Every year, the Christmas markets make people dream of more than one with their decorations, their lights and their atmosphere. Every city does its utmost to dazzle tourists and leave them with memorable memories. Want to discover the magic of Christmas in another city? In this article you will find the top 5 most beautiful Christmas markets around the world.
The “Christkindelmärik” of Strasbourg in Alsace.
Strasbourg is described as the Christmas capital of Europe thanks to the age of this Christmas market but also thanks to its size which takes place every year within the city. Famous thanks to its large and unique Christmas tree located on Place Kléber, 30 meters high and 9 tons, the Christkindelmärik of Strasbourg, also known as the “Marché de l’Enfant Jésus” (Jesus child market), is one of the most beautiful Christmas markets in the world. It opens its doors from November 24th to December 30th. An ice rink and over 300 chalets offer you all kinds of Alsatian products and specialties such as mulled wine, bretzels or bredele cakes to make you appreciate the magic of Alsatian Christmas.
The Bank of America Winter Village in Bryant Park, New York.
Located right next to Bryant Park, the Bank of America Winter Village is home to more than 150 stalls where you can find crafts by artisans and sellers from all over the world, as well as local specialties such as donuts from Doughnuttery, pickles Me Pete or even the fries of Home Frite.
In addition, many events including the “Ugly Sweater Party” and “Santa’s Corner” are scheduled throughout the Christmas market at Bryant Park from October 27 to January 2. When the Christmas season arrives, Bryant Park is transformed into a gigantic free ice rink to satisfy the youngest and the greatest.
Even if this Christmas market is still extremely touristy, you quickly forget about it and you are soon captivated by the magic of New York Christmas.
The market of the “Rathausplatz” in Vienna, Austria.
Adorned with lights and 150 chalets in total, the Town Hall Square is transformed into a Christmas market, more commonly known as the “Wiener Weihnachtstraum”. From November 17 to December 26, this Viennese market offers many activities that will appeal to young and old alike. Handcrafted pieces as well as culinary specialties will dazzle your eyes and your taste buds. Being one of the oldest Christmas markets of all Europe too, it offers two large ice rinks, a former Carrousel but also a mailbox for Christmas cards.
It’s up to you to lose yourself in the magic of Christmas at the Rathausplatz and the small streets and come back with lots of memories.
The Brussels Christmas Market in Belgium.
For the Christmas period, Brussels, capital of Belgium, puts aside its succulent fries to make room for its magnificent Christmas market.
Equipped with an ice rink, a Ferris wheel, parades, bright animations and more than 200 chalets, the Brussels Christmas market, also called the “Winter Pleasures”, takes place on the Grande-Place from Brussels to various places in the city such as Place de la Bourse, Place de la Monnaie with its ice rink, Place Sainte-Catherine and finally Place du Marché aux Poissons from 30 November to 6 January.
Decorated with a 21-meter tall fir tree, life-size crib and lights on the buildings, the Grand Place is the starting point to begin your journey in the magic of Christmas.
The cottages are handcrafted, alternative and to the tastes of all. In addition, many local culinary specialties are at the rendezvous.
The “Festa de Santa Llùcia” in Barcelona, Spain.
Every year, from November 30 to December 23, the oldest Christmas market in Barcelona recreates the magic of Christmas on Plaza Nova in front of the Gothic Cathedral. The 300 stands of the “Festa de Santa Llùcia” offer a variety of products suitable for all ages but also multiple events including the day of the “Fira Santa Llùcia” which is entirely dedicated to the customs and traditions of Spanish Christmas. The stands are divided between those selling Christmas-related items and those offering all types of traditional Barcelona gifts.
In addition, a traditional giant decorated log, the Tio Gegant, but also many shows, parades and decorations allow the “Festa de Santa Llùcia” to be part of the most beautiful Christmas markets in the world.
Do not hesitate to tell us if you have already been to one of these Christmas markets, to tell us what is your favorite!
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