Top Five Christmas Markets Worldwide

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There’s nothing more charming during the festive season than visiting a Christmas Market. With the opportunity to buy unique Christmas gifts from independent traders, entertainment for adults and children alike and being able to experience local festive food & drink traditions, it’s no wonder that people choose to travel far and wide to visit the most famous Christmas markets worldwide. We’ve chosen our top five, including Germany’s oldest market and our most local in Scotland’s capital of Edinburgh.

The Dresden Striezelmarkt is a renowned across the world. As Germany’s oldest market, this year the market celebrates its 580th anniversary in the heart of the baroque city. With over 100 events throughout the market, intricate traditional crafts on offer and an endless choice of festive culinary specialities such as glazed apples and sugared dough balls, one of Germany’s most popular Christmas market attracts millions of visitors – this year between the 24th November and 24th December, make sure to be one of them.

Chicago’s Christkindlmarket, held annually since 1996, is now one of the largest of its kind outside Europe. Opening on the 15th November right through to Christmas Eve, there is plenty time to visit Chicago’s wintertime tradition and one of the most popular attractions of the city. Complete with its very own Christkind visiting the market on Christmas Eve, enjoy the experience by digging into authentic German bratwurst, sipping from traditional beer steins and warming the heart with fruity glühwein. November 15 until December 24.

Anyone who’s ever been to Edinburgh’s Christmas Market knows that the festive period is when the Scottish capital truly sparkles. Situated in the East Princes St Gardens, enjoy panoramic views of the capital from the top of the Big Wheel, spin around on the charming or brave a twirl on the 60-metre-high Star Flyer. Edinburgh is just a short train ride away from London, making it the perfect weekend getaway. The Edinburgh Christmas Market will run from November 16th Nov – 4th Jan 2020.

Prague is a hugely popular destination during the festive season thanks to its Christmas markets. The city’s two main Christmas markets, in Old Town Square and Wenceslas Square, are only five minutes’ walk from each other, so can both easily be explored in one day. Grab a klobása (Czech sausage) and wash it down with a Pilsner Urquell. Both markets are open every day from November 30 until January 6 – including Christmas Day.

Held in the city’s historic Distillery District, the Toronto Christmas Market combines the charm of a traditional European market with a few Canadian twists. Listen to Bavarian brass bands and organists, watch folk dancers from Slovenia and Ukraine, and feast on poutine (invented in rural Quebec in the 1950s). This year the Christmas Market is open between the 14th November – 22nd December.


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