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Christmas Shopping and Markets: 5 Places to Visit in Europe
Christmas is one of the busiest shopping seasons in Europe. During this time, people are looking to buy Christmas ornaments, presents, lights costumes, artificial trees, window dressings, toys, wrapping paper and the like. Here are five markets in Europe where you will find the best items, best prices and the largest possible selection of Christmasware under one roof.

This guide will help you locate the best destination for your Christmas shopping, thus enabling you to escape the Christmas rush and enjoy the season.

Alsace - Alsace in France puts on an excellent show for Christmas when it comes to shopping. The region has several Christmas markets that display Christmas ware ranging from delicious food to handcrafted Christmas ornaments and jewellery.

One of the most popular markets in Alsace for Christmas shopping is the Christkindelmärik in Strasbourg. This market has been in existence for several centuries and sells intricate glassware. The market in Thann is also great for Christmas shopping and offers visitors the chance to see over a thousand different varieties of bredele, a Christmas biscuit.

Odense - Odense in Denmark is one of the most picturesque places in the world. This region is but a short drive from the country's capital, Copenhagen and hosts some of the most unique Christmas markets and shopping places in the world. Odense has also made a name for itself for being the birthplace of the fairytale writer, Hans Christian Anderson.

Odense puts up an annual Christmas Fair and Market near the writer's house and features a rather old fashioned market environment based on the time of Hans Christian Andersen and characters from his stories. The market takes place during the last week of November and the first week of December.

Munich - Munich in Germany hosts over 70 Christmas markets that are put up at the end of November. The Marienplatz market is a sight to behold during this season and showcases a giant sized Christmas tree.

Prague - Starting from the end of November, Prague celebrates Christmas with its many markets in Wenceslas Square. They sell all sorts of items from beautiful handcrafted glass ornaments to Christmas goodies. Visitors will enjoy shopping here, as carollers sing happily all around them.

Oslo - Norway's capital hosts 7 different Christmas markets. These stalls are put up in November and attract visitors throughout the whole shopping season. The best market of the seven is the Christmas Fair put on by the Museum of Cultural History which features an extensive range of handcrafted gifts, Christmas ornaments, and delicious Christmas cake.
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