Nothing quite gets the family in the festive spirit like a traditional Christmas market. With unique gifts, delicious food and drink and colourful decorations, a trip to a market can be the perfect way to make memories with children. We’ve hand-picked the best of Europe’s Christmas markets so that you and your family can kick off the holiday season in style.


1/9 Aachen, Germany

Attracting 1.5 million visitors from Germany and abroad, Aachen Christmas market runs through late November up until Christmas Eve. As if taken from a scene in a snow globe, an illuminated carousel provides entertainment for young visitors while parents sip on hot spiced ‘Apfelwein’ and tuck into giant pretzels, freshly baked sticky buns and stollen. Children will love the strings of fairy lights, huge light-up toys and the magnificent sight of Aachen Town Hall. Pick up gifts of marzipan sweets, wooden toys and handmade cards from the jolly stall owners.

When to visit: 18 November- 23 December

Where to stay: Hampton by Hilton Aachen Tivoli, with rooms from £60