Dec 16, 2016
A visit to the Christmas markets is the perfect way to kick off the festive season. Nothing feels more magical than searching for unique Christmas gifts, indulging in mouthwatering local food stalls and singing along with carol singers whilst soaking up the surrounding culture and twinkling lights. For your year-end travels, pick from the following best Christmas markets around the world.
Prague Christmas Markets
Until January 3
Prague is a magical destination all year round but come December, it is truly in its element for those seeking history, architecture and culture – as well as a spot of Christmas shopping. Set in the Old Town Square and Wenceslas Square, visitors will be spoilt for choice when it comes to winter wonderland stalls, mouthwatering food and traditional handicrafts.
Where to stay: Residence Agnes. The historical four-star boutique hotel boasts a central location near the beautiful Old Town Square with a good selection of first class restaurants within walking distance.
Christmas City, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, US
Until December 21
For the ultimate Christmas experience, head to Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. These Christmas markets attract over a million people each year who want to browse the adorable festive wooden huts selling delicious food, mulled wine and unique gift ideas.
Where to stay: Historic Hotel Bethlehem. Standing since 1922, this hotel features a unique ballroom decorated with murals showing the history of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.
Tivoli Christmas market, Copenhagen
Until January 3
Home to the concept of ‘Hygge’, the Danish ritual of enjoying life’s simple pleasures, Tivoli Christmas Markets are the perfect place to get in the festive spirit. Immerse yourself amongst the delicious smells of traditional glogg (ScandInavian mulled wine) and aebleskiver (traditional Danish pancakes) and relax in the cosy atmosphere. Visitors can browse over 50 Christmas stalls and enjoy the incredible illuminations that light up Tivoli Lake. Don’t forget to keep an eye out for the reindeer.
Where to stay: Nimb Hotel. Located in Copenhagen’s famous Tivoli Gardens, this impressive Moorish-style building boasts beautiful views of Tivoli Park and cosy rooms with four poster beds, fireplace and free standing bathtub.
WinterFest Christmas markets, Hong Kong
Until January 1
The glittering skyscrapers of Hong Kong make for the perfect backdrop to this magical winter wonderland. There are several markets to choose from – North Statue Square being the largest and if you fancy some fake snow as well as festive shopping and delicious food, try Hong Kong Disneyland – not just for kids.
Where to stay: The Peninsula Hong Kong. This five-star hotel on the edge of Victoria Harbour lets you relax in a roman-style indoor pool in the day and take in the majestic views at the rooftop restaurant by night.