A few weeks ago we took a last minute trip to visit the Luxembourg Christmas markets. I’d never considered Luxembourg as a destination for Christmas markets but BA still had Avios redemption seats available on flights (pretty rare for a last minute weekend trip) so we decided to go ahead and book.
We stayed at Le Royal Hotel as it had a great location close to the centre of town, meaning that the Christmas markets were only about a 5 minute walk away. It was also quite reasonably priced for a 5 star hotel. Even though we arrived in the morning they let us check in to our room early and they marked the Christmas markets on a map for us. After dropping off our bags in the room and bundling up in some warm clothes we set out to explore.
There were two markets that the hotel receptionist had told us about – Place d’Armes and the Place de la Constitution. We visited the Place d’Armes market first as it was the closest and started with a mug of Glühwein/Vin Chaud (German and French are both official languages in Luxembourg so either is acceptable).
They had all your typical Christmas market food – German sausages, chips, crepes etc., but we couldn’t resist a Swiss raclette (melted cheese over potatoes).
Followed by a super large waffle drizzled in Nutella.
I wanted to pick up a souvenir Glühwein mug to take home so I spent some time looking around the stalls to find the best mugs. My favourite were these boot-shaped mugs.
We then walked over to the Place de la Constitution market. In addition to the food and craft stalls like the ones at the Place d’Armes market, the Place de la Constitution also had some rides for kids and a ferris wheel!
We waited until the evening before going for a ride on the ferris wheel and got some great views over the Christmas market and the city.
I really enjoyed the Luxembourg Christmas markets. They were quite small but not as crazy-busy as some of the German markets so if you are looking to escape the crowds then Luxembourg is a great option.
We were only in town for one full day so we didn’t get the opportunity to do much else besides visiting the Christmas markets but if you are looking for other things to do in Luxembourg you can check out my previous post to see what I got up to last time I visited this country.
- The Luxembourg Christmas markets are generally open from late November until Christmas Eve. The two markets we visited (Place d’Armes and Place de la Constitution) opened at 11am and close around 9/10pm depending on the day of the week.
- There is another Christmas market at Place de Paris but this is outside the centre of town so we didn’t get time to visit it.
- The best time to visit the markets is during the day as it is less busy than in the evenings.