The Most Charming Holiday Markets to Shop Around the World This Season
If your holiday spirit is drowning in gift catalogs, overplayed seasonal tunes, and everyday demands, the perfect antidote could be a visit to one of the many Christmas markets around the world. It might seem counter-productive to leave town during this busy time of the year, but taking a few days to recapture that holiday feeling will renew your energy and enjoyment of the season.
Since they began as winter markets in Europe during the late Middle Ages, Christmas markets have become more popular and more elaborate in recent years. As in their past, the markets specialize in handcrafted gifts, local food specialties, music, and happy crowds celebrating the season.
Why not pack up the family—or get away on your own—to experience the charm, history, and atmosphere of a Christmas market?
We describe a few here, but there are many others in Europe and around the world waiting for you with a mug of warm spiced wine or hot chocolate. One tip: Check the market schedules before making your travel plans.