Christmas Shopping In Europe: The Best Of The Best

It’s almost the time get those chestnuts roasting on the open fire, which means you will have plenty of shopping to do before Christmas.

If you are in Europe during the holiday season, fret not, these cities will have everything you need for some Christmas shopping. In addition, they will have everything you need for a full and wonderful Christmastime.

Lisbon, Portugal

Christmas in Lisbon is pleasantly un-commercialized but still feels genuine and expansive. The massive tree at Praca do Comercio is a site to see.

Independent shops in the area will bring you a wide range of products. Luvaria Ulisses brings leather gloves to life. Conserveira de Lisboa makes tinned fish into an art and an experience.

Lille, France

If you get a little snow dusting, Lille’s 17th-century old town area will perfectly play the part of an enchanting winter wonderland.

The city is flushed with antique and second-hand shops. The Grande Braderie flea market brings in 2.5 million vintage-interested visitors each September.

Ghent, Belgium

Interested in a Belgian getaway without the hustle and bustle of Christmas markets in Bruges? Ghent gives you that same Belgian city experience with medieval and neo-gothic architecture.

Bij-Sint Jacobs is a perfect flea market for your hidden vintage finds. Mustard aficionados should stop by Tiernteyn for craft mustard recipes going back over 200 years.


A trip to the Danish capital means a trip filled with new world and old world pleasures. For finer tastes, Illum department store provides a stylish shopping experience.

A walk down Jaegersborggade Street’s cobblestone road will provide plenty of vintage shops.

Glasgow, Scotland

Glasgow lights up during the holiday season with plenty of tastefully lit streets and arcades. Take a trip into the West End for an array of shops. Stop in Napiers the Herbalists, a 150-year-old shop, for some teas and natural face products.