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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.

Vienna Christmas Market

Before Christmas, there are very many markets in the world – Innsbruck, Salzburg, Munich, Frankfurt, Paris, Berlin, Stuttgart, London, Bologna, Levico, Bolzano, Brixen, Brunek, that sell all sorts of items for potential gifts. The mixture of all the elements such as crisp winter air, snow, tasteful lighting, steaming mugs of mulled wine turn the shopping session into an exciting experience one shouldn’t miss. Vienna Christmas Market (German: Weihnachtsmarkt or Christkindlmarkt) begins every year in November, around the 15th, and lasts until Christmas. During these days, Vienna is the city of celebration, full of traditional Christmas markets. The cold air of winter is filled with lots of warm scents and a celebration atmosphere that makes visitors live like in a dream. It is better to go there during evening. The wide range of gifts are from carved flowers made of soap, Victorian-style candy to sculpted candles.
The capital of Austria is all round tinged with magic. Basically, this market is a collection of wooden stalls on a square or open space during the weeks leading up to December 24th. These little shops can be found at almost any corner of the street. This year (2009), the market will be open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. from 15 November through 23 December, and until 5 p.m. on 24 December (Christmas Eve).


They sell all kinds of Christmas presents, food, wooden tree ornaments, handmade objects such as toys, decorations, jewelry, delicacies and most of all, “Glühwein”, a heated sweetened wine. The huge Christmas trees are the attraction for tourists who shouldn’t miss taking photos. The Vienna Market offers the possibility to buy some Christmas decorations and delicacies of the Austrian gastronomy. The memorable scents of cotton candy, roasted chestnuts and candies are everywhere in the air, reminding of the beautiful upcoming religious celebration.
Besides the four main Christmas Markets – Schonbrunn, Spittberg, Town Hall and Belvedere, Vienna has also other tempting places to visit such as age-old cafes offer tempting pit-stops between present-hunting, the traditional Viennese Christmas market on Freyung and Am Hof and in front of the church of St. Charles Borromeo (Karlskirche).

Christmas Market Decorations
Christmas Market Decorations
Christmas carols and gospels can be heard everywhere and they are sung by choirs, brass bands and groups from all over the world on the stage in front of the Christmas tree. This time of the year represents a real opportunity for German literature fans. Humorous, droll and bizarre stories about the Christ child and Santa Claus can be heard every Monday and Wednesday. The biggest Christmas Market in Vienna is in front of Vienna City Hall (Rathaus) and at the Spittelberg, where there are the most commercial places. There takes place the classical winter market. The joyful atmosphere is everywhere around – the “Kasperl tree”, the “Herzerlbaum” (Hearts tree) and the “Post office in the clouds” are some of the top attractions in this market. The little stalls make a miniature yuletide town and the park nearby (Rathauspark) is full of attractions during winter time – such as pony-riding, trips on the Christkindl Express and fairytale scenes portrayed in artistically-arranged displays.


Below there is a list of most important Christmas Markets in Vienna you shouldn’t miss.
Vienna Christmas Market at Schonbrunn:
This year, the Christmas Market at Schonbrunn opens for the 16th time. And from 21st of November until 26th of December, the stalls are placed all over the main forecourt, together with an impressive Christmas tree, and you can also enjoy the unique show by going to the museum or to the Zoo in the neighbourhood and everything in the scent of mulled wine and ginger bread. Moreover, visitors will be helped by confectioners to decorate the Christmas sweets at the Schoenbrunn Imperial Bakery in Café Restaurant Residenz. Moreover, there are many entertaining places both for youngsters and grown-ups. Many events and concerts take place during the Christmas Market.

Vienna Christmas Market at Spittelberg:
This district should not be missed because in this market both traditional and original handicraft is sold on narrow granitstone paved alleyways, niches and courtyards. This bazaar lines the streets of this pretty district and it doesn’t focus on public spaces. The main target for the items sold here are adults. The Spittelberg district has plenty of its own diversions, as it’s currently in the throes of an arty Renaissance.

Vienna Christmas Market at Belvedere:
The Belvedere Palace and Gardens offer a magical view over Vienna during Christmas time but children are most impressed by the preparations in December. The old-fashioned carousel joins the wooden stalls, and there are more presents to be perused inside the palace – this is one of the world’s finest museums of Austrian art, with Klimt galore.


Vienna Christmas Market 2009 Program:
21.11.2009 – 26.12.2009
Christmas Market Schönbrunn Palace
Open every day from 10.00 to 21.00,
24.12. from 10.00 to 16.00
25.&26.12 from 10.00 to 18.00

Close to Schönbrunn Palace this Christmas Market offers a magic atmosphere.
Children and young visitors can play interative games or cook biscuits in Café Restaurant Residenz.
14.11.2009 – 21.12.2009
Christmas Market Spittelberg
From Monday to Friday:
from 14.00 to 21.00
Saturday & Sunday:
from 10.00 to 21.00

In this lovely historical quarter both traditional and original handicraft are sold on narrow granitstone paved alleyways, niches and courtyards. It’s Vienna’s most authentic Christmas market.
20.11.2009 – 23.12.2009
Christmas Market Baroque Belvedere Palace
Daily from 11.00 to 17.00
24.12 from 11.00 to 15.00

Visit one of Europe’s most beautiful baroque palaces. With the world’s largest collection of Gustav KLIMT’s works and complete your tour with a visit to the enchanting Christmas market.
18.12.2009 – 24.12.2009
Christmas Market Maria-Theresien-Platz
daily from 10.00 to 22.00
24.12 from 11.00 to 15.00

The Christmas Village at the beautiful park between the Natural History Museum and the Museum of Fine Arts. Indulge in hours of “a real Viennese Christmas”
14.11.2009 – 23.12.2009
Christmas Village at former AKH
14.11.2009 – 24.12.2009
Mercatino di Natale Viennese Rathausplatz

For CHILDREN, there is also a special program during Vienna Christmas Market, that is workshops which are situated in the Town Hall, in the big hall (Volkshalle), where the little ones can make their own presents for
the relatives.
14.11.2009 – 24.12.2009
Advent Fairytale in Vienna
Vienna City Hall.
from Sunday to Thursday:
from 9.00 to 21.00
Friday & Saturday:
from 9.00 to 22.00
24.12: from 9.00 to 17.00
14.11.2009 – 23.12.2009
Christmas Workshop
Daily from 9.00 to 19.00
24.12 from 9.00 to 17.00

Christmas in Vienna
Christmas in Vienna

Christmas Market in Vienna
Christmas Market in Vienna

Town Hall in Vienna Christmas Market
Town Hall in Vienna Christmas Market

Vienna Christmas Market (Wiener Christkindlmarkt)
Vienna Christmas Market (Wiener Christkindlmarkt)

Vienna Christmas Market decorations
Vienna Christmas Market decorations

Vienna Christmas Market Sweets
Vienna Christmas Market Sweets

Vienna Christmas Market
Vienna Christmas Market

Winter Market in Vienna
Winter Market in Vienna

Prater Park in Vienna

Prater is the name of the Park close to Vienna city centre and it has around 6.143.984 square metres. The area is ideal for walking, cycling or jogging. Some of the attractions and facilities in this park are the Krieau harness racing track, the Prater Stadium (soccer and track-and-field), the Stadionbad, a public swimming pool, the Freudenau flat racing track and the Pleasure Pavillion (Lusthaus). Moreover, there are also attractions like Vienna Wurschtlprater, a fun fair with the Giant Ferris Wheel (Riesenrad), where one can enjoy a terrific view over Vienna from 200 feet altitude and the Lilliputian Railroad (Liliputbahn), a 2.6 mile amusement park line on a auge of old steam locomotives, providing transportation more »

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