The popularity of Christmas markets grows annually in the region of Central and Eastern Europe. They are held in every larger city in Europe. Most frequently, the markets last from the end of November to the first days of January, whereas in the cities with Julian calendar, they last by the end of January. The Polish Christmas markets are visited every year by even ca. 8-9 million people. They offer traditional grocery products, cold meats, regional meals, baked goods, sweets, Christmas decorations or handicrafts. This offer is often extended by cultural and entertaining events.
Which Markets Are Worth Visiting?
According to the Best European Destinations Organization, last year’s Best European Christmas Market was held in Zagreb. This organization granted the title of the most beautiful Christmas tree in Europe to the one at Cathedral Square in Vilnius. The Christmas tree could be easily seen from the plane as this 27-meter-high tree was decorated with 70 000 lights and 900 Christmas toys.
The largest market in the CEE region is held in Wroclaw. It is also the most beautiful Christmas market in Poland. There are 150 stalls with, for instance, gingerbreads, mulled wine or traditional Polish meals for inhabitants and tourists. The Christmas atmosphere is provided with lots of concerts, parades, meetings with Santa or events for children.
The smallest market in the CEE region is held in Belgrade, where various confectionaries, mulled wine, etc., will be offered on 30 stalls. There will be also Christmas decorations or traditional makings from wool.
Market Lease Rates
Lease rates of stalls are different in every country. They depend on such factors as location, market attractiveness for potential tenants as well as marketing and advertisement. Daily rates for lease of space on the Christmas market fluctuate between 60-120 EUR. The city with the most expensive lease rate is Prague.
More information on the most beautiful Christmas markets in 13 countries in Central and Eastern Europe can be found in the guide prepared by Colliers International. We kindly invite you to read it!