It wouldn’t be Christmas without a Christmas market, don’t you find?
Walking down a road filled with people enjoying the cold and the festive atmosphere. Smelling mulled wine and cinnamon while looking at different stands selling gadgets and food.
Christmas markets are not necessary places where to buy Christmas presents, but most people go there to be immersed in the fairy tail-like atmosphere. Those markets located in northern countries are even more magical as they are usually covered in snow!
Anyway, if you have never had the chance to visit a Christmas market then you should take a look at this article and see for yourself how beautiful, magical and wonderful those places are.
CHRISTKINDLESMARKT, NUREMBERG, GERMANY
The market opens the Friday before the first Sunday of advent. It features more than 180 wooden stands selling handcrafted Christmas ornaments, toys, games, and holiday gourmet treats.
CHRISTKINDLESMARIK, STRASBOURG, FRANCE
Christkindlesmarik is France’s oldest and best Christmas market. It is composed by twelve markets that are organized by product. Traditional local food treats—such as bretzels, pain d’épices, and hot spiced wine—cannot be missed!
FIRA DE SANTA LUCIA, BARCELONA, SPAIN
This beautiful Spanish market includes more than 280 stands selling artisanal Christmas wares and decorations. Fire de Santa Lucia is open from November 30 to December 23.
TORONTO CHRISTMAS MARKET, TORONTO, CANADA
This Christmas market is quite popular in Canada as it features wonderful festive lighting, musical performances from carolers and Bavarian brass bands, and numerous stalls where to buy food and Christmas themed gadgets.
CHRISTMAS VILLAGE, PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA
For all those who are in the States and wish to experience the traditional European Christmas atmosphere, the Christmas Village in Philadelphia is modeled after traditional German Christmas markets.
TALLINN CHRISTMAS MARKET, TALLINN, ESTONIA
Located in Town Hall Square, this market is decorated with illuminated snow sculptures and glittering Christmas ornaments. Small wooden chalets sell food, beverages and handcrafted items.
CHRISTKINDLMARKET, CHICAGO, ILLINOIS
This market is a replica of the Nüremberg’s Christkindlesmarkt offering traditional German products and food. It opens on November 26 and closes on December 24.
MERCATO DI NATALE DI BOLZANO, BOLZANO, ITALIA
Mercato di Natale di Bolzano is Italy’s biggest Christmas market. It attracts every year people from all over Europe. The market is open from November 27 until January 6.
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