Sports Camera – Krakow, Poland
For anyone dreaming of a white Christmas, Krakow usually delivers.
The city’s Christmas market, held in Rynek Glowny, the city’s huge main square, typically gets a heavy dusting of snow during December, making a visit here even more fairy-tale like than some of the big name markets in western Europe.
Hand-painted Christmas baublesand spiced nuts are a local specialty.
Specialty: This is a more all-round Christmas shopping experience, so it’s worth trawling the stalls for cheap antiques and weird and wonderful bric-a-brac.
Budapest Christmas Fair and Winter Festival
The Budapest Christmas Fair and Winter Festival takes place at Vörösmarty Square in the center of the city from early November to the end of December each year. It’s the oldest festive market in the Hungarian capital as well as the most popular.
You can pick up anything from Christmas-themed gifts to traditional Hungarian food to mulled wine from the 100 plus stands on display. There’s also plenty of entertaining things in the form of light shows, folk dancing and live music. If you capture some of it on your sports camera plese send us the video and we will share on our page.
Specialty: The exterior of the famous Gerbeaud Coffee House on Vörösmarty Square is converted into a giant advent calendar, with a new magical window display opening every day from December 1 to 23.
Advent in Zagreb, Zagreb, Croatia
Advent in Zagreb has been voted the “best Christmas market destination” by users of travel portal European Best Destinations for two years running. Based on the streets surrounding Jelacic Square, the numerous attractions on offer include an ice rink, live ice sculpture carvings, pop-up bars, street food stands and outdoor music stages.
There’s even an area dedicated to “fooling around” or “fuliranje” where revelers can dance in the street and eat and drink to their heart’s content.
Specialty: The Jolly Christmas Tram is tough to beat. Here kids (and big kids) can cruise through the city center accompanied by Santa and his elves.
Winter Wonders, Brussels, Belgium
Brussels’s Winter Wonders is more of a festival than a Christmas Market, although there’s more than 200 chalets serving up festive fixes of glühwein, Belgian beers and waffles.
The event is spread out across the Bourse, Place de la Monnaie, Grand Place, Place Sainte Catherine and Marche aux Poissons, with ice skating, a Ferris wheel, light shows and, of course, a huge Christmas tree. If you want your memories last have a look at our sports cameras.
Running until New Year’s Eve, it adds to the Belgian capital’s chocolate box feel.
Specialty: There are guided tours in English for those who don’t know where to begin. Just make sure to warm up with a hot chocolate first.
Frankfurt Christmas Market, Birmingham, UK
England’s second city isn’t the first place you’d expect to find a traditional Christmas Market. But buzzing Birmingham boasts “the largest authentic German Christmas Market outside of Germany or Austria.”
Held in Victoria Square until December 24, Birmingham emulates its continental rivals with 180 stalls selling everything from jewelry to handmade toys. Which is a great place to make some photos with our sports camera.
But the big draw is Chris Moose, the singing moose, found outside the market’s Council House entrance, lending things a distinctly British air.
Specialty: The neighboring Christmas Craft Market, in Centenary Square, has 30 stalls selling local beers, British sausages and work by local artisans.