Best Christmas Markets Around the World: 2019

By December 4, 2019Culture

Christmas time is upon us once again! If you find yourself traveling this season, we highly recommend exploring the many Christmas markets around the world. Each culture brings something unique to the table and all the delicious food and drink will leave you feeling the warmth of Christmas spirit. Here’s a selection of the best Christmas markets to check out in 2019.

Top Christmas Markets

Basel, Switzerland

When: November 28 – December 23, 2019

Where: Barfüsserplatz, Münsterplatz, and Claraplatz

Market Hours: Daily, 11:00 AM – 8:30 PM

Spread across three different sites within Basel, this Christmas market is one of Europe’s most impressive. Over 160 artisans bring goods to sell in traditional, rustic wooden chalets. Plus, there’s no shortage of Christmas culinary favorites: waffles, glühwein, Basel Läckerli (a gingerbread), raclette, or sausage.

Basel Christmas market along the Rhine

Lining the Rhine River, the Basel Christmas Market is one of the best in Europe. It features three plazas of festivities across the city .

 


Strasbourg, France

When: November 22 – December 30, 2019; closed on Christmas Day

Where: All across the city. You can find a map on the city’s site here.

Market hours: Hours vary but most stalls are open til 9pm on Fridays and 10pm on Saturdays

Strasbourg is home to one of Europe’s oldest Christmas markets, having first begun in 1570. Over 300 stalls set up each year all across the city. Strasbourg is a unique blend of German and French culture, since it shares a border with Germany to the east. When you’ve had your fill of Christmas cheer, consider exploring the Alsatian Museum. (Alsatian is the term for the region.) Each year, the museum decorates in traditional Alsatian Christmas tradition. You’ll feel like you’ve been transported back in time to rural Christmases past.

Strasbourg Christmas Market

The Strasbourg Christmas Market with roots dating to the late Middle Ages.

 


Santurantikuy Market

When: December 24 – 25, 2019

Where: Main square in Cusco, Peru

Market Hours: All day

The name for this very unique market comes from the local Quechua language. “Santurantikuy” translates to “the selling of the saints” and has been a Peruvian tradition for over 500 years ever since the first days of the Spanish colonization. Originally, the market only sold Christmas-related items. In recent times, however, Peru has seen an uptick in tourism. Consequently, vendors offer a larger variety of local goods to appease tourists. While you’ll certainly find the traditional nativity figures and scenes for sale, you’ll also find candles, toys, textiles, clothing, wall décor, and ceramics.


Wellington Underground Christmas Market

When: December 7 – 8; 14 -15; 21 – 22

Where: Under Frank Kitts Park Jervois Quay, Wellington Waterfront – Wellington, New Zealand

Market Hours: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

 

Eleven months of the year, this lovely market is home to craft vendors, but in December, it transforms into a marvelous DIY Christmas celebration. Over 90 local artists and crafters set up stalls, and you’ll find a delicious variety of street food vendors.


Franschhoek Village Christmas Market – South Africa

When: December 21 – 23, 2019

Where: Franschhoek Village Market 29 Huguenot Street, 7690 Franschhoek, Western Cape

Market Hours: 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Take a moment to embrace the warmth of the season under the historic oak trees surrounding this charming Christmas market. Every year, locals gather to celebrate Christmas with artisanal food, Cape Wineland wines from the nearby vineyards, craft beer from the Franschhoek region, antiquing, and other handmade crafts.

 

Ready to explore the many faces of Christmas around the world? Call Jaya! We’re happy to customize a tour that allows you to marvel at the wonders of the season in whichever country you choose. Get started with a free quote here!

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