Think Christmas and what comes to your mind – Food, festivities, parties, parades and yes Santa Claus. You can witness all this and much more in some of the top Christmas markets all around the world. Wondering where to go? Here is where you should be heading:
Prague, Czech Republic
This market has a bit of everything for everyone. Held around the Old Town Square, King Wenceslas Square, and the Republic Square, it has a colorful vibe with quirky stalls and visitors all over Europe breathing in the Christmas aura and the tuneful carols playing in the background. There’s plenty of vibrant items in the stall. Right from hand-made memorabilia to hand-crafted wooden toys, fabrics and scented candles. Foodies can enjoy the plethora of meals available here. Right from luscious sugar-coated pastries to roasted ham and barbecued pork. The celebrations and alcohol are in full flow as you can grab the exotic Czech beer or even a glass of svařenévíno (mulled wine). Cheers!
Tivoli Gardens, Copenhagen, Denmark
Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen is right up there when it comes to the top Christmas markets in the world. The foreground of the vivid stalls, huts along with the background of the snow offers spectacular contrast of color and vibe to the place The Tivoli Lake which is lit up every evening gives this place a land straight out of a fantasy tale. There are over 50 stalls every evening with the smell of fresh almonds, pancakes, and caramel, which complement the amazing decorations and lights. That’s not all, Copenhagen even boasts of a traditional German Christmas Market along the city’s vivid Nyhavn waterfront. Don’t forget the Hans Christian Andersen-themed market.
The Chicago Christmas should be a must-see on your bucket list. After all, there’s so much to do out here at the Daley Plaza, which is also the largest German market in the United States. Explore fine handmade nativity scenes from Bethlehem, cloaks from Ecuador, and cuckoo clocks too. Speaking of German, gorge on the Bavarian winter staples, like potato pancakes, goulash, and mugs of warming gluhwein.
Hungry to discover Christmas delights then Hungary is the place for you. Come to downtown Budapest to experience some of the best food like the relishing smell of the fresh bread baking in the clay ovens all around the street or traditional pastry makers preparing their luscious dough masterpieces with goulash that is slurped in seconds by the people in the crowd. It’s not just food, if you come to the main square of the city, you will come to the Budapest Advent Calendar, where artists around Europe come and show their talent skills every day before Christmas.
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