Christmas holiday is coming, so we decided to collect the most beautiful Christmas fairs across the countries where At Home Network is available. It is worth to visit Europe’s most attractive Christmas markets to be able to feel the whole Christmas atmosphere.
Budapest, Hungary: Budapest Christmas Fairs
On the go for over 10 years, this is one of the most popular Christmas markets in Europe. It is located on Vörösmarty square (near the Fashion street) and on Szent István square. The fairs are visited by hundreds of thousands of people every year, this central market plays host to a large variety of traditional wooden stalls. What’s great about the stalls here is that they sell handmade items, all of which have been vetted by the Association of Hungarian Folk Artists. Food is hugely important too, with strudel, traditional „Kürtös kalács” and sausages all offered to taste something really good.
Moscow Christmas Fairs
Different Christmas markets and fairs are opening their doors in December in Moscow. Here you can do your Christmas shopping and enjoy custom holiday treats like mulled wine and gingerbreads. It is also a good way to spend a nice time with your children.
Although such markets are less popular in Russia than in Europe, they remain an essential part of celebrating Christmas and New Year in Russian cities. In Moscow there are a several places where you can find Christmas fairs: Christmas Market at the Central House of Artist, Christmas Market at Crocus City,Christmas Market “The Other Things”, New Year Art Fair in Sokolniki Park,Christmas Market at the Art Centre “Vetoshny”, New Year Bazaar at ARTPLAY Design Centre
Prague, Czech Republic: Vanocni trhy
Prague's Christmas markets take place in Old Town Square, Namesti Republiky, Namesti Miru, Havelske Trziste and Wenceslas Square. Here visitors seek unusual food and drink rather than gifts and decoration – in the week leading up to the Vánoce (Christmas) holiday, the streets sport huge tubs of water filled with carp, the traditional Czech Christmas dish – and should definitely make time try the grog and honey liquor – a traditional Czech beverage. Czech carols can be heard round the market and visitors are also treated to the views of the beautiful surrounding architecture and dazzling lighting at night. Wooden stalls present a unique selection of potential gifts; lots of them are handmade, including candles, jewellery and even puppets! The food here is special too, with a huge array of local specialities to be sampled while you soak up the festive atmosphere.
Vienna, Austria: Wiener Christkindlmarkt
Dating back to the 13th century, Vienna’s landmark Christmas market attracts around 3 million visitors each year. Over 140 stalls feature at this market, offering everything from children’s toys to Christmas tree ornaments. Christmas for the Viennese is a social affair, where people meet up at the markets for Punsch or Glühwein (the local mulled wine), chestnuts and spicy Christmas cookies. These are the principal hotspots: Rathausplatz market, Schönbrunn Palace market, Altwiener Christkindlmarkt, Spittelberg market.
Bratislava Christmas Market
The Bratislava Christmas market is open during December and is located on two squares - Hlavné námestie and Františkánske námestie. A calendar of events accompanies the Christmas market in Bratislava. Historical crafts and traditional food are for sale at the Bratislava Christmas market. Warm yourself with mulled wine, sample hot-cooked food, enjoy the Christmas decorations, and shop for traditional gifts for loved ones back home. Look for wooden nativity scenes, hand-built pottery, winter clothing accessories, and more.
Warsaw Christmas Markets
During the Festive season, you will find an abundance of Christmas fairs or markets in Warsaw. Starting in December you'll find markets setting up on the plac Defilad, in front of the Palace of Culture and Science and the plac Zamkowy, by the castle. These fairs and markets are definately worth a visit and will make you feel like a child on Christmas Eve again! The best time to come to Warsaw if you want to enjoy the Christmas markets is in the second or third weekend of December.
Chistmas in Poland is taken very seriously and is mainly focused on family and friends. During Advent, families get busy baking Christmas piernik (gingerbread) and start making their Christmas decorations. Gingerbread is made in a variety of shapes including hearts, animals and Santa figures.