Wafts of toasty gingerbread and spicy mulled wine fill your nose, twinkling fairy lights and rows of Bavarian-style huts dazzle the eyes, and jolly seasonal music tinkles into your ears… there aren’t many winter activities that provide as much of a sensory overload as a stroll through a Christmas market.
Although European Christmas markets have been a tradition for centuries, festive markets have recently become established across the world – and it’s probably because there’s simply no better way to soak up the holiday spirit. After all, you’re somewhere with dark, miserable winters, they’re places to immerse yourself in light and warmth. And in hotter climates, festive markets provide a taste of a classic chocolate-box Christmas.
And there’s so much variety to what you can get at different Christmas markets. Whether you’re looking to pick up handcrafted gifts or a get a quick thrill on a fairground ride; whether you’re hunting for traditional German markts or sprawling modern mini-towns filled with light displays, there’s a Christmas market for you. Below, we’ve picked out the best: 13 of the most dazzling and unforgettable Christmas markets from all over the world.
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