Top 10 Europe Christmas Markets From Auto Europe (WITH SLIDESHOW)


Auto Europe is recommending the top ten Christmas Markets in Europe and reports offering savings on travel to attend the events.

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Christkindelmarkt, held in Leeds, opens from November 8 through December 18, 2013 and is one of the largest and most established German Christmas Markets in the UK with over 40 chalet stalls from authentic German traders featuring handcrafted toys, jewelry and specialty German food and drink.

Brussels Winter Wonders, held annually from November 29, 2013 through January 5, 2014, features a vast number of stalls in a true holiday atmosphere.  Additional attractions include an ice rink for skating, fairground attractions and a light show.

The Lille Christmas Market in France, opening November 20 through December 30, 2013, is a month-long celebration. In addition to stalls selling arts, crafts and local cuisine, there are many events for children.

The Birmingham Frankfurt Christmas Market and Craft Fair held November 14 through December 22, 2013, in Birmingham, UK offers over 180 stalls to browse and shop. Browse the array of handmade toys, jewelry, Christmas decorations and craft goods.

Cologne, Germany hosts seven Christmas Markets from November 25 through December 23, 2013, attracting over two million visitors annually.

The Bath Christmas Market, held in the UK from November 28 through December 15, 2013, is in the Abbey Churchyard, a magical setting transformed into a Christmas shoppers'’ haven. Each of the 100+ stalls offer unique and handmade gifts, decorations and food items.

Berlin, Germany, has well over 50 Christmas Markets from November 25 through December 31, 2013. Visit over 100 stalls featuring mulled wine, baked cinnamon stars, handicrafts, amusements and more.

London Southbank Christmas Market, held in London’s Southbank Centre / London Eye, is a beautiful German-style Christmas Market held from November 15 through December 24, 2013, at London Southbank Christmas Market. Wander about and find unusual Christmas presents such as amber and silver jewelry, hand crafted toys, glass ornaments and other unique handcrafts.

The Canterbury Traditional Christmas Market in the UK has been tentatively scheduled from November 23 through December 23, 2013. Enjoy the Yuletide festive atmosphere while wandering through the many stalls featuring traditional festive gifts like hand crafted toys, tin toys and Christmas ornaments.

Basel, renowned as the Christmas City at the heart of Europe, celebrates their Christmas Market from November 28 through December 23, 2013. This largest traditional market in Switzerland offers specialized Christmas shops such as the Johann Wanner Christmas House and also features numerous concerts and guided Christmas tours.

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