(The Sunday Review) — A festive market is the best way to bring out the holiday spirit Christmas People are full of spirit.
It’s hard to find a desirable destination without an annual advent market, from Germany to Switzerland to New York.
Some have even become popular enough to be tourist attractions.
In the last few years, there have been many well-known holiday traditions markets Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, many people had to cancel or reduce their celebrations. However, the overwhelming majority are For 2022.
Here’s a list of some of our top picks Christmas markets Around the world in this year.
Wiener Christkindlmarkt, Austria
Viennese Dream Christmas Market is one the city’s oldest, most traditional markets events.
Vienna’s magical spectacle, which includes reindeer rides, giant Ferris wheels, and a classic Nativity scene, captures the festive spirit in a wonderful way.
Although there is are around 20 Christmas markets Wiener Christkindlmarkt in Vienna, Austria is one of the most historic and traditional markets in the capital. events.
Officials say the Viennese Dream event is also known. Christmas Market will be more family friendly, with larger areas devoted to children, and an ice rink for children measuring 150 meters in size. The sustainability theme will also be strong.
The Tree of Hearts is a famous maple tree with hundreds of glittering hearts. It’s a favorite among visitors and makes for a great photo opportunity.
There are are Over 150 stalls also offer delicious treats like gingerbread cookies and Austrian sausages. Christmas punch.
Basel Christmas Market, Switzerland
Basel Christmas There are nearly 200 wooden stalls that sell at the market Christmas Spices, decorations, and candles
It is difficult to find a destination with such a reputation. Christmas Switzerland is better than Switzerland
Most Swiss towns are Festive is almost completely over markets It is a magical time of the year. Basel Christmas Market is the largest and perhaps the most valuable market in the world.
It is divided into two sections at Barfusserplatz or Munsterplatz. It is made up of almost 200 beautifully decorated stalls that sell Christmas Spices, decorations, and candles
Family attractions include the Christmas Munsterplatz has a fairytale forest, complete with candle decorating and gingerbread making, and even a star workshop. There is also a train that goes around the city.
Strasbourg Christmas France, Market
Strasbourg dates back as far as 1570. Christmas Each year, Market lights up this French capital.
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Spread over more than 10 locations, including a section of the UNESCO world heritage site of Grande Île, the hugely popular market lights up the city with thousands of twinkling Christmas Lights and festive ornaments
Pre-Covid saw an estimated two million people attend the market each year. It featured hundreds of wooden chalets stalls selling everything from gifts and decorations to Alsatian wine.
Place Klebe is most famous for its Greatness. Christmas Tree displayed.
Visitors can still find many amazing sights when they stroll through the narrow alleyways and beautiful squares of the city.
Brussels Winter Wonders, Belgium
The Brussels Winter Wonders is one the largest. events in Belgium.
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Brussels truly comes to life Christmas Winter Wonders is more like a festival than it is a market.
The annual extravaganza that spans the Bourse Place de la Monnaie Place Sainte Catherine Place Sainte Catherine Place Sainte Catherine Place Sainte Catherine Marche aux Poissons is one of Belgium’s largest and most popular events. events.
Fairground rides, ice skating, light and sound shows are among the activities to enjoy, while visitors can also browse through 200 or so chalets serving glühwein, Belgian beers and waffles and stare in wonder at the enormous Christmas Grand Place tree
Old Town Square and Wenceslas Square Christmas markets, Prague, Czech Republic
Prague is home to many holiday celebrations marketsHowever, the main events are You can find them in Old Town Square, Wenceslas Square.
Prague is the ultimate in sexiness Christmas It is an understatement.
Prague is the Czech Republic’s capital and it’s a true winter wonderland in the festive season.
There are many to choose from, markets The main attractions are located throughout the city. are You can find them in Old Town Square or Wenceslas Square.
These are some of my favorite spots! are They are both only a few minutes away from each other, so it is possible to visit them both in one day.
Old Town Square offers endless entertainment through live performances, dance performances, and creative workshops. Wenceslas Square is great place to shop for handmade gifts, local treats, and Czech sausages like klobasa and mulled wines.
The markets The program will run from November 26th to January 6th, 2023.
Fira de Santa Llucia, Barcelona
Fira de Santa Llucia takes place in Barcelona every year.
Fira de Santa Llucia began in 1786 as an event to celebrate Santa Llucia’s feast day. Now it is a three week fair.
The bustling market is located right in front of the Cathedral of Barcelona. It can be divided into four sections.
First, there is the nativity and figurines section. Here visitors can find nativity-themed decorations and figurines. There are many types of plants and greenery, including artificial and natural trees.
The crafts section contains handmade jewelry and handcrafted products. Simbombes, on the other hand, is for musical instruments.
There are are You can also enjoy many festive activities such as storytelling. Christmas parade and the caga tieo, a massive pinata-style Christmas Log that spills candy and presents when it is beaten with a stick.
I Mercati Natale, Piazza Santa Croce, Florence
Piazza Santa Croce offers a spectacular setting for the holiday market that is brought annually from Germany.
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This market is full of wonderful sights, but none can compare to the stunning backdrop provided by Santa Croce’s Franciscan Basilica.
The traditional fair is carried from Heidelberg, Germany to Florence every other year. It’s still very Italian because of the stunning scenery and the variety of Italian treats like panforte.
But there are many varieties of gingerbread, strudel, and traditional Heidelberg Lebkuchen cookies.
People who walk to the Piazza del Duomo nearby will be treated to a spectacular nativity scene as well as an impressive Christmas For the Feast of The Immaculate Conception, the tree will be lit up on December 8,
Advent in Zagreb, Croatia
At the moment, activity is booming in Croatia’s capital ChristmasAdvent in Zagreb, however, is its standout event.
It is easy to see how Zagreb was chosen as the best. “best Christmas market destination” Online poll by European Best Destinations for three years in a row
The capital of Croatia really gets to town during Advent. Live nativity scenes with ice sculpture carvings, outdoor gigs and pop-up bars are just a few of the many things you can expect. Christmas Santa and his elves complete the tram
Advent in Zagreb has a dedicated area. “fooling around” (or “fuliranje”) where you’ll find delighted revelers dancing in the street while eating street food and listening to live entertainment. .
Christmas in Tivoli, Copenhagen, Denmark
Even more appealing is this Danish amusement park/pleasure garden. Christmas time.
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The Danish amusement park and pleasure gardens are rumored to be Disneyland’s inspiration.
However, you won’t find any other place as charming as Tivoli Garden during the holiday season.
Over 1,000 beautiful decorations Christmas The beautiful grounds are adorned with trees, and there’s even a fairground ride. There’s also a traditional Pixie Band to entertain you. It’s a unique winter experience.
Red will be the theme of this year’s event. Christmas Heart showcasing projected images Christmas Stories, while hugely entertaining, are not for everyone. Christmas A tree will be erected at the Tivoli lake.
The annual Lucia procession, which sees more than 100 girls march through the gardens with candles and singing to celebrate St. Lucia’s Day on December 13, is a highlight. Also, the firework displays that occur between December 25-26, as well as New Year’s Eve, are highlights.
Tallinn Christmas Market, Estonia
Tallinn Christmas Market is Estonia’s central winter event.
Estonia’s annual celebration is one of the most modern European events. Christmas markets.
This stall is located inside Tallinn’s Town Hall Square. It features traditional Estonian cuisine, handicrafts, and bread.
Entertainment: are Carousels, winter grottos and Santa who rolls up in a sleigh full of reindeer.
This year, Christmas A double-decker bus will transport participants to the old city, where there are at least 250. Christmas Trees, as well various light installations are Displayed.
Visitors are You can also enjoy regular performances by the choirs or dance troupes.
As with many others, however marketsThe Christmas Tree is the main event. Tallinn’s tree is on display here since 1441.
Skansen’s Christmas Market, Stockholm
Skansen — Sweden’s most famous annual winter fair.
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Stockholm doesn’t have it all when it comes down to Christmas marketsIt is possible, but not guaranteed. are Skansen is more traditional
It’s located on Djurgarden Island, in the oldest open-air museum of the world. It’s a beautiful exhibit of Swedish culture with a touch of yuletide magic.
The museum’s collection of historical houses are All tables inside are decorated with colorful decorations are Get set up Christmas dinner.
Visitors can decorate their home with their own ideas Christmas workshops, take part in regular craft demonstrations or join in with the dancing games around the tree at Bollnäs Square, Skansen’s main site.
Tuomaan Markkinat, Helsinki
This is a truly Scandinavian design Christmas The market takes place in Helsinki’s Senate Square. It is located near the Emperor Alexander II statue.
TuomaanMarkkinat’s centerpiece is a vintage cartousel. But there are many traditional vendors. Christmas Delicacies, glogi (Finland’s non-alcoholic version of mulled wine) and handicrafts are It is also very popular.
Santa Claus can be visited by younger attendees. He has a wooden cabin and participates in festive activities. Christmas cookie decorating.
The market’s food court has a lot to offer, including a variety of high-quality restaurants.
Vörösmarty Square and St. Stephen’s Basilica Christmas Market, Budapest, Hungary
The Vörösmarty Square Christmas market is relatively new, dating back to 1998.
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Budapest has two main festive markets — St. Stephen’s Basilica Christmas market and Vorosmarty Square Christmas market.
The former takes place in front of the famous basilica, where crowds gather to watch the regular 3D light shows that are projected onto its facade.
In addition, there are over 150 stalls with vendors selling sweet treats, wine and arts and crafts.
Meanwhile, Vorosmarty Square market is positioned in the heart of the city and attracts over 800,000 visitors annually.
Its main highlight is usually a giant advent calendar that reveals a new window display on a daily basis from December 1 to 23, although the fantastic Hungarian foods that line its stalls — langos and chimney cake are also particular standouts.
The market is usually organized by the city. However, this year it will be put together by the same company that organizes the St. Stephen’s Basilica, so there’s a chance that there will be some changes.
The Vorosmarty Square market is set to run from November 18 and is due to close on January 1, 2023 at 5 a.m.
Christkindlesmarkt and Gendarmenmarkt, Germany
Christkindlesmarkt is a tradition that has existed since 16th century and draws in nearly two million people each year.
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Winter street open to the public markets Germany and Germany have been closely associated for many years. The European country hosts some of the most popular and oldest festive events. markets.
Berlin’s capital city has over 80 options, but Gendarmenmark is the most well-known.
It’s located between the Franzosischer Dom (German Dom) and the Deutscher Dom. This maze of wooden houses has Bratwurst and mulled wine, ginger bread and other unique items for sale. Christmas gifts.
Evening concerts feature dance and musical performances.
In Nuremberg, Bavaria’s second-largest municipality, the famed Christkindlesmarkt has existed since the 16th Century.
During the Christmas period, around 180 stands are It was erected on the city’s central square market square. The whole area is bustling with activity.
This market attracts around two million people annually and is undoubtedly one the highlights of Nuremberg every year.
Hyde Park Winter Wonderland London
Each year, Hyde Park Winter Wonderland is held in London’s largest park.
Hyde Park Winter Wonderland
Hyde Park Winter Wonderland, one of the most anticipated winter events is here events In the UK capital.
This festive favourite, which was established in 2005, draws huge crowds each year due to its 200+ rides, including a 70-meter high big wheel and mulled wine stations. There is also an outdoor skating rink that happens to be one of the largest in the UK.
You can also watch a circus troupe perform, take part in ice sculpture workshops, and listen to live music at Fire Pit Bar. Or, you can eat from the Street Food Village’s many food options.
The “Wham! Last Christmas experience,” A unique experience that immerses visitors “step inside” The music video for the iconic Christmas The event will feature a song by Andrew Ridgeley and George Michael from the past, as well as a 45-meter-long ice slide.
Toronto Distillery Winter Village
Formerly the Toronto Christmas Market, the Distillery Winter Village offers a charming and intimate take on traditional European festive markets.
It is located in the historical Distillery District and features outdoor shopping areas as well as food vendors. Christmas Carol sing-alongs, a gingerbread hunt, and a 50-foot tall display are some of the highlights Christmas tree.
The many stalls will offer everything, from handcrafted gifts to artisanal foods and festive drinks.
Winter Village at Bryant Park in New York
Bryant Park is Manhattan’s Winter Wonderland.
Each year, Manhattan’s Bryant Park becomes a spectacular wonderland to welcome the Winter Village.
The famous open-air marketplace is beautiful to see. There are over 150 custom-designed kiosks, and an outdoor rink measuring 17,000 square feet that you can use for free if you have your own skates.
The Lodge’s rink bar and food hall The Lodge offer a diverse selection of restaurants, as well as an outdoor beer garden with a bar and a cocktail bar.
The Josephine Shaw Lowell Fountain outside of Winter Village is most stunning in winter when it frequently freezes over.
The Winter Village was opened on October 28th and will remain open until March 5, 2023.
All information correct at time of publication.
Joe Minihane was also a contributor to this article.