24. 

BRUSSELS: PLAISIRS D’HIVER, A MAGICAL EVENT 

An unmissable event for the end-of-year celebrations in Brussels, the Plaisirs d’Hiver event takes over the city center and transforms its Grand-Place as well as the Place de la Monnaie and that of Sainte Catherine into an XXL playground for all family. An ice rink, a Ferris wheel but also 250 chalets are set up there from the end of November until the beginning of January. Not to mention that many animations will be presented there. Not to be missed, the sound and light show which dresses the facades of the Grand-Place in a thousand lights and this in 360 degrees every hour from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., Monday to Thursday, and every half hour from 5 p.m. to 10.30 p.m. , from Friday to Sunday. 

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