Happy holidays! Along with the Christmas season’s good cheer and festivities come traditional Christmas Markets throughout the world that celebrate the essence of the holidays and display the host country’s culture.
We collected the 5 Top Christmas Markets in the World for 2016 like we’d collect Christmas tree baubles or other present knicknacks from the market stalls to give you an idea of how other countries make Christmas work.
The best Christmas markets in the world. Set against the architectural backdrop of Deutscher Dom and Französischer Dom, the Gendarmenmarkt’s wooden huts sell sausages, mulled wine, and other quirky products.
Strasbourg, coined the “Christmas Capital,” first held one of the oldest Christmas markets in Europe in 1570, called Christkindlemarik or “market of the Infant Jesus.” Each year, Strasbourg’s Christkindlemarik hosts a guest country village. In 2016, France will welcome Portugal as a guest country, introducing pastéis de nata or custard tarts and bottles of port to the stalls. This year, 300 stalls grace the site, offering many presents, decorations, and Alsatian wine.
3. Grand Christmas Market Grand Marché de Noel
This time, held from December 2 until December 24, 2016, the Grand Marché de Noel Grand Christmas Market is open in Montreal’s thoroughfare Ste Catherine Street. Despite closing on Christmas Eve, the market will reopen for the New Year with local DJs providing entertainment down to midnight.
Montreal transforms into a Christmas winter wonderland with karaoke igloos, a Santa’s Elves workshop for children, Santa’s house, and other season-friendly activities like cookie-making, Christmas stories, and being pulled by Santa’s polar bears on a sleigh.
4. Frankfurt Christmas Market
In 2016, Birmingham’s traditional Frankfurt Christmas Market will last through Christmas towards the end of the year for the first time in its history – from Thursday, November 17, to Thursday, December 29 – excluding Christmas Day itself. In 2015, they wrapped up on December 22 so traders could prepare for Christmas. The United Kingdom’s major Christmas attraction is the largest in Birmingham and outside Germany and Austria, first held in 1997.
The Frankfurt Christmas Market’s the only German market in the country featuring a Victorian carousel, with a Craft Market now held in Centenary Square.
5. Viennese Christmas Market
Vienna’s Viennese Christmas Market, on the square at the front of the City Hall, is a wonder-filled place to shop, eat, learn, and explore. 151 stalls are set up selling boozed punch and Austrian sausages; an ice rink and reindeer rides can work off your full stomach, areas are dedicated for children to make crafts and Christmas cookies. This 2016, the Viennese Christmas Market is to be held until December 23.
Christmas is the perfect time to go shopping and binge-eat, though that isn’t what it’s about. Christmas Markets managed to tap into people’s needs and pleasures during this season and offer the best of their country.
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