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10 Christmas markets not to be missed this year

We are now in December: time for mulled wine, sweets and search for the perfect gift for our loved ones.

We thought of a list of cities outside the usual destinations of the period, whose Christmas markets will surprise you.

BATH

Bath Abbey, Bath - the interior

The traditional market in Bath is held along the beautiful Georgian-style city streets, hosting 170 wooden houses, loaded with everything you think can serve you or please you for Christmas. The market is famous for traditional wooden crafts.

Not to be missed: the splendid Bath Abbey, fully lit during the Christmas holidays.

BRUSSELS

Brussels Christmas Illuminations

Famous for its chocolate and beer, Brussels transforms at Christmas. Every corner of the city dresses up and every square hosts stalls and Christmas houses.

Not to be missed: the opulence of the Grote Markt, in the central square of Brussels, and the Christmas parade.

LONDON

There are two London destinations for the Christmas markets: the Southbank and the Winter Wonderland, both made up of wooden chalets full of typical products and gifts.

Don't miss: go skating in Hyde Park or visit Somerset House.

STRASBOURG

Home to the oldest Christmas market in Europe (dating back to 1540), the Christmas market in Strasbourg houses over 300 chalets and wooden stalls, which will make the choice almost impossible.

Not to be missed: the immense Christmas tree in the central square.

BIRMINGHAM

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The Christmas market in the center of Birmingham is actually a mix of a typical German-style market and a craft market. It is the largest craft-Christmas market outside of Germany and is famous for mulled wine.

Not to be missed: food. From the hot sandwiches typical of the coldest limbs in Germany and Austria, to the pancakes covered in melted chocolate.

NUREMBERG

The medieval architecture of the city is perfect for Christmas decorations and lights. The city wears colors and many small markets.

Not to be missed: the famous Christkindlesmarkt and the beautiful old town.

PARIS

Yes, there is nothing more beautiful than Paris in the spring... but even Paris at Christmas is not bad. The monuments of the center are all lit up, as are the shop windows and the various daily and Christmas markets.

Not to be missed: the spectacle of lights at night and the immense Christmas tree at the Galeries Lafayette.

STOCKHOLM

Stockholm

The Swedish capital is the perfect destination for more traditional celebrations. Completely decorated and illuminated, the city hosts small wooden chalets, stalls, and markets full of objects, decorations and Christmas foods.

Don't miss the Glögg and the handmade gingerbread cookies.

VIENNA

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During the Christmas period, the city is filled with events and concerts dedicated to Christmas music. Markets scattered around the city make this beautiful city even more romantic.

Not to be missed: the Weihnachtsmarkt at Freyung, in the Old Town: the most traditional of Christmas markets, and the Christmas night celebrations at the Weikersdorf castle.

EDINBURGH

The city lights up and splendid fireworks are not spared. The annual show proposing the descent into the city of the Vikings of the Shetlands equipped with torches is very effective. The perfect destination to celebrate the last of the year.

Not to be missed: the choral song that rises from the city (the Auld Lang Syne or Waltz of the candles) at the stroke of midnight on December 31st, to say goodbye to the year just ended.