9 Christmas Markets to Visit in 2014

It is finally that time of the year. Pine trees and twinkling lights, rosy cheeks and hot cocoa. It’s Christmas time.

Time for Christmas ornaments and sweets. Time for sparkling lights and hot drinks. Time for Christmas markets!

If you’re a fan of Christmas season, here are 9 Christmas markets you’ve got to see:

Christmas Markets

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1. Frankfurt, Germany

Frankfurt’s Christmas market is one of the most famous in the world, held every year at the historic city center. Enjoy the brightly lit stalls selling pretzels, gluhwein (hot sweet wine), traditional ornaments and of course bratwurst.


 

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2. Prague, Czech Republic

Prague is a gorgeous city, and it’s never more beautiful than at Christmas. Enjoy lively evenings at this bustling market – food carts sell sugary cakes, hot sausages and even Pilsner beers. You’ll also see traditional Czech glass ornaments and lacework, and a beautiful Nativity scene.

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3. Southbank, London

This charming market has gorgeous seasonal produce and ingredients for your festive table. And when you’re done shopping, treat yourself to a tasty mince pie from one of the many street vendors.

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4. Nuremberg, Germany

Nuremberg’s market is simply astonishing. It’s the largest in Germany, with over two million visitors a year. Come for the spectacle, stay for the gluhwein. 

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 5. Vienna, Austria

Deck your halls with Austrian crystals from this charming market. You’ll also love the carol singing, carnival rides for children, and traditional handcrafts from the dozens of vendor stalls.

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 6. Paris, France

The Paris markets are filled with traditional holiday treats like sausages, gingerbread, and mulled wine. You can get special French regional treats too here – from sweet breads and cakes to creamy cheeses and preserved fruits. Enjoy them all!

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 7Leavenworth, Washington, USA

Leavenworth is a small mountain town outside Seattle, but its soul is purely Bavarian. The town gets completely decked out for the Christmas season, including their extensive Christmas market. If you’re in the USA, Leavenworth is your ticket to German Christmastime.

8. Borough Market, London

Celebrate christmas with London’s local community in Borough Market. Don’t miss them singing carols. Enjoy Christmas treats from all over the world including Christmas gingerbread, nutmeg jam and hot mulled English cider.

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9. Heidelberg, Germany

Heidelberg’s Christmas Market is located in six different sites throughout the Old City of Heidelberg. It offers a unique atmosphere with old wooden huts and stunning illuminations.


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