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5 of the best Christmas Markets in Europe

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Visiting a Christmas Market has increased in popularity over the last decade as many more popular tourist destinations are creating their own unique festive offering as they compete to attract visitors to their city.

Christmas markets are springing up all over the world now but Europe remains the nucleus of the traditional Christmas Market. Here is our best Christmas Markets in Eurpoe recommendations if you fancy a festive Christmas Market break this year.

Amsterdam Christmas Market and the Amsterdam Festival of Light – now in its fourth year – attracts huge crowds as the City is bathed in fantastic festive LED lights. A traditional Dickensian Christmas theme plus ice-skating makes this one of the most festive. Relax aboard the Amsterdam hop on hop off canal cruise or ‘chill out’ with a drink in the popular Amsterdam Icebar.

If you wish to visit Germany sometime soon it has to be Berlin in December. Germany is synonymous with their Christmas Markets with around 98 different ones taking place and where better to start is the Capital's Berlin Christmas Markets. Located in Charlottenburg Palace it is the ideal baroque setting for an outstanding Christmas Market. Take a trip aboard the Berlin City Tour to unwind from a day of shopping and see what remains of the Berlin Wall.

The Dublin Christmas Market is increasing in popularity and for the first time this year the city is launching the I Believe™ In Christmas Dublin festival - Irelands first festival of food, drink, craft and horticulture taking place in the Custom House Quarter. Starting on the 26 November you still have time to plan a short break. Remember to stay in the Temple Bar area for all the craic and hop aboard the Dublin City Sightseeing bus for a tour of the City too!

Soak up the atmosphere of the Edinburgh Christmas Market in the shadow of the imposing Edinburgh Castle. Buy fine handcrafted goods and sample some of the best festive food and drink on offer. Make your Christmas sparkle with great things to do in the Scotland's capital like a trip on an open top bus and jump off at Britannia, the former Royal Yacht.

The Stockholm Christmas Market lets you visit the wonderful Old Town and down a glass of warming glögg and ginger bread or feast on tasty reindeer meat. Lots of great shopping to take in as you stroll under the beautiful Christmas light decorations. Breath in the clean Scandic air from the top deck of the Red Bus Stockholm hop on hop off bus tour.