Christmas Markets: A Euro Winter Must Do!

Prague Christmas Market |
Planning to winter in Europe?? Christmas markets are a must do!

When I originally booked my round the world ticket I had never intended to experience the cold. My goal for my trip was to experience a year-long summer. I started in New Zealand and Australia for summer and I was going to chase the sun. I hate bundling up and wearing winter gear unless it’s purposely spent at a winter resort to snowboard. Alas, life happened and I wound up in Europe during the late fall and into the New Year. One of my favourite things I experienced during my European winter was Christmas markets. I love markets in general!

I was in Paris around Thanksgiving when the Christmas markets started up popping up. I didn’t take photos of the stalls but I did take a couple of the winter scenery:

galeries lafayette paris
Galeries Lafayettes – the department store, gets festive

Printemps Paris Christmas Window Display Karl Lagerfeld

A Karl Lagerfeld winter tribute at Printemps in Paris


Christmas Markets In Europe |

Where is your favourite Christmas market?

After Paris, I took the train to Brussels for the day. Their markets were in full swing.

Christmas in Brussels |

Winter time in Brussel’s Chinatown. Yes, they have one!

Christmas market in Brussels |

A holiday market in Brussels

Christmas market in Brussels Belgium

And again

I didn’t spend much time in Brussels and moved onto Bruges. Here I experienced the best of Belgium: waffles, fries, and beer!

Bruges Christmas Market

A winter market in Bruges

Bruges Christmas Market

A Christmas scene in Bruges

Christmas Toy Soldiers Antwerp

Toy soldiers in Antwerp

After Belgium, I took the train to Amsterdam to see my friend Mattijs.

Christmas plants Amsterdam

Some holiday-ish plants in Amsterdam

Dam Square Amsterdam Christmas

Big ol’ tree in Dam Square

After Amsterdam, I flew to Prague. I stayed with my friend Matt who was teaching English there at the time. While he worked I wandered around the city.

Christmas market selfie in Prague

Holiday selfie in Prague

Christmas market in Prague

Christmas market by the Astronomical Clock in Prague

Christmas market in Prague

Entertainment at the market

Then I took the Eurolines bus from Prague to Berlin. Even though the bus ride is 5 hours long, it was way cheaper than the train. It was very comfortable and there was Wifi on the bus. Once I got to Berlin I stayed with my good friends Eric, Ines, and their daughter Mila.

Christmas tree shopping in Berlin

Picking out a tree in Berlin(this photo looks like it could be anywhere)!

Gluhwein Berlin Christmas market

Gluhwein at a Berlin Christmas market!

Christmas lights at Berlin |

Starry lights at a train station in Berlin

Looking back, I did have a great time travelling through Europe during the winter. Being away for the holidays kept me busy and visiting friends in Berlin and Prague helped. It was my first holiday season after my mother died and I was pretty depressed about it. Travel provided the therapy and escape I needed at the time. Yay, travel!

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