What is more wonderful than a Christmas market … exactly, a Christmas market in or around a castle. The closest one from where I live is the Swedish Christmas market at the Fraeylemaborg, this year on 13 and 14 December. This year’s theme: sturdy. So you will get Vikings and Pippi Longstocking. I am not quite sure whether I’ll make it this year, as I have already plans for the surrounding days. Inside the estate is beautifully decorated, there is sometimes music and literature. Anyway it is always wonderful and two years ago I was lucky enough that there was some snow.
Anyway there are many more Christmas markets in my country, held around castles. There is one at Middachten Castle in De Steeg from 9-14 December, taking you back to Victorian times. the Country & Christmas Fair at De Haar Castle in Haarzuilens from 26 to 30 November, the Kerst & Wild Fair at Doorwerth Castle on 7 December … and I am sure there are many more. Don’t miss Palace Het Loo in Apeldoorn with its gorgeous Christmas decoration. This year from 13 December to 4 January 2015, including an ice rink outside. The decoration inside includes the decorated table as being used during the galadinner the Dutch royal couple held at the palace on the occasion of the official visit of Prince Albert II of Monaco last Summer.
But especially in Germany Christmas markets are a good place to enjoy the Christmas sphere. Merode Castle in Langerwehe-Merode opens its doors from 27 November to 21 December from Wednesday to Sunday, and their website says they have been named the most beautiful Christmas market in North Rhine-Westphalia in 2011. Moyland Castle‘s Christmas market takes place from 10 to 14 December, in Bedburg-Hau. Or what about the Thurn und Taxis Weihnachtsmarkt at St Emmeram, Regensburg with a chance to meet Fürstin Gloria? It will be held from 27 November to 23 December. Also Burg Hohenzollern in Hechingen from 28 to 30 November, and from 5 to 7 December has its own Royal Christmas market. Also the market in front of Charlottenburg Castle in Berlin looks quite nice. In the past years Prince Alexis von Hessen has since a few years organized a Christmas market at his Augustenau Castle. Very popular seems to be the spectacular Christmas market at Bückeburg Castle, taking place from 28 November to 7 December.