Experience the magic of the season at these perfectly charming venues

If you love the feasts and festivities of the holiday season, you’ll be right at home in Europe’s Christmas markets, where all the best parts of the holiday are celebrated and shared in picturesque surroundings. From old cobbled squares to the steps of soaring cathedrals, the best Christmas markets are about the city surroundings as much as the wares in the wooden stalls. If you’re celebrating the season in Europe, be sure to drop by one of these remarkable Christmas events.


The largest Christmas market in Switzerland is also one of the most memorable: dozens of timbered stalls serve up hot mulled wine, a selection of traditional cheese and chocolate, and lots of artisanal crafts to peruse. Everything is snuggled in Basel’s charming old town, lined with pine trees and twinkling lights, but if you get tired of the holiday cheer, there are plenty other sights to see in this cultural capital.