Exploring the world of Christmas markets is no chore...

There’s the scrumptious food stalls with all your festive favourites, there’s the lingering aroma of freshly brewed mulled wine and the cosiness that can only be captured when wrapped up outdoors by a fire on a crisp winter’s night. The Christmas market experience is so enjoyable, people flock from all corners of the globe to experience the best of the best. Here are our top 5 Christmas markets.

1. Winter Wonderland – London, United Kingdom

Watch London’s  Hyde Park get overtaken by Christmas cheer at Winter Wonderland, the annual event that has Londoners and visitors alike charmed by its magical vibrancy. From live shows to an ice skating rink to exhilarating fun park rides to a Bavarian village, you could easily get lost for hours and hours as you uncover the festive fun in this fairy tale-like world.

2. WinterFest – Hong Kong, China

Hong Kong’s city centre sparkles with festive lights and celebratory events throughout December at the WinterFest, starting with the signature decorations on the elegant Statue Square Christmas Tree. From here, you will see the city transformed with glittering skyscrapers, citywide illuminations and Christmas-themed tourist attractions to ensure you well and truly enjoy the happy holidays!

Hong Kong at Christmas

3. Bruges Christmas Market – Bruges, Belgium

The main square in Bruges is picturesque on the dullest of days, but the annual Christmas market village that pops up brings life to an already vibrant city centre.  Brimming with food, drink and festive stalls, this market also offers a charming ice rink with a giant Christmas tree light feature. It’s to be noted that this is the home of chocolate, so indulging is a must.

Bruges

4. Christmas Markets at Old Town Square – Prague, Czech Republic

The markets in central Prague have some serious clout. It has been praised as one of the top Christmas markets in the world, with Prague listed as the ultimate holiday season destination. What could it be? Maybe it’s the daily carol concerts, the stalls offering traditional Czech crafts, the nativity scene, a giant decorated Christmas tree, the endless food…this market really has it all in the middle of this vibrant, beautiful European capital.

Prague

5. Christmas in Tivoli Gardens – Copenhagen, Denmark

The Danish city has an abundance of Christmas markets, making it a bona fide capital of Christmas. Try the alternative, bazaar-like Christmas market in Freetown Christiana, the picturesque harbour side markets in Nyhavn or the cosy markets full of festive treats at Kronborg Castle. But, whatever you do, save the Tivoli Gardens for last, as it’s the classic Christmas experience. Locals and visitors alike enjoy the historic gardens, which are adorned with festive decorations among the charming wooden houses, snow-covered trees and the truly Nordic atmosphere.

Tivoli Gardens