Best Winter and Christmas Markets Around the World

Christmas Holiday Market Frankfurt Germany

Experience the magic and wonders of the winter season by traveling to one of these five Christmas and Holiday Wonderland Markets around the world.

Hyde Park Winter Wonderland (London, England)

November 23, 2018 – January 6, 2019

Making its home on The Queen’s front lawn, Hyde Park Winter Wonderland is a crown jewel everyone can enjoy. Winter Wonderland boasts two Christmas markets within its gates; one a delicious German market serving up authentic food and drink, and the other a magical ‘Angels’ market highlighting a wide array of delightful arts and crafts. Featuring an observation wheel and a variety of live performances, Winter Wonderland offers alternatives to London favorites such as The Strand and The Eye. After you’ve had a chance to eat your fill and cross off all the items on your shopping list, be sure to strap on your skates and take to the UK’s largest outdoor ice rink.

Christmas in Strasbourg (Strasbourg, France)

November 23, 2018 – December 30, 2018

Strasbourg, France is the self-proclaimed ‘Capitale de Noel’ – and rightly so. Come late November, this small picturesque city on the border of France and Germany becomes an homage to the holidays fit for the jolly man in red, himself. Since 1570, Strasbourg has been home to one of Europe’s oldest Christmas markets, which now extends to 10 different locations with 300 stalls for browsing, eating and drinking in the local charm. A giant spruce, the festival’s piece de resistance can be found in Place Kleber. Each year, Strasbourg plays host to a guest country, honoring its cultural hallmarks and celebratory traditions. This year’s guest is Finland, where, legend has it, Santa Claus is said to have left Lapland to begin his first voyage to deliver gifts.

Edinburgh’s Christmas (Edinburgh, Scotland)

November 16, 2018 – January 5, 2019

For six weeks, Edinburgh’s central Prince’s Street and Prince’s Street Gardens are transformed into a winter wonderland you won’t want to miss. Featuring a ‘Silent Light’ silent disco, a variety of amusement rides for all ages, live performances, and a festive assortment of local and visiting vendors to choose from, Edinburgh’s Christmas dazzles against the backdrop of the city’s namesake castle. If you get the chance to extend your holiday in Scotland into the New Year, be sure to ring in 2019 at Edinburgh’s Hogmanaycelebration, which invites guests to enjoy the Christmas market’s offerings before turning your attention to a truly one-of-a-kind fireworks display silhouetting the castle.

Viennese Dream Christmas Market (Vienna, Austria)

November 17, 2018 – December 26, 2018

With over 20 different Christmas markets to choose from in the Austrian capital, the can’t-miss attraction is held in front of Vienna’s City Hall building, a dreamy display of architecture and history at any time of year, but especially so during the holidays. The ‘Christkindlmarkt’ is home to the only open-air ice rink in Vienna, featuring a special curling offering in January for those who have always wanted to play the fun wintery sport in a one-of-a-kind atmosphere. With festive crafts and reindeer rides available for the kids and a host of boozy options for the adults, the Viennese Dream Christmas Market is a uniquely merry event for the whole family.

Downtown Holiday Market (Washington, DC)

November 23, 2018 – December 23, 2018

Nestled between Washington’s 7th and 9th streets outside the National Portrait Gallery and Smithsonian Art Museum, DC’s Downtown Holiday Market plays host to a rotating selection of exhibitors and performers that consistently lands this charming Christmas market on numerous Best Of lists. Once you’ve taken in your fill of the free museums and monuments lining The Mall, stop by the countless booths featuring beautiful fine art, crafts, jewelry, pottery, clothing, and specialty food and drink. Performers of every genre are set to take the stage, adding to the dynamic atmosphere of this joyous celebration.