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Travel Tuesdays: 7 of The World’s Best Christmas Markets

Since Christmas is literally just around the corner (every parent’s favorite saying, come September), we decided to dedicate this Travel Tuesday blog to showcasing seven of the best Christmas Markets in the world, or at least that we’ve been to and experienced. If you’re looking for a last minute gift (maybe for a special someone?), try a Christmas market! Lots of the time you’ll find interesting gift ideas you would have never thought of, and you can support local small businesses in the process which helps keep our economy going- double win!

Vancouver Christmas Market (Vancouver, Canada)

Who doesn’t love Vancouver? The Vancouver Christmas Market at Jack Poole Plaza in downtown Vancouver is one of the top places to get into the Christmas spirit and find some sweet holiday gifts for friends and family too! We recommend dressing warm, since you will still be in Canada after all, and even though Vancouver is on the ocean, you can never be too sure what mother nature has in store.

Stortorget Julmarknad (Stockholm, Sweden)

Located in the heart of Stockholm’s Old Town, Stortorget Julmarknad dates all the way back to 1837, making it Sweden’s oldest Christmas market. While you’re shopping around the little red stalls, sip on a cup of mulled wine, and taste test the Swedish Christmas treats made locally such as gingersnaps, saffron buns, and elk and reindeer meat!

Helsinki Christmas Market (Helsinki, Finland)

Any Finn will claim that Santa Claus was proudly Finnish as well, so naturally, you would need to visit the Helsinki Christmas Market. It is located on Senate Square, and you can even meet the jolly toy maker himself (weird, right?). After you’ve kindly told him what you’d like for Christmas and talked your way off of the naughty list, you can treat yourself to a glass of mulled wine and enjoy a ride on the antique Dutch carousel. You’ll also be able to shop at over 133 shops for local handmade gifts and treats including reindeer meat (a Finnish specialty).

Dresdner Striezelmarkt (Dresden, Germany)

Considered to be the first genuine Christmas market in the world, the Dresden Christmas

market was founded as a one-day market in 1434 and attracts about 3 million visitors each year! Take your pick from wooden ornaments to candle pyramids, this market has it all. It even offers a kids puppet show, merry-go-round, and children’s railway.

The market also sells a fruit cake that is referred to as Stollen, but you can find other desirable treats such as mulled wine, gingerbread filled with jam and covered with chocolate, and tons of German treats!

Christkindlmarket (Chicago, USA)

Any American (or fan of the movie Elf) knows that the best way to spread Christmas cheer is to sing loud for all to hear… or something like that. Anyways, the USA does not disappoint when it comes to showcasing their Christmas spirit. Christkindesmarkt does a phenomenal job replicating the German market, and is located in downtown Daley Plaza. It’s the largest German Christmas market in the United States and is packed full of candy-striped stalls that offer German merchandise like nutcrackers and Black Forest, with a mix of other handmade treats.

You can also find tons of food trucks with Bavarian goodies like bratwurst sausages, schnitzels, and sauerkraut. You won’t wanna sleep on this one!

Old Town Square (Prague, Czech Republic)

Don’t downplay Prague! It’s got the Christmas Spirit for days with tons of markets to choose from, but the most notable is the one located in Old Town Square. Visitors can purchase the usual handmade items, baked Christmas goodies, and traditional Czech food like barbecued pork and blood sausage, and drink medovina (honey wine). There’s a huge Christmas tree in the center of the square and people can enjoy horse-drawn carriage rides while they shop around the cute wooden huts.

Christkindlesmarkt (Nuremberg, Germany)

Nuremberg’s Christmas market dates all the way back to the 17th century and is one of the most popular in Germany! Here you’ll find blueberry mulled wine, Heidelbeer Gluhwein, with the Nürnberger Lebkuchen (chocolate-covered gingerbread) and the most popular of them all: Nuremberg grilled sausages. They’re small sausages served multiple at a time and are made with a special trademarked recipe that dates back to 1497!

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