Hot mulled wine. Gingerbread. Open air markets filled with baubles, lights, and delights for every age. If you have the chance to travel for the holidays, don’t miss a visit to one of these incredible holiday markets. These are on my must-see list:
Christmas Markets in Europe
Don’t miss the famous Nuremberg Bratwurst!
Celebrate Christmas in the birthplace of Mozart!
The Strasbourg Christmas market has been going since 1570, making it one of the oldest and longest-running markets in the world.
Strasbourg Capitale de Noël 2015 by VilledeStrasbourg
Germany’s oldest Christmas market, famous for their baked apples.
Christmas Markets in Canada
You can stay a little closer to home and still get a European Christmas market experience.
Named one of the top 10 Christmas markets in the world, be sure to try the lobster poutine.
Cannoli, German pizza, and Churros…this new Christmas market has an international flare.
Christmas Markets in the United States
If you don’t have your passport ready in time to travel out of the country, there are a few markets here in the U.S. worth visiting:
Modeled after the Nuremberg market, you’ll find everything from baked apples to bratwust.
Christmas Village at Philadelphia
All the magic of a traditional German Christmas market in the city of brotherly love.
Great Dickens Christmas Fair in San Francisco
Victorian London comes to life.
If you’re staying in New York City, there are a number of holiday markets to visit. Grab some hot cocoa and brave the cold to visit the big three outdoor markets—Union Square Holiday Market, Holiday Shops at Bryant Park and Columbus Circle Holiday Market—or enjoy a holiday market experience without the cold at the indoor Grand Central Holiday Fair at Grand Central Station.