World Christmas Markets

World Christmas Markets

World Christmas Markets

The Tour Experts Top 10 Christmas Markets

Please find below our Top Ten Christmas Markets from Around the World, you will also find a link below each one to take you into the home page for each Christmas Market with further information. Christmas is a time for fun so why not have a look at our Christmas page for all to enjoy where you will find Christmas customs and traditions from around the world, Christmas recipes from around the world, Christmas videos to enjoy, information on Lapland and the home of Santa, Christmas shopping in New York,read about the history of “Silent Night”, the most well-known of all Christmas carols and much more. There is also a page for children to enjoy “click here”, where they will be able to download pictures to colour in and do Christmas puzzles. We hope that you enjoy these pages and if you have any Christmas recipes of your own that you would like to share please send them in to us, here.

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1) Dresden, Germany

Dresden’s Christmas Market is traditionally called Striezelmarkt, it is Germany’s oldest Christmas Market with a very long history dating back to 1434. Its name derives from Hefestriezel, a sweet delicacy which centuries later has become know as “Dresden Christstollen” (German Christmas Cake). The Dresden Christmas Market is located in the historical part of the city centre between the recently rebuilt Frauenkirche and the culinary famous restaurant street of Münzgasse.

Frohe Weihnachten

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2) Vienna, Austria

During Advent Vienna is a city of nostalgia and romance, concerts and nativity displays and traditional Christmas markets. Classics include the Christmas market in front of City Hall, the traditional Viennese Christmas market on Freyung, the markets at Spittelberg, Am Hof and in front of the church of St. Charles Borromeo (Karlskirche), and The aromas of candied fruits, cotton candy and other delicacies like Christmas punch and roasted chestnuts wafting around the small wooden market stalls still retain their magical power.The Magic of Advent in Vienna during November and December complements the market in front of City Hall. The adjoining Rathauspark is a place of seasonal inspiration with festively adorned trees, pony-riding, trips on the Christkindl Express and fairytale scenes portrayed in artistically-arranged displays.

Frohe Weihnachten

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3) Prague, Czech Republic

Christmas markets (Vanocni trh) are a key ingredient of the Czech festive magic. The Prague Christmas markets light up the city centre at this time of year, bringing tourists and locals together to enjoy the holiday spirit, in a true ‘winter wonderland’ setting. The Prague Christmas markets run daily, including on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. The main markets are held at the Old Town Square and Wenceslas Square, with smaller ones at Republic Square andHavel’s market. All are within a few minutes walk of each other.

Veselé Vánoce

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4) Copenhagen, Denmark

Europe’s oldest amusement park, The Tivoli Gardens, is the location for Copenhagen’s delightful Christmas market. The beautiful Tivoli Gardens have a fairytale atmosphere, with hundreds of Christmas trees and thousands of lights. There’s skating on the lake and lashings of glögg – a Danish mulled wine mixed with liquor and spices. Hot apple dumplings will rejuvenate the weary shopper. There are over 60 brightly decorated stalls selling everything from traditional Danish wooden dolls to local porcelain, local crafts, Christmas decorations and so on. Children are kept amused with pony rides and a jovial Father Christmas.

Glædelig jul

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5) Trento, Italy

Trento’s ancient heart is a lovely backdrop for the local Christmas markets, the old city walls are done up in lights and the wooden hut stalls seem at home selling hand made gift-y things and the tasty local treats Trento is known for. Food and drink are what people generally come here for – and of course to get a bit of Christmas cheer in the warm glow and mouth watering blend of smells – and a group of stalls will usually run a degustation event, which is probably the best way to ensure you try a bit of everything. Trento’s location nearer to Germany and Austria – homes of the Christmas Market – than other Italian towns could be why they do it so well, but the beauty of the town, with its Gothic cathedrals and 13th Century castle twinkling warmly over the glacial valley and the local food and drink specialties are why its worth spending a few of your December days travelling to Trento.

Buon Natale

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6) Bruges, Belgium

Easily reached by the Eurostar, Bruges is the perfect city to inspire Christmas cheer with its medieval architecture, canals and cobbled streets but nothing encourages festive spirit like Christmas shopping and where better to grab your gifts this December than Bruges’ famous Christmas Market? Stalls selling local handmade crafts, locally produced foods and gifts and items from all over the world provide plenty of choice for present buying – and kids will love it too with all the festive lights and decorations, fun things to see and do and the open air ice rink in the centre of the market. When you (or your other half) need a break, there are no end of stalls selling food and drink so why not try some of Belgium’s fabulous chocolate on a crepe or Belgian waffle? Or get stuck into some Gluhwein ( mulled wine) or Belgian beer to reinvigorate your shopping trip! You could also visit the famous Snow and Ice Sculpture display where hundreds of thousands of kilograms of ice and snow are on display, carved into characters, items and landscapes by over 40 sculpture experts. It’s held outside Bruges railway station just five minutes’ walk from the main Christmas Market.

Joyeux Noël / Prettige Kerstfeest

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7) Strasbourg, France

Strasbourg is a living example of the spirit of Christmas. It first started holding its Christmas market around its famous cathedral in 1570. Strasbourg Cathedral, with its Gothic towers and famous astronomical clock, is a wonderful setting for this ancient market. With over 300 market stalls, Strasbourg attracts over one and a half million visitors during the Christmas season.  There is an large Christmas tree on Place Kléber and a skating rink on Place du Château. Also worthy of a visit is La Petite France, an area of picturesque buildings with Christmas shops and a gingerbread bakery. Warming food on offer includes sausages and choucroute (pickled cabbages) and the famous three-meat baeckeoffe stew. Wash everything down with excellent wine and beer. There’s even an array of Christmas music being performed around the city, including a traditional performance of Handel’s Messiah.

Joyeux Noël

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8 ) York, England UK

During Christmas, York is transformed into a winter wonderland!  From a magical Christmas tree in St Helen’s Square to the fabulous window displays in all the shops, there are endless Christmas sights to enjoy this holiday season. With many different Christmas shows and events throughout this season, inviting pubs with mulled wine and one of the best Christmas markets in Yorkshire, we are sure as the snow flakes start to fall,a York Christmas will be one to remember! York’s festive markets programme is a must for Christmas shoppers offering everything from special gifts from exotic places to the very best of local produce all in a magical Christmas atmosphere. The programme starts on November 25th with the most popular event in York’s Christmas calendar,St Nicholas Fayre! Victorian costume traders, carol singers and delicious smells of roasted chestnuts and hot chocolate set the mood for the beginning of the festive period!

Merry Christmas

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9) Budapest, Hungary

The Budapest Christmas Market is amongst the best ten Christmas markets in Europe. The spectacular fair takes place every year from the end of November till the end of December in the heart of the city, in Vörösmarty Square. At the fair, folk artisans and craftsmen sell their goods which are handmade in the traditional way from natural and organic materials. The market also has a gastronomic side. Visitors can taste traditional Hungarian foods like kenyérlángos (a flat bread like dough cooked in a cob oven), kürtőskalács (a cone-shaped sweet yeast cake), rétes (strudel), pecsenye (roast meats), and last but not least, the most of typical winter drinks, forralt bor (mulled wine). Various cultural and musical events are connected to the Budapest Christmas Market, and every year there is a Nativity play performance. An advent calendar is placed in the windows of the Gerbeaud Patisserie in Vörösmarty Square.

Boldog Karácsonyt

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10) New York, USA

The holiday shopping season officially begins with the opening of the popular Union Square Holiday Market, operated by Urban Space Management, open annually between Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve.  Be sure to stop by for a variety of unique items that would make perfect holiday gifts such as hand crafted jewelry, fine art, clothes, handmade ornaments and toys for kids of all ages. With over 100 merchants bringing in some of the most unique gifts ever, this is the place do your holiday shopping, or just enjoy browsing!

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