If it’s a concentrated burst of festive cheer that you’re after this weekend then why not head out to your nearest Christmas market!
A real staple of any self respecting Christmas addict’s yuletide calendar, the average Christmas market offers more carol singers, mulled wine and roasted chestnuts to name but a few…
We decided to round up some of the world’s best Christmas markets the bobble headed masses will be heading to this year!
CHRISTMAS MARKET PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC
If ever there was a place that truly embraces everything that’s Christmas it’s Prague. Every year the Czech Republics’ incredibly beautiful capital transforms itself into a real life Christmas fairy tale with lights illuminating every corner of the city’s bold gothic architecture. A multitude of Christmas markets (known as Vánoční trhy) spread throughout the narrow cobbled streets, culminating in the old town square where visitors from around the world gaze in awe at the delicate locally made glass and wooden toys, hand embroided scarves and scented candles.
TIVOLI CHRISTMAS MARKET, COPENHAGEN, DENMARK
With over 50 Christmas stalls, it’s obvious that Copenhagen’s Tivoli Christmas market puts its emphasis on “hygge” which is Danish for cosiness. This hugely popular annual market’s nightly showstopper comes every evening when the Tivoli illuminations light up the beautiful Tivoli Lake. Also keep an eye out for the reindeer!
CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL MARKET, DUBAI, UAE
For an alternative to the usual freezing winter fests of Europe, head east to Dubai for a Christmas market about as far removed from the traditional as you can possibly get! Located at Dubai’s media city Amphitheatre, instead of quaint huts selling ginger bread men, visitors can expect concessions from global brands and some of the world’s biggest designer names offering huge discounts. Some of Dubai’s top restaurants also host food tasting sessions over the short 3 day market.
CHRISTKINDLESMARKT, NUREMBERG, GERMANY
A far cry from Dubai’s new age designer lead market, Nuremberg’s Christkindlesmarkt is the world’s oldest, dating as far back as the 16th century. With almost 200 stalls crammed into the city’s main market square there is even a smaller children’s market just a short walk away with a team of wardens there to protect the market’s traditional values, ensuring all the products are locally made.
CHRISTKINDLMARKET, CHICAGO, US
Inspired by Nuremberg’s Christkindlmarket, many of the stall holders travel to Chicago from Germany, so expect lots of traditional German goods including wooden toys, beautiful glass steins and cuckoo clocks.
BATH CHRISTMAS MARKET
Bath Christmas market is the UK’s largest with over 150 wooden huts selling locally made food and hand made gifts just in the shadow of the town’s beautiful Abbey
VALKENBURG CHRISTMAS MARKET, LIMBURG, HOLLAND
Thought Christmas markets couldn’t get any more Christmassy than little wreath baring log cabins? Think again as Holland’s Limburg Christmas market in the small town of Valkenburg takes place in a cave!
TALLINN CHRISTMAS MARKET, TALLINN, ESTONIA
The small snowy Estonian town of Tallinn is like stepping back in time. It boasts the best preserved medieval city centre in Northern Europe where the townspeople have erected a Christmas tree since 1441. The market attracts 250,000 visitors every year where they can go on to enjoy a multitude of spectacles, from the snow sculpture exhibition to the mini zoo complete with reindeer (of course) lambs, goats and geese.
WINTERFEST CHRISTMAS MARKETS, HONG KONG
Expect fake snow, lots of festive food and some great Christmas shopping opportunities in one of many winterfest markets held in Hong Kong. Visitors to Ngong Ping 360 Glittering Christmas Village on Lantau Island can take in the stunning views over the city whilst those checking out the Christmas markets held on the famous Peak can make a festive wish at the market’s Twinkle Twinkle Wishing Star.
WINTER WONDERLAND, HYDE PARK LONDON
Right in the heart of the city, busy shoppers from around the world can take a break from the hustle and bustle of Oxford St and land themselves in the hustle and bustle of Hyde park’s Winter Wonderland. A huge pop up Christmas village complete with rollercoasters, Ice rink and, of course, lots of Bavarian style bars stocked to the gills with mulled wine and beer steins!