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Top Christmas Markets of 2010

  • With Christmas fast approaching, you're probably thinking about starting your shopping. Christmas markets offer a great selection of gifts and here we’ve put together a list of some of the best Christmas markets from around the world.

  • Nuremberg, Germany: Nuremberg Christkindlesmarkt

    Possibly the most famous Christmas Market in Germany, the Nuremberg Christkindlesmarkt is held in the city’s main market square and features almost 200 different stalls. These sell everything from Christmas ornaments to spicy gingerbread and plenty more besides.

    Location: Hauptmarkt.

    Dates: November 26th to December 24th.

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  • Dresden, Germany: Striezelmarkt

    One of the oldest events of its kind in Germany, Dresden’s popular Christmas Market offers visitors the chance to pick up a wonderful selection of unique gifts which include everything from traditional wooden toys to hand blown glass. If you get peckish while wandering around the market, don’t worry as you’ll find lots of stalls selling plenty of tasty seasonal treats.

    Location: Münzgasse.

    Dates: November 26th to December 24th.

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  • Prague, Czech Republic: Vanocni trhy

    Taking place in a few different locations across the city, Prague’s famous Vanocni trhy or Christmas Markets offer up a plethora of Christmas treats. Wooden stalls present a unique selection of potential gifts, lots of them handmade, including candles, jewellery and even puppets. The food here is special too, with a huge array of local specialities to be sampled while you soak up the festive atmosphere.

    Location: Wenceslas Square, Old Town Square, Namesti Republiky, Namesti Miru & Havelske Trziste.

    Dates: November 27th to January 2nd.

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  • Budapest, Hungary: Budapest Christmas Fair

    Visited by hundreds of thousands of people every year, this central market plays host to a large variety of traditional wooden stalls. What’s great about the stalls here is that they sell handmade items, all of which have been vetted by the Association of Hungarian Folk Artists. Food is hugely important too, with strudel, traditional kürtös kalács and sausages all offered to tickle your tastebuds.

    Location: Vörösmarty Square.

    Dates: November 19th to December 29th.

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  • Munich, Germany: Christkindlmarkt

    This long-running Christmas market is one of Germany’s most well-loved Yuletide events. Sparkling at the heart of the city, the market’s focal point is a 30-metre high Christmas tree with 2,500 lights. The stalls themselves, of which there are over 160, offer a huge selection of handicrafts. Here you’ll be able to pick everything from delicious sweets to carefully crafted Christmas angels. While you stroll from stall to stall you can enjoy a cup of the traditional mulled wine.

    Location: Marienplatz.

    Dates: November 26th to December 24th.

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  • New York, USA: Holiday Market at Columbus Circle

    New York, a magical city at any time of the year, becomes even more captivating at Christmas. As well as carol singers and twinkling lights aplenty, the Big Apple also has a popular annual Holiday Market at Columbus Circle. Modelled after its hugely successful European counterparts, this colourful market is jam-packed with stalls offering a variety of Christmas gifts and holiday decorations from around the world.

    Location: Intersection of Central Park West & Central Park South.

    Dates: December 1st to 24th.

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  • Birmingham, UK: Frankfurt Christmas Market

    Now the largest outdoor Christmas Market in the UK, Birmingham’s Frankfurt Christmas Market attracts a good crowd of both locals and tourists. Unique handcrafted gift items are available from some 180 different stalls while visitors can also enjoy delicious sweets, mulled wine and more.

    Location: Victoria Square and New Street.

    Dates: November 18th to December 23rd.

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  • Vienna, Austria: Wiener Christkindlmarkt

    Dating back to the 13th century, Vienna’s landmark Christmas market attracts around 3 million visitors each year. Over 140 stalls feature at this market, offering everything from children’s toys to Christmas tree ornaments. Food stalls serve up fortifying mulled wine, roasted chestnuts and many more seasonal treats.

    Location: Rathusplatz.

    Dates: November 13th to December 24th.

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  • Stockholm, Sweden: Stortorgets julmarknad

    Held in Stockholm’s much-loved Old Town area, this Christmas market has been in operation since 1915. Numerous stalls take part in the market, all of them selling Swedish products. As well as top-quality handcrafts, you’ll find a great choice of foodstuffs to sample as you peruse the stalls. Gingerbread and sweets keep the younger crowd happy, while the traditional glögg (mulled wine) will warm up the adults.

    Location: Stortoget, Gamla Stan.

    Dates: November 20th to December 23rd.

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  • London, England: Winter Wonderland

    The German-style Christmas market is just one part of Hyde Park’s hugely successful Winter Wonderland. Around 40 wooden stalls make up the market and these offer handmade items, holiday decorations and lots more. At the food stalls, you can sample traditional treats like gingerbread and other German favourites such as Bratwurst. Once you’re done shopping and snacking, you can check out the big wheel, Europe’s largest outdoor ice rink and lots more.

    Location: Hyde Park.

    Dates: November 21st to January 3rd.

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  • With Christmas fast approaching, you're probably thinking about starting your shopping. Christmas markets offer a great selection of gifts and here we’ve put together a list of some of the best Christmas markets from around the world.

  • Nuremberg, Germany: Nuremberg Christkindlesmarkt

    Possibly the most famous Christmas Market in Germany, the Nuremberg Christkindlesmarkt is held in the city’s main market square and features almost 200 different stalls. These sell everything from Christmas ornaments to spicy gingerbread and plenty more besides.

    Location: Hauptmarkt.

    Dates: November 26th to December 24th.

    Book hostels in Nuremberg

  • Dresden, Germany: Striezelmarkt

    One of the oldest events of its kind in Germany, Dresden’s popular Christmas Market offers visitors the chance to pick up a wonderful selection of unique gifts which include everything from traditional wooden toys to hand blown glass. If you get peckish while wandering around the market, don’t worry as you’ll find lots of stalls selling plenty of tasty seasonal treats.

    Location: Münzgasse.

    Dates: November 26th to December 24th.

    Book hostels in Dresden

  • Prague, Czech Republic: Vanocni trhy

    Taking place in a few different locations across the city, Prague’s famous Vanocni trhy or Christmas Markets offer up a plethora of Christmas treats. Wooden stalls present a unique selection of potential gifts, lots of them handmade, including candles, jewellery and even puppets. The food here is special too, with a huge array of local specialities to be sampled while you soak up the festive atmosphere.

    Location: Wenceslas Square, Old Town Square, Namesti Republiky, Namesti Miru & Havelske Trziste.

    Dates: November 27th to January 2nd.

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  • Budapest, Hungary: Budapest Christmas Fair

    Visited by hundreds of thousands of people every year, this central market plays host to a large variety of traditional wooden stalls. What’s great about the stalls here is that they sell handmade items, all of which have been vetted by the Association of Hungarian Folk Artists. Food is hugely important too, with strudel, traditional kürtös kalács and sausages all offered to tickle your tastebuds.

    Location: Vörösmarty Square.

    Dates: November 19th to December 29th.

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  • Munich, Germany: Christkindlmarkt

    This long-running Christmas market is one of Germany’s most well-loved Yuletide events. Sparkling at the heart of the city, the market’s focal point is a 30-metre high Christmas tree with 2,500 lights. The stalls themselves, of which there are over 160, offer a huge selection of handicrafts. Here you’ll be able to pick everything from delicious sweets to carefully crafted Christmas angels. While you stroll from stall to stall you can enjoy a cup of the traditional mulled wine.

    Location: Marienplatz.

    Dates: November 26th to December 24th.

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  • New York, USA: Holiday Market at Columbus Circle

    New York, a magical city at any time of the year, becomes even more captivating at Christmas. As well as carol singers and twinkling lights aplenty, the Big Apple also has a popular annual Holiday Market at Columbus Circle. Modelled after its hugely successful European counterparts, this colourful market is jam-packed with stalls offering a variety of Christmas gifts and holiday decorations from around the world.

    Location: Intersection of Central Park West & Central Park South.

    Dates: December 1st to 24th.

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  • Birmingham, UK: Frankfurt Christmas Market

    Now the largest outdoor Christmas Market in the UK, Birmingham’s Frankfurt Christmas Market attracts a good crowd of both locals and tourists. Unique handcrafted gift items are available from some 180 different stalls while visitors can also enjoy delicious sweets, mulled wine and more.

    Location: Victoria Square and New Street.

    Dates: November 18th to December 23rd.

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  • Vienna, Austria: Wiener Christkindlmarkt

    Dating back to the 13th century, Vienna’s landmark Christmas market attracts around 3 million visitors each year. Over 140 stalls feature at this market, offering everything from children’s toys to Christmas tree ornaments. Food stalls serve up fortifying mulled wine, roasted chestnuts and many more seasonal treats.

    Location: Rathusplatz.

    Dates: November 13th to December 24th.

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  • Stockholm, Sweden: Stortorgets julmarknad

    Held in Stockholm’s much-loved Old Town area, this Christmas market has been in operation since 1915. Numerous stalls take part in the market, all of them selling Swedish products. As well as top-quality handcrafts, you’ll find a great choice of foodstuffs to sample as you peruse the stalls. Gingerbread and sweets keep the younger crowd happy, while the traditional glögg (mulled wine) will warm up the adults.

    Location: Stortoget, Gamla Stan.

    Dates: November 20th to December 23rd.

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  • London, England: Winter Wonderland

    The German-style Christmas market is just one part of Hyde Park’s hugely successful Winter Wonderland. Around 40 wooden stalls make up the market and these offer handmade items, holiday decorations and lots more. At the food stalls, you can sample traditional treats like gingerbread and other German favourites such as Bratwurst. Once you’re done shopping and snacking, you can check out the big wheel, Europe’s largest outdoor ice rink and lots more.

    Location: Hyde Park.

    Dates: November 21st to January 3rd.

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