Throughout the world, special markets open during the holidays that allow for visitors to buy gifts, seasonal foods, and more while enjoying lights and other decorations that are erected to celebrate the season. Many of these markets are quaint, while others are more modernized. Regardless of what you’re looking for in a holiday vacation, you should consider these locations for your next trip due in part to their amazing, one-of-a-kind Christmas markets.
This ancient Alsatian city in France has been called by some travel writers The Capital of Christmas, due largely to its massive Christmas market that comes alive during the holiday season. Such markets have existed in the city since at least 1570, when one was opened in the town square. To this day, that very same square hosts annual markets from November 28th to December 31st, offering a traditional Christmas atmosphere that your family and friends will never forget.
This German city’s Christmas market first opened in 1620 and is one of the most popular throughout Europe, attracting over two million visitors from around the world each year. Traditional German food mixed with old fashioned decor, souvenirs, and shops help to create a vibrant holiday experience, the memory of which you’ll cherish for the rest of your life.
This western city in Germany, bordering the countries of Belgium and the Netherlands, is world famous for its unique Christmas light show that is showcased annually and centered around the market downtown. A mixture of stylish decor, friendly atmosphere, and world class shops have transformed this city into a premier Christmas destination.
Americans don’t have to venture to Europe in order to find an amazing Christmas market. Chicago, inspired by the Nuremberg market, has created its own annual holiday event with bright lights, unique decor, small tent vendors offering both food and gifts for purchase, and much more. Many of the same foods found throughout the markets of Europe are also available in this Midwestern city, including sausages, beers, cakes, cookies, and other seasonal favorites.
This is perhaps the oldest Christmas market to ever exist, having first been established in 1298. Today, the market still offers visitors amazing treats and gifts, while showcasing lights and complex decorations.