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Top Christmas Shopping Destinations in Europe
European Christmas markets are becoming increasingly popular as destinations to find those Christmas presents with a difference, as well as wonderful food and drink treats! UKMums.TV has been checking out the best and here are our suggestions.
1. Berlin, Germany
With over 50 Christmas markets across the city, Berlin is the capital of the traditional Christmas Market! The market at Kaiser Wilhelm Gedächtniskirche is the biggest and most popular but there are other good ones in Cologne, Munich, Nuremberg and Frankfurt. For more information on all of these, visit http://www.christmasmarkets.com/Germany.html.
2. Prague, Czech Republic
Red-canopied wooden huts line the route from the Old Town Square to Wenceslas Square in Prague, where you can find wooden toys, embroidered lace and traditional Christmas decorations, as well as beautiful glass baubles and ornaments. For more information, go to: https://www.pragueexperience.com/events/christmas-markets.asp
3. Bruges, Belgium
The Main Square is home to Bruges’ picturesque Christmas market, where you'll find everything from leather goods to handmade jewellery. And if you fancy a break from all that shopping, nip over to Simon Stevinplein where you'll find an ice rink to test your skating skills! Other good markets in Belgium can be found in Antwerp and Brussels. For details on all of these, check out http://www.brunnvalla.ch/christmasmarkets/belgium.html.
4. Edinburgh, Scotland
Edinburgh has one of the best Christmas markets in the UK. The main market is packed with arts and crafts, while there’s also plenty for the children at Santa Land with face painting, Christmas crafts and treats and a Christmas Tree Maze that leads to the elves' workshop. More details can be found at https://www.visitscotland.com/see-do/events/christmas-winter-festivals/edinburgh/
5. Birmingham, England
Birmingham has the largest authentic German market outside of Germany, offering Christmas decorations, handcrafted jewellery, carved wooden toys, sausages, beer and pretzels, while the Christmas Craft Market has handmade crafts, soaps and candles by local artisans. For more information, visit https://www.birmingham.gov.uk/frankfurtmarket
6. London, England
Last but not least, shop till you drop along Oxford Street, in Selfridges, Fortnum and Mason or Harrods! Or pay a visit to Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland, with its traditional German Christmas market offering unusual and handmade gifts and crafts. With its ice rink, big wheel and more than 100 rides and attractions on site, there's something for everyone. To find out what London has to offer, go to http://www.timeout.com/london/shopping/christmas-markets-and-fairs-in-london.