Europe’s Top 11 Gay Friendly Christmas Markets 2019

Christmas in Europe is a magical affair and the annual city Christmas markets dotted across Europe bring welcome warmth and cheer to the chilly months of December. If you are looking for a gay pre-Christmas escape, check out our top 11 markets to visit, in cities with a lively festive winter scene.

1. VIENNA

Consistently ranked as Europe’s top Christmas market, year after year.

Vienna Christmas Market

From the middle of November until Christmas, Vienna’s prettiest squares transform into magical Christmas markets. The aroma of Christmas baking and hot punch sets the mood in the run-up to Christmas.

Vienna has a great gay scene with amazing night clubs great gay restaurants and a compact scene. Visit our detailed guide to gay Vienna for more.

Steigenberger Hotel, 5 Star Luxury

Steigenberger Frankfurter Hof



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Built in 1913, Steigenberger Hotel Herrenhof is located in the center of the first district of Vienna, only a few steps from the Hofburg Imperial Palace.  Spacious air-conditioned rooms.

2. BRUSSELS

Winter Wonders is the beating heart of Brussels during the Christmas festivities.

Brussels Christmas Markets

From late November, in the heart of Brussels, the cobbled streets and pretty squares of Brussels spring to life with Winter Wonders, a 2km-long stretch of snow-dusted market chalets, buzzing bars and pop-up restaurants.

The Brussels Christmas Market is not far from the heart of the city’s party scene. Most of the gay bars in Brussels are located in the city centre around the streets Rue du Marché au Charbon.

Hotel Grand Place 4 Star Perfect Location

Hotel Grand Place



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The Brussels Marriott Hotel is only 50 m from Bourse Metro Station. Rue Neuve shopping street can be found 850 m from the hotel.

3. STRASBOURG

One of the oldest Markets in Europe

Strasbourg Christmas Markets

About 300 stalls are spread out over 12 locations under the glow of the city’s illuminations, making Strasbourg one of the largest Christmas markets in Europe. You’ll find all kinds of things there, including craftwork, food and drink and traditional Alsatian Christmas decorations.

The Strasbourg gay scene is relatively small, but the city, as the second capital of Europe, has some great dining, superb hotels and a cosmopolitan atmosphere. The scene is quite cruisy; there are 4 saunas, a sex club and several gay bars catering to all tastes.

MGallery by Sofitel 4 Star, Readers Choice

Cour du Corbeau



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This 4-star hotel is set in a renovated 16th-century building in central Strasbourg. It offers a courtyard, free WiFi and air-conditioned rooms.

4. COPENHAGEN

A city of Enchanted Christmas Gardens!

Copenhagen Christmas Markets

Copenhagen is a real Christmas city and oozes of atmosphere during Christmas. Tivoli Gardens’ Christmas market is a must, and on top of that you will find many more Christmas markets and activities.

Almost all of the gay bars and clubs are located in the city center around the famous Strøget shopping street. They are all within walking distance of each other and close to all the markets in December.

Hotel Danmark 4 Star, Great for Shopping

Hotel Danmark Copenhagen



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Central location, nice large rooms and free WiFi

5. PRAGUE

Great Traditional Markets, Wonderful Gay Scene

Prague Christmas Markets

Christmas markets are held in many places of this city and are open right at the beginning of Advent until 1st of January.

However, you can experience the most magical atmosphere on Old Town Square (Staroměstské náměstí), where next to the little stalls and a small nativity dominates a huge Christmas tree gleaming with lights and decorations.

There is no main gay village or district in Prague. Instead the bars are spread out over town areas, mainly in the city centre and in the Vinohrady district.

Perla Hotel, 4 Star – Modern Rooms



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This modern 4-star design hotel in the centre of Prague is just steps away from Wenceslas Square and Old Town Square. It offers free Wi-Fi and a 24-hour fitness room.

6. STOCKHOLM

A mix of the contemporary & the traditional.

Stockholm Christmas Markets

Stockholm boasts no less than six Christmas Markets throughout the city, ranging from the classic to the contemporary. They’re traditionally held during Advent, meaning most will wrap up before Christmas Eve; the Pink Christmas market closes on the 21.

Being gay is such a non-issue in Sweden that Stockholm doesn’t really have a “gay area” — the gay clubs are everywhere, and gay restaurants and coffee shops are dispersed throughout downtown, old town, and even the suburbs.

Nordic Light Hotel 4 Star, Designer Hotel

Nordic Light Hotel



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All rooms at Nordic Light Hotel have a laptop-sized safe and satellite TV. The luxury beds are by Swedish brand, Anders Hilding. Bathrooms include quality toiletries from Björk & Berries.

7. BUDAPEST

World Famous – Steeped in Tradition.

Budapest Christmas Market

Budapest is full of Christmas markets, which usually open around mid November and close at the end of December (December 31) each year.

The most beautiful, oldest and internationally acclaimed Budapest Christmas fair is the Christmas Market on Vorosmarty Square in the heart of the city (since 1998).

This “Paris of the East” has long been known as a gay center of Eastern Europe, but things have really taken off since reintegration with the West. There is no single gay neighborhood, but most gay-popular bars and clubs can be found in Pest in the 5th, 6th, 7th, and 9th districts

Hotel Palazzo Zichy  4 Star Great Location

Hotel Palazzo Zichy Budapest



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Located in the historic Palace Quarter offering a free sauna and a free fitness centre. This neo-Baroque palace dating from 1899 also has free Wi-Fi access..

8. HAMBURG

A Christmas Winter Pride!

Hamburg Winter Pride

Year after year, the Hamburg Gay Christmas market attracts thousands of visitors with a cozy atmosphere and an entertaining stage show.

The Christmas Market is open from 25 November to 30 December (except 24 to 26 December). You can find it near the central station in Hamburg´s gay district St. Georg.

At  St. Georgs  you will find 12 gay bars all close together, this area is also known as the red light area. The other area is St. Pauli and has 10 gay bars and clubs.

Atlantic Kempinski, 5 Star, world-class

Hotel Atlantic Kempinski



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Spacious rooms and suites with flat-screen TV & marble bathroom.

9. COLOGNE

Christmas Avenue

Cologne Christmas Avenue Shopping

Cologne’s LGBT Christmas market takes place each year from the end of November, at the corner of Mauritiuswall and Schaafenstrasse, in the “Bermuda Triangle”. The colorful “Christmas Avenue” will be open for business from November 24 to December 23. Its not very traditional, but it is very gay…and there are plenty of other traditional markets nearby.

There two gay areas in Cologne: Rudolfplatz, known locally as the “Bermuda Triangle” is more modern in style with Many of the cafes, bars and clubs around have started during the last twenty years. The Old Town is home to more Traditional pubs and bars for mixed ages.

25hours Hotel 4 Star The Heart of Cologne

25hours Hotel



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The hotel is a great choice for travelers interested in museums, cathedrals and Christmas markets

10. MUNICH

A Very Pink Christmas!

Pink Christmas Munich

“Pink Christmas” will open this years doors in the heart of the famous “Glockenbachviertel” in Munich. It is a small, pretty, colorful, diversified market – and as social as no other!

The best area to stay in Munich is the Innenstadt and is within easy walking distance of most of the city’s shops and bars. Gay life in Munich focuses around the Glockenbachviertel and Sendlinger-Tor-Platz.

Living Hotel, 4 Star Location & Gym

Derag Livinghotel



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Located beside the historic Viktualienmarkt marketplace in Munich city centre, this environmentally friendly hotel features a gym, 24-hour reception and free Wi-Fi.

11. FRANKFURT

A Sophisticated Christmas Experience.

Frankfurt Christmas Market

For Christmas gifts that are typically Frankfurt, simply stop by the cosy log cabins situated beneath the market’s massive Christmas tree. There, you’ll find many gifts, including unique, Frankfurt-style Christmas tree ornaments, apple wine, Frankfurt slippers and of course the ever popular glühwein.

The gay scene is centred around the “Bermuda Triangle” area of Alte Gasse, Schafergasse and Bleichstrasse. Most of the best and central hotels are located around this area.

Westin Grand 5 Star Location/Spa

The Westin Grand Frankfurt



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This non-smoking hotel is located on the corner of the Zeil shopping street in central Frankfurt. It features 3 restaurants, a 24-hour gym and a large spa. Wi-Fi is free in the lobby

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