Walking In a Winter Wonderland: Our Top 5 Christmas Markets! The Christmas season can bring out the best in people – it’s a truly wonderful time of year! Nothing beats strolling through a Christmas Market with a cup of mulled wine in one hand, a bratwurst in the other and a big grin on your face.
Want to travel to the best Christmas Markets in the world? You’re in luck! We’ve compiled a list of the top ten around Europe and North America. The festive season is truly upon us, so why not start sharing your opinions about Christmas by completing paid online surveys? Head to Valued Opinions and get paid for surveys – you might even save enough for a trip to one of the magical destinations below!
1. Strasbourg, France
Strasbourg is a magical place no matter the time of year, but at Christmas it really goes to the next level. This eastern French city is home to one of Europe’s oldest Christmas markets, founded all the way back in 1570. This wonderful market is spread across 10 locations, with over 300 stalls, meaning that you’ll find the perfect gifts for everyone on your list.
2. The Grand Christmas Market, Montreal, Canada
This is a newer entry on our list, but it’s still a fabulous find. Running from December 1st through to the 24th, this market takes place on the pedestrian thoroughfare of St. Catherine Street. Home to more than 60 wooden houses filled with wintery drinks, Christmas crafts, plus fun activities for kids and swimming with a Gallic flair and Canadian charm, this is the best place to practice your French and complete your shopping list.
3. Old Town Square and Wenceslas Square, Prague, Czech Republic
Prague is a city that looks like it comes straight out of the pages of a fairy tale, and at Christmas, it’s unbelievably magical. Prague’s two main Christmas markets are located in Old Town Square and Wenceslas Square, a five-minute walk from each other. Best of all, it’s open on Christmas Day itself!
4. Frankfurt Christmas Market, Birmingham, UK
While it may sound strange that the Frankfurt Christmas Market is in the UK, the Birmingham German Christmas Market really lives up to its name. Touting itself as the “the largest authentic German Christmas Market outside of Germany or Austria,” it is a spectacular place to enjoy the season.
5. The Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park, New York
The Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park proves that the New World can rival Europe when it comes to celebrating Christmas. This European-style open-air market is home to a free ice skating rink and more than 125 custom-designed kiosks. You can eat delicious food, sip mulled wine and buy all of your Christmas gifts in one place.