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The Most Popular Christmas Markets Across the World

Christmas – one of the brightest periods of the year – has just arrived! So everywhere all around the world, Christmas markets have become something very common – visitors can find almost everything Christmas-related – from varied handmade objects to tasty local food. Below there is a brief list of all the most popular Christmas markets in the world. It is worth visiting some of them, if not all, because otherwise, you will miss part of ‘that’ atmosphere Christmas time brings with. Vienna, Chicago, New York, Prague or Budapest are just a little part from the peak- destinations tourists choose to take into consideration before Christmas, when buying a lovely gift for the dear ones. Enjoy!
1. The first famous Christmas market is found in Vienna, c, and it is called Wiener Christkindlmarkt . It was first opened in the 13th century, managing to attract millions of visitors every year. One can find there almost 150 stalls from where you can buy almost everything – from toys to tree decorations and very tasty food. Food stalls offer their customers a wide range of dishes – mulled wine, roasted chestnuts and many other items. The traditional Christmas Market is found in front of the town hall. Before leaving Vienna, don’t forget to have lunch or dinner at Sacher Hotel, near Opera House, where the chefs invented “Sachertorte” (cake with chocolate) for Prince Metternich. The Christmas Markets in Vienna are situated in Rathausplatz, Schonbrunn Market and Opera Platz and they are opened from the 14th of November to 24th of December.

Vienna - Wiener Christkindlmarkt
Vienna - Wiener Christkindlmarkt

Vienna Christmas Market - Wiener Christkindlmarkt
Vienna Christmas Market - Wiener Christkindlmarkt

Christkindlmarket Chicago
Christkindlmarket Chicago
2. The Christkindlmarkt Chicago, USA, is the greatest German-style market in the world. It was first founded in 1996, in order to stimulate the American-German trade. There are many European items on sale and the more than 50 stalls gather anually about one million visitors. It is one of the city’s major events in the lead up to the holiday season. The food range is varied – from sauerkraut (sour cabbage), sausages, to Glühwein (boiled wine). Moreover, the items which can be offered as gifts are varied too – handmade clock and beer steins. Christkindlmarkt Chicago is situated in Daley Plaza, 50 Washington Street and it is open from November 25th to December 24th.
Stockholm - Stortorgets julmarknad
Stockholm - Stortorgets julmarknad
3. The fair held in Stockholm, Sweden is called Stortorgets Julmarknad. It is situated in the Old Town area and it was first built in 1915. The great items are sold in the about 40 stalls of the marketplace. Awesome hand-craft objects are sold along with delicious food specialties – gingerbread, sweets, the traditional glögg (mulled wine). It is found in Stortoget, Gamla Stan and it is open for its customers from November 21st to December 23rd.
New York - Christmas Market at Columbus Circle
New York - Christmas Market at Columbus Circle
4. Another famous Christmas Market is the one in New York, USAHoliday Market at Columbus Circle. New York is an all-year-long-top-attraction but Christmas time makes it really unique! Every winter, very many children and adults are keen to be part of the pure atmosphere brought by this celebration. Carols singers, twinkling lights aplenty, the Big Apple also has a popular annual Holiday Market at Columbus Circle. This market is much alike to those in Europe, however, the stalls offering a variety of Christmas gifts and holiday decorations from around the world, draw very many visitors every year. It is situated at the intersection of Central Park West and c, and it is opened from the beginning of December, that is from December 2nd to 24th.
5. Europe is the continent with most varied Christmas MarketsLondon is one of the top-Christmas fairs organisers. It is called Winter Wonderland and it is much like the ones in Germany, because the German-style Christmas market is just one part of Hyde Park’s hugely successful Winter Wonderland. There are about 40 stalls, selling very many handmade items, holiday decorations. The food stalls tempt you with different smells and treats that can be sampled, such as gingerbread or Bratwurst (a small sausage of highly seasoned fresh pork, usually served fried). Besides, a main attraction of the market is London Eye, the big wheel from which you can have a magnific view of London and the largest outdoor ice rink in Europe. The Christmas Market in London, England is situated in Hyde Park, one of the greatest park of London City, which should not be missed no matter the weather outside. The market is open for its visitors every year, from the beginning of December.

London - Winter Wonderland
London - Winter Wonderland

6. Sapporo, Japan is also a famous host for its Christmas Market, a German-style one. It first opened its gates for its visitors in 2002 and its aim was to celebrate the link between Sapporo and its sister city Munich. Here there are many stalls offering as well gift ideas and items, tree decorations and food. The mulled wine is also a top attraction for adult-visitors of this market. It is located in Odori Park and it is open from November 27th to December 24th.
Sapporo, Japan - German Christmas Market
Sapporo, Japan - German Christmas Market

Prague - Vanocni trhy
Prague - Vanocni trhy
7. The Christmas Markets from PragueVanocni trhy – mean also wooden stalls, which welcome their visitors with handmade objects, food (baked corn, sausages and other local dishes). The main markets are held in Old Town Square and Wenceslas Square. There are many glass ojects, wooden toys, scented candels, Christmas ornaments, hand-crafted jewellry and many dolls. The Christmas Markets in Prague take place in Wenceslas Square, Old Town Square, Namesti Republiky, Namesti Miru and Havelske Trziste, from November 28th to January 1st.

8. Denver, USA is also a top destination for Christmas-items seekers. The Christkindl Market 2009 is the 10th edition of Denver’s festive fair. Along with the traditional vendor stalls, this market also plays host to an enjoyable selection of musical events such as performances by the ‘Rockin’ Angels’. Many local choirs and bands perform while visitors buy brilliant presents. Sweets, scarves and more can be found alongside intricately crafted holiday ornaments. It is located in Sky Line Park, Arapahoe and 16th, from November 27th to December 24th.
Denver, USA - Christkindl Market
Denver, USA - Christkindl Market

Munich, Germany - Christkindlmarkt
Munich, Germany - Christkindlmarkt
9. Munich, Germany is one of the original markets, which all the others in the world draw inspiration from. It 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 complete with 2,500 lights. Visitors can find more than 160 stalls, which provide a huge range of handmade items and unique food – from sweets – to Christmas angels. The mulled wine is also a very popular drink among tourists and not only. Christkindlmarkt is found in Marienplatz and it is open from November 27th to December 24th.

10. The last but not least popular Christmas Market in the world is Budapest Christmas Fair, from Budapest, Hungary. The most famous market here is Vörösmarty Square, chosen by very many visitors. It is believed to be the brightest Christmas Market in Europe. Internationally, the market is considered to be one of the greatest place due to its more than 150 shows – theater, music, popular dances. Children meet Santa Claus, who comes from Finnland to give them presents. You have the opportunity to hand craft your own Christmas decorations. Food is also a top attraction – the traditional baked bread with strudel, traditional kürtös kalács and sausages should not be missed. It takes place in Vörösmarty Square, from November 20th to December 29th.
Budapest Christmas Fair
Budapest Christmas Fair


Taking these into consideration, tourists should now that there are also other important Christmas markets in the world, which deserve all our attention, such as: Piazza Navona (Rome, Italy), Copenhagen, the Christmas Market from Frankfurt and many, many others.

St. Pauli and Reeperbahn, Hamburg, Germany

Hamburg is the second city in Germany with 1 640 000 inhabitants and one of the most important harbours in Europe. Due to its trade tradition, Hamburg is considered ‘the gate to the rest of the world’.There are very many shopping and entertainment areas in Hamburg. Around the main railway station, there is one area for shopaholics. For educational tourism, visitors have to go to the harbour, where they can spend time in the Hamburg Dungeon, a place of the ‘dark side’ of Hamburg during history. Hamburg is also a city with a Red Light District, just like the one in Amsterdam. The street is called Reeperbahn and it is situated in Saint Pauli district. One can find here a wide range of girls and boys, toys, and shops with certain items strictly connected to this area. It the ‘love center’ of the town, known also as ‘mile of sin’ crowded with brothels and erotic shows.

St. Pauli, Hamburg, Germany
St. Pauli, Hamburg, Germany
The name of the district is not famous only because of FC St. Pauli. Nowadays, not everybody agrees with its ‘nickname’. Many who live here consider it an artistic center. Here, besides the curious tourists, striptease shows and sex-shops, a real alternative culture was developed. It is a mixture of diverse influences, trends and styles. More and more young people with new ideas discover the “Kiez” and the neighbouring “Schanzenviertel” as a place of pulsing scene life. At St. Pauli you findeverything: commerce and erotic, kebab shops and Asia snacks, yuppie bars and punk discos, old-established inhabitants and Turkish families, trendy people and dropouts, the football club “FC St. Pauli” and the Hafenstrasse (Harbour Street). A quarter with some problems on the one hand, but very vivid on the other hand. Find “Grosse Freiheit” (great freedom) in the quarter St. Pauli – not only as a street name.

St. Pauli, Hamburg Night Life
St. Pauli, Hamburg Night Life


St. Pauli District, Hamburg, Germany
St. Pauli District, Hamburg, Germany

Deira City Center – The Most Popular Mall in Dubai

Deira City Center, maybe the most popular shopping center in Dubai, is situated near to the waterfront in Deira, at the junction of Al Garhoud Bridge Road, near the famous Dubai Creek and Yatch Club near to Dnata Crossing. It has over 1.2 million sq. ft. of retail selling space, three floors, more than 350 shops with fashion, books, electronics and entertainment famous brands, along with the 11 screen cinema “Cinestar”, a very big supermarket, about 40 different restaurants and cafes, 33 jewellery stores and 6,000 free car-parking spaces. CineStar is a popular place to watch your latest movies with all sophisticated sound and visual aides. All screens have different show timings, with surround sound technology and digital movie techniques.

Deira City Center - Front View
Deira City Center - Front View
Magic Planet is an indoor leisure complex at the ground floor of Deira City Centre, where parents usually leave their children while they go shopping. Moreover, the center is considered the largest shopping and entertainment zone of the Middle East because it is also under the same ‘roof’ with Sofitel City Centre Hotel, Lexus and Toyota, Arabian Treasures, Textile Court, The Jewellery Court, the Carrefour Hypermaket and IKEA. Visitors can go to the Lexus and Toyota showrooms or the 11-storey office tower. Once in Deira City Center, a top attraction for tourists coming to Dubai, you will find everything you need for you and your family, with no exception, from lame man to wealthiest person.


Despite all the other huge malls in Dubai, Deira City Center might look a less new than the others. Its architecture is absolutely marvellous. Although it might get very crowded, visitors still choose this place for shopping sessions.Just think of an item you need, and Deira City Center will have it for you! Its specificity is that it does not take any advantage of its high popularity but it is preoccupied by offering products at their best rates. Moreover, antiques, home furnishings and gift enthusiasts can choose from a wide range of products.

If you want to work or just use your computer for fun, then don’t worry because the mall has Wi-Fi. Moreover, customers are very satisfied with the service of the staff working in the shopping center. Free hotel shuttles carry passengers to 11 different hotels around Deira.The shopping center undergoes an improvement process that amounts to AED 250 million. Freebies like mineral water bottles, face towels, balloons & pens and lollipops for kids are distributed by this Crew in the City Centre. Don’t forget to make a shopping list in advance because otherwise, buying on impulse is very likely there as the 2 Dhs & 5 Dhs shops, very common in Dubai, are very tempting. It is a huge place to visit, so, in order to make an opinion about it, you should spend a least one day inside, and this is in case you’re not a light-shopper. In order to get the best bargain, ask for the right price, that is if you see a lower price somewhere else, then ask for it there, too. Clothing is definetely a tough making decision because some clothes may be cheaper than in Europe. Of course, famous brands can cost you a little bit more than expected.

The mall stays open during the week, but, depending on the day, the schedule may vary.
Opening Hours
Mall
Sunday to Wednesday
10:00 am to 10:00 pm
Thursday to Saturday
10:00 am to 12:00 midnight

Carrefour
Saturday to Wednesday
9:00 am to 12:00 midnight
Thursday to Friday
9:00 am to 1:00 am

CineStar Cinemas
Daily
10:00 am to 1:00 am

Magic Planet
Daily
10:00 am to 12:00

Deira City Center - the Most Popular Mall in Dubai
Deira City Center - the Most Popular Mall in Dubai

Deira City Center Dubai
Deira City Center Dubai

Dubai - Deira City Center Mall
Dubai - Deira City Center Mall

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