European Christmas Markets by car

Lesser-known Christmas Markets to visit by car with LeShuttle

Sunday 26th Nov 2023 |

Christmas markets are the very best way to get into the festive spirit – think mulled wine, carols, local delicacies, fairground carousels and much much more.

Simply load up the car with all the family, hop across the channel on LeShuttle and discover some of Europe’s lesser known but truly glittering Christmas markets.

Travelling by car from Folkestone to Calais on LeShuttle is by far the quickest and easiest way to pop over to France for an overnight stay or a long weekend –  just enough time to fill your boot with Christmas trinkets and treats galore. You could also take advantage of tax-free shopping to stock up on presents, food & drink. 

Here is LeShuttle’s pick of the best lesser-known Christmas Markets for 2023.

Avignon, France

Taking place every year from late November until the start of January, the Avignon Christmas market boasts endearing wooden chalets, which take up most of the Place de l’Horloge, while a beautifully lit carousel fills the atmosphere with a festive charm. 

Mulhouse, France

In the south of France’s Alsace region, Mulhouse is the perfect place to spend a long weekend over Christmas. Bursting with charm, the old part of town boasts tall, narrow and colourful buildings, which are a picture-perfect sight when lit by the Christmas market in the evening. The market takes place from late November until late December.

Sterzing, Italy

In northern Italy, you’ll find the picturesque commune of Sterzing. Boasting a historic high tower, the Zwölferturm, and several beautiful chapels and churches, Sterzing really is the perfect place to house a Christmas market. The market is open from late November to early January.

Aarhus, Denmark

An alternative to Copenhagen’s famous Tivoli Gardens market, Aarhus in Denmark hosts its own market, which is well worth a visit. Held indoors at the Ridehuset – you can escape the cold weather while enjoying all the fantastic Danish handicrafts on offer. 

Valkenburg aan de Geul, Netherlands

Taking place this year between mid-November and late December, this cosy Christmas market, one of the most charming in Europe is located in the Velvet Cave, and over the years has grown to host well over 50 stalls – visitors are also able to tour the cave’s mural paintings and 18th century chapel.

Freiburg, Germany

Freiburg in Germany is known for being a culturally diverse city, with a fascinating history dating back to 1120. Freiburg’s Christmas market has well over 100 individual stalls selling wonderful crafts and yummy festive treats – it  takes place between late November and late December.

Book your trip with LeShuttle from as little as:

  • £20 per vehicle (up to 9 passengers) each way for a Day/Overnight ticket (for travel up to 13th December)
  • £93 per vehicle (up to 9 passengers) each way for a Short Stay Saver ticket (valid for 5 calendar days)
  • £115 per vehicle (up to 9 passengers) for a Standard ticket (for any duration). One way
  • £269 per vehicle (up to 9 passengers) for a Flexiplus ticket, turn up any time and get on the next available train, and access to the club lounge (for any duration). One way
  • Take your pet from just £22 each way