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2014 Christmas Markets

As anyone who follows me on Instagram already knows, I just recently got back from Europe! A trip that included England, Wales & Paris to be exact. Not only was I beyond excited to get back to Europe again I was also thrilled to get to experience parts of Europe at Christmastime.

I wanted to see the cities all decorated for Christmas and I wanted to experience Christmas markets. I’m happy to say that both London and Paris did not disappoint.

Today as part of the 2014 Travel Advent calendar I’m going to take you on a walk through of a few different cities’ Christmas decorations. Once you’re done here you should go check out some of the other posts that are part of the advent calendar and explore some other amazing locations across the world!

London – Hyde Park Winter Wonderland

This was the first full out Christmas Market that I’ve ever experienced in Europe. It’s a big setup that covers a large portion of Hyde Park. There’s an ice skating rink and lots of rides similar to what you would see at a state fair.

London Winter Wonderland

London Winter Wonderland

London Winter Wonderland

There was a large assortment of stalls full of wonderful Christmas goodies! My favorite purchase was a customized Christmas ornament.

London Winter Wonderland

And of course there were food options galore. Chocolate covered everything, fresh donuts, hot chocolate or mulled wine, you name it. I was more than happy to partake in the holiday festivities by eating a few of those items!

London Winter Wonderland

London Winter Wonderland

Northern England

I didn’t actually go to any official Christmas Markets in Harrogate or York but both cities were decorated for Christmas. I really enjoyed seeing Harrogate setup for Christmas because it was fun to see how a smaller town in England does Christmas. If I hadn’t been so jetlagged my first day there I would have done a better job photographing everything! Here’s one of the few pictures I took in York (it was a very merry singing Christmas tree no less!).

York Christmas Tree


In Paris you could see touches of Christmas all over the city.

From the tree in front of the Notre Dame…

Notre Dam at Christmas

To the elaborate setup along the Champs Elysee…


In fact, the Champs Elysse hosts the largest Christmas Market in Paris. I made the mistake of waiting to visit it until my last night of the trip which also happened to be a Saturday night. To say the place was packed out would be an understatement. But I still had fun eating a Nutella crepe and drinking hot cider as I perused all of the stalls (and bought another ornament of course!). I liked that there were sections devoted to local artists in addition to all the manufactured goods. And of course, there was an ice skating rink there as well.



All in all I loved exploring parts of Europe at Christmastime! I hope to get to do so again in the future. Perhaps Germany next time? =D

Either way, I hope you enjoyed this quick look at Christmas markets in England & Paris! And now I’d like to know…have you been to any Christmas markets this year? Either local or via travel? Leave a comment below!

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  • Ah, it’s on my bucket list to go to one!

    • Do it! Europe does such an amazing job with Christmas =D

  • If you like elaborated xmas lights, you should head to Madrid. There’s even the “xmas light bus” that for 2€ drives you around the best lights decoration :)
    And definitely Germany or any Nordic country would be great for Xmas markets.

    Thanks for participating in the travel advent calendar,

  • I did a study abroad in the summer of 2010 of Wales, England, and Scotland. It was so fun and I miss Wales so very much. I went there to study the Welsh language, culture, and history

    • Getting to spend an entire summer in the UK would be so amazing! And I wish I knew more about the Welsh culture, it’s something I’m going to have to study up on.

  • I’ve decided that I LOVE traveling at Christmas time! It’s so much fun to see the lights and decorations. You are so lucky to get to see them in Europe! Hopefully someday I’ll be able to go.

    • Traveling at Christmas is the best! I think it’s so much fun to see how different cities do Christmas =)

  • Hello! I found your blog through the FFF link-up! I love European Christmas markets so much – that’s wonderful that you were able to experience them this year! I’ve never been to London during its markets but they look beautiful. It’s hard for me to say what my favorite has been, but the ones that I’ve been to in Germany are at the top of my list, along with Strasbourg, France :-)

    • Welcome Sara! I love the FFF link-up.
      Germany is at the top of my list as far as Christmas markets that I want to visit so I’m a tad bit jealous of anyone who’s been to them. I am however enjoying perusing your blog. =)

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