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By the numbers: Europe's Christmas markets

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  •   12-17-2018  8:58 am

By the numbers: Europe's Christmas markets

Every year, Europe's countless Christmas markets draw millions of visitors looking for an authentic holiday experience. Here's a closer look at the annual tradition through several statistics, including how many lights can be found at one of Sweden's most popular markets and the number of Christmas market visitors Germany welcomes each year.


The year in which Dresden’s famed Streizelmarkt was founded, making it the oldest market Germany. Every year, more than 100 different activities are featured for guests of all ages.

Le marché Plaisirs d’Hiver de Bruxelles / Crédit photo: Eric Danhier

85 million

The approximate amount of visitors to Germany’s Christmas markets each year. With more than 40 major markets across the country, that’s an average of 2.1 million visitors per market.


The number of trees in Zagreb’s Zrinjevac Park, which are lit up for Advent celebrations at this location in Croatia’s capital city.

Photo courtoisie de Julien Duval/Zagreb Tourist Board

5 million

The number of Christmas lights at the market held in Sweden’s Liseberg amusement park, located in the city of Gothenberg. The market is one of the country’s largest and features a medieval village to explore, along with visits from Julius the white rabbit, one of the park’s bunny mascots who appears only during Christmas.


The length in feet of the skating rink found in Brussels’ Plaisirs d’Hiver market. Visitors can skate underneath the lights of the market’s Ferris wheel and giant fir tree, gifted to Brussels by the Latvian capital of Riga.