Thanksgiving is quickly approaching! For me, that is a visit to the Christkindlmarket in Chicago. I love feeling like I’ve stepped out of the hustle of the downtown Loop and into a colorful, cheerful, and boozy land of ornaments, international snacks, and music. Whether you celebrate Christmas or not, Christmas Markets are a great way to learn about the history, culture and traditions while sipping and feasting through ornate gifts. If you are planning to travel outside the state, here are a few favorite markets you may want to visit in your travels before the end of the year (in no particular order.)
· For an expansive selection of magical Christmas markets, look no further than Berlin, Germany. Check out Visit Berlin, for an expansive selection of markets that delight the eyes, pucker up your taste buds, and bring the sounds of the holidays to life. You can spend your entire vacation enjoying the gifts, music, sweets, specialty foods, and decor, during the city's famous "Berlin Christmas Season."
· Fira de Santa Llúcia – This historic fair, located at Avinguda de la Catedral, celebrates 232 years this year in 2018! Doors open 30 November until 23 December.
· In Berlin this winter? There are at least 50 Christmas and holiday markets scattered across town. If would be hard to miss one! The enthusiasm and festive nature of each are stronger than ever in 2018.
· Thinking of checking out the largest German market (outside Germany?) Then head over to Birmingham England to the Frankfurt Market. This internationally recognized Christmas Market is open from 15 November to 23 December 2018 from 10am-9pm daily.
· Food lovers, look no further than Budapest, Hungary (no pun intended!) This holiday market is filled with sweet treats, savory sausage, and cookies beyond your dreams. This market runs from 23 November until January 1st 2019.
· Christmas at Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen is another unique festive event. There are a multitude of lights, decoration, entertainment for the kids and sweet confections for visitors.
These are just a few of the many traditions and markets around the world. Check out what holiday market or festivity may be happening during your travels this winter. What makes traveling unique is immersing yourself in a tradition, culture or food item you’d be unlikely to see or taste at home.
Thanks for reading!
xoxo Erin with TBL Trips