The 13 most beautiful Christmas markets in the world

  • 1. Strasbourg, France
  • 2. Vienna, Austria
  • 3. Cologne, Germany
  • 4. Petzen, Austria
  • 5. Bruges, Belgium
  • 6. Sapporo, Japan
  • 7. Nuremberg, Germany
  • 8. New York, United States
  • 9. Millstatt, Austria
  • 10. Trier, Germany
  • 11. Breitnau, Germany
  • 12. Rovaniemi, Finland
  • 13. Tallinn, Estonia

Why don't you let the holiday magic take over? Discover our selection of the most beautiful Christmas markets in the world for an enchanting trip.

Around the world, the month of November heralds a bit of magic. As night falls and the summer spleen gains ground, Christmas markets open their doors, inviting people to warm their hearts. An ancestral tradition that takes its suitcases to the four corners of the world until January, to the delight of young and old alike. Wooden chalets, santons, mulled wine or gingerbread set the tone for this very special atmosphere.

Very popular in the four corners of the world, Christmas markets welcome millions of visitors every year throughout the world. A warm and boundless success that we invite you to discover through our selection of the most beautiful Christmas markets in the world.

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1. Strasbourg, France

This is probably the most famous Christmas market in France and Europe. The Strasbourg market and its three hundred chalets attract more than two million visitors every year! It must be said that with its huge fir tree, its skating rink and its illuminated cathedral, the Strasbourg Christmas market is really impressive. Numerous shows, concerts and activities for the whole family add a little magic to the event. A must not to be missed!

2. Vienna, Austria

It is one of the oldest and most beautiful Christmas markets in the world! It is one of the oldest and most beautiful Christmas markets in the world and takes place all over the city and on most of Vienna's squares. More than 150 chalets offer Christmas gifts, Christmas tree decorations, handicrafts, sweets and hot drinks. Ice skating rinks, attractions and entertainment for young and old are also set up all over the city.

3. Cologne, Germany

This is one of the most famous Christmas markets in Germany! At the foot of the cathedral, hundreds of shows take place under the amazed eyes of the visitors. In the one hundred and fifty chalets present, you can buy handicrafts, pretty Christmas gifts and of course some local culinary specialities. Not forgetting the extraordinary twenty-five-metre high Christmas tree!

4. Petzen, Austria

Are you looking for a Christmas market that is out of the ordinary? The Christmas market in Petzen in Austria is the highest Christmas market in Europe. Situated at the top of the ski slopes, at an altitude of over 1,700 metres, the market takes place in a former stable and consists of about twenty beautifully decorated chalets. To get there, take a gondola lift and enjoy a magnificent view of the valley.

5. Bruges, Belgium

Waffles, mulled wine and local specialities can be tasted in one of the most beautiful Christmas markets in the world. In the historic centre of the Belgian Venice there is a fairy-tale Christmas market every winter where you can find handmade decorations and original Christmas gifts for your loved ones.

6. Sapporo, Japan

Welcome to one of the most illuminated Christmas markets in the world! In 2002, on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the twinning between the city and Munich, Sapporo organised its first Christmas market. Since then, it has been a great success and every year the Sapporo Christmas Market welcomes many curious people in search of European flavours.

7. Nuremberg, Germany

The Nuremberg market integrates the pioneers of Germany. And with good reason, no less than two million people pass through its doors every year! The opening day remains the most popular: the bells ring out, the songs resound and a beautiful show takes place on the square in front of the Gothic Cathedral Notre-Dame.

The decor almost makes you think you're there! A huge nativity scene occupies the centre of the square with wooden toys, gingerbread palets and other Christmas symbols all around. Nuremberg is above all the promise of a tradition full of magic.

8. New York, United States

Christmas in New York always has something special. Nestled in the heart of the city, its Christmas market is no exception. The atmosphere is festive and everything is done to impress visitors! Skating rinks, decorations, illuminations, Christmas carols, unique handicrafts and artistic works... The municipality does not skimp on the means to make the festival a success. One thing is sure, if your feet are still touching the ground, your head is in the stars.

9. Millstatt, Austria

In a mythical place in the city, facing Millstatt Lake, the Christmas market is an invitation to the festive season. Here, around 20 stalls offer handicrafts, decorations and culinary specialities from Carinthia: mulled wine, sausages and roasted chestnuts. The Christmas tree and the floating forest are two attractions not to be missed. The Millstatt Market is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful Christmas markets around the world.

10. Trier, Germany

Opposite the magnificent Trier Cathedral, ninety-five chalets offer wooden toys, decorations and candles, as well as the famous hot potato pancakes and local grilled sausages.

11. Breitnau, Germany

If you are looking for an original market, don't hesitate to visit the one in Breitnau, Germany. In a valley overlooked by the Höllentalbahn railway viaduct, you will find Breitnau's unique Christmas market in the Ravenna Gorge. The viaduct is illuminated and the traditional music immerses you in a fairy-tale atmosphere. Around 40 exhibitors offer you the opportunity to discover the products of the region. The youngest can climb on Santa Claus' sleigh, pulled by goats.

12. Rovaniemi, Finland

What could be more magical than spending Christmas in Santa's house in person! In the town of Rovaniemi, the capital of Lapland in northern Finland, there is one of the most authentic and beautiful Christmas markets in the world.

Its special feature? It is open all year round! But it is from mid-November that it really comes alive. Sled dog and reindeer rides, snowmobile tours, ice building and of course shopping, nothing is missing in the Rovaniemi Christmas market.

13. Tallinn, Estonia

Every year since 1441, Tallinn has hosted one of the most beautiful Christmas markets in the world. In the small huts located in the main square of the city, you can taste Estonian specialities and discover the local handicrafts. Don't miss the market's zoo menu and the many shows on offer. In Tallinn, the magic of Christmas is here.

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