Christmas markets … who doesn’t love it? Warm waffles, gluck wine or hot chocolate and music everywhere. If you really want to experience Christmas at it best, you should check out these markets.
- Frankfurt Christmas Market, Birmingham UK. What this market makes it so special is the neighboring Christmas Craft Market in Centenary Square. It has 30 stalls selling local beers, British sausages and work by local artisans.
- Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park, New York. What makes it so special? Bryant Park’s 17,000-square-foot outdoor rink is New York’s only free ice skating rink (although there’s a charge to hire skates).
- Old Town Square and Wenceslas Square, Prague, Czech Republic. What makes it special: The Czechs don’t do half measures at Christmas time. Both markets are open every day over the festive period until January 6, including Christmas Day.
- Viennese Christmas Market, Vienna, Austria. What makes it special: This might be the most traditional Christmas market going, but be sure to try out curling on the dedicated ice rink. A bizarre and brilliant winter sport to keep off the chill.
- Gendarmenmarkt, Berlin, Germany. What makes it special: Come for the first-rate shopping, but make sure to stick around for the nightly concerts, ranging from choral to jazz. No out-of-tune carols here.