Dashing through the snow: Europe's 7 gayest Christmas markets
Winter warmers in Stockholm, Bath, Lille and Hamburg.
Wooden chalets, green furs, the scent of steaming, spiced red wine, the sound of a brass band and a thousand fairy lights in your eyes – is there anything lovelier (or more camp?) than a Christmas market?
Here, we count down seven of Europe's best, from Vienna and Hamburg to Munich and Lille…
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.
We reported on Vienna's inaugural Rainbow Christmas Market last month – it features over 50 stalls from local queer traders. It can be found by the U4 station Kettenbrückengasse, Naschmark, near the city's gay district.
Munich's boutiquey Pink Christmas gay market at Thankirchner Strasse is an institution: this year it's celebrating its tenth birthday (Berlin followed suit five years later). Head to the Glockenbachviertel for cute guys and gingerbread!
Gay Star News's Daniele Guido Gessa visited Berlin's handsome little brother city earlier this month, where he found a Christmas paradise. The Winter Pride area can be found near St. Georg's Central Station.
London and Birmingham are widely-celebrated for their blockbuster Christmas markets – less-publicized but equally impressive is the one in Bath. It's an impossibly attractive city all year round, but during the festive period the area between Bath Abbey and the Roman Baths looks simply stunning.
As well as Hamburg, Germany is famed for its markets in Berlin and Dresden. However, we're rather taken by Leipzig's offering, based in the quaint market square before the Old Town Hall. It dates back to 1458, and apparently boasts a fairytale forest and a model railway. All together now: 'Holidays are coming…'