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5 Christmas Markets
you can't miss

The Christmas spirit invades the streets or the central squares, from the decorations to the snow and cold that also make sure not to miss.

It is especially at night that the population gathers around the little houses, glasses in hand, to taste the best specialties of each country, among friends and family. There are giant markets that compete with other cities, but it is also in the small towns that one lives the true Christmas spirit. It's a joyous time to travel, discovering other habits and traditions. And who knows, maybe meet with Santa Claus.

Frankfurt Christmas Market

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The Frankfurt Christmas market (Frankfurter Weihnachtsmarket) has existed for more than 600 years, its origins date back to the year 1393. Filled with history and traditions, it is one of Germany's oldest and most popular holiday markets.

This market starts on the 22nd of November and ends on the 22nd of December.

For visitors coming from outside Germany, the Frankfurt Christmas Market could not be easier to reach or have a better location as it is only 15 minutes from the largest airport in the country, 5 minutes from the central train station, and the city has an infinite variety of good hotels with affordable prices to choose from.

While strolling the market you will find a wide variety of vintage products such as roasted chestnuts, flambé pies, sausages, cheeses and typical dishes of the city of Frankfurt. Aromas of spices used in the delicious desserts, cakes, sweets and bread perfume the air arousing our palate and the experience is only complete when tasting the famous Glühwein, a hot drink, very tasty, made with red wine, cinnamon, cloves, anise and citrus.

Vienna, Austria

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This is one of the most famous Christmas markets in Europe, not only because of its tradition but also because of its size. A little bit of the whole city of Vienna exists not one, but several markets that will love it! (Newsletter)

Vienna has a 400-year tradition of Christmas markets. It started with a little one and today they are innumerable throughout the city, in several different neighborhoods.

The Rathausplatz, the main square of the city with the famous City Hall building, all lit up at this time, welcomes you with a huge portico of candles. The mall's trees are decorated to create ambiance and there are ice rinks for skating lovers. Children are entitled to their own world with a reindeer train, a carousel and bright facilities based on children's stories!

There are lights, decorations, activities, choirs and concerts, some more traditional and some more modern - the trick is to explore at your own pace and find the ones that please you, always keeping the Christmas spirit!

Red Square Moscow, Russia

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The Moscow Christmas Market in Red Square is an experience not to be missed. Imposing at any time of the year, Red Square is known for its military stops, but it becomes much cozier at Christmas, with the arrival of one of the main Christmas markets, which runs until the end of January.

It has 20 stalls that sell Christmas decorations and local souvenirs, such as Russian handmade dolls and other hand-painted Khokhloma toys. There will also be one of Moscow's largest skating rinks, as well as a small park for children. Head to the food stalls to sample traditional Russian dishes such as baked potatoes with mushrooms and pickles, or pancakes with caviar. Finish off with the inevitable holiday combination: hot wine and Russian gingerbread.

As the Russians only celebrate Christmas on January 7, the market lasts until the end of that month. There's plenty of time to enjoy!

Dresden Striezelmarket, Germany

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The oldest market in Germany is almost 600 years old. Here, the artisans of the region gather in about 250 stalls, offering from wooden ornaments and nutcracker to traditional pyramids of candles. Here you will find the world's largest Christmas bow, as well as a children's adventure park with a puppet theater, a carousel and a children's railroad. The market name refers to Strüzel or Stroczel, a fruitcake sold on the market, now known as Stollen. You can find other sweet and savory delicacies such as the famous Glühwein (hot wine) and Pulsnitzer Pfefferkuchen (sweet and chocolate covered gingerbread).

Tivoli Gardens – Copenhagen, Denmark

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The traditional Christmas market in Copenhagen takes place in the world's second oldest amusement park, the Tivoli Gardens. It has hundreds of Christmas trees and is illuminated with thousands of lights, with the aroma of almonds toasting around every corner. The Christmas scene is complete with a frozen lake transformed into a skating rink.

One of the biggest attractions is the frozen lake that turns into a skating rink. Here the food and drink are just as inviting as the ambiance and the crafts - in particular, the hot spiced wine and the warm apple cushions.