The Best Christmas Markets in the World

Posted by on Monday, December 22nd, 2014 at 7:04pm.

One of the best ways to get into the holiday spirit is to visit a Christmas market. According to, here are the best Christmas markets in the world. If you don't have time to visit any this year, maybe you can put one of them on your schedule for Christmas 2015.

Christmas Market in Nuremberg, Germany

This market attracts at least 2 million visitors per year and has been operating since 1628. It's the most popular Christmas market in Germany with candy cane stalls serving bratwurst and a variety of booths offering unique souvenirs.


The Christkindlmarket

This Christmas market has been inspired by the Nuremberg market and operates in Chicago, Illinois. It is set up on Washington Street at Daley Plaza and offers German delights and handcrafted gifts.


This is one of the world's oldest markets dating back to the 15th century. It operates in Dresden, Germany and features regional handmade specialties such as Lauscha blown glass.

Christmas Market in Québec City

Although this market is only 4 years old, it has one of the most beautiful settings. This Christmas market lines the cobblestone streets in Vieux Quebec and also offers German food, drinks and handmade items.

Copenhagen's Christmas market

This market is held in Tivoli Gardens, which is a popular amusement park in Copenhagen, Denmark. Visit the colorful stalls that stretch for just about 4 miles and enjoy the bright lights that wrap their way through the willow trees.

Dublin's Docklands

In Dublin, Ireland the Docklands transform into a market for part of November and December. Both German and Irish wares are displayed and sold in a party atmosphere composed of musical entertainment, carol singers and storytellers.

Other noteworthy Christmas markets that attract huge crowds in the world include the Plaisirs d’Hiver in Brussels, Belgium, the Christkindlmarkt on Rathausplatz in Vienna, Austria and the market in Prague, Czech Republic. If you're looking for something completely different to do next Christmas, maybe a trip to one of these fantastic markets would fit the bill.

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