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2013 Christmas Markets in Europe

Gothenburg, Sweden

 

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Where: Liseberg Amusement Park, City of Gothenburg, Västra Götaland County, Sweden

 

When: Friday 15 November – Sunday 29 December 2013

 

One of Scandinavia’s most visited parks transforms into a Christmas hub this season. Stroll through the park and enjoy all of Liseberg’s 80 Christmas market cabins as they are lighted up with 5,000,000 Christmas lights at night.

 

What to do:

 

Visitors can also enjoy the park’s rides like the twice-awarded Best Wooden Tracked Roller Coaster Balder

 

Watch The Christmas Film in Götaplasten, a film projection on the façade of the Gothenburg Museum of Art from 9 – 30 December 2013

 

Prague, Czech Republic

 

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Where: Old Town Square, City of Prague, Czech Republic

 

When: Saturday 30 November – Sunday 12 January 2014

 

The Old Town and Wenceslas squares in Prague hold the largest Christmas markets in this picturesque city of pristine and historic architecture. Take part in the festive Christmas spirit while enjoying the sights of buildings from ages past featuring Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance and other popular architectural forms.

 

What to do:

 

Sink your teeth into the hot sugary pastry trdelník while drinking hot wine svařák in the square

 

Children can pet sheep, goats and donkeys in an animal stable in Old Town Square

 

Watch the giant Christmas tree shipped all the way from Krkonose as it is lit up every 5pm

 

Naples, Italy

 

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Where: Via San Gregorio Armeno, City of Naples, Campania, Italy

 

When: Year-round

 

In San Gregorio Armeno street in the old city of Naples lies a one-of-a-kind year-round Christmas market. This historic, cobblestone alley is known for its artisan workshops that specialise in presepi, handcrafted figurines showing the Neapolitan nativity scene. Shop owners also dress in traditional shepherd costume during the Christmas season.

 

What to do:

 

Create your own Neapolitan nativity scene in one of the workshops in the area

 

Buy intricate figurines made of wax, bronze, cork, clay and many other materials

 

Catch traditional street musicians zampognari while strolling around the city

 

Barcelona, Spain

 

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Where: Barcelona Cathedral, City of Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain

 

When: Saturday 30 November – Monday 23 December 2013

 

The Catalan region’s biggest Christmas market, the Fira de Santa Llúcia, now on its 227th year, is bringing 283 stalls showcasing handmade items, figurines, nativity scenes and other traditional Christmas decorations.

 

What to do:

 

Hit the giant Tió de Nadal (a log with a painted smiley face and a blanket) and watch out for the Caganer — two quirky Catalan traditions of meeting prosperity and luck for the coming year

 

Spend Day of Saint Lucy (13 December) with a parade and traditional Christmas activities like carol singing and storytelling

 

Discover other Christmas markets with their own activities and events before the season ends.

 

Merry Christmas!

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