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Based in the centre of the capital it attracts up to a million visitors, so expect crowds.
Where Tivoli, Copenhagen, Denmark When 16 Nov-30 Dec Information Visit Tivoli's website for more details Buy Time Out's Copenhagen guidebook Despite being one of the younger of the European Christmas markets, Dublin's '12 Days of Christmas' attracted 145,000 visitors in 2010.
The Russian theme, introduced last season, is still going strong this year, although Nordic touches have returned by popular demand. Basil's Cathedral remains, then, a traditional Father Christmas is back, residing in a nineteenth-century pantomime theatre, while stall decoration takes its lead from Danish and Scandinavian customs.
The gardens also offer an ice rink, rollercoaster and theme park rides for those up for more than just a leisurely amble round the handicraft stalls.
Where Grand’Place to Place Ste-Catherine When 30 Nov-6 Jan Information Visit Winter Wonders for more details Other great Belgium Christmas markets are held in Antwerp (Grote Markt) and Bruges (Bruges Christmas Market).
Buy Time Out's Brussels guidebook Traditional food, folk dances and live music can be found daily in amongst the cottage-esque market 'stalls' of Vörösmarty tér from mid-November.
Based at the centre of the Pest district near the start of 'Fashion Street', this market regularly has up to 150 stalls, and plenty of local art and culture, including puppet theatres.
To add to the authenticity of celebrations, all products sold in the market are guaranteed as traditionally handmade by a professional jury from a variety of organisations.
Where Kaiser Wilhelm Gedächtniskirche, Berlin, Germany When 24 Nov-1 Jan Information Visit Berlin's tourist site for details.
Ghoulish walks, historical tours, Dickensian storytellers, carol singing, Christmas crafts, art festivals and moonlight parades all accompany the Normandy market stalls and stunning canopy of lights.
Where St Helier, Jersey When 1 Dec-16 Dec Information Visit Jersey at Christmas for more details Prague's Christmas markets takes place in Old Town Square and Wenceslas Square (as in Old King Wenceslas).
There’s also a Nativity scene contest, musical parades and exhibitions, including the popular life-size Nativity scene in Plaça Sant Jaume.
Where Pla de la Seu & Avda de la Catedral, Barcelona, Spain When 25 Nov-23 Dec Information Visit Barcelona Tourist Office website for more details Read Time Out's Barcelona city guide Berlin could easily be described as the capital of the Traditional Christmas Market, if judged on quantity alone – it has over fifty across the city every year.