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  • NeverSayGoodBye's Avatar
    8,239 posts since May '05
    • Colmar, France

      Illuminated by lights and decorated beautifully, the Old Town district of Colmar has a magical historic setting. Each year, Colmarians seem to compete with each other for the best-decorated stall. There are several markets in the town, with one devoted exclusively to children. 

      Prague, Czech Republic

      Situated in Wenceslas Square, the market's traditional wooden stalls look much the same as they did centuries ago.

      Munich, Germany

      Although, it is most well-known for the Oktoberfest, Bavaria in Germany also hosts a fantastic Christmas market. Shoppers can buy traditional Bavarian gifts while sipping the city's famous beer.

      Stockholm, Sweden

      Located near the Royal Palace in Stortorget Square, it is the oldest Christmas market in Stockholm. Try the smoked sausages or cured reindeer meat while shopping for jewellery and Christmas knick-knacks.

      Frankfurt, Germany

      As many as 200 well-decorated wooden stalls are arranged in the historic quarter of Frankfurt. The local mulled wine and gingerbread are especially good.


    • Rome, Italy

      During the Christmas holidays Piazza Navona, a landmark located in the heart of Rome, is decorated with thousands of colored lights. The square is filled with booths selling Christmas ornaments, Murano-style glass jewellery and toys.

      Edinburgh, Scotland

      Every year, Princes Street Gardens is the venue for Edinburgh's German-style Christmas market. The historic castle and the Edinburgh wheel, illuminated by colorful lights, act as the spectacular backdrop. 

      Chicago, USA

      Inspired by the Christkindlesmarkt in Nuremberg, Germany, the Christkindlmarket Chicago market pays homage to a beloved European tradition. It has a particularly German feel: visitors can buy Gluwein, strudel, schnitzel, sauerkraut and more. 

      Prague, Czech Republic

      The market at the Old Town Square in Prague is packed with traditional wooden stalls that sell traditional Czech specialities including glasswork, metalware and ceramics. For food lovers, vendors at the market make delicious corn on the cob and trdelnik (dough fried with cinnamon and sugar).

      Lille, France

      The main market at Lille is located on Place Rihour: here, about 80 traditional wooden stalls sell Christmas decorations and festive food. The other market in the town is located at Grand Place, where a 50 metre-high Big Wheel illuminates the entire square.

    • Budapest, Hungary

      The city’s Christmas fair offers traditional Hungarian food, folk dancing and music, as well as handmade toys and homeware.

      Strasbourg, France

      Alsace’s capital Strasbourg has the oldest and most famous Christmas market in France – the Christkindelsmarik. The market offers visitors the chance to try regional delicacies such as Alsace wines, bredle Christmas biscuits and foie gras.

      Dresden, Germany

      The traditional Dresden Striezelmarket dates back more than five centuries and is the oldest Christmas market in Germany.

      New York, USA

      Other than hordes of carol singers and colourful lights, New York has an annual holiday market at Colombus Circus. Shoppers can find handmade puzzles, artisan chocolates and jewellery from up and coming designers.


  • Rozyfrdyse's Avatar
    20 posts since Dec '17
    • Wowww : ) ... It's looking so stunning. Beautifully decorated with all the world. It is the amazing to view . I had never seen before that. No Holidays is going to start. Hope so enjoy every one each moment. Happy New Year in Advance.

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