Our choice for the Best Christmas market 2016 contest

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This year, European Best Destination is launching a contest for the ‘Best Christmas market in Europe’. You can vote for your favourite market from 1st December to 10th December 2015. For the 2016 contest we chose COLMAR, France. We tell you why!


The Advent is a wonderful season to discover the beautiful Christmas markets. There are many markets in Europe worth discovering in Germany (Aachen, Berlin, Cologne, Dresden, Leipzig, Nuremberg, Rothenburg, Heidelberg…), in the UK (London, Manchester, Birmingham…), in Switzerland (Basel, Zurich, Bern…), in Belgium (Brussels, Ghent, Antwerp…), and also in the Netherlands, Sweden, Finland, and Austria. In France, some of the finest markets are found in Alsace (Strasbourg, Colmar, Mulhouse), without forgetting Montbéliard, Metz and Paris.

This year, European Best Destination is launching a contest for the ‘Best Christmas market in Europe’. You can vote for your favourite market from 1st December to 10th December 2015. Most of the nominees have been selected for being the best destinations for perfect Christmas holidays. For the 2016 contest we chose COLMAR, France.

In Colmar, the Christmas celebrations from Advent to Epiphany give the Alsatian town a special atmosphere. The fairy-tale setting of the old town is even more magical at Christmas with the creative lights that are hung. Everywhere you look, along the streets the shop windows and houses are tastefully decorated for Christmas. The whole historic centre is transformed into one big Christmas market made up of a multitude of châlets (little wooden stalls) selling original gift ideas and Christmas delicacies. Find out more about the Christmas Market of Colmar.

Discover the selection of traditional Christmas markets and VOTE for your “best Christmas market in Europe”.

A few photos we took on our last visit to Colmar:

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Pierre is a French/Australian who is passionate about France and its culture. He grew up in France and Germany and has also lived in Australia and England. In 2014 he moved back to Europe from Sydney with his wife and daughter to be closer to their families and to France. He has a background teaching French and holds a Master of Translating and Interpreting English-French with the degree of Master of International Relations and a degree of Economics and Management.

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