Christmas is fast coming and it is time for big cities to welcome the traditional markets. Here, you will find a selection of the most sumptuous ones, for merry and enchanting getaways.
Strasbourg, the essential Christmas capital
It is in Strasbourg in 1570 that the first European Christmas market ever took place. For many years now, the city carries on the tradition, offering a friendly and authentic atmosphere. With more than 300 cabins spread over town, the Strasbourg Christmas market is one of the busiest in Europe. Only a few hours away from Paris, enjoy a magical stay in the heart of the famous Alsatian city and bring back typical regional souvenirs, like the renowned bredele, small star or heart-shaped cookies.
25 November from 2:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
26 November to 23 December: from 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
24 December from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Have a look around Stockholm, at the Skansen market
With century-old Christmas markets, paved streets, large squares and picturesque bridges, Stockholm is a celebration city in its own right. If you look for typically Swedish market, head over the famous Skansen site, the oldest outdoor museum. Welcoming more than 25,000 visitors each year, the 150 traditional houses will let you discover different national cultures thanks to many food specialities and crafts. Candies, sweets and glögg are an integral part of this Nordic getaway!
26 and 27 November
3, 4, 10, 11, 17 and 18 December
Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Get away to London, at Hyde Park's Winter Wonderland
Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, Oxford Street, Piccadilly Circus or Camden Town… London is always a highly enjoyed destination. For the Christmas season, dive into one of the city's largest markets, in the heart of Hyde Park: Winter Wonderland. Immerse yourself in the festive and family atmosphere of this exceptional event. Meander around the alleys formed by 200 wooden cabins and take a break with a hot chocolate and delicious churros. Back on track, put on some ice skates and slide over one of the largest rinks in the United Kingdom. The Christmas show and various performances (ice + magic) will be part of the celebration for Winter Wonderland's 10th anniversary.
Every day from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Closed on 25 December 2016
Experience Christmas in New York
New York is a spectacular city all year long. During Christmas though, it becomes truly magical. Decorated with thousands of lights, the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree is always an eagerly awaited exceptional attraction you don't want to miss during your stay. Take advantage of the proximity and head for the Bank of America Winter Village, located in the heart of Bryant Park. It gathers craftsmen from around the world in small glass houses. You can also put on ice skates and go for a loop on the park's rink.
The Christmas tree will be visible until 07 January 2017 at 9:00 p.m. It is lit up every day from 5:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. For New Year's Eve, lights go down at 9:00 p.m.
The market is opened until 02 January 2017, from 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on the weekend.
Vienna and its family market
When Christmas comes around, the Austrian capital transforms the various squares into a magical and dreamy kingdom. The Rathausplatz, the city hall square, houses one of the most important markets in town, especially meant for children. For these few festive weeks, the little ones can take part in cooking workshops where they can dress gingerbread, or follow DIY lessons. You can also try many culinary delicacies like the apfelstrudel, traditional Viennese apple strudel, or the sachertorte, famous chocolate cake that goes together well with a hot drink.
From 12 November to 24 December 2016
Every day from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
24 December until 7:00 p.m.
Christmas in the tropics
Do you wish to keep warm for the year's end celebrations? Then, there's no better choice than Singapore for a trip between palm trees and baobabs. Head for the Garden by the Bay, famous Singaporean park that is adorned with a thousand lights for the occasion. Christmas trees, fairy lights, snowflakes and mountain cabins will all be part of the show to remind you this is actually winter time! For an even more festive atmosphere, take a stroll under giant metal trees at the Supertree Grove, which welcomes a traditional market with wooden cabins, handmade items and gourmet food shops.
From 02 December to 01 January 2017