In many cities around the world you will find one or more christmas market, small or big. One thing is sure, a visit to any christmas market around the world will give you the perfect start of the jolly season and a wonderful christmas feeling.
Christkindlmarkt, Marché de Noël, Christkindlesmarkt, Christkindlmarket, and Weihnachtsmarkt are just some of the names of of the Christmas Market around the world.
Strasbourgh has around a dozen Christmas markets, but the largest is by far Christkindelmärik. Hundreds of artisans sell traditional holiday gifts and handmade items in the area around Strasbourg Cathedral. The market — first held in 1570 — is one of Europe’s oldest, and thanks to its close proximity to Germany and Switzerland, it’s a great place to sample regional dishes and seasonal treats such as spaetzle and grittibaenz, spiced bread shaped like little men.
Christkindlesmarkt in Nuremberg is one of the world’s most famous holiday markets. Dating back to the mid-16th century, this holiday market is also one of the oldest. Held in the center square of Nuremberg’s old town, the Christmas market earned the nickname “Little Town from Wood and Cloth” for its abundance of wooden stalls — nearly 200 in all — decorated in red and white cloth.
About two million people visit annually. Delicacies include fruit loaves, Nuremberg spicy gingerbread, and mugs of mulled wine.
The grounds of the historic Tivoli Gardens amusement park is transformed into a beautiful and the most popular Christmas Market in Copenhagen. A Christmas Village offers souvenirs, artisan goods, and local delicacies like aebleskiver — or Danish pancakes — and glogg, a warm combo of red wine and spices that’s the Scandinavian version of glühwein (mulled wine).
Fira de Santa Llúcia is the largest holiday market in Barcelona that specializes in traditional holiday goods such as Christmas trees, poinsettias, and nativity scenes. You’ll also find artisan items and an entire section devoted to instruments.
This is the place to purchase a caganer, a small squatting figure with its pants around its ankles and a “surprise” in back — the figurines have been a beloved addition to Catalan nativity scenes for centuries.
The Christmas Market in Toronto is a blend of the old and new world. Along with a Ferris wheel, beer, and mulled wine gardens, shoppers choose between dozens of stalls selling everything from woolly hats and alpaca shawls to regional treats like maple syrup.
Schönbrunn Christmas Market in Vienna is a large gathering of more than 70 exhibitors offering all that you would want for Christmas: sausages, crepes, and warm apple desserts,raclette with bread and gröstl, pan-fried potatoes served with various ingredients such as eggs, pork, and onion. Hot chocolate, Austrian wines, and glühwein (mulled wine) are popular crowd-pleasers, as are the collectible mulled-wine mugs.
The Manchester Christmas Market at the Albert Square if a regional favorite among the many Christmas markets in Manchester.Both local and European vendors are on hand with everything from amber jewelry and handcrafted leather bags to bonsai trees and bird houses. Culinary offerings from across the continent include Dutch mini pancakes, Hungarian goulash, German sausages, and French macarons. Hot chocolate and Christmas punch — a potent blend of spirits and fruit juices — are popular market beverages.
At the Christmas Market in Tallinn you can browse among more than 40 wooden huts for one-of-a-kind buckwheat pillows, wooden bowls, felted wool hats, and locally-made honey while sipping from mugs of hot mulled wine. Save room to sample an array of blood sausages, sauerkraut, and marzipan sweets.
The annual Christmas Village in Philadelphia is a market that models itself on Germany’s traditional holiday markets, with more than 50 vendors — including local craftspeople and German vendors — selling items such as nutcrackers, nesting dolls, hand-painted glass ornaments, Indian folk art, handmade hats, pottery, jewelry, and vintage toys. As for treats, expect the delicious filling foods that both Philly and Germany are known for: Nutella-topped waffles, bratwurst, strudels, and an undeniable favorite in both locations — soft pretzels.
Berlin could easily be described as the capital of the Traditional Christmas Market, if judged on quantity alone – it has over fifty across the city every year. The market at Kaiser Wilhelm Gedächtniskirche is the biggest and most popular receiving around 2 million visitors each year who come to peruse the jewellery, decorations and artwork on sale as well to indulge in the more clichéd seasonal pleasures such as chestnuts and mulled wine.
Traditional food, folk dances and live music can be found daily in amongst the cottage-esque market ‘stalls’ of Vörösmarty tér from mid-November. Based at the centre of the Pest district near the start of ‘Fashion Street’, this market regularly has up to 150 stalls, and plenty of local art and culture, including puppet theatres. To add to the authenticity of celebrations, all products sold in the market are guaranteed as traditionally handmade by a professional jury from a variety of organisations.
Prague, Czech Republic
Prague’s Christmas markets takes place in Old Town Square and Wenceslas Square (as in Old King Wenceslas). Here visitors seek unusual food and drink rather than gifts and decoration – in the week leading up to the Vánoce (Christmas) holiday, the streets sport huge tubs of water filled with carp, the traditional Czech Christmas dish – and should definitely make time try the grog and honey liquor – a traditional Czech beverage. Czech carols can be heard round the market and visitors are also treated to the views of the beautiful surrounding architecture and dazzling lighting at night.