We are in Leiden, Netherlands, where a market built atop boats is one of the few floating Christmas markets in Europe!
As we know, Christmas markets are a very popular pastime in Europe and we can usually be found in every city.
The differences between cities and countries is the size, the variety of products exposed, and location of the markets. For example, do you remember the ohbej ohbej Christmas market in Milan, Italy?
However, the Christmas market in Leiden is unique in many ways because it floats on top of the city’s oldest canal!
There are only a few floating Christmas markets in Europe (another is the really beautiful Vilshofen Christmas Market in Germany) and definitely worth a visit!
The unusual attraction boasts nearly 90 stalls that sell various foods, warm drinks, and handcrafted items.
It’s possible find also a floating ice rink and a small stage with around-the-clock performances.
Of course, visitors to Leiden’s market can also enjoy a boat tour of the old canal starting from the Christmas market, which includes a glühwein or hot chocolate.
Glühwein, in english mulled wine, is a beverage usually made with red wine along with various mulling spices and sometimes raisins.
Each year the Leiden Christmas market draws over 125,000 visitors, and was deservedly awarded the prize for “best Christmas market in Europe” in 2016!