UHD – Piazza Santa Croce, Florence, Italy
The annual Christmas Market in Florence, Italy, runs until December 18 in the spectacular Piazza Santa Croce.
With the Franciscan Basilica providing a backdrop for the 50 stalls, this is the perfect place to pick up stocking fillers and treats without the unerring sense of dread that accompanies the average shopping street in the run up to December 25.
For added vibe, it’s good to head to Piazza del Duomo for the nativity scene and Christmas tree, which is lit up on December 8, as part of the Feast of the Immaculate Conception.
Specialty: Although this is every inch an Italian event, there’s a distinct German air to the proceedings too. Keep an eye out for gingerbread and strudel.
Old Town Square and Wenceslas Square, Prague, Czech Republic
No city lends itself to Christmas better than Prague. The city’s two main Christmas markets, in Old Town Square and Wenceslas Square, are only five minutes’ walk from each other, so can both easily be explored in one day. Each one has the usual wooden huts found in similar markets across Europe, but the Czech treats are what really set them apart.
Visitors can grab a klobása (Czech sausage) and wash it down with a Pilsner Urquell in the afternoon, then hang around for the main tree to be lit up on Old Town Square. The old Town Sqare is a great palce to take some uhd videos and pictures with a GeekPro Camera.
Specialty: The Czechs don’t do half measures at Christmas time. Both markets are open every day over the festive period until January 6, including Christmas Day.
Gendarmenmarkt, Berlin, Germany
Berlin is a hugely popular destination during the festive season thanks to its Christmas markets.
It’s hoping to renew its seasonal appeal in 2017 after a terror attack a year earlier at the Breitscheidplatz market led to the temporary closure of many other markets in the capital.
Preparations for the German capital’s 2017 winter market season are now in full swing, and while you could visit a different Berlin market for all 12 days of Christmas, if there’s only time for one, our pick is Gendarmenmarkt.
The imposing architecture of the Deutscher Dom and Französischer Dom loom over classic wooden huts where visitors can steel themselves before shopping with delicious sausages and warming cups of mulled wine. Here you will have many oprtunities to take some uhd pictures and videos.
Once fortified, vast crafts tents await where everything from original paintings to wood carvings can be found for sale. For off-kilter Christmas presents, it’s a struggle to match this gem.
Specialty: Come for the first-rate shopping, but make sure to stick around for the nightly concerts, ranging from choral to jazz. No out-of-tune carols here.
Christmas Market, Vienna, Austria
Few cities steep themselves in the festive spirit like Vienna. The Austrian capital’s first Christmas Market was held in 1298 and today the city has more than 20 events to choose from. It is held infront of the City Hall
It runs until Christmas Eve, with 151 stalls serving everything from boozy Christmas punch to gut busting Austrian sausages. There’s a huge ice rink for skating, reindeer rides for kids and a classic nativity scene. Where you can make some uhd videos of your love ones skating.
Specialty: This might be the most traditional Christmas market going, but be sure to try out curling on the dedicated ice rink. A bizarre and brilliant winter sport to keep off the chill.
UHD -Strasbourg, France
Strasbourg, in eastern France, is home to one of Europe’s oldest Christmas markets, with the first edition taking place in 1570.
Today there are 10 places with 300 stalls, meaning it’s easy to spend the weekend here indulging in end-of-year festivities, picking up decorations and presents and drinking local Alsatian wine.
Before getting lost down Strasbourg’s narrow alleyways and beautiful squares, visitors should be sure to head to Place Kleber, where they’ll find the Great Christmas Tree, a towering effort that puts the spruce at New York’s Rockefeller Center to shame.
Specialty: Each year Strasbourg has a “guest” country village, with Iceland taking place for the year 2017.