From flaming drinks to stuffed dumplings and donuts, these treats make Europe's Christmas markets a paradise for foodies.
The markets, bountiful with local goods, have become a tourist attraction in their own right today, offering visitors and locals alike selections of handmade gifts, nativity plays, ice rinks, and walking buffets of delectable food selections and warm drinks to taste throughout the evening.
Some of the foods found at the markets today date back to the Medieval ages, giving travelers a chance to get to know each country a bit better by tasting local delicacies typically enjoyed during the festive holiday season.
Whether you have a sweet tooth or prefer a savory selection, the markets have something to offer everyone, from flaming mulled wine to fluffy fried donuts and smoked cheeses.
We’ve rounded up 29 of the treats you won’t want to miss, though each market also has a wide selection of additional goods to taste during your visit.
While timing of markets can vary by destination, most tend to open on the Friday before Advent (four Sundays before Christmas Eve) through Dec. 25 (though some markets continue to remain open until as late as Jan. 6).