Christmas Markets
Christmas Markets
Christmas Markets
(Lennart Preiss, Vincent Kessler/ Getty Images)

With Advent now upon us, hundreds of Christmas markets are opening around Europe, providing holiday cheer with mulled wine, festive ornaments and all kinds of delicious treats, as the countdown to 25th December begins. From Prague's wintry walkway in Old Town Square to Father Christmas' grotto in Berlin, Strasbourg's glittering lights and Edinburgh's Christmas Tree Maze, IBTimesUK presents some of the best photos from Christmas markets across the world: