Holiday markets are an iconic part of the holiday season, so it can be difficult to narrow down the best ones to visit while traveling around the world. If you’re looking to make a few stops that capture the magic of the holidays, consider these five markets. Even if you only have time to stop by one of them this year, you won’t regret it!
Nuremberg Cristkindlmarkt in Germany
The Nuremberg Christkindlemarkt, one of the biggest Christmas markets in Europe, features hundreds of stalls offering lots of presents, holiday decorations, and traditional German fare like bratwurst and mulled wine. Attend the market’s opening ceremony on the Friday before the first Advent if you can! Another great event to check out is the Dîner de Noël (Christmas Dinner) at the historic Zeughaus (Arsenal). It features a four-course meal with French-inspired cuisine paired with local wines from Germany’s Franconian Wine Route.
Great Dickens Christmas Fair in San Francisco
This Christmas fair in California with a Victorian theme will transport you back in time. Even though you must buy a ticket to access this market, you’re sure to enjoy the many carolers who will be there while you browse the stores and vintage taverns. Other vendors at this event include artisanal makers of handmade soaps, lip balms, cookies, jams and more! The Dickens Fair is open December 8th through December 10th from 10am-6pm.
Red Square Christmas Market in Moscow, Russia
The Red Square Christmas Market, which is in the heart of Moscow, has an amusement park and an ice skating rink. Choose a babushka ornament and have a caviar nibble, but remember to stay warm! Moscow frequently experiences well-below-freezing temperatures. So it’s important to bundle up with plenty of layers when visiting the market—and don’t forget your scarf! There are also some great souvenirs you can find from Russia here: Matryoshka dolls, fur hats, jewelry, silk scarves and tea sets. Just be sure to haggle for the best prices.