You’ll probably have noticed by now but we’re always harping on about whizzing off for a few sunny days, always on the hunt for somewhere to catch a few sun rays. But what about sledging over to the cooler countries for a slice of the festive action? Well jump on board Santa’s sleigh because rounded up the very best of the Christmas markets across the globe. Oh, and don’t for get wear your thermals…
O Christmas tree, o Christmas tree…
We’re rock, rock, rocking around the Christmas trees over in Prague this Christmas and soaking up all of the wintry festivities at their ma-hooosive Christmas market. For me, Prague is a really magical city at Christmas, decked out with brightly decorated wooden huts stocked with hundreds of handcrafted trinkets, Christmassy treats and mulled wine to warm your cockles.
This year, the marvellous market can be found at the Old Town Square and Wenceslas Square, with a few smaller markets sledging their way around the castle and Republic Square. If you go for any other reason alone, go for the sugar-coated ‘trdelnik’. They’re like spit cakes, made of rolled dough that’ve been grilled, scattered with sugar and walnut mix, and stuffed with Nutella, cream and deliciousness!
Running 30th November 2019 – 6th January 2020
Head over to Vienna this Christmas and watch Nat King Cole’s Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire come to life… When you think of Austria, you think of snowy peaked mountains and cosy wine taverns so why not discover Vienna’s charm for yourself this winter and uncover the multiple Christmas markets.
Explore the city’s significant sites, mulled brew in tow, as you walk from market to market watching the festivities come to life in the multi-language choir sessions. Every stall is delicately decorated with twinkling lights and snow-topped roofs, and make for the perfect wintry ‘gram shot too as you’re decked out in cosy clad thermals.
The seasonal markets kick off from 14th November
Jingle bells, jingle bells. Jingle all the way over to Toronto for a Christmas market experience like no other. Toronto Christmas Market encompasses all of the charms of traditional European markets with a few Canadian quirks thrown in for good measure. So you’ll be glad to know German potato pancakes slathered in apple sauce and sour cream will be making a sneaky appearance…
Grab your thermals, bobble hat and touch-screen gloves because you’re gonna want to snap up the twinkling lights and Christmas cheer on your Insta stories.
Get Christmassy from 15th November until 22nd December
Yule never believe the Christmas glow up Tivoli Gardens receives every year… Locked in the heart of Copenhagen, Tivoli Gardens glistens through the winter months thanks to thousands of glittery lights twinkling throughout the night and the illuminated parades as the Tivoli Youth Guard’s march by. Why not sample the local delicacies and enjoy a cosy dinner with family and friends in one of the local restaurants.
Running 16th November – 5th January
Of course, it wouldn’t be a world Christmas market guide without including one from the motherland of Christmas markets: Germany! More specifically, we’re in awe of Gendarmenmarkt in Berlin, famous for its stands with glassblowers, wintry delicacies and origami art during the seasonal festivities. We’ve no doubt yule be blown away by the flocks of fairy lights paving the streets.
Flock to Gendarmenmarkt for Christmas from 25th November until 31st December
For a quaint little fairytale experience, sledge over to Estonia for the Tallinn Christmas market. The market is on the smaller side but it’s brimming with traditional trinkets and delicacies perfect for filling Christmas stockings! Sample the very best of Estonian Christmas cuisine, with everything from black pudding and sour cabbage(…) to gingerbread and festive tipples!
Wanna know what makes this market extra special? The Christmas tree has been set up in Town Hall Square since 1441, making it the first Christmas tree ever to be put on display in Europe! Pretty impressive, eh?
15th November – 7th January
Christmas time, mistletoe and wine… Inspired by the wondrous European markets, the Winter Village in Bryant Park is heart of New York’s seasonal spirit scattered with open-air artisan stalls, classic NYC foodie vendors and one hella ice rink.
Winter Village opens 31st October
One for those wanting to relish in all of the festive spirit right here in London. Hyde Park’s notorious Winter Wonderland is making an epic return so get ready for the big ol’ queues in and around Hyde Park tube station… Swoosh along the ‘A Christmas Carol’ themed ice kingdom, take a ride up to the sky on the world’s tallest transportable observation wheel or just stroll through the German-inspired market stalls devouring fudge, mulled cider and endless choccies.
Snap up the Christmas cheer from 21st November – 5th January 2020
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