12 Best Christmas Markets Around the World to Visit This Year

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From mid-November to the new year celebrations, winters are a celebration time for so many things going around. With Christmas being the main festive day. Different parts of the world light up differently with beautiful enchants and ways of celebration. It’s a special time for food, drinks, and parties with your loved ones. 

From winter activities to special shops to stop by, different parts of the world have special winter markets that show you another beautiful undiscovered way of welcome Christmas and enjoying winters. You’ll for sure love these markets and their very own specialties that they offer the visitors.

Here’s a list of top 12 Best Winter markets around the world that are gorgeous and mesmerizing.

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Best Christmas Markets

If you also want to know about the beautiful Christmas markets, here is the list of Best Christmas Markets Around the World:

1. Birmingham, UK

Birmingham, UK Best Christmas Markets
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The  Birmingham Frankfurt Christmas Market in the UK is an amazing spot to visit during the Christmas holiday season. The place has some amazing pretzels and gluhwein along with other treats to enjoy the fest. The market is extremely beautiful and vibrant to enjoy the winter lights and of course some warm delicious hot chocolates.  The market opens on 7th November and lasts up to around 23rd December.

2. Stockholm, Sweden

Stockholm, Sweden
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Sweden has its charm and gusto when it comes to Christmas markets. From special candies to illuminating candle pops, the place is designed and decorated all in fascination. The market is mainly at Rosendal and a pop-up market in front of Drottningholm Castle which is botanical themed and beautiful. Among all the Christmas markets, the most famous and mesmerizing ones are the traditional markets at Stortorget Square in the old town. The place offers various handcrafted kinds of stuff, artistic portraits and of course a large variety of food treats. Smoked sausages, Swedish sweets, and some warm mulled wine is a hit here. The market begins on 23 November and lasts up to 23 December.

3. Toronto, Canada

Toronto, Canada

Toronto’s annual Christmas market is one of the biggest and grandest celebrations in North America. It is held at the historic Distillery District that lights up during Christmas with a modern twist of europian charm and Canadian twists. The markets see feast on poutine, folk dances from Slovenia and Ukraine and much more. There are also some real-life big gingerbread houses kids can play and enjoy the festive vibes.

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4. Prague, Czech Republic

Prague, Czech Republic

Prague’s famous Wenceslas Square is no less than a festive treat to enjoy for you. Apart from being one of the most beautiful cities, the place is also one of the happiest spots to live by. Markets here are very fun to explore and try out some delicious treats of trinkets and warm drinks with holiday decorations all around the space. For all the food lovers, don’t forget to check out the amazing food served here right from the oven, warm and fresh. The grill and cakes and pastries, like trdelník, are not to miss from the list. The markets last from 30 November 2019 to 6 January.

5. Tallinn, Estonia

Tallinn, Estonia

Estonia’s market lights up with some warm festive vibes and happy surroundings during the Christmas. It’s no less than a fairytale to be here and enjoy the vintage holiday vibes at the town square where you can see a line of amazing 15th-century vintage buildings beautifully designed and build. There are underground candlelight bars to enjoy some warm wines and hot chocolates during winters. The markets boost with several huts where you can find some traditional Estonian cuisine and handmade gifts.  The main highlight of this place is the Christmas tree, which has been set up in the Town Hall Square since 1441. It was one of the first to be displayed in Europe and has some traditional importance ever since then. The market starts on 15 November and lasts up to 7 January.

Read more, Best places to celebrate Christmas in Europe

6. Krakow, Poland

Krakow delivers one of the best and beautiful Christmas markets in Poland. The greatest market of the city is held at the main square, Rynek Glowny. The place sees heavy dust and fall of white snow and it looks mesmerizing to stop by. The place is one of the magical spots in Western Europe to celebrate holiday vibes. Apart from the snow magic, Krakow market shops are well known for its local specialties, spiced nuts, and warm boiled candies. Besides, you can also find some amazing antiques and decorative stuff to light up your interiors this winter. The Krakow market starts from November 29 and lasts up to January 9.

7. Chicago, USA

Chicago, USA Best Christmas Markets
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Chicago’s Christmas markets are more influenced and inspired by the early 16th-century German style of Christmas celebrations. Many german sellers travel across the place to sell their goods here and meet new people. The place is lit with beautiful fairy lights and warm food stalls which is one of the best to enjoy here.  You can find some of the most classic picks of the german market here in Chicago with a new twist and fusion of designs. Wooden toys, beautiful glass steins, cuckoo clocks, wooden huts with candy stripes and twinkling lights are some of the best things to enjoy and pick here. There are also several games to enjoy try your luck here.

8. Budapest, Hungary

Budapest, Hungary Best Christmas Markets

Every year, Vörösmarty Square in the center of the city celebrates the Budapest Christmas Fair and Winter Festival. The place is no less than food heaven for all the foodies around. From fresh bread, traditional pastries to glazed delights, everything here is extremely scrumptious and delicious to try.

There are more than 100 plus displays on food stalls and Christmas themed gifts. You can buy indoor Christmas decorations materials as well as outdoor Christmas decorations materials from this market. The markets also have some entertainment for visitors such as light shows, folk dance, etc. The market opens up on December 1 and lasts up to the end of December.

9. Tivoli, Copenhagen

Tivoli, Copenhagen Best Christmas Markets
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Tivoli is a year-round destination and is stunning to visit and stop during any time of the year. But December has its charm with Christmas decors and winter vibes lighting to every corner of the city. There are more than 100 Christmas trees and fairy lights in the Copenhagen garden. They’re also an ice rink where you can skate and enjoy. As usual, you’ll find plenty of nibbles and food treats to enjoy here. There’s also a special firework on 25 and 26 of December in celebration of Christmas eve.  The market opens on November 15 and lasts up to January 5.

10. Vienna, Austria

Vienna, Austria
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Vienna in Austria has a unique yet beautiful festive spirit that is recognized all over the world. The boozy vibrant markets of Vienna have more than 20 events and 151 stalls during its winter markets. You’ll find here little small huts selling hot punch and roasted chestnuts which are perfect to enjoy the markets around being warm and comfortable.

Watch out the place for some amazing decorated trees on every corner and yes, don’t forget to pick up some customized glittery happy Christmas and holiday cards from here. You can also buy a Nativity set from the market. The Christmas markets in Vienna are cute, romantic and warm to enjoy the holiday vibes with your loved ones.  It usually lasts up to 16 November to 24 December.

11. Riga, Latvia

Riga, Latvia

From the old aged traditional practice to modern-day celebrations, Riga in Latvia has been following their style of decorating a fir tree with flowers to commemorate the birth of Jesus Christ.  The festive market is held at the Dome Square in the old town and it is amazing to enjoy Christmas here. The market is quite well known for its handcrafted items that portrait the rustic charm and magic of Latvia.  woven baskets, painted silk, hand made pieces and much more, there’s a lot to choose and pick from this festive special market. While you enjoy the cozy winter, you can stop at the mini stalls to enjoy some gingerbread, green tea, and healthy roasted nuts. The market remains open for almost a month, from 1 December 2019 to 6 January.

12. Piazza Santa Croce, Florence

Combining to the culture and display of German and Italian traditions, Piazza Santa Croce is a hidden gem spot to stop by in Florence. The special Christmas decorations German pretzels along with some authentic snacks such as panettone, pandoro, and panpepato are lovely treats for everyone. You can also shop here some festive gift goodies for your loved ones or pick one for yourself. The market opens up at the end of November and lasts the whole month of December.

Read More, List of Best Christmas market in Europe

Nowadays, many of us try to buy artificial Christmas trees and Christmas tree ornaments online to save time. But visiting these markets during Christmas is fun.

Christmas is celebrated as a religious and cultural celebration among billions of people around the world. During the festival, you spend a lot of time in the Christmas markets. Here we have listed the best Christmas markets around the world. We hope you will like the article.

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