Christmas and NYE are just around the corner, and it is the best time to mingle travel with Christmas shopping. We got you the 10 best Christmas markets around the world. By Nitya Malik
1. Helsinki Christmas Market, Finland
This Christmas market takes place in the Senate Square, and is known for being the land of Santa Claus. The most popular market in Finland, it has over 100 stalls that sell traditional ornaments, handicraft items, drinks, savoury, and desserts. The entire market is beautifully decorated, and a must-visit if you truly want to enjoy the the spirit of the season.
2. Toronto Christmas Market, Canada
Give your Christmas shopping a Canadian tint by heading to this market. Express pass tickets to this market are available to avoid the long queues and head straight to the marketplace. It features numerous stalls and vendors selling food, beer, drinks, traditional Canadian gifts, Christmas lights and ornaments.
3. Old Town Square, Prague, Czech Republic
It is considered to be one of the most extravagant Christmas marketS, and you can feel the festive spirit and enthusiasm everywhere. A beautiful Christmas tree is placed in the centre of the market, surrounded by wooden hut shops selling ornaments, jewellery, candles, lights, candles etc. Prague is pretty, as it is, but during Christmas, this place absolutely enchanting.
4. Nuremberg Christkindlmarkt, Germany
It is the largest festive market in Germany. This market dates back to the 17th century, and is one of the oldest. You will find red and white striped stalls stocking German wine, gingerbread, Christmas gifts etc. It is a lavish treat for not only the citizens, but also the tourists.
5. Tallinn Christmas Market, Estonia
It is one of the smallest and oldest markets that takes place in the city’s Town Hall Square since 1441, but it also is one of the most unique experiences you’ll ever have in Tallinn! There are merry-go-rounds and other swings for children to enjoy and play. Tiny hut shops sell Estonian handicrafts and cuisine, along with different types of festive gifts. One thing’s for sure — this unique little Christmas market will leave you with a lot of happy memories.
6. Tivoli Gardens, Copenhagen, Denmark
The ritualistic Christmas market of Copenhagen is held in the oldest amusement park, that is, the Tivoli Gardens. During the festive season, the park transforms into a beautiful holiday market. It is decorated with Christmas trees, fairy lights, ornaments, and stockings. Pixie Band plays the festive songs, there are different light, an elf train with exciting rides, and more fun activities — a must-visit if you’re planning a family vacation with kids during Christmas.
7. Red Square Christmas Market, Moscow, Russia
This Russian annual market is held against the backdrop of the St. Basil’s Cathedral. You will find the most exclusive and largest ice skating ring here. It has only few, but unique stands that sell Russian ornaments and trinkets, homemade items, Christmas decorations and local mementos.
8. Basel Christmas Market, Switzerland
Basel is the festive capital of Switzerland, and the Christmas market here is adorably decorated with Christmas trees; not to forget the best fondues, chocolates and candies, and Swiss gingerbreads that you can gorge on while soaking the spirit of the season.
9. Old Town Christmas Market, Stockholm, Sweden
The style and the architecture of this market is inspired by the medieval winter markets of Sweden. The market first began in 1837, and consists of little stalls that sell Swedish ornaments, cuisines, knitwear and handcrafted goods. Savour the best sausages, meat, wine, sweet buns etc.
10. Texas Christkindl Market, Arlington, Texas
This one’s actually German-tradition inspired market, and is one of the most popular in the US. It is an open-air holiday market with lots of fun filled activities and entertainment for visitors. So if you’re in the US this holiday season, you know just where to head!