Christmas carolers, lantern processions, Jingling bells and tree lightings, Christmas is the time when the world ornate itself with decorations and happiness. The Chirstmas markets are the perfect place to gather and warm up with a glass of mulled wine, or satisfy your sweet tooth with a Rum Cake and Chocolate Donuts. While every corner of the world celebrates the holiday month with festivity and lively markets, here are our pick.
Christkindlesmarkt, Nuremberg, Germany
Until Christmas Eve, the “little town of wood and cloth” shines in the heart of Nuremberg’s Old Town and turn it into “Joyful Christmas City”. More than 180 market stands that are all decorated for Christmas with fresh greens and lights invite you to enjoy traditional Christmas ornaments, the local gold-foil angel, “Zwetschgenmännle” made of prunes, toys and games and delicious holiday treats to eat and drink. Come and experience this one-of-a-kind atmosphere and enjoy the magic of the Nuremberg Christmas Market!
Tivoli Garden’s Christmas Market, Copenhagen, Denmark
Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen are prominently known for amusement park rides and stunning restaurants, but the Gardens are also home to a beautiful Christmas market. Every year in November, the park is decked with bright lights and decorations, and transformed into a Christmas village. Fifty different stalls line the park’s pathways and offer traditional Christmas products and entertainment. Guests can visit Father Christmas in his den, purchase Scandinavian knitwear and traditional Christmas tree decorations, and sample Danish holiday treats: “aebleskive,” a pan-baked doughnut, and “glögg,” a spiced wine with raisins and almonds.
Toronto Christmas Market, Toronto Canada
The romance and magic of a traditional Christmas is what Toronto Christmas Market is all about. A special market to help foster a sense of Christmas cheer through old and newChristmas traditions. From Christmas markets to holiday-themed shows and even a cruise with Santa, the city has lots of festive events to offer. The market features festive lighting and décor, and musical performances from carolers and Bavarian brass bands. The market’s beer gardens and hospitality lounges are especially popular, as guests can warm up with beer, mulled wine, or hot rum drinks.
Christmas Village, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Right after thanksgiving, the city centre of Philadelphia transforms into a bustling market of Christmas. Inspired by traditional German Christmas markets, Christmas Village features more than 50 wooden booths with international crafts, gifts, and traditional European food and drink. Visitors can enjoy popular holiday treats like doughnuts, gingerbread, waffles, and crepes, and sip on mulled wine or hot chocolate.
Schönbrunn Christmas Market, Vienna, Austria
About 70 exhibitors set up their wares at Parade Court in front of Vienna’s Schönbrunn Palace, peddling such holiday goods as Advent wreaths, tin toys, and handmade Christmas decorations.
Along with sausages, crepes, and warm apple desserts, culinary highlights include raclette with bread and gröstl, pan-fried potatoes served with various ingredients such as eggs, pork, and onion. Hot chocolate with marshmallows, Austrian wines, and mulled wine are popular crowd-pleasers, as are the collectible mulled-wine mugs. New this year: market booths are redecorated for New Year’s and reopen with additional theme-worthy items for sale.
Tallinn Christmas Market, Tallinn,Estonia
Visitors can browse among more than 40 wooden huts for one-of-a-kind buckwheat pillows, wooden bowls, felted wool hats, and locally-made sweet honey while sipping from mugs of hot mulled wine. Save room to sample an array of blood sausages, sauerkraut, and marzipan sweets. Keep an eye out for Santa, who makes market rounds accompanied by his elves, Scribble and Scrabble. The selection of handcrafted goods remains just as remarkable.
Danube River Cruise
Euro River Cruises is just one of many tour operators offering river cruises that visit Christmas-markets during the holiday season. Euro River Cruises’ seven-night cruise travels the Danube from Passau, Germany, to Budapest, Hungary, with stops at several holiday markets.