insideKENT Magazine insideKENT Issue 68 Nov 2017 - Page 49

CHRISTMAS MARKETS IN EUROPE Strasbourg One of Europe’s longest running markets, Strasbourg has been drawing the crowds in since 1570. For a truly authentic and breathtaking festive treat, you’ll love strolling around the wooden chalets enjoying a warming hot drink and nibbling at street food, all within the shadow of the incredible cathedral. You’ll be in good company here too, with over two million other visitors thronging the streets for the duration of the market. And with over 300 different stalls to browse, you can take your time knowing that you will find something for even the hardest person to buy for. Vienna In Vienna, you get a number of markets for the price of one, as the ‘main market’ is actually a few smaller ones linked together to create one impressive festive marketplace. The stalls contain arts and crafts – Viennese beeswax candles are a fixture here, food and drink such as vanillekipferl, which are special Christmas biscuits, and clothing amongst many other things. To make it even more magical, the market in front of the City Hall has one floor dedicated to children – toys and games galore! Stuttgart Set against the breathtaking backdrop of Stuttgart’s Old Palace, this is the oldest – and one of the largest – Christmas markets in Europe. There are over 300 different decorated stalls, so you are sure to find the ideal gift for anyone and everyone as you walk around this gorgeous place. It’s as festive as it gets with refillable glasses of gluhwein – a warming variation on mulled wine using cider – that you can, once bought, take to any gluhwein stall and get topped up, and of course one of the most famous ice skating rinks in the world. Even if you don’t like to skate yourself, just watching the ones who do twirl and twizzle in the air will give you a Christmassy feeling through and through. Brussels Make sure you pack your walking shoes when visiting the Brussels Christmas market! This is a two-kilometre stretch of stalls, rides, and games right in the middle of the city centre. Along with a giant wheel, a superb ice rink, merry-go-rounds, and dozens of fantastic stalls selling one-of-a-kind gifts and local food and drink, you will be treated to a magical illumination display in the air above. Take a moment to enjoy and be enthralled in the crisp wintery air. 25 & 26 November 2&3, 9 &10, 16 & 17 December AT GRAVESEND BOROUGH MARKET, HIGH STREET, GRAVESEND, KENT DA11 0AZ O SKATING O MULLED O COSTUMED RINK O FIRE EATERS O SANTA'S GROTTO  WINE O FESTIVE CHARACTERS FOOD O QUIRKY GIFTS O MAGICIANS O ENTERTAINERS /gravesendboroughmarket.Kent G RA VESEN Est. 1268 B O RO U G H D MARKET 49