Nothing will get you into the holiday spirit more than Christmas markets. From hot chocolates to Christmas artisan gifts to street food, here are 4 of the best Christmas markets around the world that you mustn’t miss.
1. Weihnachtszauber Gendarmenmarkt, Berlin (Germany)
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We all know the Germans take their beers very seriously. Nothing beats hopping from vendor to vendor sipping on brewed beer and mulled wine at this world-famous German Christmas market. You can find some of the most delicious traditional sausages here.
The best part about the Weihnachtszauber Gendarmenmarkt? You get to try free samples!
Don’t forget to also get some Christmas handmade gifts along the way for your family or loved ones.
Admission fee is SUPER CHEAP at only € 1 and it covers on-stage performances and charity. On top of that, children below the age of 12 gets FREE admission too!
Do keep in mind that no luggages are allowed in the Christmas market. So, don’t forget to keep your luggages back at the hotel if you are to visit this Christmas market.
2. Grand Christmas Market, Montreal (Canada)
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At the Montreal Grand Christmas Market, aside from the good food and drinks, you can find 60 wooden houses, fun adventure trails for kids, some Santa cabins and sleighs, or gift vendors. There will also be Market Elves strolling along the market street! You can ask him questions, take a picture or tease him a bit!
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Christmas is not the same without some good ol’ roasted chicken or turkey. You can get some of the best roasted turkey or chicken, desserts, and pizza at this market at downtown Montreal.
Be sure to drop by at downtown Montreal if you’re in town during Christmas. Entrance is FREE!
3. Christkindlesmarkt, Strasbourg (France)
Strasbourg’s Christkindlesmarkt is one of Europe’s oldest Christmas markets, dating back to 1570, thanks to its sheer scale.
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Despite changes over the years, Christkindlesmarkt offers Christmas decorations, gifts, arts or crafts. You get to also sip on local Alsatian wine while strolling the market and enjoy some local culinary specialities.
Be sure to visit Place Kleber too! It is home to the Great Christmas Tree, which rivals with the one in New York City’s Rockefeller Center.
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Don’t forget to get yourself some Christmas gingerbreads and cakes too.
The entrance to this Christmas market is FREE.
4. Viennese Christmas Market, Vienna (Austria)
The Viennese Christmas Market in front of the City Hall is an unforgettable highlight during this festive season. This Austria capital city has been hosting a Christmas Market since 1298.
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You can also listen to international choirs singing Christmas carols. At this market, you can find more than 100 craft stalls, sometimes special events, a giant ice skating rink, and reindeer rides.
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There is an area for children to learn how to make Christmas candles or cookies too inside the City Hall on the ground floor. The Viennese Christmas Market is usually available from the 17th of November to the 26th of December.
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