5 Christmas Markets to Get You in the Holiday Spirit

At this point in the holiday season, we hope you’ve been able to enjoy some of the classic traditions and activities abundant this time of year: gingerbread houses and ice skating, candy canes and meeting Santa, even a glass of eggnog or two. But if you’re looking to up your dosage of holiday cheer, consider visiting a classic Christmas market — that outdoor wonderland of holiday magic sure to bring out the kid in you (and maybe even help you with your gift shopping list!)


Christmas markets originated in Europe during medieval times, but, with the aid of social media and blogs (like this one!), have grown in popularity in recent years. Now, you can find Christmas markets all over the world, boasting holiday treats, festive decorations, and stall after stall of delightful, unique gifts for family and friends. If there’s a Christmas market near you, we highly recommend a visit — and if not, why not book a Livalit trip to get you there?!

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Salzburg, Austria

The Christmas Market on Cathedral Square: This market has been held in Salzburg’s main square since 1491 and adds an extra sprinkle of fairy dust to an already magical city. Shop for beautiful hand-blown glass ornaments for your tree and follow your nose to the enormous concession stalls boasting every soft pretzel topping imaginable.

Copenhagen, Denmark

Tivoli Christmas Market: One of the crown jewels of this delightful Danish City, Tivoli Gardens is a beautiful, old-fashioned amusement park enjoyed by kids and adults alike. Visit during the holidays to enjoy elaborate lights and decorations and if you start to feel a chill, warm up with a delicious cup of mulled wine.

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Toronto, Canada

Distillery District Christmas Market: Brave the icy temps to visit Canada’s most cosmopolitan city in December and reward yourself with a visit to the Christmas market held in the city’s uber-hip Distillery District. Converted warehouses now play host to inviting restaurants and beer gardens, which get a magical makeover just in time for the holidays. Don’t miss Instagram-worthy decorations, like a forest of identical shocking pink Christmas trees!

Birmingham, United Kingdom

Frankfurt Christmas Market Birmingham: Proudly considered the largest authentic German Christmas market outside of Germany or Austria, this market in England’s “second city” grows in size and merriment with each year. If you’re visiting the UK around the holidays already, why not treat yourself to a taste of Bavaria?!

New York, New York

Bryant Park Holiday Shops: The traditional Bavarian Christmas market gets a chic spin in (where else?) midtown Manhattan — think unique boutique shopping and inventive eats, all set up in glowing stalls around one of NYC’s most beloved parks. And bonus: there’s a skating rink!


Will you visit a Christmas market in your upcoming travels? Let us know!

Hannah Gardner

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