Top Christmas Markets Around the World

Photo: Bath Christmas Market

With their origins in the Late Middle Ages of German-speaking Europe, it is hard to believe that the tradition of Christmas Markets has not only survived to the modern day, but increased in popularity, size and worldwide appeal. Now heralding the Christmas season, this week in The Edit we take a look at some of our favourite Christmas Markets around the world to get your fill of festive cheer.

 

Black Forest, Germany

Photo: Ravennaschlucht Christmas Market

The home of traditional Christmas markets, it’s no surprise that Germany does them best. Although you may be tempted by Berlin, Cologne or Dresden, for something a little different this year head to Ravennaschlucht Christmas Market. Nestled in the Ravenna Gorge of the Black Forest, it is a must-visit for its truly magical location. Under the arches of a monumental 40m-high viaduct lies this picture-perfect market, surrounded by the spectacular scenery of the Black Forest and renowned for local specialities and traditional handicrafts.

 

Bath, United Kingdom

Photo: Bath Christmas Market

Leave London behind on your quest for Christmas cheer. One of England’s most picturesque towns, Bath hosts an award-winning Christmas market. Lining the roads surrounding the imposing Bath Abbey, these charming chalets sell a range of products from jewellery and homewares to food and drink, with an emphasis on local and handcrafted items. Better yet, it’s within easy reach of the capital, making it the perfect spot for a day trip or weekend break.

 

Copenhagen, Denmark

Photo: Tivoli Gardens Christmas Market

The Danish know how to do Christmas right. With multiple iconic Christmas markets in the city centre, where better to soak up the festive atmosphere than magical Copenhagen? If you’re looking for romance, the pretty harbourfront market in Nyhavn may be just the ticket, set against the backdrop of traditional coloured houses and the harbour’s wooden boats. For Christmas lights, rides and entertainment, make your way to Tivoli Gardens, their most famous amusement park, for the Christmas market. Last but no means least, make your way to the market at Kongens Nytorv; this expansive plaza, surrounded by some of the city’s most historic and grandiose buildings, makes for a truly spectacular setting.

 

Chicago, United States

Photo: Christkindlmarket Chicago

Now in its 22nd year, Chicago’s Christkindlmarket is a must-visit for locals and tourists alike. The city’s largest open-air market brings traditions from one of Germany’s oldest markets in Nuremberg to the Daley Plaza. Think authentic German food and drink, trinkets and handicrafts, surrounded by iconic Chicago skyscrapers.

 

Hong Kong

Photo: Winterfest Hong Kong

The aptly-named Winterfest is not so much a market as a Christmas festival, a collaboration of light shows, tours and events throughout December. At the centre of the festivities lies Statue Square, with a sparkling 18-metre Christmas tree, Santa’s lodge and choirs singing Christmas carols. In honour of the season, make sure you don’t miss the new light show, Pulse, which will be lighting up Victoria Harbour from 1 – 28 December only.

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