You can’t beat the convenience of online shopping at Christmas, especially when you know just what you want for your friends and family you can easily search for the best price and the quickest delivery options. But if you’ve got all of your gifts sorted and wrapped up, there are a few weeks until Christmas and you feel like you’re missing the magic of the season, there’s nothing like a jaunt around a Christmas market to fill you with festive joy. Here’s the top 3 that you really should visit.

Nuremberg Christmas Markets, Germany
Nuremberg Christmas Markets, Germany

Nuremberg, Germany
If there’s an undisputed champion of the Christmas market world then it’s Germany, and if you we’re going to take one trip then make sure it’s Nuremberg. Home to the world’s largest Christmas market, Nuremberg certainly doesn’t do half measures with over 120 stalls serving up traditional festive fare including gingerbread, ornaments and of course, Roasted German sausage. Unlike other markets where you’re likely to find cheap and nasty interlaced with great gifts, Nuremberg market stall vendors are strictly all about authentic Christmas and the best quality. For a true taste of the region, sample famous German treats and gluhwein with a twist.
Vienna, Austria
Erwin Perzy created the first snow globe in 1900 in Vienna and so, as you’d expect, the setting for a Viennese Christmas Market is nothing short of enchanting. There are several markets dotted across the city from the much-loved traditional to the cultural market. Delicate and memorable gifts such as beautiful ceramics and glass ornaments can be bought here as well as delicious treats and local delicacies. Away from the markets the magic continues with beautifully decorated public areas too, and if you don’t just like, but love the festive season then Vienna also hosts it’s very own New Years Market.
Lincoln, UK
If you prefer your Christmas Markets a little closer to home and enjoy the comfort of being able to go home afterwards to enjoy the treats that you’ve bought, then the UK’s favourite is a must for travellers on a budget. Lincoln Christmas Market is the oldest in the UK and set against the stunning backdrop of the cities Castle and Cathedral. Although the roots of the market are German, the Lincoln Christmas Market is a fantastic venue for vendors to showcase delicious local produce – something the region is extremely proud of. With plenty of hotels and guest houses dotted around the city, visitors can also take advantage of the park and ride facility for an easy way in, and out.