When buying Christmas presents, people usually try to avoid the overcrowded shopping malls by either buying the presents in advance or by using online shops. However, there are places crammed with people, which can give you a great shopping opportunity as well as a unique festive spirit and a charming Christmas atmosphere. What are these places? Traditional Christmas markets. Originated in Europe but now spreading all over the world, the Christmas markets are guaranteed to get you in the right holiday mood. From the iconic German Christkindlmarkts to their spectacular American imitations, check out these 25 awesome Christmas markets.
20. Salzburg, Austria
www.eurotravelogue.com Located at the foot of the Hohensalzburg fortress and around the venerable Cathedral of Salzburg, the Salzburg Christmas markets are more intimate affair than some of the larger city’s markets but the magic-like atmosphere and the smell of punch and toasted almonds, hot roasted chestnuts and freshly baked apples will make you love this place. As the birthplace of Mozart, Salzburg has an outstanding musical tradition and the markets also offer wonderful choral performances.
15. Lille, France
www.diverseschooltravel.co.uk Dominated by a 50-meter (165 feet) high Ferris Wheel, the Lille Christmas markets consist of hundreds of picturesque wooden chalets packed with gifts, nativity figurines, Christmas decorations and festive food. But it is not just the Christmas markets what creates the magical festive spirit in Lille. In the Advent time, the whole city gets covered in a huge crown of garlands and Christmas ornaments with all the shop windows competing to have the most original and beautiful decoration.
10. Zurich, Switzerland
www.hindustantimes.com Christmas markets in the largest Swiss city are very special because – as the only markets on the list – they are not held outside. Arranged in the covered concourse of the city’s enormous railway station, the Zurich markets can proudly boast of being Europe’s largest indoor Christmas markets. But the unusual setting has no influence of the wide range of goods sold there. Over 150 festively decorated market stalls offer mulled wine, baked Christmas goodies, handmade products and decorations, jewelry and much more.
5. Chicago, Illinois
armidatrentino.wordpress.com Americans who would like to visit Christmas markets this year don’t have to fly to Europe. There are some even in the U.S. Probably the largest and most famous one is held in Chicago. Known as the Christkindlmarket, the Chicago Christmas market is part of the Magnificent Mile Lights Festival. Situated by a large Christmas tree at the Daley Plaza, the event attracts more than 1 million visitors each year.
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