Originating in German-speaking countries, they have now spread to many other places and are a great way to get into the holiday spirit. Let's take a look at some of Europe's most popular Christmas markets here.
Christmas markets originated in Saxony, Germany, in the Late Middle Ages. They were held to celebrate the Advent season and offered various activities such as Christmas tree sales, nativity scenes, as well as food and drink.
In German, Christkindlmarkt means "Christ Child Market," in reference to the Christkind. The Christkind is a sprite-like child figure that has been a traditional gift-bringer in Germany and other German-speaking countries since the Reformation.
Today, Christmas markets have become a winter wonderland, offering a festive atmosphere and a variety of Christmas-related goods. As a result, they are a popular destination in December for tourists and locals alike.