The Best Christmas Markets in the World
If you’re going abroad for Christmas, you could find a gift in a boutique on the narrow roads of Paris or in a shop on the snow covered streets of New York. But for a truly unique Christmas experience, you should buy from a Christmas market. So where are the best Christmas Markets in the world to be found?
Magical time of year
Christmas is a magical time of year. Families gather to celebrate and fest together. But there are always lots of things to organise and Christmas shopping can be a chore as the shops are full and the queues are long. Going to one of the best Christmas markets in the world, could make Christmas shopping fun.
There are four Christmas markets in Cologne. Together they attract two million visitors each year. One of the most impressive markets can be found on the cobbled square of Alter Markt, in the heart of the city. This is a traditional market with long established attractions like a merry-go-round, a Santa’s Grotto and a puppet show.
This is one of France’s oldest and largest Christmas markets. Situated in front of the Cathedral of Our Lady of Strasbourg, it has welcomed visitors for over 400 years. Traditional delicacies like spiced bread and mulled wine can be enjoyed whilst you browse a collection of Christmas gifts including Nativity figurines and Christmas tree decorations.
If you’re spending your Christmas break in Quebec, you should head towards the cobble-stoned streets of Vieux Quebec. The guarantee of cold weather will bring its own Christmas cheer, and traditional delicacies like raisin-studded gingerbread and roast chestnuts will keep visitors nourished whilst they browse the stalls.
If you are not travelling abroad this festive season there’s no need to miss out on some of the best Christmas markets in the world. The Southbank and Hyde Park are home to two of the capital’s best and most traditional markets, and the Christmas market at Greenwich, with a lantern procession and live music, shouldn't be missed.
No matter which you think deserves a place on the best Christmas markets in the world list, you have to agree that shopping at one offers quirky gifts that even the most awkward family member will appreciate. The experience of shopping in a market can make festive shopping an event just as magical as the special day itself.