The sweet aroma of hot cocoa fills the air, laughter can be heard from children on the carousel, while bright light canopies give warmth to the winter sky.
Christkindlmarkt, also known as, Christmas market, brings the magic of Christmas to life in cities all over the world, with a trendy outdoor street market during the month of December.
The history of Christmas markets date back over 600 years ago to the Late Middle Ages. Originating in Germany in 1310, the wildly popular holiday festivity has now become one of the most “Instagrammable” events in the world and an annual Christmas tradition in cities across every continent.
Christmas markets bring the fun and fantasy of the old world to the modern day. Let’s have a look at Beforeifly’s top 5 choices!
Being the country of origin when it comes to Christmas markets, of course Germany had to be number one on our list!
Located in Frankfurt, this Christmas market is commonly known as one of the most beautiful markets in all of Germany, attracting both locals and travelers from around the world.
Frankfurt’s town square is transformed every year into a winter wonderland, with lots of lights, festive decorations, and traditional wooden stalls filled with Christmas-themed delicacies.
The Toronto Christmas Market made it to the number two spot on our list and was ranked one of the world’s best Christmas markets by Fodor’s Travel.
Even with all the hustle and bustle of this huge metropolitan, Toronto manages to provide a picturesque setting right in the heart of the city.
Located in the Victorian-themed Distillery District, along cobble-stone streets, this annual event has something for the whole family. Visitors can sip on hot seasonal beverages while shopping for locally hand-crafted gifts, and taking pictures with Instagram-worthy scenery.
The capital of Croatia, Zagreb, received the most prestigious award for having the best Christmas market in all of Europe for two years in a row by European Best Destinations, and is the third market on our list.
Nestled in the middle of the city, Croatia celebrates four weeks of Advent with its cultural heritage and magical scenery.
Vacationers to Croatia can take in the country’s traditions, while enjoying Christmas concerts, festive light displays, and various food specialties.
The Strasbourg Christmas Market was ranked number one by CNN Travel and has made it to the number four spot on our list!
This market is in Eastern France and is considered one of the oldest Christmas markets in all of Europe, with it’s first event taking place in 1570.
Strasbourg makes last minute Christmas shopping easier with its 10 different locations, and over 300 booths, packed with gift ideas and festive decorations.
Brussels’ Christmas Market, officially known as, “Winter Wonders,” was named one of the biggest Christmas markets in the world on The Culture Trip’s Top Ten List, and is ranked number 10 on CNN Travel’s list of the world’s best Christmas Markets.
“Winter Wonders” is considered one of the most impressive holiday markets on the European scene, which runs until New Year’s Eve.
Visitors to this market can expect to find over 200 vendors, a 200-foot-long ice rink, a Ferris wheel with over 18,000 illuminating lights, and a huge Christmas tree at the Grand-Place, towering at 22-meters.