10 of the Best Christmas Markets From Around the World

This map shows a few spots around the world, where you can find beautiful christmas markets.

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1. The Top 5

1.1. 1. Strasbourg, France

1.1.1. Strasbourg's Christmas market takes pride of place in front of the sublime, towering Cathedral of Our Lady of Strasbourg. It's the largest and oldest Christmas market in France. For more than 400 years the city has welcomed visitors to its Christkindelsmarket Nativity figurines and traditional delicacies (spiced bread, mulled wine and foie gras) fill the stalls http://www.noel.strasbourg.eu/index.php?page=1&id_lang=2

1.2. 2. Quebec City, Canada

1.2.1. Just four years old, Quebec City's Christmas market has become a fixture on the festive calendar. Its setting is beyond compare Among the delicacies are traditional raisin-studded gingerbread, pretzels, roast chestnuts and delicious Santa-shaped chocolates. Running until December 11 http://www.sallybernstein.com/travel/n_america/c_christmas_quebec.html

1.3. 3. Copenhagen, Denmark

1.3.1. Tivoli Gardens, the famous amusement park, hosts Copenhagen's Christmas markets. The willow trees are festooned with lights, there are almost four miles of colorful stalls The market welcomes about 1 million visitors each year. Running until December 30 http://www.angels-christmas-market-copenhagen.com/index.php?de_home

1.4. 4. Chicago, United States

1.4.1. The Christkindlmarket in Chicago is inspired by Nuremberg's ancient market Warming German delicacies like sausages, sauerkraut and potato pancakes keep out the cold and soak up the gluehwein and German beers. Running until December 24 http://www.christkindlmarket.com/en/

1.5. 5. Dublin, Ireland

1.5.1. Dublin's Docklands turn German for 20 days in November and December. German traders display their wares alongside their Irish counterparts. The air is filled with the scent of roasting nuts, mulled wine, eggnog and sizzling bratwurst The full program comprises musical entertainment with story tellers, carol singers and bands. Santa turns up on weekends to chat to the visitors and dispense a few sweets to the young and young at heart. Running until December 23 http://www.dublinchristmasmarket.com

2. The best of the rest

2.1. 6. Dresden, Germany

2.1.1. Striezelmarkt is one of the oldest markets in the world; the first mention of it cropped up in the 15th century. Artisans from all over the country gather to sell some of the best crafts Germany has to offer The highlight of the market is the arrival of the three-tonne baked stollen (German fruit cake) after it has been paraded through the streets. Running until December 24 http://www.germany-christmas-market.org.uk/dresden_christmas_market.php

2.2. 7. Vienna, Austria

2.2.1. The Christkindlmarkt on Rathausplatz starts earlier than most, in mid-November, and is one of the biggest Christmas markets in Europe. Almost 200 stalls dominate the square, selling traditional decorations and hand-crafted gifts as well as scrumptious, melt-in-your-mouth Viennese pastries and Weihnachtspunsch (a spiced punch) Dates: November 12-December 24. Those in favor of a smaller (some say, more cultured) market can head to the courtyard of the baroque Schoenbrunn Palace between November 19 and December 26 http://www.christkindlmarkt.at/News-Events.3.0.html?&L=1

2.3. 8. Prague, Czech Republic

2.3.1. A giant Christmas tree in the Old Town Square is the focal point for Prague's festive fun. The main markets are to be found at the Old Town Square and Wenceslas Square and there are smaller ones at Namesti Republiky and Havelske Trziste While shopping from stall to stall it's customary to grab a mug of svaree vino (sweet mulled wine) to sip along the way. Running until January 8 http://www.myczechrepublic.com/prague/christmas-markets.html

2.4. 9. Brussels, Belgium

2.4.1. The Brussels Christmas market - Plaisirs d'Hiver (Winter Wonder) - is a fairly new arrival to the scene. It has only been around since 2004, but its location at the Grand-Place of Brussels which gives it a centuries-old vibe Almost 250 chalets, fairground rides, an ice rink and bauble-studded Christmas tree make it a wonderland. Then there are the mouth-watering delicacies to enjoy - the local chocolates, pots of mussels and Belgian waffles. Running until January1 http://www.belgiumtheplaceto.be/christmas-markets-2009-2010%3Cbr%3Ebrussels-the-southern-belgian-region-of-wallonia.php

2.5. 10. Nuremberg, Germany

2.5.1. Nuremberg's Christmas market was first held in 1628 The market is also famous for its ‘Prune Men,’ small figures made from prunes that you can take away as a souvenir http://www.christkindlesmarkt.de/en/