If you’re feeling a little uninspired by the likes of a sweaty Christmas in Australia, then you’ll want to read this. We’ve compiled this list of the best Christmas markets from across the globe and TBH, if this doesn’t get rid of your inner Grinch, then nothing will. That’s right, we’re talking legit winter wonderland porn filled with snow, lights and carols.
From Europe to America, and even Asia, we’re welcoming in the silly season with some truly envious Christmas getaways.
Bath Christmas Market
Get ready to bathe in all the glory that is the Bath Christmas Markets. This one features oh-so Christmassy twinkling chalets spread throughout the Georgian streets of Bath. They’ve packed the place with handmade and local Christmas gift ideas so good even the Grinch couldn’t resist. Set against the historic town of Abbey, the stalls are found in superrrr cute wooden huts selling the best the UK has to offer (besides Love Actually and Hugh Grant—duh).
This one’s an old classic—we’re talking Jingle Bells and It’s a Wonderful Life kind of classic. The Nuremberg Christkindlesmarkt is one of the most famous (and oldest) Christmas markets in the world and when you think of Christmas—you’re definitely picturing this.
Harbour Christmas Market
Christmas is a time for family, so we reckon it’s about damn time Princess Mary flew us over to her palace in Denmark for the festive season—it’s just what family does, okay. The Harbour Christmas Market in Cologne is set against the picturesque Rhine River that brings a little seaside saltiness to the silly season. Famous for their cute AF gingerbread house-style huts, this market stocks up on all the goods—picture decorations, nutcrackers and even (that’s right) fish. Now all we need is that invite from Mary…
Old Town Square & Wenceslas Square
Prague is so Christmas crazy they needed two markets. And FYI, they’re both next lev. They’re only a few minutes’ walk from one another so you can easily tick them off in an afternoon and you’ll want to—there’s pilsner galore and traditional food happening errryday.
Winterfest Christmas Markets
Fair warning; this one is ridiculously cool. In Hong Kong, bigger is always better—and these markets are no exception. Literally set on an island, expect panoramic views over the city and twinkling lights errrywhere. On Lantau Island, you can pick up almost anything from the multitude of stalls, or even venture to the Hong Kong Disneyland market for every kid’s dream come true (fake snow included).
This one is world famous for a reason guys and that reason has a lot to do with the fact that it breaks records year on year. It’s Germany’s oldest market and that means you’ll be in for all the traditional treats—even a giant stolen. The Dresden Striezelmarkt attracts millions of visitors every year and we wish we were there RN.
Viennese Christmas Market
You could call the Vienna Christmas Market the O.G. Seriously, guys, this one has been around since before time, and by that we mean 1298. Yep, we’ll just let that sink in for a second. It’s safe to say these guys have the whole Christmas market thing down and once you’re done diving into the boozy punch and scoffing a traditional Austrian sausage, take a spin on the huge ice rink.
Hyde Park Winter Wonderland
Assuming you’re an Aussie, you’re probably bypassing London on your way to, well, any other place in Europe. Cue Hyde Park Winter Wonderland. This is where you’ll find the UK’s biggest ice rink, a circus and allllll of the foodie stalls.
Fira De Santa Llúcia
If you’re tired of all the mulled wine, Christmas sausage and PG+13 Christmas markets then the Spaniards really deliver. The Fira de Santa Llúcia shows the flair and fire of Spain in, how do we say, interesting ways. Ask the locals where you can find their world famous creations known as the caganer and they’ll kindly escort you to a range of squatting figures with their pants around their ankles and a ‘surprise’ at the back—Merry Christmas Mum, we hope you like it! Seriously though this place puts the cool in Christmas with delish Spanish dishes all ‘round and an entire section dedicated to instruments.
Red Square Christmas Market
One of Russia’s best, you’ll want to head to this market if you love anything covered in fairy lights (we’re talking about entire heritage buildings), mulled wine and taking a cheeky spin on a carousel. Enough said.
Christkindel-whaaat? Yeah, we’re not too sure how to pronounce this one either but the Christkindelsmärik market sure looks like a good one. As one of the biggest Christmas markets in France, we’re loving the Frenchy vibes. With the city so close to Germany and Switzerland, cultures clash in all the yummiest ways. Chow down on spiced bread-shaped little men (grittibaenz), fish quenelles (oval shaped dumplings) and the best for last—wine. The local kind.
Toronto Christmas Market
Alright, so Europe is cool and all but have you been to Canada? Well, lucky for you, our favourite maple loving nation hosts a doozy market every single year. In Toronto’s Distillery District (sounds promising already) you can find loads of wooden stalls set against cobblestoned streets that’ll make it a bit tricky (read: downright impossible) to navigate your way back to your hotel after a few drinks. There’s even a life-sized gingerbread house and Canada’s favourite Christmas calorie contributor—poutine. BTW, when you’re enjoying all the fun, don’t forget to snap the picturesque snow falling (make a snowman in our honour of us too).
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Image credit: Dresden Striezelmarkt | WikiCommons, Red Square Christmas Market | Daniil Silantev, Vienna Market | Alisa Anton