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The Beautiful Christmas Markets of Eastern Europe

By December 4, 2013

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Krakow Christmas Market by Day
Krakow Christmas Market by Day
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Many travel companies offer great deals to Eastern Europe in December -- the perfect time to catch the Christmas Markets.
Krakow Christmas Market at Night
Krakow Christmas Market at Night
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At the beginning of December, Market Square in Krakow, Poland, is transformed into a winter wonderland featuring stall after stall selling traditional handicrafts, decorations made from straw, wood and crepe paper, and beautiful handpainted Christmas tree ornaments. The air is perfumed with the aroma of grilling sausages, potatoes, roasted pig, hot mulled wine and beer.

Handicrafts at Krakow Christmas Market
Handicrafts for Sale at Krakow Christmas Market
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The first Thursday of December, Krakow creche makers present their szopka to be judged in a yearly competition. The best examples are shown in the Krakow Historical Museum and the others are sold at the Christmas Market.

Handicrafts at Krakow Christmas Market
Handicrafts for Sale at Krakow Christmas Market
Flickr by Sanne Aabjerg
In the Czech Republic, the Prague Christmas Market is similar to that of Krakow where visitors come to soak up the atmosphere, browse the stalls and enjoy Christmas carols, warm food and hot wine.

Sausage Griller at Krakow Christmas Market
Sausage Griller at Krakow Christmas Market
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In Riga, Latvia, visitors to the Christmas Market in the Old Quarter will find handknitted gloves, locally made handicrafts and Christmas tree decorations. A mulled glass of wine and gingerbread cake revive the spirits.

Food Booth at Krakow Christmas Market
Food Booth at Krakow Christmas Market
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In Budapest, Hungary, the Christmas Market features over 100 wooden stalls that sell food, handicrafts, paintings and glassware. The holidays are the perfect time to visit Eastern Europe.

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