Nov 16, 2017
A visit to the Christmas markets is the perfect way to kick off the festive season. Nothing feels more magical than searching for unique gifts, indulging in mouthwatering local food and singing along with carollers while soaking up the surrounding culture and twinkling lights. For your year-end travels, travel site Booking.com shares with us the best Christmas markets around the world.
Christmas City, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA
When: November 17 – December 23, 2017
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 gifts.
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Cologne Christmas markets, Germany
When: November 27 – December 23, 2017
Germany has loads of Christmas markets to choose from. When it comes to sizzling sausages, mulled wine, Gemutlichkeit (winter cheer) and gingerbread, it’s the best place to be. Cologne cathedral is the stunning backdrop to these Christmas markets, giving them a gothic and fairy-tale quality.
Christkindlesmarkt, Nuremberg, Germany
When: December 1-24, 2017
The world’s oldest Christmas Market, dating back to the 16th Century, is definitely one to visit. Be enticed by the aromas of mulled wine, roasted almonds and gingerbread in the air and soak up the atmosphere at this beautiful medieval Christmas city with more than 180 market stands. Take your pick from traditional Christmas ornaments including the local gold-foil angel, “Zwetschgenmännle”, made of prunes.
Vancouver Christmas market, Canada
When: November 22 – December 24, 2017
One of North America’s most authentic Christmas markets, you’ll find colourful decorations, unique gifts, family entertainment, tasty food and an enchanting atmosphere here. It’s a great place to take the kids, with plenty of activities for them, including Vancouver’s only Christmas carousel.