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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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