Christmas markets are the perfect outing to kick off the festive season and combining with travel makes everything that little bit more magical! Enjoy searching for unique Christmas gifts, indulge in mouth-watering local food stalls and sing along with carol singers whilst soaking up the surrounding culture and twinkling lights.
Prague Christmas Markets, Prague (20 November – 3 January)
Prague is a magical destination all year round but at Christmas it is truly in its element! The perfect destination for those seeking history, architecture and culture – as well as a spot of Christmas shopping. Set in the Old Town Square and Wenceslas Square, visitors will be spoilt for choice when it comes to winter wonderland stalls, mouth-watering food and traditional handicrafts.
Christmas City, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania (21 November – 21 December)
For the ultimate Christmas experience head to Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. These Christmas markets attract over a million people each year who want to browse the adorable festive wooden huts selling delicious food, mulled wine and unique gift ideas.
Tivoli Christmas market, Copenhagen (15 November – 3 January)
Home to the concept of ‘Hygge’ – the Danish ritual of enjoying life’s simple pleasures, Tivoli Christmas Markets are the perfect place to get in the festive spirit. Immerse yourself amongst the delicious smells of traditional glögg and æbleskiver and relax in the cosy atmosphere. Visitors can browse over 50 Christmas stalls and enjoy the incredible illuminations which light up Tivoli Lake. And don’t forget to keep an eye out for the reindeer!
WinterFest Christmas markets, Hong Kong (29 November to 1 January)
The glittering skyscrapers of Hong Kong make for the perfect back drop to this magical winter wonderland. There are several markets to choose from – North Statue Square being the largest and if you fancy some fake snow as well as festive shopping and delicious food, try Hong Kong Disneyland – not just for kids!
Christkindlesmarkt, Nuremberg, Germany (29 November – 24 December)
The world’s oldest Christmas Market, dating back to the 16th Century is definitely one to visit. Be prepared to be enticed by the smells of mulled wine, roasted almonds and gingerbread in the air and soak up the atmosphere at this beautiful medieval Christmas city with more than 180 market stands. Take your pick from traditional Christmas ornaments including the local gold-foil angel, “Zwetschgenmännle” made of prunes.
Christmas Market, Bath UK (24 November – 11 December)
The UK’s biggest Christmas markets are set in the beautiful historical city of Bath, boasting over 150 festive huts selling locally made food and handmade gifts. Visitors are in for a truly festive experience as these award winning markets transform the city centre into a magical Christmas shopper’s paradise.
Vancouver Christmas market, Vancouver, Canada (24 November – 11 December)
One of North America’s most authentic Christmas markets, you’ll find colourful décor, unique gifts, family entertainment, tasty food and an enchanting atmosphere. It’s a great place to take the kids with plenty of activities and Vancouver’s only Christmas carousel.
Cologne Christmas markets, Cologne, Germany (23 November to 23 December)
Germany has so many Christmas markets to choose from – for when it comes to sizzling sausages, mulled wine, Gemütlichkeit (winter cheer) and gingerbread, they are the best places to be. Cologne cathedral is the stunning backstop to these Christmas markets giving them a gothic and fairy-tale quality.