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Five Christmas Markets For Your 2016 Bucket List

From year to year, Christmas either envelops you like a warm blanket or you channel your inner Ebenezer Scrooge. Not feeling quite so Christmas-y? It’s already December but you’ve yet to catch the Christmas spirit. There are many ways to heighten the magic of Christmas, but few are more effective than visiting a charming Christmas market. You can bake Christmas cookies, play nostalgic Christmas records all day, or take your Christmas decorations to the next level, but nothing does the trick quite like drinking mulled wine at a charming, cosy, beautifully lit Christmas market.

Indulge in delicious snacks, warm up with hot chocolate or mulled wine, be inspired by wonderful, unique decorations, and find the best presents for your family and friends. Most cities offer a Christmas market – ‘tis the season, after all – but only a select few are truly magical! Pay a visit to our top five Christmas markets. Which one are you going to cross of your bucket list in 2016?

5 best Christmas markets to visit worldwide

1. Christmas in Canada – Quebec City’s Christmas Market

What’s a Christmas market without snow? For the quintessential winter wonderful, Quebec City’s Christmas markets are the place to go. Between November 25th and January 14th, you can wander around snow-covered streets, discovering a plethora of tasty Christmas delicacies. Pretzels, biscuits, roast chestnuts, festive pastries, and chocolate galore can all be found at the delightful Christmas markets in Quebec City.

Markets? Yes, plural. Quebec City offers a trilogy of Christmas market magic – the German Christmas Market, the Jacque Cartier Region Market, and the Old Port Christmas market. At night, these markets are illuminated with beautiful Christmas decorations and lights. Explored the Christmas markets but want to ‘taste’ a bit more of Quebec City? Quebec offers wonderful scenic landscapes, the World Heritage Treasure, and the St Lawrence River.

2. Winter Wonders in England – London Christmas Market

Visit over 40 charming Christmas stalls in Hyde Park during the Bavarian Christmas market in London. You’ll find gorgeous jewellery, clothes, home decorations, and delicious Christmas food to keep you festively fuelled while you shop. Indulge in some traditional German Bratwurst or delight in traditional English holiday treats, such as mince pies and gingerbread.

Looking for a little less eating and a little more action? Go wild at the fairground, listen and dance along to some great live bands, or throw on a pair of skates and strut your stuff on the ice rink. Rather stay seated and entertained? Enjoy several performers with unique acts in a spectacular circus show.

Want to explore London a bit more? Visit Buckingham Palace, the Cutty Sark ship in Greenwich, or hunt for vintage finds at the Camden market.

3. Get Cozy in the Czech Republic – The Prague Vanocni Trhy

Visit Prague’s Christmas market, more commonly known as Vanocni Trhy. The city’s nostalgic and idyllic streets will undoubtedly get you in the Christmas mood with an array of unique holiday gifts on offer, such as handmade candles, beautiful jewellery, luxurious gloves and scarves, and metalware.  Vanocni Trhy takes place from November 26th until January 8th so you have plenty of time to try ‘Trdelnik ‘, a traditional Czech hot cake, barbequed sausages, and infamous pastries. Try some local Czech beers or get cosy with delicious warm drinks. In magical Old Town, visit the animal stable where kids can pet goats and donkeys, or take a romantic stroll to admire the beautiful Christmas lights.

Don’t forget to make time to cross the Charles bridge, visit Prague Castle, and walk by the house of famous Czech writer, Franz Kafka.

4. Merry in Manchester – Manchester Christmas market

Explore the North of England and visit the award winning Christmas market in Manchester’s historic city centre. Running for five weeks from November 10th to December 21st, the Manchester Christmas market is one of the largest in the United Kingdom.

Built every year directly outside Manchester’s impressive town hall, this charming Christmas market highlights the city’s Roman architecture. Spread across ten separate chalet-lined, festively decorated markets, you’ll experience the city centre through a huge assortment of international food and beverages – Hungarian, Spanish, Dutch, French, German; you name it, they have it – craft jewellery, leather and kitchenware, and other Yuletide trinkets.

Continue your Manchester adventure with a trip to the breath-taking John Rylands library, shop along prestigious King Street, or take in a spectacular show at the Royal Exchange Theatre.

5. Authentic in Germany – Christmas market in Bremen

Germany is the birthplace of the Christmas market and no market says Christmas like the one in Bremen. Stay warm near the taverns’ open fireplaces. Be entertained by jugglers and other street artists. Indulge in delicious food, and treat yourself and your loved ones to handcrafted gifts, such as wooden trinkets and cinnamon stars. Immerse yourself in the Christmas feeling while walking along the river banks of the Weser. No need to worry about the cold – there will be many warmed alcoholic drinks to keep you merry and bright.

Ready to cross one of these Christmas markets off your list? Don’t hesitate – book your trip today! Want to surprise a loved one with a spectacular – and unexpected – Christmas present? There is no better gift then a great experience. Give a Hotel Gift Card!

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