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From Stuttgart to Strasbourg, these are the holiday festivities not to miss.

Copenhagen, Denmark

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Copenhagen celebrates Jul (as in "yuletide") with a Christmas crafts market and surfeit of light-bedecked Christmas trees in the city's famed historic amusement park, Tivoli Gardens. Nearly four miles of lights are artfully hung in patterns dictated by Tiffany's head designer, while hundres of strands are draped on the lakeside willows. Join the Danes in warding off the cold with æbleskiver (iced doughnuts with black currant jam) and glogg, a steaming hot mulled red wine laden with raisins, almonds, cinnamon sticks, and cloves—all of which are steeped in aquavit or schnapps. There's also a crafts market installed along a canal in the historic Nyhavn district; try to visit it between 5 and 6pm weekdays to catch the town crier.

Look For: Pixie-like nisser, tiny household elves that infest Denmark around Christmas clad in clogs, red shirts, and pointed red caps. More fickle than their cousin Santa, they might bring presents if you leave them bowls of porridge in the attic; if you forget, they'll visit all kinds of mischief instead.

Dates: Mid-Nov.–late Dec.; closed early Jan.

For More Info: visitcopenhagen.com

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The Best Christmas Markets in Europe

Copenhagen, Denmark

Copenhagen celebrates Jul (as in "yuletide") with a Christmas crafts market and surfeit of light-bedecked Christmas trees in the city's famed historic amusement park, Tivoli Gardens. Nearly four miles of lights are artfully hung in patterns dictated by Tiffany's head designer, while hundres of strands are draped on the lakeside willows. Join the Danes in warding off the cold with æbleskiver (iced doughnuts with black currant jam) and glogg, a steaming hot mulled red wine laden with raisins, almonds, cinnamon sticks, and cloves—all of which are steeped in aquavit or schnapps. There's also a crafts market installed along a canal in the historic Nyhavn district; try to visit it between 5 and 6pm weekdays to catch the town crier.

Look For: Pixie-like nisser, tiny household elves that infest Denmark around Christmas clad in clogs, red shirts, and pointed red caps. More fickle than their cousin Santa, they might bring presents if you leave them bowls of porridge in the attic; if you forget, they'll visit all kinds of mischief instead.

Dates: Mid-Nov.–late Dec.; closed early Jan.

For More Info: visitcopenhagen.com

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The Best Christmas Markets in Europe

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Christmas markets are arguably one of the best parts about traveling to Europe in December. There's some sort of magic in the mulling spices of Munich's hot glühwein or the rum of Prague's vosí hnízda cookies. Europe boasts dozens of cities to enjoy the sights and smells of the season, be that by way of Brussels's croustillons (sugar doughnuts) or London's Great Christmas Pudding Race, an obstacle course in Covent Garden navigated while balancing fruitcakes on spoons.

Related: Europe's Best Winter Getaways

There's a lot of fun to be had, so read on for the full guide.

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