Christmas Means Markets in Europe

Everyone loves Christmas.Auto Europe, a leader in European car rental services for almost 60 years, is recommending the top ten Christmas Markets in Europe and offering savings on travel to attend the events.

Christkindelmarkt, held in Leeds, opens from November 8 through December 18, 2013 and is one of the largest and most established German Christmas Markets in the UK with over 40 chalet stalls from authentic German traders featuring handcrafted toys, jewelry and specialty German food and drink.

Our second recommendation is the Brussels Winter Wonders, held annually from November 29, 2013 through January 5, 2014 and features a vast number of stalls in a true holiday atmosphere.  Additional attractions include an ice rink for skating, fairground attractions and a light show.

Third is the Lille Christmas Market in France opening November 20 through December 30, 2013.  This month long celebration is extremely popular and in addition to stalls selling arts, crafts and local cuisine, there are many events for children.

The Birmingham Frankfurt Christmas Market and Craft Fair held November 14 through December 22, 2013 in Birmingham, UK offers over 180 stalls to browse and shop.  Browse the array of handmade toys, jewelry, Christmas decorations and craft goods.

The city of Cologne, Germany hosts seven Christmas Markets from November 25 through December 23, 2013 attracting over two million visitors annually.

Sixth on Auto Europe’s list is the Bath Christmas Market.  Held in the UK from November 28 through December 15, 2013, the Abbey Churchyard is a magical setting and transformed into a Christmas shoppers’ haven.  Each of the 100+ stalls offer unique and handmade gifts, decorations and food items.

In Berlin, Germany, there are well over 50 Christmas Markets from November 25 through December 31, 2013.  Visit over 100 stalls featuring mulled wine, baked cinnamon stars, handicrafts, amusements and more.

Enjoy a beautiful German style Christmas Market from November 15 through December 24, 2013 at London Southbank Christmas Market held in London’s Southbank Centre / London Eye.  Wander about and find unusual Christmas presents such as amber and silver jewelry, hand crafted toys, glass ornaments and other unique handcrafts.

Ninth on Auto Europe’s list is the Canterbury Traditional Christmas Market in the UK that has been tentatively scheduled from November 23 through December 23, 2013.   Enjoy the Yuletide festive atmosphere while wandering through the many stalls featuring traditional festive gifts like hand crafted toys, tin toys and Christmas ornaments.

Basel, renown as the Christmas City at the heart of Europe, celebrates their Christmas Market from November 28 through December 23, 2013.  This largest traditional market in Switzerland offers specialized Christmas shops such as the Johann Wanner Christmas House and also features numerous concerts and guided Christmas tours.

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Auto Europe offers a multitude of savings on car rental, airfare and hotel services for you to enjoy these events.  Don’t forget to request snow tires or chains on your car rental if you expect to explore the regions outside the markets.

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