Your complete guide to Christmas Markets, a dream come true.
Christmas is considered by many a magical time.
Over the centuries, this purely religious feast gradually turned into a colourful fantasy and became everybody’s favourite time of the year.
Probably due to the fact that the protagonist of the feast is a child, Christmas officially belongs to children, although adults move closer and closer to the fantastic and colourful world of childhood.
The tradition of exchanging gifts on Christmas day is as old as the presence of Christmas Markets. As a matter of fact, in the 14th century big fairs were held in certain areas of central Europe during the days preceding Christmas, where people would buy candies and sweets as gifts for Christmas Eve.
Modern Christmas Markets were born in Germany with a similar perspective, and from here, in the last decades of the 20th century they spread in Northern Italy.
Today’s Christmas markets are quite different from the ancient fairs, but while modernity is strong in these markets, a certain magical and archaic taste still survives in the wooden stands (reminiscent of alpine lodges and huts), in the artisanal products which are often made live during the markets, and in the traditional and genuine flavours of typical local products.
Thus, whether they’re located at the foot of the Alps (like the markets in Innsbruck, Bolzano, Bressanone), in the middle of gardens and city parks (Vienna and Levico) or in the financial hubs of Europe (Frankfurt, Paris ), Christmas Markets remain a great experience to be enjoyed with all five senses.
Thanks to their ductility, Christmas markets can be held in the most varied environments and settings. From the classic Christmas markets of Alsace and the Alps to those in the capitals and art cities of numerous European countries, from Norway to Spain through Great Britain, France, Germany and Italy, this tradition has finally crossed the ocean, with markets now present in major locations throughout the United States.
We created our thematic websites on Christmas markets with the romantic purpose to contribute to the magical spirit surrounding this tradition and to provide useful information to anyone who’s willing to visit the various markets and who is likely to get lost in the search for the market that best suit this/her needs.
Gradually our site has grown and made its way through the lives of small villages and in the streets of large cities, with the purpose to collect the most precise and comprehensive information on Christmas markets.
We update our site on a daily basis in order to provide information that is as accurate as possible, and to encourage everyone to carve out a little time around Christmas to escape from the everyday routine and experience the magic of Christmas markets, whether for a week, a few days or just a couple of hours.
Christmas-markets.at – The most complete Europe Christmas Markets guide
Mercatini-Natale.com – La guida più completa ai Mercatini di Natale
Viale Giovanni Verga, 75/b
50135 – Firenze
Tel/Phone: +39 055 53 59 721
Fax: +39 055 56 09 249
Web: Mercatini-Natale.com | Christmas-Markets.at | Noel-Marche.fr |