These 5 Best Christmas Markets for Kids in Europe are the perfect spots to base yourself in for some traditional yuletide cheer.
Nothing says Christmas better than being in the biting cold, surrounded by snowcapped fir trees, sipping on steaming Glühwein (for the parents) and nibbling gingerbread men (for the kiddos) with Christmas stalls aplenty, roller-coasters and a chance to glimpse Santa!
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Santa Claus Kingdom in Bucharest is one of the hot tickets for Christmas markets for kids. Rudolph and his gang are the star attraction here at this huge indoor adventure land. For the parents: browse Christmas market stalls full of handicrafts, while you sip on rzaniec (hot mulled beer). Kids will love that everything is on site from skiing, to tobogganing, circus shows and even choir concerts.
Nothing says Christmas like five million fairy lights, the chance of snow and The Nutcracker on ice! Throw in Scandinavia’s biggest amusement park and you are all set for a Christmas to remember! At the Christmas market at Liseberg – kids can meet Santa at Santa’s World and even take a reindeer sled ride. Don’t miss a stroll along the Lane of Lights, a magical 3km stretch of illuminations.
Wroclaw (pronounced ‘frot-slav’) is a classic Christmas market with traditional stalls for the parents and lots of kid-friendly entertainment for kids young and old. The carnival is complete with mini merry-go-rounds and rollercoasters. Go on an exciting treasure hunt (download the free app first) then start hunting for over 160 mini bronze gnomes hidden all over the city.
Brussels Winter Wonders boasts a huge covered ice rink with an area specially dedicated to mini ice skaters. There are also merry go rounds, a glittering ferris wheel and for mama and papas, moules frites of course plus over 200 stalls to stock up on treats.
At the Stuttgart Christmas market – traditional puppet shows, an ice rink, ferris wheel and a toddler-sized train make for a kid-friendly Christmassy affair. Parents can look forward to mugs of mulled wine, Christmas market stalls and a long soak in one of Stuttgart’s famous mineral baths.