Best Holiday Markets Around the World

Red Square, Moskva, Russia
Red Square, Moskva, Russia. Photo by Daniil Silantev on Unsplash

Before we know it, the holiday season will be here again. While every country and culture has their own traditions with how they celebrate different holidays, in much of the world November through December marks the time of year when many people prepare to celebrate Christmas. With this celebration comes opportunities for outings like the “Cristkindlmarkt”, a traditional holiday market that originated in Germany but has since become popular in many other places. Most are up and running by November and continue until the New Year begins. Check out our picks for some of the best holiday markets:

Nuremberg Cristkindlmarkt in Germany

One of the largest Christmas markets in Europe, Nuremberg Cristkindlemarkt includes hundreds of stalls selling tons of gifts, decorations, and German classics like bratwurst and mulled wine. Get there on the Friday before the first Advent to watch the market’s opening ceremony!

Great Dickens Christmas Fair in San Francisco

Go back in time at this Victorian-inspired Christmas Fair located in California. While this market does require a ticket purchase, you’re sure to be entertained by plenty of carolers dressed straight out of the 1800s as you explore all of the shops and old-fashioned pubs.

Red Square Christmas Market in Moscow, Russia

Located in the center of Moscow, the Red Square Christmas Market features an ice skating rink and even a small amusement park! Pick up a babushka ornament and snack on some caviar, just be sure to bundle up! Temperatures in Moscow can dip well below freezing.