Five family-friendly Christmas markets

Five family-friendly Christmas markets

Katherine Price rounds up the best European Christmas markets the whole family will love

A family getaway to any of these magical markets is sure to get you and the brood into the seasonal spirit.

Tivoli Gardens-Xmas2

Copenhagen, Denmark

Walt Disney spent many a trip at Copenhagen's Tivoli Gardens, which is said to be the inspiration behind Disneyland. Tivoli is always a fantastic choice to take families of all ages with playgrounds, rides and huge scope for food with stalls, restaurants, bars and cafés – so no chance of risking fussy eaters turning anything down. With a Santa grotto, toboggan rides and ice sculptors there's something around every corner to keep the tots entertained.

4 Nov - 3 Jan

Berlin Christmas market

Berlin, Germany

Berlin has a huge plethora of markets – 45 to be precise – and the 'nostalgic' Christmas market by the Opernpalais is a classic, family-friendly German market. See the little ones' eyes light up wandering around the traditional market stalls selling wooden handicrafts and toys. There's also a 100-year-old Ferris wheel and old-fashioned carousel. Don't leave without grabbing a hot mug of mulled wine (Glühwein) for yourself, a Kinderpunsch for the tots (hot, spiced apple juice), and a gingerbread heart (Lebkuchen) for your little schatzi.

25 Nov - 27 Dec

Vienna Christmas market

Vienna, Austria

Vienna's Magic of Advent market is a great child-friendly family market – in fact it claims to be the most child-friendly market in Europe. On the ground floor of the stunning city hall is a children's area where they can learn how to make Austrian Christmas cookies and candles. There's also a carousel, pony rides, a merry-go-round and the Christkindl express for small ones.

13 Nov - 26 Dec

Lebkuchen

Nuremberg, Germany

Nuremberg's traditional German Christmas market is renowned for being the most beautiful in the country. There's loads on offer for children at the Kinderweihnacht, with an old-fashioned carousel, a ferris wheel, a steam train, a Nativity scene trail and gingerbread decorating.

27 Nov - 24 Dec

Child at Strasbourg Christmas market

Strasbourg, France

The children's village on Place St Thomas in Strasbourg is a great place to take the young ones. There's activities, storytelling and workshops for the children, and the Cirque d'hiver de Paris Bouglione settles in the city from 17th December. Every year Strasbourg hosts a different country's 'Christmas', and so this year traditional handicrafts, local delicacies and artists from Luxembourg bring a touch of Luxembourg culture to Strasbourg's Noël.

27 Nov - 31 Dec

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