5 Underrated Christmas Markets in Europe

That you didn’t know about

Let's travel further than Germany

Christmas Markets stretch back to the late middle ages in Germany, however now they spread across Europe to the least wintry locations you can think of (looking at you Malta) So grab your bag and get packing. These are 5 Underrated Christmas Markets in Europe that you didn’t know about

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Malta, Christmas Markets on the Med!

While Malta can’t boast the typical snow or cold weather, things still get Christmassy on the island! Every year, Valletta’s waterfront turns into a Christmas wonderland including an enchanted snow garden & a 10m tree! If you’re more interested in shopping, the Sliema Christmas market is open for one weekend only but it’s got you covered!

Seville - Southern Spain's underrated Christmas Markets

Forget the 40+ degree summer, Christmas is the hottest time to be in the south of Spain. The Mercado Navideno de Artesania is considered by many to be the most important seasonal market in Seville. The market specialises in handcrafted pieces made by locals and include everything from ceramics to wooden toys to clothes, all done in typical Andalusian style.

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Frankfurt Christmas Market Birmingham


Ahh, the classic European Christmas destination of Birmingham. Although London is known as a Christmas hotspot, Birmingham actually has the largest authentic German Christmas market outside of Germany or Austria. So if flying to Germany isn’t on the cards this festive season, evidently, Birmingham might be the next best thing! It does get busy however so plan your trip by visiting their website first

Vilnius Christmas Markets

As you’re flying into the Lithuanian capital in December, you’ll no doubt spot the enormous Christmas tree from your plane window. With over 5km of lights attached, it’s tough to miss!

“the cosiest Christmas Market in Europe”

The markets in Vilnius are spread across the city with two main squares (Cathedral Square & Town Hall Square) hosting the larger sections. Obviously it won’t compete with the German markets for size, it makes up for it with a smaller, cosier vibe that oozes Christmas spirit.


Madeira - The Underrated Christmas Market of the Atlantic

Madeira’s Funchal Christmas market defies the classic bratwurst and gluhwein, instead it opts for traditional portuguese wine-marinated grilled meats washed down with their local punch. However, if you’re longing for a more traditional experience, they still have carolers every night along with a lot of Christmas spirit.

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